Among ACEs Connection staff members, and guests from FindHelp.org who were on today's staff call, joining me in thanking you for being a member of ACEs Connection, and for your support are (top row, l-r) Karen Clemmer, Carey Sipp, Ed Wunderlind, Gail Kennedy,(second row, l-r) Lara Kain, Suzanne Heritage, Rafael Maravilla, Natalie Audage, Laurie Udesky, Jane Stevens, Ingrid Cockrhen, Elizabeth Pruitt, Melen Vue, Donielle Prince, Marianne Avari, Alison Cebulla, and Samantha Sangenito.
Thanks to the donations of scores of ACEs Connection donors, and the matching grant offered by an anonymous donor for whom we are extremely grateful, ACEs Connection has raised $100,000 in its first-ever fundraising campaign.
ACEs Changemakers who donated to our ACEs Changemakers matching grant campaign included:
Adriana van Altvorst
Adrienne B. Elder
Allan & Carola Friesen
Barbara J Franco
Dan & Cherie Porter
Harriet Mall, Ph.D.
Janet and Louis Frase
Linda Calvert PhD
Lynn Sharpe Underwood
Mary Clare Reidy
Potts Family Foundation
Roberta C Churchill
Sarah H Waite
Steve Wirtz, PhD
“We are over the moon excited about the participation of our members, and are thrilled to have achieved the matching amount of $50,000. Your helping us reach this goal means we were able to double your donations. I hope you are celebrating with us!” said Jane Stevens, founder and publisher of ACEs Connection.
As of February 1, the campaign was complete for online giving. The numbers were impressive as a steady stream of donations came in throughout the campaign.
“With these funds we will continue our grassroots work to help local communities start and grow ACEs science initiatives, initiatives that will help community members come together to solve our most intractable problems,” said Stevens.
“Many pioneers in the ACEs movement have made stunning progress,” she continued, citing examples that are providing ideas and guidance for other pioneers:
- A program that drastically reduces opioid deaths — by combining law enforcement, rehab centers, and hospitals — saw a 26 percent drop v. 84 percent increase in deaths in surrounding counties.
- A family physician who treats people addicted to opioids integrates ACES science and sees more than 1,200 patients successfully hold jobs — 100 percent recovery. (Other research about this program.)
- Batterer intervention programs that integrate ACEs science to reduce recidivism from 60 percent to 1 percent.
- Safe Babies Courts that show that one year after participating, 99 percent of the children suffer no further abuse.
- Hundreds of schools — including schools in Antioch, CA, Suisun City, CA, San Francisco, CA, Spokane, WA, San Diego, CA, and Walla Walla, WA — that have integrated trauma-informed practices; many of these schools no longer need to suspend or expel students, and their grades, test scores and graduation rates increased.
“More than 350 geographic communities (and growing!) are in the process of integrating policies and practices based on the science of positive and adverse childhood experiences," said Stevens, adding, "They will multiply these remarkable achievements across all organizations and sectors to create healing-centered communities.
"This is a time of great change in our nation, our world. Our donors are on the leading edge of that change, helping us support more than 400 communities (including interest-based communities) that are leading the way toward a more compassionate, accepting world where all people thrive,” said Stevens.
Have questions about the campaign? Please reach out to Carey Sipp at email@example.com. Again, thank you for being with us!