Sunny Hills Services is excited to announce that among our new donors thus far for our current fiscal year are two prestigious foundations! Both the Irene S. Scully Family Foundation and the Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation have made significant grants to support programs offered by Sunny Hills.
The Irene S. Scully Family Foundation has donated $10,000 in program support for the Marin Academic Center (MAC). MAC is one of Sunny Hills’ longest standing programs; there have been children in this program for over thirty years. MAC is a California certified nonpublic school serving children ages 5 to 15 whose educational and behavioral challenges are too acute to be handled in traditional public school environments. MAC provides high-quality, individualized education that addresses each student’s needs, and builds upon their interests and fundamental desire to learn and grow. Serving children from throughout the Bay Area, MAC aims to move their young clients, when ready, into less restrictive academic environments in their local public schools.
The Albert & Elaine Borchard Foundation has awarded a grant of $20,000 for one of our newest initiatives, the Parenting Teens Program at Bay Area Youth Centers (BAYC), Sunny Hills' East Bay division. This new program is an expansion of BAYC’s Transitional Housing Program serving foster youth between the ages of 16 and 19. It is designed to serve foster youth who either have children or are six to nine months pregnant. This specialized population of foster youth is underserved and youth currently have limited options for housing. It is important that these youth be given the same opportunities to build the skills necessary to be independent. In addition to the educational, vocational and mental health services common to all of BAYC’s housing programs, the Parenting Teens program also provides assistance with parenting skills, parent-child bonding techniques, stress reduction, creating safe and healthy living conditions, time management and balancing life responsibilities.
Sunny Hills is particularly appreciative of these two new foundation gifts given the current economic situation. A recent New York Times article looking at foundation giving this past year predicted that the coming year will be even tougher and more competitive for nonprofits seeking foundation support. As we look ahead and prepare for the continued ripple effect of the economic situation in the world of philanthropy, we particularly appreciate that our programs – both new and old – are relevant to these foundations.