FOR A GREAT LIFE
BECAUSE EVERY FOSTER
YOUTH DESERVES A CHANCE
AT A GREAT LIFE.
Thank you for your support of Fostering Heroes Foundation; as your Arizona Tax Credit allows us to provide life changing mentorship, resources, experiences and programs for foster youth ages 13 – 18 living in group homes. Our mission is simple – give the foster youth of Arizona a fighting chance as they prepare to age out of the system through personal character, life skills and career development. Your tax credit gift falls under the Qualifying Foster Care (QFCO) Tax Credit; individual donors may give up to $526 and joint filing donors may give up to $1,051. This gift may qualify as a dollar for dollar credit when filing your 2023 Arizona State taxes. In partnership with Executive Council Charities, your generous gift is matched to continue the support of foster youth throughout Arizona.
Our mission is simple – Empowering foster youth to become the heroes of their own lives.
Through programs such as Cowboy Camp, Launchpad ID Hub, Bold Athletics, Songworthy and Culinary Chef Experiences and the Everyday Heroes Employment Program, our amazing volunteers pour into teen foster youth the beliefs, skills, love and encouragement needed to help a foster teen navigate the world as they ready to age out of the system.
This isn’t about us. This is about creating futures for the foster youth we serve!
MORE THAN JUST A GAME™
Since 1971 the Fiesta Bowl Charities have been demonstrating their commitment to Arizona’s community through donations to worthy nonprofits serving the community. The entire team would like to thank the Fiesta Bowl Charities for selecting Foster Heroes Foundation as a 2023 – 2024 grant recipient. Without contributions and partnership with amazing organizations such as Fiesta Bowl Charities, we would not have the opportunity to provide valuable services to foster youth across Arizona.
MAKING COWBOY CAMP A REALITY
Fostering Heroes Foundation is proud to have Executive Council Charities 70 as a fiscal partner for our annual Cowboy Camp. Each year ECC70 provides financial support to ensure Cowboy Camp is a success for the foster youth in group homes throughout Arizona.
Established as the volunteer force supporting the activities of Executive Council Charities, Executive Council 70 is a group of working professionals dedicated to helping our community’s youth through a series of fundraising events and initiatives. Originally formed in 1972, our 70 Active and 300 Life Members have been assisting youth organizations for more than four decades and have raised more than $10 million dollars in just the past five years.
Executive Council Charities is a 501(c)(3) Arizona nonprofit corporation dedicated to helping youth in our community. Our goal is to provide grants to programs and nonprofit organizations focused on helping youth in Arizona overcome adversity and reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Funds are raised through signature events like The Original Taste, Holiday Classic and Cantina along with direct contributions to our annual campaign – Support Arizona Youth.
FROM MISSOURI WITH LOVE
Every year an amazing group of cowboys and cowgirls meet up in Big Piney, Missouri in support of Fostering Heroes Foundation. The Wild Bunch live by their name – their love for foster youth, cowboy/cowgirl culture, horses, music, friendship and positive impact brings them together to serve a higher purpose in helping those that are some of the most under-served in our community. Each year they trek from their respective homes to Piney; gathering to enjoy each others great company, ride horses, share stories and auction off their crafts and ranch goods in benefit of Cowboy Camp at the Flying E Ranch. We are honored and blessed to have the Wild Bunch as proud sponsors of Cowboy Camp.
MUSIC WITH A MISSION
M3F Fund was launched to exist as a year-round venture, using its music platform and resources to try and make the world a better place. The M3F Fund wouldn’t exist without the support of its incredible fans, as 100% of every ticket to M3F goes directly to charity. When they buy a ticket to have the time of their life at M3F Fest, they are ultimately giving back to the community around them. This is why we say: Every Ticket Counts! Rooted in a deep love of music, the arts, and the community, M3F was founded with the purpose to give back. The idea was simple: two thousand fans, hundreds of lawn chairs, one stage, grandma’s cooking, and 100% of proceeds donated directly to charity. Twenty years later, M3F still operate under the same guiding principles, but it has surely grown!
THE ROADMAP OF How We Serve Foster YOUTH
Whether it’s the boys from Tombstone, Roy Rogers or John Wayne, there is just something amazing about cowboys and their way of life. Tough; but, character driven – focused on doing what’s right drives the true cowboy.
What better way to pour into our foster youth than giving them the experience to be a hero cowboy for a day. Our wonderful partners, Western Destinations, proudly support foster youth by providing an amazing cowboy camp experience that profoundly and positively impacts the foster youth that get to be cowboy/cowgirl heroes for a day. With a goal of reaching 400 foster youth per year, the team of awesome volunteers from Fostering Heroes Foundation, the staff and ranch hands of the Western Destinations ‘Flying E Ranch’ and the donors to FHF provide an experience that is once in a lifetime for a foster youth.
From horse back trail rides, side-by-side rides and campfire talks, you have a chance to impact a foster youth for the rest of their lives. We’ve seen it and we know the impact this amazing event has on their lives (and will have on your life too).
Cowboy Camp provides the FHF staff and volunteers the opportunity to build trust with the foster youth and the group home staff providing an important step in delivering other live changing services to the foster youth we are so laser focused on.
We’ve seen the brokenness in the foster care system first hand. As much as DCS can provide assistance to foster youth throughout Arizona, there just aren’t enough resources to provide an opportunity to a better life for many foster youth leaving the system.
With so many organizations in Arizona wanting to help foster youth in the aging out process, we have found that these organizations are like ships passing in the night. These organizations are not coordinated in their efforts to assist foster youth with their various services.
Our Launchpad ID program is developed to bring the many resources available throughout Arizona into one easily accessible point for foster youth. The Launchpad ID card is provided to foster youth aging out of the system to help streamline access to the many wonderful non-profits throughout Arizona. The ID will give foster youth quicker access to resources available to them by speeding up the referral process.
Did you know that more than 50% of foster youth leaving the system will become homeless, enter the sex trade, turn to drugs, enter the prison system or die?
Did you also know that less than 50% of foster youth will complete high school? The high school dropout rate for foster youth is 3x that of low income children. Over 40% of foster youth have educational difficulties.
We know these are staggering numbers. Our goal is to provide foster youth with employment opportunities when they transition out of the system. How we accomplish this is through mentorship with youth while in group homes and partnerships with trades organizations needing workers that have a heart for foster youth.
We have to be honest, this program is hard. Connecting mentors and preparing under-served youth with opportunities to further their lives is not easy. It is only through the power, will, determination and love of our mentors, trades partners and donors that we can proactively change the trajectory of a foster youth’s life.