Case Studies | September 16, 2015

Building Futures

Our future will be built with the dreams of our children.

Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow (PAT) sought to create a brighter future for the youth of South Los Angeles and the South Bay by improving academic achievement, decision-making skills and self-esteem through sports, music and recreation.

PAT was made possibly by a $12.5 million gift from an anonymous donor who built her legacy at the intersection of love and passion. A harpist with a lifelong love of music and a passion for helping young people, she understood that high-quality after-school programs help children succeed. And she knew that strong programs are provided by strong organizations that can sustain themselves over the long term.

Over five years, PAT funded more than 50 organizations that used incredibly approaches to engage, empower and inspire. From surfing to symphonies, on horseback, onstage, at sea and in the air, PAT programs helped more than 40,000 young people to develop skills like leadership, teamwork and self-discipline.

CCF’s commitment to strengthening nonprofits ensured that PAT is still changing lives, long after the final grants were made. PAT supported programs intended to make partners more sustainable over time, ensuring future generations of South L.A. and South Bay youth will continue to have access to vital programs.

The lasting impact of Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow proves that when donors, nonprofits and communities come together, magic can happen. When organizations grow stronger, the benefits can last for generations. When children are engaged, even the sky is no limit to what they can achieve.

For more information, visit the Preparing Achievers for Tomorrow resource library

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