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“As a nonprofit that relies on donations, transparency is essential,” said Youth Ranches President Bill Frye. “We want our donors to know how their dollars are spent and that their donations are used for programs that change children’s lives throughout Florida. We are honored to receive the Gold Seal award.”
The Youth Ranches operates residential child-care campuses in Safety Harbor, Bradenton, Bartow and Live Oak. This award reinforces the organization’s commitment to making a lasting impact in the lives of children. To earn the Gold Seal, organizations must provide information for five categories: organizational summary; program and results; financials and operations.
About the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches
The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is dedicated to improving the lives of at-risk children through its four residential child-care campuses (Live Oak, Bartow, Safety Harbor and Bradenton), youth leadership and summer camping programs. Founded in 1957 by the Florida Sheriffs Association, the Youth Ranches has served more than 136,000 children and families.
The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent juvenile delinquency and develop lawful, productive citizens. Voluntary contributions are the primary source of funding, especially gifts made through special bequests in wills and trusts. The Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches, Inc. is nationally accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc. and the American Camp Association. For more information, visit youthranches.org.
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