May 11, 2020

Stanford Social Innovation Review Features National Response to COVID-19

Our CEO, Terri Sorensen shares how lessons learned from the Great Recession were applied to the COVID-19 crisis.

The Stanford Social Innovation Review published a second article by our CEO, Terri Sorensen, describing Friends of the Children's national response to the COVID-19 pandemic to support our youth, families and staff across our network.

It highlights the application of lessons learned from the Great Recession in 2008, our approach to financial sustainability and fundraising, and how we have reimagined our service delivery model.

The article can be summed up best by this excerpt:

"Our specialty is serving youth and families who have big dreams and who face great challenges. As we live through this unprecedented situation with COVID-19, our top priorities are to keep serving all of our youth and families, make sure our youth are safe, their needs met and that they have the opportunity to continue to learn. We are a long-term, 'no matter what' organization, and we are relentless so our youth can be resilient."

Our first article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review highlighted how we scaled from five to 20 locations in just seven years.