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Thank you for your interest in Washoe CASA Foundation.  Our mission is to support the Washoe County CASA Program through fundraising, advocacy, outreach, and community awareness.  Your donations to the Washoe CASA Foundation will support our efforts to support CASA volunteers in their work as advocates giving abused and neglected children a powerful voice in court. 

This is what you can make happen with a grant of $1,000 to $10,000.  

A grant of $1,000 would provide funding for our monthly Coffee with CASA recruitment events (advertisement, materials for prospective CASAs, and beverages to enjoy during our conversations about how to help local foster youth).

A grant of $2,500 cover fingerprinting and background check fees for our new CASA volunteers as well as renewals for CASA volunteers who have served more than 4 years.

A grant of $5,000 would cover training costs (printed materials, curriculum supplies, and food) for three trainings per year as well as for new CASA swearing-in ceremonies which take place in the Family Court after the completion of a training class.

A grant of $10,000 would cover our annual budget line for direct services for CASAs including providing them with back-to-school and holiday gift cards and reimbursement for community activity opportunities they provide for their CASA children.

Our current funding priorities are:

CASA Ambassador Program

CASA Ambassadors serve as trained spokesperson for the Washoe CASA Foundation in recruitment efforts. The main mission of a CASA Ambassador is to discuss the roles and responsibilities of a CASA Volunteer with the public in an effort to encourage interested and passionate individuals to become CASA volunteers. The process of becoming a volunteer begins with a CASA Volunteer Training session.

CASA Volunteer Trainings

Before a volunteer can begin their first CASA case, they must complete a 40-hour comprehensive volunteer training. These trainings are funded in part by the Washoe CASA Foundation. Each volunteer training session is fundamental, as it creates an higher number of prepared and informed CASA volunteers allowing for a higher percentage of foster children to have the support of a trusted and caring advocate in the court.

Direct Services for CASA Children

The Washoe CASA Foundation provides the financial support to CASA volunteers as they fill the gaps related to unmet need in their children’s lives.  For example, to ensure the maintenance of a positive sibling relationship, two local CASA volunteers brought their CASA children to an indoor trampoline park for a sibling visitation followed by a meal with the children’s social worker and other team members.  Funding from the Washoe CASA Foundation allowed for this opportunity.

Contact Kendra Bertschy to talk with her about these exciting grant opportunities at at washoecasa@gmail.com to call us at 775-574-8820.

To make a grant from your Community Foundation Donor Advised Fund, please contact a member of their Stewardship Team at 775-333-5499.

Donate for a Loved One

  • Honorarium – Consider honoring the birthdays or anniversaries of your loved ones with a gift to Washoe CASA in their name. Perhaps celebrate the holidays with a friend by contributing to CASA and making a donation to support a child during the holidays.
  • Memoriam – Keep the giving spirit of a friend or loved one alive through a donation in their name. Consider giving to Washoe CASA in memory of a loved one – continuing that person’s legacy by making a difference in children’s lives.
  • Bequests and Planned Giving – You can donate through a planned gift to Washoe CASA. Whatever your estate planning objectives might be, one of our board members can share gift ideas with you that can benefit you and your family while helping children in need.

*Washoe CASA Foundation (Tax ID#94-2991444) is a non-profit tax exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Any contribution or donation may be tax deductible pursuant to the provisions of section 170(c) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and Chapters 82 of the Nevada Revised Statutes.  For additional information, please check with your financial advisor.