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The Importance of Donations for a Non-Profit

It’s fair to say that donations are the life-blood of the non-profit world. While there are certainly other forms of funding that can be and often are secured, the truth is that most non-profits place a great deal of emphasis on donations even when other forms of income are available. This isn’t because soliciting donations is easy or because they are always a better form of funding than other funding methods, but because of how donations tend to help non-profits fulfill their goals.

Connecting Non-Profits and the Community

A donation is more than just a monetary gift. In most circumstances, a donation is a direct tie of purpose between an individual or business in a community and the non-profit. When non-profits solicit donations, they’re looking for more than just a check; in most cases, these non-profits are looking for methods to ensure that they are meeting an important goal of the community at large. When there is a complete lack of interest in donations, a non-profit must either conclude that there is something about their message that is not being communicated properly or that their reason for existence is not one championed by the broader community.

Help them to stay connected to the very people who they are trying to serve

Donations work not only as a funding source, but also as a way for a non-profit to measure that reception of its message in a broader context. Without being able to see the hard numbers that come in from a donation drive, it can be difficult for a non-profit to check to see if its messaging is still on point. As such, donations can be thought of as a powerful metric for helping non-profits to ensure that they are still engaging with the community in ways that not only help them to stay financially afloat, but that also help them to stay connected to the very people who they are trying to serve.

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How Important is a Good Program for Your Child

Dealing with recovery is never an easy process. It can, however, be facilitated a bit more easily when individuals have access to the right kind of programs. If you have a child who is in need of treatment, it’s vital that he or she has access to the right kind of recovery options. Doing so not only helps to ease recovery, but it may also play a vital role in helping your child to find a way to better integrate his or her experiences back into his or her life.

Help keep your child’s recovery on track

A good treatment program is vital because it’s the foundation for how your child will recover. Everything about the program, from the atmosphere of the location to the demeanor of the professionals who work there, will have an impact on how your child perceives his or her recovery. Given that your child is almost certainly in a fragile state at the time, it makes sense that a program designed to effectively help him or her would be necessary to help keep your child’s recovery on track.

Traits of a Good Recovery Program

With that said, a good program does more than help your child while he or she is present for recovery or treatment. Instead, it helps to instill a sense of value and commitment that can last after your child goes home. When your child is in the right program, he or she will look at the lessons that he or she learns there as fundamental for recovery. Rather than thinking of the program as a punishment or a memory best left in the past, a positive program experience will become a foundation on which your child can build a stronger future.

A positive program experience will become a foundation

The right program for your child is a must. Not only will it help with recovery, but it will also help with your child as he or she moves back into a new normal. Though finding the right fit for any given child can certainly be difficult, taking the time to do so will have a positive impact on your child’s life.

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Alpha Connection Earns Three Year CARF Accreditation

Apple Valley, CA – Slowly but surely, the State of California has initiated a new regulation that all behavioral health rehabilitation organizations in the state must be approved by an accreditation agency (CARF or TJC) to continue operation. In January of 2018, Alpha Connection Youth and Family Services (ACYFS) began the process of seeking this accreditation, and received a three-year award in September 2018.

“Our CEO, Barron Wilson, is big on constantly improving and finetuning our program, as a growth tool,” says Michelle Dutto, representative for ACYFS. CARF comes in and shows how to measure our success, and that’s valuable.”

Dutto notes that ACYFS, a residential counseling center for adolescents in crisis situations, had many policies and procedures in place – but had to coordinate to make sure that implementation was consistent across the board at all facilities, and each of the four facilities on campus was in line with each other. Accreditation means that the organization is following specific, measurable quality standards and provides a framework for continuous improvement.

ACYFS is psychosocial focused, not only on the clinical side, but for reintegrating youth into society. The facility works with children that are disturbed, from needing drug rehabilitation to those on probation. Its population comes from all over the state, giving care to abused and neglected individuals as well. Initiated in 1988, ACYFS admits a diverse population – with Four (4) full time residential Facilities for girls and boys, for a total of 24 clients.

“We are very creative and innovative, and one of our biggest strengths is understanding that culture is changing rapidly,” states Dutto, “The staff understands and is very competent.” Dutto herself has worked in several different capacities – from one-on-one admin, to program therapist, in the community and program development, to CARF program coordinator with the recent accreditation.

Aside from it being a mandatory process, accreditation will encourage agencies to look to CARF accreditation as a process for growth, as opposed to a regulation to take care of. “It’s an opportunity to fine tune and tweak your program and or facility,” adds Dutto.

The mission statement of Alpha Connection is: To promote and aid adolescent youth to achieve maximum development by enhancing their potential to become self-sufficient and responsible adults through education, mental health, psychosocial rehabilitation and  vocational training. Additional by equipping them with necessary tools to increase their potential to navigate society successfully. More information can be found at

CARF is an independent, non-profit accrediting body whose mission is to promote the quality, value, and optimal outcomes of services through a consultative accreditation process and continuous improvement services that center on enhancing the lives of the persons served. Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, and now known as CARF International, the accrediting body establishes consumer-focused standards to help organizations measure and improve the quality of their programs and services. For more information about the accreditation process, please visit the CARF website at