Grant Thornton LLP has named Foster Nation as the seventh nonprofit in its Purple Paladins initiative, a program that “helps emerging nonprofit organizations move from start-up to sustainable by providing funding, business advice and volunteer support”.
Foster Nation which launched in 2016, helps former foster youth overcome the challenges associated with “aging out” of the foster-care system. The goal is to help “young adults become self-sufficient and have the same opportunities for success as other youth”.
Its efforts include ongoing campaigns that provide “free meals and clothing for daily life and careers, as well as basics like hygiene products”.
According to the firm, these essentials are “especially important in the face of Covid-19, which has increased the day-to-day challenges for foster youth, who were already reliant on places like colleges for secure food and housing”.
Foster Nation joins six other nonprofits that Grant Thornton previously selected as Purple Paladins, which include: Hope in a Box, Weird Enough Productions, Invisible Hands Deliver, Pal Experiences, Sneakers for Soldiers and Coming Up Rosies.
Brad Preber, CEO of Grant Thornton said: “For most young people, turning 18 is a moment of anticipation and potential, but what if it meant being turned out on the streets and losing the support you needed to start your life as an adult?”.
“Foster Nation is tackling that fearsome prospect head on. It’s exactly the kind of effort our Purple Paladins program was designed to help. We look forward to contributing to Foster Nation’s continued success, especially now, as Covid-19 increases the pressures and challenges faced by foster youth.”