Friends of the Children is data driven. We use measurable results from independent third-party evaluators to evaluate, measure, and improve our program as we continue to grow.

The Harvard Business School Association of Oregon showed that for every $1 invested in Friends of the Children, the community benefits over $7 in saved social costs. Helping one child saves the community $900,000 over the child’s lifetime, due to reduced costs associated with these children who might otherwise face incarceration, teen parenting, dropping out of school, and higher health care costs.

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A combination of professional skills and education that enable success as the Executive Director, such as a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, Nonprofit Management, or closely related field, and ten years’ experience in nonprofit or similar management in progressively responsible roles.

Exceptional experience as a fundraiser with success across all markets is essential, as is a demonstrated track record of exceeding fundraising goals and producing results. Working knowledge and experience in philanthropic and business communities with proven ability to cultivate and sustain relationships at all levels is required; as is excellent Board management and proactive Board communication.

Success leading an organization and motivating others within a fast-paced, constantly changing work environment is desired. A demonstrated commitment to removing systemic barriers and advancing equity is ideal. Above all, a passion for children, families, and communities is essential.