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Nonprofit Profile , Jenna Druck Foundation



Ken Druck, founder


ORGANIZATION

Mission of organization: The foundation has a dual mission. The Families Helping Families mission is to provide resources for individuals, families and communities to survive the death of a loved one, to find some measure of peace and to honor the one they have lost in the way they live on.

The mission of Young Women’s Leadership is to identify talented young women and provide them with the leadership skills, motivation, resources and opportunities necessary to achieve greatness.

Telephone: (619) 294-8000.

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Web site: www.jennadruck.org.

Founded: 1996.

Milestone: Twelve years of turning grief into hope and strength into leadership.

Annual income: $450,000.

Expense allocation: $400,000.

Corporate support: $220,000.

Sampling of corporate supporters: Manchester Financial Services, Office Pavilion, Bycor General Contactors, Ricoh, San Diego City Schools, Barona Casino, Biggs Harley-Davidson, California Wellness Foundation. YWL supporters include Sempra Energy, Tangent Entertainment, RantNRave Corporate Clothiers Inc., La Jolla Spa MD, Finest City Broadcasting, San Diego Office of Education and United Studios of Self Defense.

Board members: Chairman R. Scott Foresman; Ascent Partners Inc.; Candace H. Berkman, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network; Michael Branon, Mako Steel Inc.; Molly Cartmill, Sempra Energy; Daniel Crotta, Merrill Lynch; Pilar M. Dieter, PilarLeads.com; Ken Druck, Jenna Druck Foundation; Christopher W. Olmsted, Barker Koumas & Olmsted; Lori Rappaport, Growing up Great; and Dana Todd, SiteLab International Inc.

Employees: Six.

Volunteers: We have more than 200 volunteers.

Wish list: More funding.


OFFICE ISSUES

Recent challenge: One is growing the business side of things and raising funds.

Measures of success: One is client referrals from an ever-growing list of agencies and organizations, not only in San Diego, but around the nation and world. The success of our Young Women’s Leadership program is measured by research that demonstrates multiple benefits to women who attend our programs.

Smartest move: Diverse strategic partnerships and new board additions.

Missed opportunity: The primary missed opportunity for JDF resides in the fund-raising arena.

Misconception: JDF is always perceived to be much larger and to have a greater capacity than we actually have. This is because we have consistently been able to do so much with limited resources.


PROFESSIONAL INSIGHTS

Personal path to nonprofit work: I started my career in a nonprofit mental health agency as a community psychologist. My work helping families and young women leaders is an expression of my love for my daughter, Jenna, and a celebration of her spirit.

Toughest aspect: Working to fund bereavement care and finding affordable leadership are the most difficult challenges that our organization faces.

Most surprising aspect: What has continued to surprise me since founding JDF is that the need for our programs is so much greater than I first imagined.

Biggest pain: Trying to convince donors that we are as deserving.

Greatest pleasure: Looking into the eyes of young women who go through our program and seeing a newfound faith in themselves. Looking into the eyes of a bereaved mother or father and seeing a glimmer of hope.


INTROSPECTIONS

Best recent moment: I was very proud to receive LEAD San Diego’s Visionary Leadership Award.

Worst recent moment: Sitting across from a beautiful young mother whose beautiful 6-year-old daughter had died the day before.

Dream for another life: Hearing the words “Daddy, I’m so proud of you,” from my angel daughter Jenna.

Downtime: Walking the trails of Torrey Pines down to the beach a few mornings a week.

Causes: Grief literacy, a more compassionate world and saving kids’ lives.

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