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Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation

Our mission is to improve the quality of life for children and youth by providing education and advocating for protection from exploitation and physical harm.

Our vision is a world where every child is educated. and protected from all forms of harm. We believe all children should have a voice and have the opportunity to grow up with dignity, equality and respect. We are working towards a world where every young person has access to employment and opportunity.

Arts, Children, Technology, Economic Development, Education, Human Rights, Poverty

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Date Founded: 2000
Number of Staff: 0

Description of Services:
Education for Children and Youth: We provide education and educational opportunities in the form of scholarships and vocational and employment training programs. Our programs include Children's Digital Libraries, International Reading Corners, and Safe Spaces to Discover the World. We build children's libraries in public schools or youth serving institutions like YMCA/YWCA and provide free after school programs in poor neighborhoods.

Human Rights and Child Protection: We have established the universal V Sign: a child's silent identifier that they need help. We provide "child friendly" learning and advocacy materials teaching children how to identify themselves as being abused, bullied, trafficked, stolen or in trouble using The V Sign.
Since 2001, Shirley Ann Sullivan Educational Foundation has provided life-changing educational programs for thousands of children and youth over four continents. We are a nonprofit organization with a staff comprised of 100% volunteers, so your donations directly support children's education. We build schools, children's libraries, and sponsor child protection and youth employment workshops, as well as provide art and literacy programs in public schools.
Accomplishments & Progress:
We created The V Sign to help children identify themselves when in trouble.
75,000 children have benefited from our participation in the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
SASEF Development Education in the Classroom and Youth in Philanthropy curriculum is recognized by UNESCO & Foundation Maurício Sirotsky for "Forming the Consciousness of Citizenship" of children and youth.
We have donated 6 fully functioning children's libraries - we donated 26,000 books to public primary schools in Southern Brazil. 3500 young people have attended our Youth Education for Employment Workshops held in Brazil, Liberia and the United States. We have sent 220 young people to school.

2 Group Affiliations
Group Verification Status
Grantmakers Without Borders Verified
UN (United Nations) Verified
Financial Information   Verified
Year 2009 2008 2007
Total Revenue: $1,445 $4,648 $4,238
        Program Services Expenses: $1,526
(88% of total)
(88% of total)
(65% of total)
        Management & General Expenses: $162
(9% of total)
(8% of total)
(30% of total)
        Fundraising Expenses: $55
(3% of total)
(4% of total)
(5% of total)
        Total Expenses: $1,744 $4,307 $6,668

Additional Background Information: Our priorities in the coming years are to:

Provide education and opportunity for as many children and young people as we possible can.

Provide human rights education to empower children and youth to become informed activists and agents of change.

Create child protection and advocacy programs in support of: United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and its Optional Protocol on Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography, the International Labor Organization; Convention 138 and 182, and the African Charter on Rights and Welfare of the Child.

Advocate against all forms of harm to children; including child trafficking, child labor, bullying, child prostitution, child sexual exploitation, child slavery and all forms of discrimination against children. We seek to eradicate all forms of violence against children. Local Partners: Calvary Empowerment Team
International Women?s Club POA
Junior Achievement
Messengers of Peace
Ministry of Education (Angola, Brazil, Liberia)
Ministry of Youth & Sports (Angola, Brazil, Liberia)
MTV/Vit Music Brasil
Pao dos Pobres
Projecto Pescar
SOS Kinderdorf
Youth Action International
Youth Are Partners for Empowerment
Youth for Community Academic and Development Services
Additional Affiliations: CARE
Child Rights Information Network
Clinton Global Initiative
Atlas Corps
Child Fund
Global Youth Service Day
Goethe Institute
International Red Cross
Juniper Foundation
Ministry of Gender and Social Development (Liberia and Ghana)
Merco Cities Network
Pensamento Digital
Save The Children
United Nations Social and Economic Affairs (Special Consultative Status)
United Nations Volunteers
Youth Employment Summit

Rhonda Staudt
Founding Chair Phone: +0231 6 521165
Development Director:
Daniely Votto-Fontoura
Vice President
Phone: +001 785 227 - 3387
Volunteer Coordinator:
Raquel Oberst
Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: +001 785 227-3387
Board of Directors and Board of Advisors:
Rhonda Staudt
Founding Chair / President

Danielly Votto-Fontoura
Vice President

Kimberly Fields
Secretary Treasurer

Luis Alberto
Board Member

Palma DeLaine
Board Member

Sarah-Jane Mungo
Board Member

Jeff McQuillan
Board Member

Jacques Nginga
Board Member

Fred Aloysius Weedor
Board Member

Darrell Alsbrook

Raquel Oberst
Volunteer Advisor

Susan Whitfield Harding
SASEF Attorney

PO Box 363
Lindsborg , Kansas 67456
United States
Phone: 785 227 3387
Fax: (785) 227-3390
Web: http://www.sasef.org

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