Category: ‘Donate’

End of Year Giving

December 10, 2013 Posted by Ali

Every day in Clark County, relatives step in to parent and protect children when the natural parents are no longer able or willing to do so. Some of these relatives work with Family Services as foster parents when the child is removed from the home.

But what you may not know is that for every child in the foster care system, there are 25 children being cared for by relatives outside the system. In Clark County, it is estimated that relatives are caring for more than 35,000 children.

When children are unable to be with their parents, relatives provide the critical gifts of love, family connection and a familiar home that contributes to the long-term success of the child.

While a kinship arrangement is usually best for the child, relatives face multiple challenges when they take on the role of parent. While there are many resources for foster parents, there are extremely limited financial, emotional, legal and physical resources available to grandparents and other kinship caregivers. Foster Kinship was founded to help relatives address these challenges by providing free support and resources for kinship families.

Foster Kinship is the only organization in Las Vegas dedicated to supporting kinship caregivers and giving vulnerable children the family advantage.  We rely on the support of our community partners and thank you in advance for your consideration of a end of year donation this year.

You can make your donation online here: or send a check made payable to Foster Kinship to 5030 S. Paradise Road, Suite A118, Las Vegas, NV 89119.

We sincerely thank you for your support as we “help keep home in the family” for some of the most vulnerable children in Clark County.

Las Vegas Back to School Drive for Kinship Families

July 22, 2013 Posted by Ali

FK_BacktoSchoolDriveFoster Kinship is collecting much needed school supplies to distribute to Las Vegas kinship families and give the kids a great start to the school year!

We are accepting donations of school supplies and backpacks (new and gently used) at our office location from 1-5 PM on the following dates: August 1, August 8, August 10 and August 22.

Drop items off at 5030 S Paradise Road, Suite A118, Las Vegas, NV 89119 during those times and you will receive a tax-deductible receipt for your generous donation!

Thank you! Together, we can help keep home in the family and make the family a great place to be!

Download and share the Back to School Drive Flyer! FK_BacktoSchoolDrive

Big Give Giveaway Winners!

May 10, 2013 Posted by Ali

Just a handful of our amazing donors! Thank you to everyone.

Just a handful of our amazing donors! Thank you to everyone.

Thanks again to all 205 people who have donated online to Foster Kinship using the Big Give portal! We were overwhelmed with the generosity of all of you and so incredibly thankful for your support.

The following individuals were randomly selected for our prizes:

Mariya G.: $25 Build a Bear Gift Card

Adam R: $10 Starbucks Gift Card

Gerry C.: $50 Zappos Gift Card

Leslie S: $50 Toys R Us Gift Card

Alissa B.: Autographed Frank Caliendo DVDs

James P.: Reach Soundtrack autographed by Martin O’Donnell

Tyler J: Any Martin O’Donnell Soundtrack of choice autographed by Martin O’Donnell and Mike Salvatori

Thank you to Eli W. for being our last donor of the 24 hour giving drive! She won a $10 Starbucks Gift Card.

Thank you also to the individuals who gave via the Frank Caliendo Giveaway. They all received an autographed Frank Caliendo picture donated from Dedicated Managers, Inc.

Dan A.

Jay M.

Chris B.

Philip G.

Nathan P.

Jamie W.

Michael M.

Daryl G.

Shane W.

Give Big on April 25th!

April 18, 2013 Posted by Ali

April 25th is an exciting day for Foster Kinship. It is the “Big Give”, a day when people all over come together online to support Nevada nonprofits. Foster Kinship is participating in this event and I want to ask you for a commitment to donate $10 or more online to Foster Kinship on April 25th. By doing so you will be part of our effort to turn your $10 to $7,500! Read on to find out how.

Foster Kinship Client RecomendationsPlease mark your calendar today to donate $10 or more online to Foster Kinship on April 25th. You can even log on today and schedule your donation for the 25th!  Just look for Foster Kinship on the Nevada’s Big Give website and click on the drop-down menu in the “Donate” Box. Select “On a Giving Day”, and your donation will be processed on April 25th!

I founded Foster Kinship in 2011 because I saw first hand how many grandparents, great-grandparents, and others were raising their relative’s children. I saw the incredible strength and love these individuals had for the children, but I also saw the great need these caregivers have for support: emotional, financial, legal and for advocacy and information.  I feel strongly that supporting the family of the children supports the children. Kids being raised by grandparents or other relatives are getting a second chance at long-term success. Research shows keeping children with family members when their parents are no longer able or willing to care for them is the best option.

However, kinship caregivers in Clark County had almost no organized resources available to them. That is where Foster Kinship stepped in, and the phone hasn’t stopped ringing since!

We have designed a set of research-based programs to maximize community synergy and fill the gaps when necessary to help caregivers be the best they can be for the children in their homes. You can read about our services here.

Since we opened our doors we have assisted over 100 kinship families with support groups, resource referrals, cribs, beds and car seats, food vouchers, advocacy information, and fun family events. There are over 19,000 kinship families in Clark County, and we hope to reach many more of them this year.

So here are a few reasons to commit to supporting Foster Kinship on April 25th:

1. The nonprofits that get the most unique donors will get additional cash for their work, and I want that to be us! This year’s cash prizes will be awarded to those nonprofits with the greatest number of unique donors. It doesn’t have to be a lot of money- but if we can get a lot of people to donate $10 or more we may have a chance to get up to $7500 in additional funding, not to mention some incredible press coverage!!

2. In addition to the cash prizes, NV Big Give will be providing Golden Tickets throughout the day for a randomly selected donor to increase the donation to their charity! Your donation could go even farther to help us with that boost!

3. Foster Kinship wants to thank you for your support as well. For every $10 you donate you will be entered to win one of our great thank you gifts. So if you donate $50, that is five chances to win!  Thank you gifts include: $50 Zappos Gift Card, $25 Build a Bear Gift Card, $25 Toys R Us Gift Card, $10 Starbucks Card (2), A copy of Halo Reach Soundtrack autographed by Marty O’Donnell, an autographed copy of “All Over the Place” by Frank Caliendo.  The drawing will be held Wednesday, May 1st and winners notified by email.

4. Your donation is tax-deductible. We are committed to financial transparency. You can see our financial statements and other documents online by searching Guidestar for Foster Kinship.

5. Most importantly, your donation goes directly to our mission: Helping Foster Kinship “Help Keep Home in the Family” for some of our most vulnerable children. Because Foster Kinship does not have any paid staff, 100% of your donation goes towards funding the programs for the families we serve.

Please mark your calendar today to donate $10 or more online to Foster Kinship on April 25th. You can even log on today and schedule your donation for the 25th!  Just look for Foster Kinship on the Nevada’s Big Give website and click on the drop-down menu in the “Donate” Box. Select “On a Giving Day”, and your donation will be processed on April 25th!

How to Support Foster Kinship:

  1. Donate $10 or more on April 25th or by scheduling your donation for “On Giving Day” by going to the following page:
  2. Please share this information with people you believe would connect with our mission.
  3. Like us on Facebook:
  4. Watch and share coverage of our work here: or
  5. If you are local, contact to volunteer to help out at an event, plan a local fundraiser or to donate some gently used clothing or children’s necessities.

Alison Caliendo Las Vegas Review JournalThank you for your support. It means so much to me and together we can do so much more to strengthen families.

Alison Caliendo, M.A.
Executive Director, Foster Kinship
P: (702) KIN-9988 | E: | |

It’s Charity Tuesday: Give a Gift in Honor of a Relative!

November 27, 2012 Posted by Ali

It’s Charity Tuesday and we are excited to announce a great way to give back while gifting your family this season!

With a gift to Foster Kinship you will not only help relatives keep home in the family for vulnerable children, you can honor a relative or friend that made an important difference in your life.  Donate $10 or more and we will send you a personalized card honoring the person of your choice perfect for giving to them this holiday season.


Once your donation is received we will contact you for the relative information and address to send the card in honor of your loved one. Thank you for your support!



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