Why Give to CEDARS?

You can help kids in crisis and build strong families.

When parents struggle and families become fragile, it is the children that often pay the highest price. Job loss, financial stress, illness, drug use, or violence in the home can lead to terrible situations of neglect or even abuse of children.

But you can change that pattern.

When you donate, you give hope to children who often feel hopeless. With your help, CEDARS can provide children with safe shelter, healing, and an opportunity to find an enduring family relationship.

Last year alone, CEDARS children received help in a variety of ways:

  • 3,479 children received direct services to protect them from harm.

  • Children received 122,961 nights of safe shelter when in crisis.

  • 2,353 sessions of child and family counseling helped families heal—and sometimes reunite.

  • 281 youth on the streets received critical, intensive help from our team of workers.

  • 487 children received early childhood education designed to help them grow physically and intellectually.

CEDARS respects our donors’ generosity. We are careful to use your gifts sensibly. In the last fiscal year, 88 cents of every dollar you donated provided services for our children. Only 12 cents of that dollar supported fundraising and administrative costs.

CEDARS has been recognized by the American Institute on Philanthropy and the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance for financial and organizational accountability. When you donate to CEDARS, you can trust that we’ll invest your resources wisely.