Charity of the week
Founded in 1982, Ounce of Prevention Fund (theounce.org) seeks to help children develop in the critical years from birth to age 5. The Prevention Fund implements educational programs to prepare children for kindergarten and provides guidance and resources to low-income, teen, and first-time parents through home visits. The charity also trains doulas, who build expectant first-time mothers’ confidence through weekly home visits and continue to support them through labor. By collecting science-based research and rigorously evaluating its own programs, the organization improves its models for childhood development and shares key findings with lawmakers to improve public policy. Every year, the Chicago-based organization serves more than 4,000 children and their families.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■
April 18, 2019 THE WEEK