Voices for Children (VFC), a private, nonprofit organization serving foster children with volunteer advocates, recently announced the election of 11 new members to the Board of Directors, including Del Mar resident Stephanie Bergsma. All members began their two-year terms on July 1, 2013. The VFC Board now has 25 members; the CAC also has 25.
Rochelle Bold remarked, “I am honored and delighted to welcome these 11 distinguished San Diegans to our Board of Directors, and look forward to working with them in the coming year. Voices for Children has had a remarkable trajectory over the past five years, during which time the budget has doubled from $2.5 million to $4.9 million.
“But we still have more work to do. To achieve our Serve Every Child vision, which requires an annual budget of $6 million, we must continue to grow the organization, and I am confident that with the addition of these individuals to our team, we will be successful. We are all dedicated to making sure that the more than 5,000 children living in San Diego foster care receive the desperately needed advocacy of CASAs that only Voices for Children can provide.”
About Del Mar’s Stephanie Bergsma:
Stephanie Bergsma raised more than $70 million during her 26-year tenure at KPBS TV/FM. Her achievements include raising the funds to build and completely equip the KPBS Copley Telecommunications Center. She was also responsible for Joan Kroc’s bequest of $235 million to NPR and KPBS; the KPBS Planned Giving Program; the Producers Club for 800+ members who contribute $1,200 or more annually; and the Joan and Irwin Jacobs TV and Radio Studios. She recently secured gifts totaling $6.8 million from Joan and Irwin Jacobs to launch a cutting-edge program to train reporters in the use of multimedia for public news coverage and to renovate the second floor of KPBS.
For more information about Voices for Children, to inquire about becoming a CASA volunteer, or to make a donation, visit www.speakupnow.org or call 858-569-2019.