January 2018

Grants were awarded to Oakland, CA-based East Bay Children’s Law Offices, Inc. (EBCLO.org) and Chicago-based Urban Initiatives.  EBCLO is a nonprofit child advocacy organization which provides legal representation to children and youth who are the subject of abuse and neglect proceedings, delinquency proceedings and probate guardianship proceedings in Alameda County Courts. Should a child return to live with his parent or be freed for adoption or whether a young high school graduate is adequately prepared for adulthood, this organization supports the child through the process.

Mike Donohoe, Foundation Vice President (ret. Jim Beam), Kristin Mateer, Managing Attorney with Barrie Becker, Executive Director, EBCLO

Established in 2003, the highly successful Urban Initiatives (urbaninitiatives.org) now works  in 57 of Chicago’s Public Schools and that number grows annually. Specialized programs focus on segments of grades K-12, primarily through sports.

“Both organizations are dedicated to helping rehabilitate our nation’s at-risk youth and both have shown outstanding results”, says Foundation President Ralph Aguera. “We are grateful that the Foundation can assist by awarding grants to further their efforts”.

Perhaps you are acquainted with one or more of the above programs; if not, perhaps you might visit one of these grantee organizations or just drop a note to say ‘Keep up the good work’. We know they would be pleased to hear from a supporter. If you work with, or know of a program that might qualify for a grant from the Foundation, please notify them to send in an LOI (Letter of Intents) no later than February 28.

For over fifty years the Sky Ranch Foundation’s SKY RANCH FOR BOYS® has been assisting young people rehabilitate their lives for the better. If you would like to join us in assisting these youth, please click on the contact page of our website skyranchfoundation.org for details.

We thank all of those who have been supporting the Foundation and look forward to your continued support. All donations are welcome.  The full list of beverage alcohol industry supporters of Sky Ranch Foundation can be accessed via a link on our Support page (SKYRANCHFOUNDATION.org/support), which also offers a link for donations. If you made a donation and do not see your company listed here, please contact doribryant@gmail.com.


George McCarthy, Chairman

Ralph Aguera, President