Treehouse wins national award for helping foster children


Treehouse, a nonprofit foster child organization with programs in Spokane, received one of 10 Classy Awards for social innovation.

Seattle-based Treehouse supports the additional needs of foster children and runs Graduation Success to increase high school graduation rates and the newer Launch Success program for college students. Treehouse has programs in nine counties across the state.

When Graduation Success was introduced in 2012, the nationwide graduation rate for young people in foster families was 36.5%. Today it’s 50.4%, more than double the rate of increase for non-carers. Despite the pandemic, more than 158 teenagers across the country successfully graduated from high school last year.

The nonprofit’s mission is to increase the nationwide graduation rate in foster care to 90% by 2027. Graduation Success serves 12 school districts in east Washington with a plan to expand to 60 additional school districts by the end of the 2022/23 school year.

Classy is a fundraising platform that enables nonprofits to connect supporters with the causes they advocate. Together, this year’s Classy Award winners have helped address global issues such as food insecurity, health care, housing support services and urban agriculture.

Classy’s Leadership Council evaluated the top finalists to determine the winners in two categories: Social Innovation and Adaptation and Overcoming. The council dealt with problem-solving approaches and direct effects.

For more information about Treehouse, visit treehouseforkids.org or call (206) 767-7000.

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