Surely Beau would be beyond proud of his parents, President and Dr. Biden, and his friends, Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff. With the new administration taking office, some things will change here at the Beau Biden Foundation, though most will stay the same. Because you’re one of our friends, I want you to know exactly what the changes will be.
First, our work will continue. More than ever, children living in dangerous situations need a shield – someone to step up and protect them from abuse and neglect. Our mission is to carry on Beau’s promise to protect children and confront abuse. That won’t change.
It is necessary for us to continue to respect the ethical guidelines we have operated under for the last five years and to further expand those guidelines. We are implementing new protocols to provide greater transparency around fundraising and establish strict guidelines around who can make a gift to support our work.
Beginning on January 20, 2021, we will share the names and home states of all donors whose gifts exceed, alone or in aggregate, $2,500 per year. We will share the list on our website, and update it monthly.
We understand many of our donors have first-hand experience with abuse, neglect, or violence and may prefer to make their gift anonymously. That’s understandable, and we respect that desire. We will make every accommodation to accept anonymous gifts while still holding ourselves accountable to the ethics guidelines of the Biden-Harris Administration.
Since our inception, the Beau Biden Foundation has been an operating 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We are not, and have never operated, as a grant-making organization. We work tirelessly to deliver our programming throughout the United States. Each year, we conduct and facilitate hundreds of workshops and trainings. We regularly develop new workshops and programming to meet the changing needs of vulnerable children, families, and those who serve children.
In order to adhere to ethics guidelines, and to avoid any potential conflicts of interest with the Biden-Harris Administration, we will only accept gifts from U.S. citizens, lawfully admitted permanent residents, American corporate entities, and associations. Federally registered lobbyists, registered foreign agents, and federal contractors will not be permitted to make gifts to the Foundation.
Our donation forms will now require all donors to confirm their eligibility to make a gift.
This pandemic has had a profound impact on children living in dangerous or abusive homes. It’s also had a profound impact on children living in safe and supportive homes. As children across the country return to classrooms and out-of-school activities, they’re carrying the weight of trauma – a trauma none of us could have imagined just a year ago.
And it’s part of our job to make sure those children get the help and support they need. The Foundation is proud to announce we’re creating a new workshop to help the adults on the front lines of protecting children understand how to help and respond to children reentering the world after suffering significant trauma, in a trauma-informed way.
This isn’t a new idea, but it’s so vitally important. I will keep you updated on how this training is coming together.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Thank you for everything you do and have done to protect children and confront abuse.
Patricia Lewis, Esq.
Beau Biden Foundation