2018 Financial Report

An organization review for donors


Since 2008, the dedicated members of the Riley Foundation organization have worked continuously toward a deserving mission, to decrease the impact addiction has on children and support families in the early stages of addiction recovery. Utah continues to see overdose deaths that are above the national average* (NCHS), and the need for adequate support resources is an ongoing concern. Thanks to our donors, we are able to target support to underserved and high-risk population groups, children ages 3-12 from homes with addiction issues and families in the early stages of recovery (first 5 years of abstinence).
The following is a review of programs and includes cost summaries for the 2018 year, as well as projected costs for increasing programmatic needs. The Riley Foundation is committed to full financial transparency, and donors can request detailed reports throughout the year. We value your investment in our mission and are dedicated to the proper stewardship of all funds received. Together we are making a meaningful difference in the lives of children impacted by a loved one’s addiction and their families. From all of us at the Riley Foundation and the families we serve, thank you for believing in us.

*Source: https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/pressroom/states/utah/utah.htm

Organization Summary

The Riley Foundation provides necessary support resources for children affected by a loved one’s addiction and their families. The common goal we have for all of our programs is to decrease the adverse impact addiction has on children and support families in early recovery. More specifically, each program’s objective includes supporting the emotional health of children and building family stability, both of which are important for long-term success.
Regarding the psychological needs of children of addiction (COA), each year the Riley Foundation provides free support workshops for COAs and their caregivers. The Seven Cs Workshop Series uses research-based activities that focus on addiction education, addiction prevention, and supports the psychological well-being of children ages 3-12 from homes with addiction issues.
Regarding family stability in early recovery, The Essential Need Scholarship Program targets certain financial insecurities that are common barriers to recovery success and stability. By providing small scholarships that cover gaps in community resources, we help families maintain a more secure home environment. Together, our programs help families weather the transition from early recovery (first 3-5 years) to ongoing recovery (years 5 - 10) where the family environment is typically more stable *(NACoA). We believe alleviating certain financial burdens for parents creates an environment that feels safer for children. In addition, minimizing an excessive financial burden for the parent in recovery allows them to be more present as a parent.

*Source: https://nacoa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Families-in-Recovery-NACoA.pdf

The Seven Cs Workshop Program

Statement of Need

Few programs currently exist that focus on the unique needs of children of addiction (COA). Without support, COAs are at a higher risk for developing life-long issues that significantly decrease quality of life, including developing an addiction themselves. Historically addiction services focus almost exclusively on the individual with an addiction and their needs, with fewer resources extending to immediate family members. Addiction is referred to as a “Family Disease” for the profound impact it has on the whole family, especially children. Unfortunately, very few programs consider the youngest members in these families, who are arguably the most vulnerable to the adverse effects of the addiction family dynamic. Whether a parent remains actively addicted or enters recovery, COAs require support to navigate both scenarios as each come with their own difficulties.

For a more detailed analysis of the impact parental addiction has on children, visit the following:

The National Association for Children of Addiction: https://nacoa.org/families/family-recovery/

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention information on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs): https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/childabuseandneglect/acestudy/index.html

Program Objectives & Impact

  • Create a safe space for children to speak openly about their experience in a family with addiction.

  • Provide clear, accurate, and age-appropriate addiction information for children.

  • Provide access to unconditional support from non-using adults.

  • Offer evidence based interventions facilitated by professionals in the field.

  • Provide opportunities for children to meet peers from similar backgrounds.

  • Reinforce messages found to benefit COAs.

  • Counter the “unspoken rules” of the family with addiction: Don’t talk, don’t trust, don’t feel.

  • Increase emotional literacy.

  • Decrease the stigma/shame associated with addiction.

  • Foster resilience in target population/COAs through skill building (coping, communication, social).

  • Focus on play-centered learning, allow for opportunities to “just be a kid.”

  • Offer validation for COAs and their experiences.

  • Build opportunities for COAs to bond with their caregiver.

  • Connect families with the community resources that meet their needs.

  • Be a constant source of hope and understanding for children and families recovering from addiction.

For background on these objectives and potential impact, we suggest visiting the following resources:

Family Rules: https://elunanetwork.org/site/resources_pdf/711/

NACoA Educator Toolkit: https://www.addictionpolicy.org/hubfs/Kit4Teachers_ALt_2018-4.pdf


Program Curriculum

The Seven Cs Workshop Series is an evidence-based support program curated by Dr. John D. Livingstone, Phd. Dr. Livingstone is a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive behavioral treatment (CBT) for children, adolescents, and their parents. Each workshop is facilitated by professionals in the addiction recovery field and structured around psychoeducational activities shown to benefit COAs in the 3-12 year age range. The workshop series is centered on and reinforces 7 basic concepts that provide children with a helpful framework for understanding their experience as a child of a parent(s) with addiction.

  • I didn’t Cause it

  • I can’t Cure it

  • I can’t Control it

  • I can help Care for myself

  • I can Communicate my feelings

  • I can make healthy Choices

  • I can Celebrate me


The Seven Cs are the intellectual property of Jerry Moe, the National Director of Children’s Programs at the Betty Ford Center and Advisory Board Member of NACoA).

Caselman, T. (2015). Helping Children Affected by Parental Substance Abuse: Activities and Photocopiable Worksheets. London, England: Jessica Kingsley Pub.


Program Measures

Parents/guardians that attend with a child/children are given a voluntary evaluation at the end of each workshop as well as a more extensive evaluation questionnaire after the series conclude for the year. 

Increased Workshop Accessibility

With the coordinated efforts of Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention and Treatment (ADDAPT), Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Wasatch Mental Health, Utah County Recovery Coalition (UCRC), Children’s Service Society Grand Families Program, Partners for Infants and Children (PIC), House of Hope and others, the Seven C’s Workshop Series is advertised to all local government agencies and community programs that work with children impacted by addiction in the family. As a result, our attendance has consistently increased to a point we will need to consider additional workshop dates and more group facilitators to meet this growing need.

Program Cost

Expense Report 2018

Workshop Materials/advertising: $1,389.91

Staff hours: $2,100.00

Total: $3,489.91

Projected Cost 2019

Workshop materials: $4,500.00

Staff hours: $2,100.00

Additional staff: $700.00- $1,400.00

Est. Total: $7,300.00 +

This year’s projected rise in programmatic costs reflects the increase we are seeing in community interest in the workshop program. Additional attendance will necessitate the following adjustments:

  • Space rental with adequate room capacity.

  • Additional qualified workshop facilitators.

  • Additional program materials.

  • Additional food.

  • Increased staff hours. 

Our overall objective is to increase access to the workshop series while maintaining the quality of the program. We are currently working on resolutions to meet increased demand for workshops while maintaining quality of implementation.
  1. Recruit qualified professionals to serve on a workshop advisory board to inform the program’s growth.

  2. Train students of counseling and licensed therapists to facilitate the Seven Cs Workshop curriculum.

  3. Obtain a permanent or long-term location for the Riley Foundation. This is the most cost-effective approach to hosting more workshops throughout the year. Securing a permanent space would provide us with more flexibility to consider other groups that would benefit the population we serve. While this option would require consistent and substantial donations, it is the best option for growth.

Benefits of a permanent Riley Foundation location

For Children

A permanent residence would allow us to easily expand the types of groups we facilitate to include more that benefit COAs.

  • Grief groups for children who have lost a parent to overdose.

  • Support groups for children experiencing parental absence such as incarceration.

  • Structured mastery experience groups such as art, special interest, tutoring, educational, exercise, nutrition etc.

  • Field trips for children and guardians that foster bonding.

  • A permanent residence would feel more consistent and safe for children. We can create the space with COAs needs in mind.

For Parents/Guardians

A permanent residence would make it easier to expand our programs to include more benefits for parents/guardians.

  • A permanent residence would make it easier to provide parents with other resources in our network.

  • Parents/guardians benefit when children receive targeted support including improvements in behavior and emotional regulation.

  • Access to other caring adults can help meet attention needs of COAs, giving guardians a partial respite from the high demands of caregiving.

  • A permanent residence can help parents/guardians build trust with our organization by allowing us to give tours that help us share what goes on during the workshops, meet staff and volunteers, etc.

For Staff/Volunteers

A permanent location would provide numerous benefits to everyone involved in our organization.

  • Board meetings could be held in-house. It would be possible to create ways for members to attend meetings via phone conference, skype etc.

  • Workshop prep would be significantly simpler without the need to transport program materials from one site to the next.

  • Training facilitators and volunteers would be easier with a home base.

  • A permanent residence would simplify many parts of our organization, including volunteer and facilitator training, tracking program components, advertising, material organization, resources accessibility.

  • We would be able to provide consistent office hours.

  • A permanent location would help us increase safety components including monitoring and even record keeping.

  • A location specific to our organization would minimize outside distractions for the kids and families.

The Essential Need Scholarship Program


Statement of Need

Abstinence marks the beginning of a long and difficult process to long-term recovery. For families with young children, this transition proves even more challenging. For approximately the first 3-5 years of sobriety, individuals are more vulnerable to relapse for a variety of reasons. Individuals entering recovery experience financial, physical, and emotional hardships that take time to overcome, including lost wages from receiving treatment, job loss due to recent active addiction, strained relationships with friends/family meaning fewer support people in their social network, diminished mental and physical health, among many other factors. Parents entering sobriety, especially those with children under 12, have additional barriers to overcome.
Though positive and necessary, new sobriety is also disruptive to a family. The consolidation of new behaviors is a learning process with a lot of uncertainty and almost constant change. In order for families to survive the fragile state of early recovery and reach the more stable on-going recovery phase, they will require multiple sources of outside support that ideally address their unique needs. Unfortunately, many programs that already exist are limited in scope, have extended waiting periods, are unreliable due to funding issues, or don’t adequately meet the specific needs a family may have. We created the Essential Need Scholarship Program to address these gaps in current social programs, address unexpected but critical expenses, prevent a financial crisis, and improve stability in the home environment.

Source: https://nacoa.org/families/family-recovery/

Program Summary

The Essential Need Scholarship Program is a financial aid resource for families in the early stages of the recovery transition that meet qualifying circumstances. The program was created with the intention of increasing family stability by awarding small financial grants that would cover gaps in other community programs. This program is available to parents with qualifying circumstances who meet the eligibility requirements. Each application is reviewed by the board, and scholarship eligibility is determined on a case by case basis.

Program mission

The objective of the scholarship program is to decrease the disruptive impact the recovery process has on a child’s environment and increase stability in the home. In addition, this program serves to cover significant gaps in the community services available to parents in recovery, whether they are the sole guardian of their children or temporarily limited in their parental role.

Intended Benefits

A parent experiencing economic crisis is less available to meet their child’s physical and emotional needs. Financial stress leads to a parent’s diminished capacity to cope effectively with the day-to-day challenges of parenting. New recovery means families will experience constant and often radical changes. As individuals work to solidify a stable and sober routine, the family endures some tough transitions where many outside resources may be needed to overcome life’s challenges.
Whether a child lives with their parent full time, part time, attend limited visitation sessions, or experiencing a temporary separation with eventual reunification, children benefit from a parent’s increased stability.

Specific Benefits

  • Helping families endure the wait times for other programs.

  • Sustain family stability during a temporary crisis.

  • Prevent families from having an acute problem lead to a chronic issue. (e.g. car breaks down leads -> lost wages -> lost job -> loss of shelter etc.).

  • Address funding inconsistencies in community programs.


  • Applicant is a parent in early addiction recovery with custody or visitation rights.

  • Applicant is a legal guardian of a COA.

  • Applicant has at least one child in the age range we serve (12 and under)

  • Applicant and their child/children are residents of Utah.

Qualifying Circumstances

  • The financial need is not chronic in nature.

  • Applicant has exhausted other avenues of support.

  • The financial need is impacting the family’s health, safety, job security, etc.

  • Resolving the financial need would improve the quality of the home environment for the children.

  • Applicant is working toward a long-term solution to their financial issues.

  • Applicant is working an active program of recovery.

Recipient Update Questionnaire

We reach out to scholarship recipients throughout the year to help us determine what types of scholarships are having the biggest impact and to assess what types of scholarship request we are most likely to receive. By staying in contact with scholarship recipients we can learn about other benefits of the program on the individual and their children.

Board Review

The board has the ongoing task of continually reviewing program reach and effectiveness. The board regularly considers the types of scholarship requests that are submitted and the application processes ability to adequately assess a family’s need and whether the scholarship request fits within our mission guidelines.

Program Cost

Program cost varies annually based on demand and budget. As we have become more visible in the community, we have seen scholarship inquiries continuously increase. As a result, the scholarship program’s mission has gotten more specific, and eligibility requirements have gotten more selective. Our main objective with offering scholarships is to offset common barriers to success and augment other resources available in the community.

Budget: $5,000 - $53,5o2.49 annually or more.

2017: $5,017.29

  • 7 scholarships awarded to 4 individuals

  • Smallest scholarship $152.00 for tooth repair

  • Largest scholarship $1,631.92 for auto repair

2018: $53,502.49

  • 21 scholarships awarded to 13 individuals.

  • Smallest scholarship $88.00 for a bus pass.

  • Largest scholarship $17,000 for treatment (Scholarship provided by a restricted funds donation).


Estimated increase in need
Utah continues to see an above-average occurrence of opioid overdose deaths and increasing rates of alcohol consumption that meets the criteria for binge drinking. In response, more Utah families will need various forms of support to successfully overcome tough transitions in early addiction recovery. Although a lot of effort is being made to address these issues, including the Utah State Legislature’s passing two laws to help reduce overdose deaths (Good Samaritan Law, Naloxone Law), the resources needed to address addiction in an effective way continues to exceed the capacity to help from other combined community programs.
As it stands, our budget for scholarships in 2019 is lower than previous years due to fewer donations made in 2018 and in response to more resources needed for our workshop program. However, this is an area of need we feel is necessary, and efforts are being made to increase our capacity to fund adequate scholarships for those in need.

Statistics source: (https://www.drugabuse.gov)


Sub for Santa
Our Sub for Santa program provides Christmas assistance for children impacted by a loved one’s addiction and parents in early addiction recovery.

Statement of Need

Early addiction recovery comes with many challenges, especially financial. It is common for parents to have disruptions to income as they seek treatment and address their mental and physical health. This can make providing even a simple Christmas for their children unmanageable. Further, traditions help children feel more safe and secure, and taking away some of the financial pressure can give families more of an opportunity to create positive memories during the holiday season. In addition, by going through the application process for this program, parents benefit from knowing their effort provided Christmas for their kids. This can be very empowering during a time where a lot of life feels out of control.


The application for this program screens for eligibility. Completed applications are reviewed by the board for final approval. The board considers the following for program eligibility:

  • Children’s age: Applicant must have at least one child in the age range we serve (12 yrs and under) with the inclusion of older siblings up to 16 yrs.

  • Financial need: Applicants can verify income in various ways, including if they already qualify for other income based programs like SNAP.

  • Location: Parents and children must be Utah residents and in an area we can easily transport their Christmas package (Utah County/Salt Lake County)

  • Program participation: Families that participate in the Seven Cs Workshop Series are given first priority if funds are limited.

  • Applicants submit their paperwork by the deadline.

Board Review

Each application is reviewed at the monthly meeting. Applicants approved for the Sub for Santa program are assigned to a sponsor/shopper who completes and delivers the Christmas package to the family at least 1 week before Christmas.

2017 $918.66

  • 3 single child families.

  • $172.87 per child totaling $518.66

  • $100.00 gift card per family totaling $300.00

  • Additional $100.00 gift card for sponsored family 

2018 $2,245.24

  • 4 families, 10 children total

  • $187.52 spent per child totaling $1,875.24

  • $100.00 gift card per family totaling $370.00. (Received a 10% discount on a Target promotion)

2019 $2500.00 +

Recovery Days

Statement of Need

In addition to our core programs, we believe community outreach is important. September is National Recovery Month, and each year we participate in the Recovery Days event in Provo. Hosted by the Utah County Recovery Coalition, Recovery Days is free to attend and open to all in the community who want to learn about addiction issues while celebrating individuals in recovery. It includes family-centered activities with lots of entertainment for young children.
In addition to entertainment, this event provides an opportunity for organizations like ours to rent booth space in order to share with others who we are and what we do. Families that visit our booth in person are more likely to consider bringing their child to a workshop than if they see a pamphlet for the workshop series in an office setting.

Cost to run: $613.61 +

Other Expenses

Paid Personnel

The Riley Foundation currently employs one part-time staff member for core program support.

2017: $13,805.00

2018: $15,638.40

2019: $20,808.00 +

We anticipate a minimum annual increase of $5,208 (5 hrs per week) for paid staffing to meet growing program needs.

Other Operating Costs


Total Cost to Run for 2018


Projected Cost to Run for 2019

We project, at a minimum, an additional $13,170 to maintain our current programs.

$94,544.08 +

Program In Development: Hattie’s Fund

Statement of Need

Research shows the positive impact mentoring relationships can have for children, especially those from homes with addiction. Benefits of the mentoring relationship include a reduction in delinquency and dangerous behavior and increased levels of self-esteem, educational achievement, and sense of belonging to a social network. All of the benefits of the mentoring relationship contribute to an increase in resilience and lead to more positive outcomes throughout the adjustment to adolescents and adulthood.

Summary of Benefits For COAs From Mentor Relationships

  • Trust building: Coaches, educators, group leaders that demonstrate consistency, authentic interest, and enthusiasm can help children that have a difficult time trusting others. (Caselman p. 12).

  • Social Skills: Mentoring relationships offer many social skill interventions including coaching, feedback, modeling, perseverance, goal setting, positive reinforcement, and conflict resolution among others.

  • Human Connection: Supportive relationships promote a sense of belonging and acceptance, which is a critical element of feeling safe. Connection and belonging plays an important role in the development of self-esteem and self-efficacy. (Caselman p. 87)

  • Better Outcomes: Research has shown children from homes with addiction who rely on supportive adults show stronger social/coping skills, are more resilient, and have fewer problems in adulthood.

Summary of Benefits for Mastery Experiences


Increase the access children of addiction have to non-using supportive adults and mastery experiences.


Research shows children benefit from access to mentoring relationships and mastery experiences. These benefits include increased resilience, self-esteem, and self-efficacy.


Provide scholarships that cover some/all of the annual cost of educational extracurricular activities that fit the criteria for positive mentoring relationships and mastery experiences.

Program Cost

$1,000 +

Up to $1000 per child based on the type and duration of the extracurricular program.


Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. (2013, January 15). Youth mentoring linked to many positive effects, new study shows. ScienceDaily. Retrieved March 6, 2019 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/01/130115143850.htm

Caselman, T. (2015). Helping children affected by parental substance abuse: Activities and photocopiable worksheets. Philadelphia: Jessica Kingsley.

Scholarship Program Impact

Scholarship: Hogan build


The Riley Foundation partnered with Ascend Alumni to build a traditional hogan for the Tse’ Bii’ Nidzisgai Elementary School in Monument Valley Utah. This school was chosen to receive our support due to the high incidence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) reported by children in this area of Utah.
ACEs are stressful or traumatic events during childhood including abuse, neglect, and dysfunction that have lasting impacts through a person’s lifespan, including substance misuse or dependence. 90% of children attending this elementary school score high on the ACEs test. A high ACEs score is strongly associated with a wide variety of health issues throughout an individual’s lifespan including..

  • Higher risk behaviors

  • Chronic health disorders

  • Low quality of life

  • Poor life potential

  • Early death 

In addition to other ACEs, 95% of the children at this school met the criteria for homelessness (living with extended family members or in inadequate facilities).


The hogan serves as a safe space where children can work with teachers, social workers, and mentors to build resources for coping and emotional regulation. Research suggests that for children impacted by ACEs, effective elements for improving adjustment and coping include:
  • Close ties to cultural heritage

  • Access to nurturing adults either inside or outside of the family

  • Good problem solving skills


The hogan serves as a supportive space where natural and learned resiliencies can grow and thrive.

Scholarship: Dental Care

Recipient Testimonial

In what ways did receiving this scholarship help you?

“This scholarship has completely changed my life. I haven’t smiled in years without covering my mouth or keeping my head down. I was embarrassed to meet new people, shy to order my own food at restaurants, etc. Since getting my teeth fixed, I feel beautiful and confident for the first time in over 15 years. I smile constantly. I work in substance use recovery and it helps to show newcomers the blessings and hope. I can never thank you all enough.”

Is there anything you would like our donors to know about you and your family?

“I’m a single mother of 2 that never thought I had hope of fixing my smile. It was obvious to my children’s friends, and their parents that I had made some poor life choices. I feel like a normal mom again. My kids are no longer as hesitant to introduce me. It has made all of our lives better.”

Why do you feel scholarships are important/necessary for families in addiction recovery?

“It gives us an opportunity to have things we had given up on due to our past. I can not say enough how much this scholarship has changed my life. As a single mother of 2 with a record, my choices are somewhat limited. I survive check to check, which is ok, but would’ve never been enough to fix my smile. My life is forever changed thanks to this scholarship.”

Seven Cs Workshop Series

We are very proud of the workshop program and how much it has grown. While other non-profits exist that focus on children, the Riley Foundation is truly unique in offering support that is specified to meet the particular needs of children who have been impacted by parental addiction. We make continuous efforts to improve this program. When children attend, we want them to get the high quality and individualized experience they deserve! We hope to inspire others in the community to create more resources for children of addiction, and our goal is to set the “Gold Standard” for what these resources should look like.

2019 Workshop Program Theme: You are not alone, you are part of a team!

One of the most important sentiments a child affected by addiction needs to hear is that they are NOT alone. Lots of children have a loved one with an addiction, but because of the shame around the disease, struggles with addiction are often kept private. Our workshops are a safe space where kids get to meet other children from similar backgrounds and have access to many caring adults while we learn and play together!

We went all out with the “Team” theme and created baseball style shirts for team members to wear. Children who attend the workshop series this year will have their handprint on the back of the 2019 flag which we will “fly” at our booth on Recovery Day in September.

The workshops create opportunities for caregivers and children to bond, whether they are the biological parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, older siblings or other guardianships.

2018 Workshop Program Theme: Children deserve the right to their own recovery!

Dr. Livingston is an expert in his field of psychology AND creating welcoming and safe environments for children of addiction.

Addiction is a family disease. Both active addiction AND recovery have a profound effect on children. Whether it’s the unpredictable moods of a parent who still struggles or the parental absences a child endures while a parent focuses on their recovery, children need and deserve resources that help them navigate the difficulties of being part of a family with addiction issues. Throughout 2018 we emphasized this theme using our social media platforms and program materials to help educate everyone on the need for “recovery for kids.”

We held a design contest for our official 2018 logo. After a public vote on Facebook, the winning design was put onto our workshop shirts and program materials such as stickers, buttons and our Recovery Days flag!

Our original design from 2015.

The 2018 theme was inspired by common questions and concerns we receive regarding the Seven Cs Workshop Series. When it comes to kids, people tend to tiptoe around the topic of addiction and underestimate the consequences avoiding the issue can have. From a very young age, children know their family is different. The problem is, no one helps them understand why. Children who are left in the dark will fill in the blanks themselves with misinformation that leads to confusion, shame, and feelings of isolation. We aim to increase the understanding that there are age-appropriate ways to address addiction with kids, and that it’s important to do so.

Two of the themed posts we distributed through social media to shine a light on the need for support resources for children of addiction

We still have a long way to go before it’s common practice for children to receive the targeted support they need. The good news is we are seeing attitudes shift and changes being made! We will continue to do our part to expand our reach and increase our impact.

Being a part of the Riley Foundation continues to be a gift to my own recovery. As program director I get to see firsthand, just how meaningful our programs are to the children and families we serve. It is an honor to act as a steward for the generous donations we receive and help to ensure those funds are used effectively to fulfill our mission as an organization.

Together we are making a difference!

Lauren Rencher

Program Director