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Research on Music and the Developing Brain
Posted by Legacy Web Administrator - August 28, 2005

Submitted by Darryl Wernham, Chief Executive Officer, The Legacy Children's Foundation

Check out this site posted April 11, 2005: The Mozart Effect, Research on Music and the Developing Brain, and more ...,

It contains a great collection of links to Online Resources on Music/Brain Research.

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Early Child Development
Posted by Legacy Web Administrator - August 28, 2005

Submitted by Darryl Wernham, Chief Executive Officer, The Legacy Children's Foundation

There is growing evidence about how critical the early years are to a child's development. It is becoming increasingly clear that the development of the brain in the early years is a pathway that affects physical and mental health, learning, and behavior throughout the life cycle. Evidences show that children who are well nurtured during this period tend to do better in school and stand a better chance of developing the skills required to contribute productively to social and economic development.

To view evidence of this statement check out this site: Evidence

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FASD Awareness Day
Posted by Legacy Web Administrator - August 27, 2005

Submitted by Darryl Wernham, Cheif Executive Officer, The legacy Children's Foundation

In late February of 1999, a small group of burned-out adoptive and foster parents, plus a small but committed number of mothers in recovery, most of whom had never met face-to-face, set out to change the world.

Frustrated by the lack of public awareness of FASD by both public and professionals, they began to wonder:

What if, on the ninth minute of the ninth hour of the ninth day of the ninth month of the year one thousand, nine hundred and ninety-nine, we asked the world to remember that during the nine months of pregnancy, a woman should remain alcohol free? And, what if we also asked the world to remember those millions of people who will never fulfill their genetic potential, because of prenatal alcohol exposure? At this magic minute in history, could we begin to change the world?

FASDay September 9, 1999 began in Auckland, New Zealand, where “Minute of Reflection” bells rang at 9:09 a.m., at Mt Albert Methodist church. Then it moved to Adelaide, Australia, and then to South Africa, where at 9:09 a.m., Cape Town volunteers gathered to hear the War Memorial Carillon that rang when Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Volunteers in Italy, Germany and Sweden held events – and then FASDay crossed the Atlantic. There were events in every time zone across Canada and the U.S., including ringing of carillons in Toronto, Niagara Falls, Hastings, NE, and Austin & San Antonio, Texas. The westernmost activity was the community breakfast on the tiny island of Kitkatla, B.C., near the Queen Charlotte Islands, where the village bell rang at 9:09 a.m. followed by prayers in the native tongue by village elders.

This year will mark the 6th anniversary of that first International FASD Awareness Day.
For more information about this day and FASD checkout the FASDay Web site at WWW.FASDAY.COM.

How will we be marking this day?

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The Funding Challenge
Posted by Legacy Web Administrator - August 25, 2005

Submitted by Darryl Wernham, Chief Executive Officer, The Legacy Children's Foundation

These are extremely difficult times for non-profit organizations with all levels of government reporting unprecedented budget shortfalls, traditional community and private foundation assets plummeting, and individuals and corporations cutting back on their charitable donations. At the same time, with the economy unsteady and unemployment at worrisome levels throughout most of the country, ever-increasing numbers of people are turning to already-stressed charities for health and social service support. All over North America non-profit groups are struggling to keep up with the demand in an environment where funding is unpredictable at best and most funding bodies expect that agencies will create a sustainable funding base. This, for many, is an improbable or even impossible task.

At the forefront of this challenge are traditional community and private foundations that have for years played a crucial role in supporting existing and potential innovative programs. The funding needs, however, of the social service network in any given community cannot be met through the community foundation movement, nor should this be an expectation. It may, however, be a time when foundations might re-evaluate their role and impact with an eye to creating legitimate opportunities for service providers to secure long-term, sustainable support rather than focusing solely on one-year projects.

For decades foundations have been making large grants to non-profit organizations in the hope that they would be meeting a wide range of our society’s most pressing and vital needs. In 1995 alone foundations invested more than ten billion dollars in programs dealing with poverty, homelessness, the environment, education and the arts. Quite simply put, existing funding practices are proving to be ineffectual with an extremely limited impact on very serious societal problems. Although this approach creates an incentive for non-profits to devise innovative programs, it does not encourage them to spend time assessing the strengths, goals and needs of their own organizations or the true needs of citizens in the community.

Foundations need to find imaginative new ways of making grants and creating opportunities that not only fund quality programs, but also build up the organizational capabilities that non-profits require in order to deliver effective, sustainable programming. Unfortunately, agencies often lack the organizational resources required to sustain the programs they have so carefully designed and tested.

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