January 04, 2018
Austin Woman Magazine: A Legacy of Philanthropy
New-to-Austin nonprofit Friends of the Children strives to break the generational cycle of poverty by providing East Austin youth with a mentor for life.
Austin is a microcosm of nonprofits, a community enveloped with a passion for giving back. And Rachel Arnold, senior vice president of Vista Equity Partners, and Nancy Pollard are no exception, with their unequivocal spirit of volunteerism. The friends turned business partners recently launched the Austin chapter of Friends of the Children, a national nonprofit that provides underprivileged children with a mentor from kindergarten through high-school graduation.
Friends of the Children was founded in Portland, Ore., in 1993, and throughout the past two and a half decades, has helped youth reach key milestones for success. Nationally, 83 percent of Friends of the Children participants graduate high school, 93 percent avoid the juvenile justice system and 98 percent avoid becoming teen parents.