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About

Mission

We build уouth Dreams!

Good Tidings Foundation, founded in 1995, is a 501-(c)-3 children’s charity that looks to equally support ARTS, EDUCATION, ATHLETICS and DREAMS for youth from communities of need in Northern California.  We engage in charitable partnerships with professional sports teams, pro athletes and other leaders who share our vision on how to create projects within our mission.  We believe that every child deserves to have the means to achieve their dreams regardless of financial status, ethnic origin, religion or region of living. It is the Spirit of the Holiday Season, which we were founded upon, with the joy of giving in its simplest form that we look to emulate all year long.  Our ‘mission over money’ philosophy is the foundation for everything we do.

About

History

GOOD TIDINGS IS BORN FROM AN IDEA BY LARRY HARPER, A PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL SCOUT.

In 1994, MLB cancelled the World Series. Harper was disturbed on how this could happen over money and the impression that would be left on youth. So he set out to do something positive for children, so that the younger generation would love the game for what it is not for the money it could give you. A children's book was the idea and he contacted an LA based artist name Brent Benger. Benger had just finished a

series of 'Rockwellesque' images of children playing catch with their Dad, listening to a game on the radio, etc.. This would provide the perfect genre and Harper would write the poetry. The book begins with "We don't claim this to be a book about the way life is, just the way we wish it to be...". But the book needed some star quality to be successful. So Larry wrote a note to his childhood idol, Vin Scully, gave it to a Dodgers Coach he knew, and asked Vin if he would write the foreward. The next day there was a message on Harper's home phone..."Hello Larry, this is Vin Scully". At first thought, Larry

thought this was someone doing their best Vin Scully impression, but it was not, it was the greatest sports announcer of all-time saying yes! Scully was on board, the book was self published so all money could be directly given to such charities as Make-A-Wish and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. At the book signing at Vroman's Bookstore in Pasadena, the line was two blocks long to see Scully and the first edition was sold out.

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Harper, who at one time, thought his path may have been to be a Catholic Priest, knew now he could be a missionary for children. So, Good Tidings Foundation was formed in January of 1995. The name was chosen from his favorite Christmas song [just like the title of the book came from a Holiday Song]. Good Tidings original mission was to provide holiday toys to deserving youth. Larry and his wife Ronette, were watching TV and saw a piece on how all the 'Dear Santa' letters were being sent to San Francisco. So Larry went to the main SF post office and asked if they could provide them with some letters from the poorest zip codes. The Harper's, working from their garage, anonymously answered all the wishes of these children and had them delivered on Christmas Eve.

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The following year, Good Tidings provided all the toys for a Holiday Party sponsored by the Golden State Warriors for homeless children. Following the party, their Director of Community Relations asked if Good Tidings would like to partner in building an inner-city basketball court. Although Good Tidings had no experience in this, they jumped at the opportunity to make an even bigger impact to children and their community. So it was Brookdale Park, home of such NBA greats as Gary Payton, Jason Kidd and Brian Shaw, that would be the site for this first court. Last year, Good Tidings went back again to Brookdale to refurbish the surface again as part of it's 100th Project. The court was officially named Good Tidings Court.

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So the San Francisco Giants heard of this and invited Good Tidings to build fields with them. Then the 49ers heard, then the Oakland Athletics heard, then the San Jose Sharks heard and so on and so on...

Good Tidings has now built over 160 Athletic Facilities in underserved neighborhoods with the Warriors, Giants, A's, Niners, Sharks, Sacramento Kings. And such athletes as CC Sabathia, Kerri Walsh Jennings, Barry Bonds, Chris Mullin, etc. have joined in. Good Tidings uses the same material and products [sod, dirt, etc.] from the same manufacturers found in professional stadiums. To date, over 100,000 children have played on and benefited from these new facilities.

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Early in his scouting career, when Larry Harper was the Scouting Director of the San Francisco Giants [where he met his wife] he met America's most popular artist LeRoy Neiman who had recently painted the Bay Bridge World Series. They quickly became friends and dabbled in various charitable works using Neiman's art. When it came time to start Good Tidings, Neiman was immediately on board helping raise money for the charity through the auctioning of his art work.

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Along the way, it was obvious to Larry that not only were children not able to have proper athletic facilities, but now art was being removed from most schools. Something as simple as a piece of paper and a crayon were no longer an option for youngsters. So the idea to create LeRoy Neiman Art Studios for Youth was born. The idea was to create first-rate artist studios so children were not having to do art at the same desk they just had to do their math equations. A true place for creativity in a positive fashion. And now Good Tidings builds two LeRoy Neiman Art Studios each year.

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In 1999, Good Tidings did add a Community Service Scholarship to the mix and now awards $100,000 per year to deserving high school students for being good. To date, Good Tidings has awarded over $1,400,000 in scholarships. These are the most amazing and inspiring young people you will ever know.

Larry and Ronette have two children [Zack and Bridgette] and reside in South San Francisco.

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About

Nate Thurmond Award

We are pleased to announce the Nate Thurmond Award. We had the pleasure of meeting NBA Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond in 1999 when we built a basketball court in San Francisco in his name, Nate became our official spokesperson soon after, and represented Good Tidings at dozens of events. Nate handled himself with the utmost dignity and class and truly embodies what Good Tidings is all about. We created this special award, in Nate's honor, to present to a person each year as voted on by the board. The medal was created by the Northwest Territorial Mint which makes the Pulitzer Prize, the Peabody Award and Presidential Inauguration Medal.

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About

Financial Statement and 990

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Year-in-review Videos

About

Board of Directors

  • Matt King, President
  • Jerri Kay-Phillips, Vice President
  • Marritje Greene, Co-Treasurer
  • Aaron Barulich, Trustee
  • Glenn DeKraker, Trustee
  • David Flemming, Trustee
  • Ron Franks, Trustee
  • Drew Hagen, Trustee
  • Donna Otis, Trustee
  • Rick Lyons, Co-Treasurer
  • John McNulty, Trustee
  • Kim Popovits, Trustee
  • Rich Sarris, Trustee
  • Bridgette Harper, Trustee
  • Larry Harper, Secretary
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About

Staff

  • Larry Harper, Founding Principal
  • Ronette Harper, Office Manager
  • Laura Verson, Director of Operations
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Contact Us

Good Tidings Foundation 1469 Rollins Road Burlingame, СА 94010

Toll Free: (800) 824-7366 Local: (650) 239-9213 Fax: (650) 239-9624 www.goodtidings.org Email Larry Harper: larry@goodtidings.org Tax ID: 94-3219013

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