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COFFEE KIDS CEASES PROGRAMMING AFTER 26 YEARS

COFFEE KIDS CEASES PROGRAMMING AFTER 26 YEARS
Board of Directors will Seek to Merge with Similar Organization

CHICAGO – The Coffee Kids Board of Directors has decided to suspend programming at the end of 2014. The Board will then explore options for merging with another organization with a similar purpose.The Coffee Kids Board of Directors has decided to suspend programming at the end of 2014. The Board will then explore options for merging with another organization with a similar purpose.

“We have made this decision in light of long-standing financial challenges that have led us to examine how we as an organization have been implementing our mission,” said Mike Ebert, President of Coffee Kids.

The Board has determined that while Coffee Kids partner organizations at origin are implementing projects that have a transformative impact on coffee-producing communities, it is clear that our current business model is no longer sustainable and will not allows us to adequately support these projects moving forward.

Coffee Kids Board, staff and project partners are grateful for the support they have received over the past 26 years. To continue to be good stewards of donor money while supporting impactful projects at origin, the Board will explore options for merging with another organization working with, or interested in working with, coffee-growing communities.

The need in coffee-farming communities is great. The Board hopes that our donors continue to support innovative projects designed and implemented by the coffee-producing communities themselves. By merging with another organization dedicated to meeting the needs of communities as they define them, we hope to honor the 26-year legacy of Coffee Kids.

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