Every student deserves to graduate!
Jeff and Mary Jean (Liffrig) Dehne have been raised by incredibly dedicated and unselfish parents. Don and Kathy Dehne along with Duane and Doris Liffrig have been role models of living a good life in faithful service to others. Jeff and Mary Jean were raised to value the many freedoms our great nation provides, but especially education and faith. Faith is defined as, “belief in, devotion to, or trust in somebody or something, especially without logical proof.” Our parents’ faith, perseverance and honesty taught us that in this country, anything is possible! They expect us to respect and carry this American Spirit into the communities in which we live, especially children!
“A positive mental attitude helps people become excellent in whatever it is they love to do. Jeff, never forget P.M.A.” the late Fargo North Principal, Don Dehne told his son.
While planting tomatoes and discussing the ideas of L.C.F. with Mary Jean, Duane told his daughter, “Educating all of our children is the most important work for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Just do what you can to help the children around you.”
Jeff and Mary Jean completed education degrees at Minnesota State University, Moorhead in 1984. They have been active coaches and educators in Boardman Oregon, Lisbon, North Dakota and Fargo for over 30 years. Their four children have provided a harvest of blessings and learning opportunities to better understand the challenges of young people today.
L.C.F. was developed by Fargo teenagers in 2011 to bring hope and encouragement to young people who feel discouraged and uninspired to complete high school. Mary Jean resigned her teaching position and became the Executive Director the fall of 2011.
Jeff and Mary Jean live inspired by the courage of Fargo teenagers to assist in developing the Legacy Children’s Foundation so other teens can learn the value of education, faith, honesty and perseverance while earning opportunities to experience the world around them.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Mary Jean Dehne
PRESIDENT: Peter Saintal
SECRETARY: Lisa Artz
TREASURER: Kacey Halley
BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Peter Saintal, Puja Chhetri, Maria Modi, Paul Light, Lisa Artz, Chip Ross, Tammi Jo Barta, Kacey Halley, Quame' Rauls
ADVISORS: Steve D. Scheel - CEO Scheels All Sports, Richard Solberg - CEO Bell State Bank, Erv Inniger - Choice Financial & NDSU Athletic Dept, Morgan Forness - Superintendent, Casselton Public Schools
The impact of LCF resources for students in the focus areas of education, personal development and community engagement will last a lifetime. Since 2011 146 students have registered for LCF. Fifty percent have been from refugee families from nine different countries. Sixteen of those students never took the resources of LCF seriously and failed to attend. Forty-one students to date should have graduated. Thirty-five students stayed in school and graduated. Six students left LCF in 9th grade and proceeded to drop out of school. Five of those six suffered untreated chemical dependency issues, one was encouraged to quit by their parents.
Fifty-three students are currently active in LCF. Eighty percent are refugee families.
Thirty-six students are currently inactive in LCF. 53% chose to not be held accountable to LCF expectations of academic homework attendance, community service hours or bi-monthly meetings. 20% have moved, 14% left per parent request and 13% refused chemical addiction treatment.
Legacy is a marathon journey of combined resources between parents, community, schools and students. We work together to provide top quality, easy access, after-school resources to make sure each student has the opportunity to free resources to develop and thrive. The impact of LCF may never be fully known or adequately measured. Student and parent reflections offer the strongest metric of this collaborative effort to educate and engage at-risk teens to be successful, contributing citizens.
We strive to be frugal recipients of your hard earned donations. 85% or more of what we receive is used directly on programming for our students.
We teach and live proper care, respect and appreciation of every gift we receive to impact the education and future dreams of our students. We have been blessed to receive very generous gifts of time, passion, resources and money from little children to wise elders. Every gift makes a difference in fulfilling the mission of our work and we thank you!
Financial statements are available upon your request. We have an annual audit completed by Widmer Roel in Fargo. Their report is also available from us at any time.
We are a private, 501(c)3 nonprofit developed by Fargo teenagers in 2011 to provide additional relationships and resources to inspire teens to complete high school.
We assist diverse teens in their quest to achieve a high school diploma.
The core values that drive the Legacy Children's Foundation are education, perseverance, faith and honesty. We strive to uphold these values in every aspect of our foundation.
To provide a healthy set of expectations and meaningful rewards to teens, as stepping stones to the achievement of a high school diploma. To nurture faithful relationships between teens and members of our community so the gifts and talents of each life may thrive.