Polly Klaas Foundation
The Polly Klaas Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity organization devoted to preventing crimes against children, assisting in the recovery of missing children, and lobbying for legislative assistance. The foundation was formed October 23, 1993 to search for Polly Klaas. Its executive director is Robert De Leo. It has expanded its mission and now searches for many missing children.
Marc Klaas, Polly's father, is not associated with this foundation. However, Polly's mother, Eve Nichol, serves on the board.
The Polly Klaas Foundation was created initially to search for Polly Klaas. After two years, the executive director, Gary Kinley, resigned with no explanation, and there was an analysis of financial problems in 1996. The Polly Klaas Foundation has since recovered and has drastically increased its operating budget.
Part of the modernization of the Polly Klaas Foundation is its focus on internet safety. The Polly Klaas Foundation encourages parents to follow three steps:
- Learn the internet with your child and become familiar with what the dangers are
- Create expectations that you're going to monitor your child's internet activity
- Let your children know that no matter what happens they can come to you if they get into trouble on the internet
The KlaasKids Foundation was founded in 1994 in order to help prevent crimes against children. That foundation is directed by, and is the official organization representing the opinions of, Polly's father, Marc Klaas. Klaas formed the new foundation to permit him to engage in advocacy for stronger sentences for violent offenders, which the Polly Klaas Foundation is prohibited from doing.
The missing children featured by the Polly Klaas Foundation include:
- Michelle Le, nursing student. Search efforts were supported by the foundation.
- Megan Nicole Kanka Foundation
- Laura Recovery Center, Samantha Runnion
- Elizabeth Smart
- Dru Sjodin
- Dr. Chris Hatcher — criminal profiler
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