2019 January Impacts
Basic Human Needs
LOCAL - WHEATON
$5000 was donated to Northern Illinois Food Bank, a non-profit organization with a goal of solving hunger in a 13-county service area. As a result of NIFB’s year-end matching campaign, the Foundation’s donation translates into $80,000 worth of groceries for the 1 in 6 people who struggle with hunger in Illinois. The Foundation is a frequent supporter of NIFB’s work.
Founded in 1985, DuPage Pads is the largest provider of interim and permanent housing (in DuPage County). When coupled with housing, Pads’ supportive services and employment programs, Pads helps individuals work toward becoming self-sufficient. As a longtime supporter of Pads (it received the first donation from the FT Cares Foundation five years ago), the Foundation donated $5000 to help end homelessness in DuPage County. In 2015, Pads ended chronic military vet homelessness in DuPage County.
LOCAL - AUSTIN
$5000 was donated to Austin’s Central Texas Food Bank, the largest hunger relief organization in Central Texas and serving 21 counties. The donation will provide 20,000 meals to neighbors in need. The Foundation is also a frequent supporter of CTFB.
In partnership with First Trust Portfolios, a $30,000 donation was made to Mobile Loaves & Fishes to purchase an RV for the Community First! Village. The Village is a 27-acre master planned community that provides affordable, permanent housing and a supportive community for the disabled, chronically homeless in Central Texas. The Foundation, in partnership with First Trust, has previously funded 2 homes and contributed to one additional RV for residents of Community First! Village.
Founded in Austin in 2000, Saint Louise House is a grassroots organization which provides transitional housing for the community’s women-led homeless families. A donation of $5000 was made by the Foundation in support of renovations and improvements to Saint Louise House’s housing locations. The Foundation continues to support the work of this organization which is making a difference in the lives of women and children.
The Foundation was proud to support charity: water, an organization that uses 100% of all public donations to fund water projects in 24 countries. The $10,000 donation will fund cost-effective spring protections that take advantage of and improve existing water sources in Ethiopia. The Foundation began supporting charity:water in 2014. The following year, in partnership with First Trust, it fully funded a manually drilled well project in Mali which was completed in March 2017.