2021 Annual Appeal

 

Dear Friends of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, 

 

            As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us look forward to everything the holiday brings.  It’s a chance to gather with friends and family, make memories, and give thanks around the table. 

   But this year, Thanksgiving will feel very different for some of our Connecticut National Guard service members and families.  

             For many of our members, financial hardship means their tables will be bare.  They are not looking forward to the holiday; they are wondering if they will have the money to feed their family or pay their mortgage or rent.  

             That is why I hope you will continue to help our service members and their families with a gift to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc.  When you do, you are making a difference in the lives of our soldiers and airman, like “Tom”.  

            “Tom” was a deployed service member and father of two children.  While deployed, his family lost everything due to a massive house fire.   Fortunately, no one was injured, but all they escaped with were the clothes they were wearing.  But because of the generosity of donors like you, the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, was able to immediately give them a check, along with gift cards, to help them survive the first few days after their devastating loss.  

            I am happy to report that “Tom” and his family are doing better.  They have found temporary housing, neighbors and the local community provided assistance, the children are back in school, and the family is regaining stability in their lives.   

            You can feel proud, knowing that your contributions to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc, made it possible for us to give “Tom” and his family the immediate financial assistance they needed in those critical first hours after the fire.  

            I hope you will continue your support of the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc by making a tax-deductible donation during this year’s annual appeal.  I know there are many worthy charities, and I want to thank you for continuing to support us, and the service members and families we support. 

            Every year is different, not knowing how many of our service members and families are struggling, or how many requests for assistance we will receive.  These past two years have been especially challenging, with the COVID-19 pandemic and increased deployments.  Our Connecticut guardsman are not immune from these influences, and last year we awarded close to $60,000 in grants.  

             In addition to our grants, I am happy to report that the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc awarded $22,000 in scholarships for the current 2021 – 2022 academic year.    These scholarships went to our service members, their spouses and/or children, helping them achieve their educational goals.   Just another example of how your continued support allows us to serve our constituents.   

            In order for us to assist these families, we need your help.  Our hope is to continue to support our Guard family as long as the need exists, but we cannot do it alone.  We need your help.  Won’t you please consider making a donation to the Connecticut National Guard Foundation, Inc?  You can donate by check or credit card, using the enclosed reply card and envelope, or by going to our website at www.ctngfi.org and clicking on the donate button.   

            With your gift today, no matter how large or small, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your donation will help those most in need.   

            This is the season for giving thanks ... and in that spirit, thank you for all you do for our Foundation.   Please send your most generous gift today.

 

Sincerely, 

 

Christopher Mackenzie

Chief Warrant Officer Four (Retired) 

President

 

              

 

 

How to Help

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Fundraising Campaigns

The foundation’s annual fundraising campaign is conducted in the Fall, usually during the months of OCTOBER through DECEMBER.

Additionally, corporate contributions are accepted throughout the year.

The foundation is affiliated with Local Independent Charities of America and participates in workplace giving campaigns through them. Most notably the Combined Federal Campaign and the Connecticut Employee Campaign for charitable giving.

Additionally, the Foundation participates in various fundraising activities such as golf tournaments and other sponsored activities throughout the year.


The foundation has provided over $1.7 million dollars of financial aid to its constituents since 2003.

Of that amount, approximately $820k was in the form of individual assistance. On average we provide 95-100 individual aid grants per year. 

Approximately $547 K was provided to assist Family Readiness Groups. The FRG’s sponsor homecoming celebrations, youth programs, annual Christmas parties and other activities for the families of service members.

An additional $250 K was provided for post-secondary educational scholarships. 

Since the foundation is 100% volunteer supported and we do not pay salaries our administrative expenses are only approximately $106 K and fundraising expenses are under $190 K.


Money is available for:

Weekly care and emergency relief (including food & clothing)

Paying rent, mortgage interest, and utilities

Medical expenses and some dental expenses

Eye examination and eyeglasses, Audiological examination and hearing aids

Funeral expenses

Home health care

Yearly Scholarships


Eligibility & Qualifications

To qualify for aid, an individual must demonstrate need and be a current or retired member of the Connecticut National Guard or Organized Militia.

An eligible members spouse living with the member, surviving spouse living with him when he died, or dependent children under age 18 are also eligible for aid.


Disbursement of Aid

An individual in need completes an application for aid through the local Family Assistance Center which determines applicant eligibility for aid through our grant process and for directing disbursements

Aid will be denied or discontinued if the member secures or attempts to secure it through fraud, misrepresentation, or submission of inaccurate information.


 2021 Annual Appeal

https://files.goptc.us/uploads/ctngfi.org/Annual%20Appeal%20Letter_Final.docx

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