April 5, 2017

Neighbors Fundraising For Neighbors

The Board of Directors of Neighbors Fundraising for Neighbors (NF4N) announces the formation of a new non-sectarian 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Based in Monroe, NF4N is dedicated to facilitating community fundraising efforts for individuals in need who are facing medical challenges and require medical services and equipment to improve their quality of life. NF4N is available to help families who are unable to organize an IRS-approved charitable fundraiser yet still face the staggering uninsured costs of a medical crisis. 

Fundraising activities that NF4N will support can be designed to pay for unreimbursed medical expenses. This may include expenses such as insurance deductibles and co-payments, travel expenses incurred for medical treatment, wheelchair accessible vans and other equipment not covered by insurance, and home modifications designed for handicapped accessibility. Funds raised through NF4N can also be used for approved housing costs, utility expenditures, and food purchases.

NF4N manages the record-keeping and the collection of donations for fundraisers, and distributes the net proceeds to verified suppliers of the particular services and equipment beneficiaries need. NF4N does not provide staffing or financial support for any fundraising activities.

One of NF4N’s first recipients is 10-year-old Madison Smith, who at age one was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) — a rare genetic disorder affecting the motor nerve cells in the spinal cord that results in loss of mobility. Madison’s mother, Jen Miller-Smith, explains that “Having a disabled child, the expenses go way beyond what insurance will cover.” Many businesses are unwilling to donate to cases like Madison’s unless they can be guaranteed a tax deduction. This is exactly what NF4N provides, and Miller-Smith says the organization’s help has made it much easier for her family to secure donations.

Neighbors Fundraising for Neighbors can provide valuable tools including a website presence with a “Donate Now” button that will drive donors to a secure credit card processing organization. NF4N can also provide a dedicated page on its website to facilitate donation collection and the ability to receive donations from other charitable organizations.

To apply for support, applications can be submitted by either the recipient or legal guardian. The application form is available on our website, www.NF4N.org. For more information, please call Eric Kutell at (609) 658-6811 or email Info@NF4N.org.