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Family Impact Fund Announcement

Dear supporters and friends of Family Impact Fund:

These have been and continue to be extremely challenging and uncertain times in our lives right now due to the COVID-19 outbreak – dramatically impacting our community’s physical, emotional, and economic well-being.  As a result, nonprofit organizations are strategizing to remain viable. 

Unfortunately, Family Impact Fund has not been spared of this pandemic.  After being forced to cancel three critical fundraising events this spring from which our organization was to benefit in excess of $200,000 and being acutely aware that the community will be laser-focused on funding initiatives toward surviving (not thriving/upward mobility) in the foreseeable future, Family Impact Fund’s Board of Directors has had to come to a very difficult conclusion and agonizing decision:  Family Impact Fund cannot remain viable and will need to cease operation as of June 30th

With this said, Family Impact Fund will have residual funds that need to be allocated to a nonprofit organization. The board and I have been identifying and considering potential organizations/initiatives to distribute our funds which best honor our donors’ (YOUR) original intentions and best align with Family Impact Fund’s mission to provide tuition assistance to low –income families for high-quality child care.  After vetting many organizations with great care and discernment, Thompson has been selected to continue our mission.   

Thompson will designate our funds toward scholarships for children from low-income families to attend their five star-rated child development center that will help their parents to maximize their employment and/or continue their education. Three children at Thompson have already been identified who qualify for tuition assistance, and Thompson Executive Director, Will Jones, anticipates the growing need. In addition, our funds will have even greater impact – children will be assessed for academic and emotional needs and receive the appropriate resources, therapy, and wrap-around services to position them and their families for success.  Please refer to Thompson’s website to better understand their passion for and commitment to the most vulnerable children and families in our community: www.thompsoncff.org

As this letter is heart-wrenching for me to write, I can only imagine how disappointing it is to you, our donor.  Be assured that your encouragement, support, and belief in our mission has never been taken for granted in the past and that our gratitude to you will last forever.  Please feel free to reach out to me about any questions or concerns.

Our thoughts and prayers will be with you, your family and our community as we continue to navigate through this tenuous time – STRONGER TOGETHER.

With a very heavy heart,

Ann Barnes Robertson                                   Linda Ibsen
Executive Director                                          Board Chair
Family Impact Fund
arobertson@familyimpactfund.org
704-819-1138

Game Changers – Spring Fundraiser

Our spring fundraiser, Game Changers, was a big success!  View some of the photos from the event – click here.

Powerful testimony by Amanda about the need in our community of families facing the benefits cliff. Amanda is unable to take even a .25 per hour raise because she would lose $740 per month in childcare subsidies. The gifts tonight will make it possible for people like Amanda to take the raise and keep her child in quality childcare.  Watch Amanda’s story presented at our Game Changers event.

How We Interrupt the Cycle of Poverty

Family Impact Fund was launched in September 2018 and has been incredibly busy since that time raising funds and laying the groundwork for our new organization! It’s been simply awesome sharing our new mission and vision with the community and receiving such positive and encouraging feedback.

Our mission is critical.  To put it simply, we are dedicated to and passionate about providing tuition assistance to young children from low-income families for high-quality early education and child care which allows their parents to maximize their employment or continue their education.

We interrupt the cycle of poverty by helping to access and keep high-quality early education and child care, empowering two generations at a time, by:

  • providing opportunity for young children to learn and be prepared for kindergarten
  • providing hope for working parents to succeed and realize financial sustainability
  • providing a viable path for motivated families to thrive

When a working parent accepts salary increases and job promotions which could position them over the maximum income level (the “benefits cliff”) to qualify for their government funded child care subsidy, their benefit is lost.  The majority of the time, the increase in their salary isn’t able to absorb the huge increase in child care costs.  It’s not affordable and, therefore, parents don’t take the raise OR they take the raise, severely compromising the quality of child care and housing.  Family Impact Fund wants to encourage parents to maximize their employment with the assurance of knowing that funding will continue past the “benefits cliff” toward their goal of financial sustainability.

Because of this, we’re thrilled about our new mission and vision…and hope that you’ll follow our updates, support our efforts, and spread the word!

Family Impact Fund Updates:

Raised $310,000 over the past three months in donations and pledges – we’re so very grateful – we’re ½ way to meeting our budget’s goal!

Expanded our social media platforms – follow us!

Preparing for our Spring Fundraiser – join us!
GAME CHANGERS: An Evening with Jay Bilas
Thursday, March 7th | 6:00 – 8:30pm
The Terrace at Cedar Hill
$75/ticket; $125/two tickets
Sponsorships available: www.fftc.org/FIF (refer to website)

Participating in the SEED20 Competition – watch us!
The Family Impact Fund is proud to be part of the SEED20’s Class of 2019! The SEED20 program culminates in SEED20 OnStage – a high-energy event where up to ten members of the Class of 2019 compete to win cash awards by making three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and members of our community. Come join the Family Impact Fund for an evening of innovation and social good! Tickets Available: https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/seed20

  • Monday, March 25th | 5:30 – 10:00 pm
  • 5:30 – 7:00 PM – Happy Hour (dinner and drinks)
  • 7:00 – 8:30 PM – Competition (10 organizations, 3-minute pitch, cash awards)
  • 8:30 – 10:00 PM – After Party (dessert and coffee) Knight Theater

This is such an exciting time for Family Impact Fund and I hope you’ll continue to check out our blog for news, events, articles, testimonials, opportunities.

My next post will be my experience with SEED20 – coaching for our pitch starts next week!

Stay tuned…
Ann Barnes Robertson, Executive Director