DES MOINES, Iowa - Executives at Homesteaders have announced that contributions for their Funeral Service Foundation donation match program are beginning to arrive at company headquarters, according to a news release. “We know summer is a busy time for everyone, so we are happy our message is getting noticed, but we are hopeful more will step up to the challenge before the match deadline at the end of August,” said Homesteaders COO Steve Lang.
According to FSF executive director Kathy Wisnefski, “In 2011 the foundation was able to grant more than $170,000 because our friends and family in the funeral service industry value its mission.” Their 2011 annual report indicates $25,000 went to the Comfort Zone Camp, a healing camp for grieving children that has served more than 6,700 children from 44 states. Wisnefski shares one of their stories:
“After my husband lost his three-year battle with cancer, my seven year old daughter attended Comfort Zone Camp (CZC). This camp was the first time she met kids her age that lost someone. CZC turned out to be the most amazing experience for our entire family!”
Here’s how the matching donor program works:
- Homesteaders will match individual donations up to $500 until the fund reaches a total match amount of $25,000. Donors contributing $25 or more will be recognized.
- Donations must be made between April 1 and Aug. 31, 2012, by a funeral home owner or licensed agent contracted by Homesteaders.
- Make your tax deductible donation check payable to Funeral Service Foundation. Mail to Homesteaders Life Company, c/o Julie Fouche, P.O. Box 1756, Des Moines, IA 50306.
The FSF is a national grant-making public foundation which exists to benefit funeral service professionals, their families, as well as, organizations that promote public awareness and financial support of programs for grieving children. For more information about FSF, visit funeralservicefoundation.org.
Posted July 13