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“If we take time to care about people, we can transform whole communities.”

Community support and engagement is essential to Embrace Families’ success. Generating that support is the role of Embrace Families Foundation. Though development of resources and revenue that directly support our vast array of programs and initiatives, the Foundation supplements the organization’s ability to enhance services available to those we serve.

The Embrace Families Foundation team is responsible for a variety of fundraising efforts, including grant writing, direct appeals and events. Our marquee fundraising event, Dance, Dream & Inspire, is a high-energy and highly-entertaining local version of the popular Dancing with the Stars. The annual Fore Our Kids Golf Tournament and our child abuse prevention month initiative, MANicure Movement<sup>SM</sup>, also generate broad-based participation and support.

Embrace Families Foundation, an independent, non-profit, 501c3 corporation, partners effectively and regularly with companies, individuals, private foundations, and other providers to help achieve shared philanthropic goals. For example, the Walt Disney Company has established a fund to ensure that siblings separated in foster care have opportunities to spend time together; IBERIABANK provides funding to help older youth who have come through the foster care system secure affordable car loans; Reed Nissan awards two new cars each year to hard-working youth in foster care; Sunshine Health and Community Based Care Integrated Health collaborate to cover the cost of braces for children in care; and dozens of companies region-wide, including Tupperware Brands and Robert Half, donate substantially to ensure children and teens in foster care are not forgotten during the holiday season.

Unique Approach Benefits Kids

Florida’s approach to providing child welfare services is unique. Instead of the care of our most vulnerable children being in the hands of government, these services are provided through a network of providers based in the local communities they serve. This model allows Embrace Families Foundation, which is an independent 501c3 corporation, to pursue many forms of support. In addition, our diversified company structure allows us to ensure that 100% of proceeds from our fundraising activities directly benefit the children and families we serve.

The rewards of this work pay dividends for all of us. For, as we protect children and strengthen families, we subsequently build a stronger Central Florida community.

To get involved or lend support, email community.relations@embracefamilies.org

For information on the financials of Embrace Families Foundation, click here.