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How Your Donation is Used

A donation to The Stafford Foundation is used towards achieving the vision of a world in which all people have the opportunity to become self-reliant and live in dignity. Donations are used to support programs managed by The Stafford Foundation in cooperation with partner nonprofits including Give Before You Get, The Stafford Centre and Doing Good. The Foundation provides grants to well-established nonprofit organizations in the areas of faith-based mission support; education and training and health care. 

We invite you to read stories and reports shared with us by some of our grant recipients demonstrating the impact of grants from The Stafford Foundation. 

Atlanta Mission

Atlanta Mission client

An Atlanta Mission client looks towards a brighter future.

Here is an excerpt from the report sent to The Stafford Foundation by Atlanta Mission:

We are extremely pleased with the progress our clients have made in the last twelve months. Some highlights are: 

  • Ended homelessness for 849 individuals!
  • Provided 318,268 bednights of shelter and served 839,945 meals. 
  • Assisted 462 individuals in seeking employment.
  • Graduated 1,226 clients from Personal Development Program.
  • Served an average of 872 people each day.
  • Tutored 20 adults who earned their GED!
  • Taught 416 GED classes

 While we seek to adapt the shifting needs of our clients, our commitment to bringing transformational change into their lives has never wavered. While we look forward to commemorating our accomplishments, we know there is much work to be done and embrace the opportunity to continue shining the light of hope into the lives of those who need it most. 

Potomac Community Resources

A grant from The Stafford Foundation funds Studio 3F Social Club for Potomac Community Resources, a program that provides a social outlet for teens and young adults with developmental differences. Studio 3F provides members with a safe and fun place to socialize with friends, and to make new friends. 

Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Education & Training Scholarship grant

There was a time when Sonny Ramirez* couldn’t envision much of a future for himself. He spent too much time on the street and scraped along in school, barely passing many classes, figuring he’d do well just to earn a high school diploma. As the oldest of five children in a family that often struggled to pay the rent, Sonnywas accustomed to holding down part-time jobs to help out.

“The old Sonny looked at life after high school as just becoming a plain busboy living off tips and then maybe being promoted to cashier. That was my career goal. Never once did I think higher education was for me. I did not have any financial resources to pay for college and was embarrassed to seek out help. I was told that my kind would not get any career advancement, so why bother continuing my education?”

Then something radical happened – Sonny joined the Boys & Girls Club. There he made many new friends with backgrounds similar to his. He met caring adult staff and volunteers who helped him with his schoolwork and encouraged him to believe in himself. Realizing the importance of education for his future, he dramatically raised his high school GPA before graduating. Sonny has begun his undergraduate studies. This is an extraordinary accomplishment given that he is the first in his family to graduate from high school.

Staff at Boys & Girls Club say that “Sonny is a hard worker, dedicated, altruistic and a difference maker in the lives of those with whom he interacts.” His dream is to be a health teacher, “because I would love to wake up every morning knowing I get to change someone’s life around, or help them achieve their dreams. I want to be able to make an impact in a kid’s life and give back to my community.”

* Name changed to protect privacy. 

“Our clients generally find themselves on the receiving end of someone else’s generosity. It is extremely empowering when they have the opportunity to be the ones Doing Good.” 

~ Deborah Chambers, Central Union Mission