All donors receive a tax-deductible receipt for IRS tax purposes from American Disability Foundation Inc, an IRS approved 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization. Federal EIN # 27-3284697, GA Secretary of State Charitable License # CH009797 & Combined Federal Campaign 5 Digit Code 46183
With donor help, American Disability Foundation have the power to transform the lives of people living on the edge of society and recently shifted more focus to accommodate the changing face of mental and physical disabilities, specifically single mothers and their children. Over the past 20 years, long before the so-called foreclosure crisis, many communities, especially the impoverished neighborhoods has been hit the hardest. Many single mothers with various disabilities, and without any support system, have been unable to properly care for themselves or their children.
Take the case of LW a female----Ms. LW in her late 40's suffer from several psychiatric disorders and before receiving assistance from our organization, had been either homeless or living in unsafe housing that often resulted in her getting raped over and over for many years. LW is 100% mentally disabled and received no treatment for her mental health condition because she had no health insurance and too mentally unstable to go to any healthcare facility for help. Doctors that treat her psychiatric disorders believe that her many mental health problems resulted from the existence of many psychiatric disorders within her family as a young child.
As a child, LW had 6 of her biological uncles commit suicide by gunshots to the head. LW was sexually molested from age 3ó13 by her biological grandfather. After age 15, LW would engage in sexual relations with her grandfather when she needed money. Donor funding enabled our organization to help. LW required stable housing, transportation to and from doctor appointments, funding for those appointments, and medications for her mental health condition. LW now has monthly financial benefits, she has health insurance and she has stable housing. Without donor funding this great outcome may not have been possible.
Or the case of JS a female----JS a 56 year old, is mentally retarded, 100% disabled and was homeless for many years. While living on Atlanta Georgia's streets, LS was raped too many times to count according to statements she made in her psychiatric records. JS started to hear voices 13 years later, of the 6 men that used vise-grip pliers to torture her private parts for 4 days before she was able to escape.
JS now has monthly disability benefits, money for her medications, food to eat, health insurance and stable housing. Of her residence she has stated "living here has made me more grateful and I care about other people now, made me appreciate just being alive, being healthy, able to take care of myself"
RESULTS OF NO ACTION
The consequence of not acting is critical because more of this at-risk population would go without much needed medical care, housing, food and medications. Society must meet the needs of this at-risk population either way. For example, research indicate that people with mental health issues make up a very large percentage of prison inmates and these inmates are often there because of their problems, not because they lead criminal lifestyles. Pilot programs have consistently shown that treatment of the mentally ill helps keep them out of jails and prisons, saving the Federal, State, and County Governments millions of taxpayer dollars.
The current economic climate is severely affecting nonprofits. High unemployment, records foreclosures, and the meltdown of credit markets are forcing individuals and communities to turn to nonprofits for help. American Disability is very effective in addressing this urgent need. However, our organization needs additional funding to address such a large population of those at-risk in our society.
"Mental or physical disabilities play a vital role in the employment participation of homeless individuals or those at risk of becoming homeless. Research statistics illustrate that a disability, mental or physical, often result in difficulty acquiring work. Access to technology serves as a handicap for the homeless searching for work and many homeless individuals lack basic computer knowledge that is required to search for employment. 44% of homeless people who have jobs can't escape homelessness, climbing out of homelessness is virtually impossible for those without a job"--------------- U. S. Department of Health and Human Services
"An estimated 750,000 homeless people are on the streets any night in the United States. Only 250,000 shelter spaces are available. This situation leaves over 500,000 people with nowhere else to be but in public. Atlanta, Georgia has roughly 2,600 shelter beds in the metropolitan area; estimates of the homeless population, in the Atlanta area is roughly 20,000"--------------------U.S. Conference of Mayors
FINANCIAL ACCOUNTABILITY & CONTRIBUTIONS TO 501(c) (3) PUBLIC CHARITIES
American Disability Foundation takes its stewardship role very seriously. We've noticed drastic cutbacks in government funded programs and many philanthropic institutions also minimizing their investment in community development programs. Ensuring a steady stream of funding is critical to the success of a nonprofit organization. The entire American Disability Foundation board supports our mission with their personal funds and the entire board and volunteer staff is actively involved in fundraising. Additional funding is solicited from various sources including individuals, corporations, foundations as well as local, state, and federal government agencies, and rental fees. We have a clear responsibility to our donors and clients to raise and allocate funds in the most efficient manner possible and to be accountable for our actions.
American Disability's board members overseeing financial matters is responsible for financial reporting, accounting, audit compliance, grant vouchering and reporting, taxation, monitoring of cash flow and asset management. Working with a 501 (c) (3) public charity offers our donor clients real tax advantages, as well as the chance to make the greatest charitable impact.
All support that you have given in the past was so greatly appreciated, but if you're decided not to donate at this time, consider helping meet the goals of our mission in some positive way. Please, whenever your time allow, volunteer and use some of your time to address some of America's and the world's greatest social ills. Those with disabilities, the chronically unemployed and at-risk youth that oftentimes is the children of this population, need your help.
American Disability Foundation Inc.
1100 Peachtree Street NE Suite 202
Atlanta, Georgia 30309