A matching grant program like this is so important to helping build more support for the Friendship Centers Health Clinics. Even a greater benefit is your opportunity to help raise awareness and support.
To double donations through this match challenge and help provide healthcare for older adults in need, please contact Marty Katz, Director of Development & Marketing at email@example.com or 941-556-3253.
On July 17, 2015 the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation awarded a $50,000 dollar-for-dollar match grant to the Friendship Centers in support of its medical and dental clinics in response to the funding shortfalls due to recent vetoes out of Tallahassee.
“It’s great to help an organization like the Friendship Centers where retired physicians and dentists volunteer their time and expertise to make the most of every philanthropic dollar,” said Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of the Barancik Foundation. “A match grant is an exciting way to generate community support.”
“We appreciate the challenge of difficult funding decisions, but we also know how crucial quality medical and dental care is to our patients. Without Medicaid expansion, the veto of $9.5 million to the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics was a double whammy,” said Friendship Centers Senior Vice President, Erin McLeod.
“That’s when the Barancik Foundation came to the rescue, offering an enticing opportunity for other donors to leverage gifts. We are so grateful to the Barancik Foundation for their support,” said McLeod. “They quickly responded and prevented devastating cuts to our medical and dental services.”
This funding will pay for diagnostics, supplies, lab fees, equipment replacement or repairs, recruitment of volunteer doctors, training and personnel to conduct eligibility screenings.
About the Centers for Healthy Aging at the Friendship Centers
The Friendship Centers clinics in Sarasota and Venice serve low income individuals 50+. Through June of 2015 the number of individual patients treated has doubled over 2014, (4,023 patients). Currently 65 volunteer retired physicians representing primary care and 15 specialties and 30 dentists donate their expertise and skills. Contributed time is valued in excess of $2.2 million annually. The Friendship Centers is a private nonprofit organization serving the needs of older adults in Sarasota County since 1973. In addition to health clinics, there are senior centers, nutrition programs, adult day and caregiver resource services, supportive aging services, and lifelong learning programs.
About the Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation
The Charles and Margery Barancik Foundation was founded in 2014 to promote meaningful change in the areas of humanities and the arts, education and science, humanitarian causes, the environment, and medical research. Although it funds national and international efforts, the Barancik Foundation has a special focus on the Sarasota, Florida, community. The Barancik Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests for funding. For further information, please contact Teri A Hansen at THansen@BarancikFoundation.org