Wings of Hope’s incredible supporters again came through in a big way for our “Double the Difference” campaign, which ran from August through December 2016. Matching gifts on top of the $57,389.50 that came in from 173 donors resulted in an astonishing $114,779 raised to help area at-risk young people. When Wings of Hope changed direction this year from holding annual Galas to exploring other ways to continue to support at-risk young people, we had no idea what the future would hold. Our loyal supporters once again proved a bright future not only for Wings of Hope but also for many young people eager for the chance at a better life. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for continuing to partner with us!
Thank you for joining us for our inaugural Wings Facebook Gala Weekend! We loved seeing your bright faces and the ways you celebrated, and we appreciated you taking the time to remember the young people who deserve a chance at a better life.
We look forward to “seeing” you for the 2016 Wings Facebook Gala Weekend from Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2! On this weekend, take a picture of how you would choose to celebrate — maybe a day on the water, a cookout with friends and family or a quiet dinner for two. To send it to us, click the Message tab on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/wingsofhopefoundation, and in the window that pops up, click the Add Photos button (the one that looks like a sun rising over the mountains), attach the image, add a brief description of what’s going on in the photo and hit the Enter/Return key. We will message you back to confirm we’ve received your submission and will post the photo to our page. Photos will be accepted from Friday, September 30, through Sunday, October 2, and voting will open when the first photo is posted and close on
Over the past 20 years, your generosity has allowed Wings to give more than $1.45 million to help thousands of area young people. Reaching this milestone – combined with Tony’s and my readiness to slow down and begin a new phase of our lives – makes the timing feel right to move in a new direction. Wings will no longer hold an annual Gala; however, closing this door allows us to open a window of new opportunity. Our hope is to continue our WingsNet program – developed to assist at-risk youth aging out of foster care – for many years to come. That’s why we’re implementing a matching gift program through the end of 2016. Dollar for dollar, sponsorships and donations will be matched, resulting in “double the difference” being made in a young person’s life. Plus, anyone who makes a donation through the end of this year will be entered
Download Wings of Hope Newsletter 2015 Like many of the children Wings of Hope helps, Brooklyn passed through many systems and foster homes. Despite her unfortunate personal life, Brooklyn cares deeply for others and wants to help others after graduating from high school. She has been accepted into a local college’s social work program and is determined to make her career dreams come true. Alex dropped out of high school at age 16 because he was behind academically and struggled to make friends each time he changed schools. At age 19, he earned his GED, got a part-time job as a security officer, found a roommate and moved into his first apartment. As he transitions into independence, he has set his sights on pursuing further academic goals. Lora and her two younger siblings came into care for abuse and neglect 3 years ago. Lora’s brother and
Download Wings of Hope Newsletter 2014 Anne, a 21-year-old in Osceola County’s Independent Living Program and mother to a 1-year-old son, struggled to adjust to life in the foster care system after being removed from her mother’s care because of neglect and abuse. When she “aged out” of foster care at age 18, she made some bad choices before realizing that she needed to take charge of her life. Because she enjoys helping and taking care of others, Anne enrolled in Valencia College’s nursing A.S. to B.S. articulated degree program. Although she was eager to volunteer in her field to get more experience and better job prospects upon graduation, she couldn’t commit to a position because of the bus system’s limited schedule and multiple transfers. Anne’s independent living counselors commended her for her focus and motivation to earn her nursing degree and provide a better life
Wings of Hope was recognized as the 2012 “Outstanding Philanthropic Foundation” by the Central Florida chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
In addition, LYNX chose Wings of Hope to be among the eight local charities featured on its 2013-2014 Public Service Bus.
Wings of Hope was set up as a 501(c)3 private foundation over sixteen years ago. This designation was established since it was a family organization and all operating expenses were provided by the founders.
Throughout the years, however, we have essentially operated as a public charity because we raise the majority of funds from individuals and corporations.
Since a public charity has certain fundraising, administrative and tax advantages over a private foundation, we decided to apply to the IRS to formally change our status to that of a public charity.
There will be no change in our corporate name and we will continue to operate in the same way as we have in the past. And nothing will change in terms of what makes us unique:
- 100% of all that is raised through Wings of Hope goes to at-risk
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