Who We Are

The Florida National Guard Foundation was founded as a Non Profit Organization in April 1983 with the purpose to provide charitable and educational aide in the form of money and other property and services. The Foundation also agreed to administer a scholarship program developed by the Florida National Guard Association of Florida.

Through the years the focus of the Foundation shifted more towards providing financial assistance to our soldiers and airmen. The Foundation operates as Direct Support Organization of the Florida Department of Military Affairs as provided by Florida Statutes, Chapter 250.115. The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively to raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, bequests of moneys; acquire, receive, hold, invest and administer in its own name securities, funds or property and make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the Florida National Guard.

Because the Foundation is a Direct Support Organization of the Department of Military Affairs, operating expenses are kept extremely low. This allows more funds to be placed in the hands of those Soldiers and Airmen that need financial assistance while serving our state and nation

Our History

The Florida National Guard Foundation was founded as a Non Profit Organization with the purpose to provide charitable and educational aide in the form of money and other property and services.
On June 13th Governor Jeb Bush approves the Florida National Guard Foundation to become a Direct Support Organization to the Departmenet of Military Affairs under State Statute 250.115.
After 9-11, the focus of the Foundation shifted more towards providing financial assistance to our soldiers and airmen. The Foundation operates as Direct Support Organization of the Florida Department of Military Affairs as provided by Florida Statutes, Chapter 250.115. The Foundation is organized and operated exclusively to raise funds; request and receive grants, gifts, bequests of moneys; acquire, receive, hold, invest and administer in its own name securities, funds or property and make expenditures to or for the direct or indirect benefit of the Florida National Guard.
Because the Foundation is a Direct Support Organization of the Department of Military Affairs, operating expenses are kept extremely low. This allows more funds to be placed in the hands of those Soldiers and Airmen that need financial assistance while serving our state and nation.
 
 

What we are doing

The Foundation is currently working

with organizations like the Yellow Ribbon, American Red Cross, Operation Homefront, local Elks organizations and VFW’s to provide assistance to our Soldiers and Airmen.

With the ongoing demands placed on the Florida National Guard, many of the members of the Florida National Guard have been on multiple deployments. These deployments, along with the depressed economy, have placed a burden on our Soldiers and Airmen.

To support our mission, the Florida National Guard Foundation must actively engage in fund raising. Our funds are then distributed to members of the Florida National Guard and their families during times of emergencies. Additionally, we support our Wounded Warriors and honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice. We are also proud of our commitment to preserve the rich history of the Florida Army and Air National Guard.

Since 2000, the Foundation has provided over $1.4 million in assistance to over 1700 members in support of our mission. We pay bills direct for essential items, and provide gift cards for food and gas. We have provided $65,000 in scholarships, and help fund the Back 2 School Bash which provides needed school supplies for our service members' children. We are currently seeking funding for Camps for Deployed Service Members' Children to help them understand and cope with their parents or siblings being gone for long periods of time. The Foundation is always looking for new ways to help our members deal with the stress of being away from their families and defending our great state and nation. And we are here to help the families of our members, because when you are a member of the Florida National Guard, You are Family.

The Foundation’s funds  go directly to the members in need and we are proud our records indicate that over 95% of all proceeds go directly to our Soldiers and Airmen.

The Core Values of the Florida National Guard Foundation

  • Collaboration

    Work with other agencies to ensure we provide the best service possible to the members of the Florida National Guard in their time of need.

  • Respect

    Respect the dedication and sacrifices that our Wounded Warriors have made in defense of our state and nation. Honor those sacrifices with assistance and encouragement.

  • Empower

    Empower our Soldiers and Airmen to deal with their financial crisis therefore allowing them to concentrate on their mission to keep our country safe.

  • Work-Life Balance

    Help our Soldiers and Airmen to find their Work-Life Balance by assisting them in their times of need.

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