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2015 Florida Matching Gift Program

Matching Gift Program Guidelines for Florida Home Improvements
The Family Foundation (who wishes to remain anonymous) will match eligible donations, up to a total of $100,000 for this matching program period, to Building Homes for Heroes to help our severely wounded and disabled veterans and their families in the State of Florida to rebuild their lives with a goal to build homes for families in dire need.
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Who can participate?
Anyone can participate in the Family Foundation’s 2015 Building Homes for Heroes
Matching Gift Program. Please note that an applicant must make a current donation
during the Matching Gift Program period, April 17, 2015 - October 26, 2015.
Which programs qualify to receive matching funds?
Currently, only donations made to Building Homes for Heroes for home building or modifications
for disabled veterans in the Florida area are eligible for the Matching Gift.
What contributions are eligible?
  • Must be a current gift, from the donor’s funds, which has been paid and not simply pledged. For gifts of installments, each installment must be submitted separately and must meet the Program Guidelines. 
  • Gifts must be contributions made directly to Building Homes for Heroes.
  • Gifts must be in the form of cash, check, credit card, or marketable securities with a quoted market value. Gifts of securities are valued based on the average of the high and low selling prices on the date of the gift.

What is not eligible for matching?

  • Prior contributions
  • Gifts made in lieu of pledges
  • Gifts of real or personal property

Is there a time limit for matching my gift?

Gifts must be made during the Program Period, April 17th 2015 – October 26th 2015, to be considered for matching. Gifts made before or after those times are not eligible. All gifts must be verified by Building Homes for Heroes in order to be matched by The Family Foundation.
How the Program Works
To make your eligible donation, simply fill out the attached Gift Program Form to accompany your contribution to request the corresponding match. From there it’s Building Homes for Heroes’ responsibility to complete the process, no later than October 30th. Eligible gifts are processed and matched to Building Homes for Heroes within 10 business days of the verification process.
Administrative Conditions
The Foundation reserves the right to suspend, change, revoke or terminate the 2015
Building Homes for Heroes Matching Gift Program at any time.

Staff Sergeant Merrick McKenzie

Staff Sergeant Merrick McKenzie joined the United States Marine Corps in 2002 at the age of 18. He served for a four-year period before being honorably discharged in December of 2006. SSGT McKenzie specialized in field artillery fire control. Duties included delivery of accurate artillery fire to include position survey and fire direction computation.

Emerald Coast Association of Realtors Volleyball Tournament

ECAR (Emerald Coast Association of Realtors) will host a Volleyball Tournament Sunday, June 14, 2015 at The Boardwalk on Okaloosa Island.  The event will benefit Building Homes for Heroes's efforts to build a home from the ground up for United States Air Force Captain Nathan Nelson.  Captain Nelson, a Purple Heart recipient, suffered a spinal cord injury from a rocket blast during his third tour in Afghanistan.  He has no movement below his chest and limited use of his hands.

USMC Lance Corporal William Ventura

For many years, Bill and Cyndi Ventura have been dedicated to supporting military moms and dads. Cyndi, the president of Long Island Blue Star Moms NY6, has held the hands of grieving parents, organized aid for Marine Corps amputees, attended military funerals, carried out fundraising events, presented custom-built cycles to veterans who have lost the use of their legs, and much more.