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Thanks Mom & Dad Fund Inc

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Causes: Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: Honor those who came before us by supporting programs and services for the elderly and filling service gaps in local communities.

Results: We spend our time raising money to support the network of programs serving the elderly and plugging gaps around the state. We pinpoint the need in local communities and help them increase their capacity to serve and have helped thousands of older adults access service.

Target demographics: older adults, particularly the homebound elderly

Direct beneficiaries per year: 8 separate agencies serving older adults providing critical supplies, utility assistance, emergency services, caregiver support.

Geographic areas served: Atlanta, GA with ability to impact nationally.

Programs: meals, transportation, adult day care, Alzheimer's respite, emergency rent and mortgage assistance; home repair; senior center improvements; health and wellness education and training.

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Ruth L.5

Donor

Rating: 5

When money was not available to purchase Personal Protective Equipment for caregivers to safely take care of their clients, Thanks Mom & Dad quickly stepped in to take care of this need as funds would allow.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an excellent nonprofit that provides needed assistance by funding important services for seniors. Their work during the COVID-19 pandemic has been outstanding in assisting service providers in obtaining scarce Personal Protective Equipment. Each year they select worthwhile projects to fund, filling the gaps that make possible improvements in the lives of many Georgia seniors. They also support valuable education for senior providers and help to influence positive changes in public policy.

Brad A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A fantastic charity that helps the senior citizens and elderly. They work tirelessly to raise money and awareness -all to help the senior class. Highly recommend supporting them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This was a start for my learning journey in order to gather as much information as possible as a caregiver for my Mom. What a great idea to thank our parents, and all that have come before us, by providing funds to help with senior services! The funding need is huge, as I also discovered, in meeting others as a former volunteer with our county's senior services division.

Lynn Culberson D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first discovered Thanks Mom and Dad when I was searching for services for my dad and found that many organizations were over capacity and unable to help. Through grants, Thanks Mom & Dad helps organizations reach those in need. After my dad passed away, instead of flowers, we asked for donations to the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund. Over the years, I have watched the organization grow and through their efforts help more organizations provide services to assist our elders.

goosebumps51

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization works miracles for seniors in Atlanta. They give wonderful elder-care advice and give financial support to senior exercise programs, senior meals delivery, and rides to doctor visits just to name a few. They helped us raise funds last year when my dear uncle was very sick. They are a pillar in the community and my family will never forget their help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This non-profit was a God-send when my uncle needed help the most. They are so kind and generous, and so knowledgeable of the elder-care processes and network. Our family couldn't have gotten through such a difficult time without these folks. They are staffed with angels...I saw the wings!! Give and support them as much as you can. You will be blessed!

Julie J

Donor

Rating: 5

This charity is one that is near and dear to my heart. We all stand on the shoulders of those who came before us. The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund honors them by giving to fellow Seniors and caregivers. That Mother or Father, Grandmother our Grandfather who was instrumental in making you the person you are today is honored and donations go to the growing populations of Seniors and caregivers in the Atlanta area.
Helping Seniors stay in their homes with programs to get them to a doctor’s visit or bring them meals.
Seniors are too often neglected and forgotten. The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund not only remembers but embraces, loves and nurtures.
I’ve been working with them since inception and gladly donate my time to emcee the event every year and have plans to take this charity National as the growing need for Senior care climbs every year. We are living longer and resources are running out from government. This charity helps bridge that gap and it’s my honor to nominate them.
Thank you for your time,
Michael Kelly

Board Member

Rating: 5

One of the few local charities I always support. Funds go to organizations providing services to vulnerable older adults.

Board Member

Rating: 5

My name is Jocelyn Dorsey and I have been a television broadcaster in Atlanta for more than 45 years. I have served in the Board of the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund for 15 years because I see how the organization fills the unmet needs of older adults, encourages program innovation and increases services for older adults. It does this by honoring the contributions of older adults one generation to another by raising funds and making grants to agencies serving them. It also raises the awareness of the challenges older adults face as they age. As a Board member I personally participate in grant reviews and selections and I see how the money is spent. I am proud to see how we are improving the quality of life for older adults. I hope you will visit the website to find out more! Thank You!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund is one of the most rewarding & enlightening charities I've ever been fortunate enough to volunteer and be a part of. If not for the work and passion of the AMAZING people at ‘The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund’ charity who make it their sole mission in life to honor our aging population by making grants, raising funds for supporting programs and the agencies serving them, I would not be nearly as aware of all of the support and various programs that are out there to honor the generations that have paved the way before us and with ‘The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund’ it enables these programs to improve & continue to grow. It is such a comforting feeling knowing that as my parents age, I am not alone as ‘The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund’ has increased overall awareness and connected me with some tremendous resources. I am so honored to be a volunteer for as long as I can remember and watching it continue to grow year after year as we spread awareness. If you have ever considered getting involved in a charity, I can tell you that this one will immediately fulfill your heart as you get to see the programs up close and personal & actually meet the people whose lives you impact in the most beautiful way! The heart and passion that drives this charity is absolutely infectious! THANK YOU, ‘Thanks Mom & Dad Fund’ for all that you do!! #getinvolved #lovethethanksmomanddadfund

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to this organization for over 10 years, we have witnessed first hand the incredible things that they do for our seniors and for the segment of our population that is in great need.
We are proud to be a part of all that The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund does and we look forward to always being dedicated donors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization that is funding a crucial and often overlooked need.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I feel that the biggest contribution of Thanks Mom and Dad is helping to support smaller non-profits providing services to the elderly. These smaller organizations are often over looked for funding, but are critical in serving rural areas of Georgia. I'm honored to be part of an organization that helps aging communities both large and small.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Thanks Mom and Dad is an outstanding foundation that funds an number of services that focus on the seniors with limited resources. Add to that are educational programs that address both the needs of seniors but the workforce as well. As a donor I cannot think of a better not for profit to fund.

Donor

Rating: 5

awesome charity filling gaps and helping older adults

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a very special way to honor parents and thank them for the many years of caring and raising us not only through the years as children, but also throughout adulthood. Dad married my very young widowed Mom many years ago and adopted my brother and I when we were very young. He has always been my true Father. Both of my parents made growing up a special memory for all of us kids. Everything was done for family and they are both my true hero's and have greatly influenced how I raised my own son. Mom was a stay at home Mom, and made every holiday very special, especially Christmas. After Dad sadly passed away 4 years ago, I moved Mom in to live with us for care as she has Alzheimer's. She is now in a care home on hospice in the final stages of the disease. Even though I lost my "true" Mom many years ago, I continue on this journey with her and fill every visit with joy. After all, that is what she taught us "kids" growing up. Thanks Mom and Dad!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has had a tremendous impact on the elderly population, especially in recent years with changes in healthcare and other government programs. I also know at least 2 members of the organization and can vouch for their talents, commitments and dedication.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is unique in that it allows donations to be made in honor of family members or mentors. The funds distributed by the Board provide support to older Americans through non-profit organizations in the Atlanta Metro Area with the strongest need. It is a great idea from a group that does great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thanks Mom and Dad is my favorite charity. All funds are directed to the elderly in support of those services needed at a crucial time in the life cycle. The organization honors the elderly through a myriad of essential serves. Thank you Mom and Dad staff for providing these services in a professional and caring manner

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks Mom and Dad is a necessity in this day and age when so many need so much. It is wonderful to know that when funding is being lost , cut etc. someone still cares enough to fight for and provide for the elderly. People who worked hard all their lives and now in their golden years their reward is poverty. We need to take care of our own and "Thanks Mom and Dad" does just that.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom and Dad fund is a great way to honor someone who has supported and encouraged you in your life. At the same time it allows those funded agencies to serve those who need supportive services in order to remain as independent as possible. It is a fund that is making a difference in an innovative, caring and fun way!

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a timely and necessary charity given our growing population of the elderly. In addition,the work that this charity does focuses on real needs based endeavors in local communities and and delivers a clear, simple message wrapped up in a bow that's symbolized in their logo and their name- which says it all- thanks Mom & Dad! This charity does all the hard work our parents did for us in an effort to make sure that no aging parent or grandparent or great grandparent is ever left to want or need. Thank YOU to the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Thanks Mom & Dad Fund helps many local providers of aging services to address the needs of older adults. I appreciate making a donation in thanksgiving for or remembrance of a loved one. I know that my donation will stay in the local area to support services for older adults such as senior centers, meals on wheels and others. I believe in the organization and recommend it often to friends and colleagues both for making donations and applying for a grant for a worthwhile project.

Donor

Rating: 5

This is a truly great cause as it addresses the oft forgotten population of aging parents and grandparents. Often it's far to easy to forget or neglect those who got all of us to wherever we are today. It is great work they do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is a wonderful concept. Through a gift to this organization to honor your mom, dad or other significant elder who impacted your life, you can help senior citizens in need. How appropriate! Sometimes our elders get overlooked, sometimes they suffer in silence not knowing where to turn, sometimes they are too confused to help themselves. Thanks Mom and Dad serves tirelessly to meet the needs of this community throughout the state of Georgia. They can only serve as much as the funding they have, so by giving a gift to them in a loved one's honor, you are widening TMD's capacity to meet the needs of those who have worked in their lifetime to give back and now may need some help themselves.
I have seen for myself the energetic and earnest efforts of those who serve this organization and the good work that it does. When my dad passed away, the most natural thing in the world was to name Thanks Mom and Dad as the memorial recipient for those who wished to remember him. I was so pleased to see memorial donations go to those, who perhaps unlike him, did not have a family to turn to when aging made his life difficult. Thanks and I hope they can keep up their commendable work and grow stronger.

Donor

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is a charity created to honor parents, grandparents and mentors by supporting programs and services for the aging population. It works to improve the quality of life for older adults and honors the contributions of older adults one generation to another by raising funds and making grants to agencies serving them.

As a donor, and a fortunate child whose parents are alive, it's important to me that I support programs whose funds directly support older adults- a reality that that most of us will face, God willing, at some point in our lives.
The fund specifically supports such services as transportation (perhaps a ride to the doctor when I may have to be at work), home delivered meals for the homebound , adult day care, etc. (for those children that might be too far away to provide for their parents, ie, another state.)

It's a one f a kind, but one kind we all need to be thinking of- our own parents and planning for them becoming older adults.

Betsy19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund is a great organization. I have enjoyed the opportunity getting to know very awesome people who are interested in helping support organizations that are focused on improving the lives of seniors in Georgia. The dedication of these individuals and organizations is tremendous and never ending. The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund works hard to help in any and every way they can.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund is the only one of its kind in the Atlanta metro area. The work that it does and the funds that it raises provides a lifeline to so many deserving non-profits and agencies who are serving the exponentially increasing older adult population. It is expertly, and passionately, run by Maureen Kelly.

Board Member

Rating: 4

The Thanks Mom and Dad fund helps support senior initiatives across the State of Georgia. In my experience with not-for-profits, it is the only organization i have seen to vitually use 100% of its funds to go for seniors causes and none to overheads or adminstrative fees thanks to the exceptional suport of the Atlanta Regional Commission. While based in the Atlanta Metro region, Thanks Mom and Dad accepts and supports many requests from across the entire state. The modest size of the fund limits its impact to less than ten deserving senior organizations each year, so more funding would definitely increase its impact on the lives of seniors.

Tom_49

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Thanks Mom and Dad Fund raises money in Georgia and awards modest annual grants to a number of eldercare organizations around the state. With many worthy organizations deserving help, the Fund attempts to target its grants to the areas where a few thousand dollars can make the greatest amount of difference. It's one of the most dollar-efficient organizations I've had experience with, whether we're speaking of businesses or nonprofits. It can truly be said that the Fund makes a crucial difference in many people's lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a New Yorker who was in Atlanta for business and a client invited me to join him in attending the annual Gala for the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund. Needless to say, I was blown away by this charitable organization. They are doing something very important for the community and it's clear that their leadership is motivated by kindness and generosity. I was fortunate enough to meet Maureen Kelly (who founded the charity) and it is easy to see why the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund is so well run and successful in making a positive difference in the world that we all live in.

Donor

Rating: 5

Thanks Mom and Dad Fund is not only helping numerous needy people but also awakening public the value of respect adults. The staff does a fantastic job, and we supported them last six years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great organization that has channels their efforts to help those in greatest of needs. As a member of the North DeKalb Senior, a member of the ARC Council on Aging, and a volunteer for the Arthritis Foundation , teaching for Seniors in the community, and past member of the Task Force for DeKalb Life long communities I see first hand the huge need in the area of aging population.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been fortunate enough to see first hand the incredible resources that the 'Thanks Mom & Dad Fund' has provided. It is extremely inspiring to witness the passion, determination & absolute commitment that the people behind this organization has to the success of this AMAZING charity!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

great asset to atlanta as well as state of georgia