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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

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!