Donors and Funding Sources
As a non-profit organization, we work hard to make every dollar count. Whether it is our operating grant, a $5.00 membership payment or donated labor and/or materials, every contribution is vital to achieving our goal of giving the right tools to people with disabilities to allow them to live as independently and as fully involved in the community as they choose to be.
Major Funding Sources
Department of Education 78%
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency 16%
United Way 2%
In-Kind Donations 4%
The grants we receive through the Department of Education, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, and the United Way allow us to offer our core services of information and referral, peer support, independent living skills training and advocacy. They also allow us to provide funding toward home modifications and assistive technology. Those, however, only tell part of the story. Not to be underestimated at all are the contributions we receive from groups and individuals just like you. Groups like GAP Ministries, Kingdom Builders and Christian Men’s Fellowship partner with us by providing labor to build ramps in several counties. In fact, over the past year the generosity of these groups contributed over two-thirds of the funding we received outside of grants, thus allowing us to serve even more consumers. Gifts from corporate donors, groups and individuals comprised the remainder. We fully realize that these are difficult economic times for everyone; however no donation is too small. Whether you can contribute $1.00, $10.00, or “Adopt-a-Ramp”, we guarantee that your donation will make a lasting impact in the life of a person with a disability and in the community.
Adopt A Ramp Program
How can you help? Adopt-A-Ramp! Your donations of money and time can change lives, one at a time. The average cost of a wheelchair ramp is $1,500 (the cost ranges from $850-$2,500) and can often be built in a single day. A CCTV will allow someone with extremely low vision to read countless pieces of mail, books, newspapers, and more, for years to come. The relief of being able to take a shower without assistance is priceless.
Improve A Life
By adopting one ramp or assistive technology each year, you improve someone’s chances of becoming an active participant in the community, of becoming employed, of simply achieving some level of independence. The relative cost is small, compared to the benefit to the people of Southeast Georgia. Because LIFE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, your donation may be tax-deductible. Your accounting professional can advise you on this.
The satisfaction you gain from helping someone become more self-reliant is invaluable. Not only will you make new friends, you may gain new employees and new customers, as well. Funds may be designated for a specific county, or for general use.Your organization may want to do more than simply provide funds. If you and your employees/members want hands- on involvement, help is always welcome. Call LIFE for more information on volunteering.
Make A Donation
Your organization can choose the donation amount you are comfortable with, but here are some ideas to help you in your decision making: • $270 – will buy a talking watch or clock for someone who is blind • $850 – will pay for materials for one 12-foot ramp • $1,000 – will purchase hand controls to allow someone who uses a wheelchair to drive • $1,800 – will purchase a CCTV/Video magnifier for a visually impaired person • $2,000 – will widen doorways and create an accessible threshold in one home • $5,000 – will renovate a bathroom with a raised toilet, accessible sink and roll-in shower