We started the year with a plan to revive Safe Passage Foundation and so far we’ve made significant progress. In May and June, director Steven Levithan, former director Juliana Buhring and many others launched Facebook fundraising campaigns that raised over $7800 for Safe Passage Foundation. So far this year we have raised about $21,496 which is a significant increase over the $2820 we raised the previous year.
In August, a generous donor made a $10,000 donation dedicated to our scholarship program in memory of Safe Passage Foundation founder Julia McNeil. Thanks to our generous supporters, this year we have been able to disburse 21 Emergency Aid Fund grants totaling over $8100. Nearly all our Emergency Aid Fund grants this year were disbursed to provide food and shelter to adults born or raised in cults as well as to children of those raised in cults. It is heartbreaking how close to being homeless many of us are but we are happy that we were able to prevent it in a few cases.
I would literally be without a home without you guys, [I] can’t thank y’all enough. Thanks very much SPF for having made sure I had a house and food these last months. – Message from an SPF client. November 3, 2018.
We were also able to revive the scholarship program. In August, we disbursed 11 $500 scholarship grants and we plan to disburse more next semester. We have yet to receive any applicants for our nursing scholarship funded by NurseRecruiter. If you know someone raised in a cult who wants to become a nurse, please let them know about our nursing scholarship.
How You Can Help
None of our success this year would have been possible without help from our donors, volunteers and supporters who have been very generous with their time and money. To keep the momentum going we need your help. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact us and check back for more specific volunteer opportunities we’ll post here and elsewhere.
If you are interested in fundraising, one of the best ways you can help is to start a Facebook fundraiser benefitting Safe Passage Foundation. If you need ideas, here are some previous successful Facebook fundraisers:
- Providing education & emergency aid for people leaving abusive cults
- Juliana’s birthday fundraiser for Safe Passage Foundation
Here our latest financial reports. As is evident, we now run a very lean and efficient operation but we are absolutely committed to making it even more efficient. Our company sponsor, MadLab LLC (founded by directors Robert Gentel and Peter Frouman) funds all the operational costs so other donors can rest assured that 100% of their donations will go directly to providing scholarships, emergency aid and other assistance to people raised in cults.