How Donations are Used

Dear Family & Friends,

We are grateful to everyone who has made a gift to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. in the past, and thank you for considering a donation today. We rely on you and our community to be able to carry out our mission. Our work would not be possible without the support of countless individuals.

Donations to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. goes to support all of our programs. While we began as a Down syndrome support group the scope of our work has grown. When you donate, know that your money goes to F.R.I.E.N.D.S. current and future programs.

Here are a few examples of how your money may be spent:

  • Scholarships funds for FDSWF members.
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Parent Packets provided for new and expectant parents
  • F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Parent Packets provided to twelve Tampa Bay area hospitals.
  • Public affairs advocacy on your behalf
  • BABY Friends, Dream Tweens, Tampa Bay Teens, Friends Social Club.
  • Monthly newsletter and events emails
  • March Down Syndrome Day Picnic
  • March FDSWF “I Can and I Will” Appreciation Gala (Scheduled for 2019)
  • July 4th of July Parade
  • July Down Syndrome Awareness Pool & Picnic Party
  • October Buddy Walk
  • FDSWF Halloween Party
  • Christmas Parade
  • FDSWF Holiday & Cookie Swap Party.

​Your donation of:

  • $35 pays for the mailing of 5 New Parent Packets to new families.
  • $100-$250/person for a scholarship to the Family Cafe conference or Down Syndrome Conferences held in Orlando.
  • $5,000 pays for our yearly printing.
  • $6,000 pays for our Picnics and Holiday Party.
  • $2,500 pays for our t-shirts & DS Awareness bracelets
  • $5,000 pays for our Buddy Walk T-shirts

In the future FDSWF would like to fund:

  • A four-day summer camp at the Rotary’s Camp Florida. It would be for our 10-20yr+. Your funds would help to hire a Camp Director, Lifeguards, Food, camping supplies, etc…
  • Hire a Grant Writer
  • Hire a Social Worker/Parent Liaison to direct our members to current services and programs.
  • Host a Striker Bikes camp.
  • Host a Down Syndrome Conference
  • Partner with a local college or hospital to bring a Down Syndrome Clinic to Tampa Bay