The Home Depot Foundation Awards Collaborative Innovation Grants to FODAC
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Collaborative service projects receive $80,000 as part of Building Community Network with hands-on support from the Georgia Center for Nonprofits
Tucker GA – (14 February 2018) – The Georgia Center for Nonprofits (GCN) and The Home Depot Foundation have announced Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) as the winner of two 2018 Collaborative Innovation Grants totaling $80,000. FODAC will use the grant funds to create new partnerships with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Goodwill Industries of North Georgia. These partnerships will be mutually beneficial and support FODAC’s mission of providing durable medical equipment (DME), such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower benches and patient lifts, to those with either short- or long-term mobility impairments, at little to no cost to the recipients or their caregivers.
The annual Collaborative Innovation Grant program is an invite-only competition for nonprofits in the Building Community Network, led by GCN and The Home Depot Foundation. Two organizations with different focus areas must apply together. Established in 2006, the Network is now Atlanta’s largest and most influential collective of nonprofit leadership, bringing together 200-plus Atlanta-area organizations to support and share high-impact solutions, establish strong bonds between organizations, and equip nonprofits with innovative, multi-purpose tools for tackling entrenched issues. FODAC was awarded two grants in this year’s program:
- FODAC in partnership with Goodwill of North Georgia
The “Expand Recycling and Access to Home Medical Equipment” program will establish ten new locations for collecting DME donations to Goodwill that are not in its scope for selling. These specialized wheelchairs and other mobility and daily living equipment will be set aside for FODAC to collect and redistribute to the disability community, recycling these valuable devices and increasing opportunities for clients of both organizations.
- FODAC in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
The “Hospital to Home Support Keeps Children with Disabilities Moving” program ensures children hospitalized for a severe injury or illness can acquire the DME and other home modifications needed for home recovery. A separate inventory of hard-to-access DME items will be purchased with the grant, maintained in inventory, and distributed to Children’s clients as needed.
“These grant funds greatly expand FODAC’s reach into the community,” said Chris Brand, president and CEO of FODAC. “Our new partnership with Goodwill of North Georgia will increase our numbers of equipment collection, meaning that we can greatly increase our inventory and thus lessen wait time for many types of equipment. Working with Children’s means children can go home sooner with the DME needed to keep them safe and back on the road to recovery.”
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Now celebrating its 31st anniversary, Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) continues to help people with injuries and disabilities of all ages regain their mobility, independence and quality of life. The non-profit organization provides more than $10 million annually in refurbished durable medical equipment (DME) and home modifications in Georgia and across the United States, all at little or no cost to the recipients. A pioneer in re-use, FODAC keeps 350 tons of materials out of landfills each year by refurbishing and reissuing over 700 DME items every month, and is recognized nationally for best practices. In 2014, FODAC was named to Charities Under 5% Overhead, an organization of charities that have operating overhead of five percent or less.
In 2013, Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) appointed FODAC to serve as the statewide distributor of DME and assistive technology in the event of a large population-affecting emergency situation. In this role, FODAC will warehouse the DME and other equipment, then, working with GEMA and the American Red Cross (ARC) of Georgia, will coordinate the delivery and distribution to emergency shelters around the state.
In 2016, Healthcare Quality Association on Accreditation (HQAA) fully accredited FODAC as a durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS) provider, thus confirming the organization’s compliance with quality standards established in the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act.
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