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Through the engagement on social media, and the post on this blog that’s been read by more than 1 million of you, we’ve learned that not all the motherless and fatherless children who benefit from our program and awareness are younger than 18 years old.

Some who have lost a parent are in college, navigating the transition into true adulthood. We’ve heard from many in the early phases of careers, marriages, parenthood. Those of you are navigating what Kelly Corrigan calls The Middle Place of raising children and caregiving parents. Others are facing an empty nest, trying to figure out what’s next. Sadly, some have had additional losses compound their grief.

Despite our age, we remain motherless and fatherless children and we wonder if they are proud of us, let’s give them reason to be. Let’s heal ourselves, together, by helping others. 

  • If you are nearby, join us at the 12th “Race for Traditions“on April 3oth  – or create a team in honor of a mom or dad.
  • Run with us from a distance One Tough Mother Runner – a virtual race!
  • Simply make a donation of $10 for every child in YOUR household to support the collective children in our program.
  • Participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) #56164
  • Donate through United Way – #12502 

No child should grieve alone. 

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Helping is healing. Family Lives On needs your help to continue. April is a month of renewal and a focus on raising the funds we need to support the children, teens and families in our program.

 

Tradition Tuesday – Definition of Tradition

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Tradition: The transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.

Dear Family Lives On,
Where do I even begin in telling you how blessed and grateful we all are to you? I guess I can begin with why your amazing organization will forever hold a special place in our hearts. 

In 2013, the most shocking, unimaginable tragedy happened to our family. To lose my husband, the father of my children, so unexpectedly, at such a young age, tore a hole through us that will never close. As I tried to hang on by a thread, I asked myself “How am I going to function daily for myself, much less my children? How am I going to hold on to what memories we had of him and keep moving forward?” 

The month before my husband’s 2 year death anniversary I began reading and searching online for help with our family’s situation- something that could guide me or give me support in coping with our tragedy. It was during this search where I stumbled upon the Family Lives On Foundation. I began reading about the foundation and smiling at the stories on your website. For the first time I felt a bit of happiness creep back into my heart. To be able to carry on my husband’s Traditions through our children- what an amazing experience! 

I decided to take the first steps in applying. I was extremely terrified to do this, to be open about our situation to complete strangers, to hear the kids speak of stories of their dad, it still seemed so surreal that any of this even happened. But with a wounded heart and a small glimpse of hope, I decided to move forward and apply for your Tradition Program. This was by far the best decision I could have made. 

Watching my children Skype with your staff and hearing them talk about wonderful times with their dad, seeing them smile, laugh, and shed a few tears, watching them get so excited about receiving their packages and watching them smile from ear to ear as they opened them, made me realize that my husband left behind one of the most precious gifts he could have left- his Traditions.

Thank you Isis and the Family Lives On Foundation for making all of this possible. For realizing that although the death of a parent can leave an enormous gaping hole in the heart of a child, a gaping hole that will remain there forever, that there is still room to experience moments of happiness and joy, and to keep celebrating the life and Traditions of our loved one. 

And thank you to my remarkable husband Mike. Thank you for the trips to the zoo, the summers at the river, the BBQ’s at home, and the weekend adventures to the movies and the park. Thank you for always keeping us a family and for instilling in us these family Traditions. Because of you and the Traditions and memories we made together, we can now keep them going and pass them on and forever keep your memory alive.
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Support the Tradition Program

Family Lives On Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Tradition Program is entirely funded through charitable donations.  If you would like to help support the grieving children and families we serve, please donate here.

To learn more about the Tradition Program, please use this link.

5 Reasons to be a Corporate Sponsor for a Nonprofit

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By Stacey Grant

Excerpts from  The 2013 Cone Communications Social Impact Study

1. UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN’S EXPECTATIONS

Americans’ appetite for corporate involvement in social and environmental issues is voracious. Just 7 percent of the U.S. population believes corporations only need to be concerned with their bottom-line. More than nine-in-10 look to companies to support social or environmental issues in some capacity, and 88 percent is eager to hear from companies about those efforts. A whopping 91 percent wants to see more products, services and retailers support worthy issues – up eight percentage points since 2010.

2. LEVERAGING A POWERFUL DIFFERENTIATOR

Few attributes rouse brand preference and affinity more than commitment to social and environmental issues, and corporate America should pay attention. Nearly all U.S. consumers say that when a company supports a cause, they have a more positive image of the company (93%) – up from 85 percent in 2010 and 84 percent in 1993. Americans say they are also more likely to trust (90%) and would be more loyal (90%) to companies that back causes. Whether and to what extent a company supports
an issue influences a variety of personal decisions as well, including where to shop or what to buy (82%) and which products and services to recommend to others (82%).

3. MOBILIZING CONSUMER ACTION

Service and giving back are cornerstones of American culture, so it’s no surprise that U.S. citizens report high intentions for participating in cause-related activities. But actual behavior reveals a different story – and a tremendous opportunity
for companies.

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4. INTRODUCING THE NEW SOCIAL IMPACT CONSUMERS

Multicultural and Millennial audiences are growing in size and influence, and truly changing the voice of America.

Ninety-two percent of the U.S. population growth since 2000 is attributed to minorities – many of whom identify as African American or Hispanic. With a combined buying power estimated to reach $2.3 trillion by 20152, African Americans and Hispanics are most definitely no longer niche segments – they’re the new mainstream. And Millennials* are the first generation of Americans who have grown up alongside cause marketing. Numbering more than 80 million Americans, they are the largest cohort the U.S. has ever seen – and an undeniable force.

Together, these populations represent the new social impact consumers. As they matriculate into decision-making roles at organizations around the country, they bring with them cultural influences that mandate making society better. They also bring the brave new world of social networking – a world in which information is available at the swipe of a finger, and where they serve as an entirely new group of influencers who can magnify a company’s efforts and accelerate positive change.

Their significant buying power and social influence cannot be ignored – but getting their attention requires an understanding of their distinct needs, priorities and communication habits.

5. ADVANCING SOCIAL IMPACT

With social and environmental issue support clearly and steadfastly expressed as an American consumer demand and savvy business strategy, the question becomes not if but how companies will carry the torch of its evolution to true social impact. Claims of caring are no longer sufficient, either to differentiate or to make a difference. Consumers demand more. And companies must respond.

Family Lives On Foundation supports the lifelong emotional well-being of children whose mother or father has died. Our Tradition Program provides opportunities for intentional remembering, creating a safe haven for grief, communication, and celebration. To donate, volunteer or for more information visit the Family Lives On Foundation website.