Q: How much of my donation goes to help service members and their families?
A: There are no paid employees of the MMFF. The MMFF has extremely low overhead and fundraising expenses. Based on the formula used for calculating overhead and fundraising expenses, 95% to 97% of every dollar goes to help service members and their families.
Q: How does a military family apply for assistance?
A: Military families get financial assistance by contacting one of the federally-funded Family Assistance Centers located around the state. See http://www.btyr.org/family-assistance-centers. The Family Assistance Centers can also be reached at 1-888-234-1274. The Family Assistance Centers serve any branch of service whether active duty, National Guard, or reserve.
Q: Do you accept donations of goods or services?
A: No. To donate goods or services, visit the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website, http://www.btyr.org.
Q: How do I make a donation?
A: You can send a check payable to “MMFF” to Minnesota Military Family Foundation, 620 Mendelssohn Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427. Credit card donations are accepted via PayPal at www.minnesotamilitaryfamilyfoundation.org.
Q: Who does the MMFF provide assistance to?
A: The MMFF is focused on providing assistance to families of deployed service members, but provides assistance to any currently serving military member or their families..
Q: How does the MMFF determine who will receive help?
A: Once the need for financial assistance is verified by the Family Assistance Centers, the request is forwarded to the MMFF for action. Each MMFF board member reviews the request. If a majority of board members approve the request, the Family Assistance Center is notified of the action and the funds are released. Over 99% of requests have been approved.
Q: How long does it take to get approval for a grant?
A: Since the MMFF board members vote electronically, requests can be approved as quickly as a couple hours, once the requests are received from the Family Assistance Centers.
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