One of the ongoing goals of The Steelman Family Foundation is to secure and to maintain sponsorships from corporations in order to accomplish the endeavors of the foundation.
Our goal is to involve sponsoring corporations in the efforts of the foundation including educating corporations about living and caring for disabled children to encourage them to be aware of employees with disabled children and to educate them in the anxiety surrounding being a caregiver. Corporate sponsorships will also be used to conduct educational efforts and support Rene’s speaking tours in places and to organizations that could not otherwise pay René to come and speak.
Most elementary schools, high schools, some colleges and many smaller companies and nonprofits do not have a budget to bring in a speaker of Rene’s caliber and status. One possible benefit to a corporate sponsor willing to support René Steelman’s efforts is the ability to donate to The Steelman Family Foundation instead of hiring René through her for-profit company, the RKS, LLC. The Steelman Family Foundation can receive donations and pay a portion of those donations to Rene’s company for her services.
There are many benefits to sponsors who will assist the foundation and René in these efforts. Benefits include making a tax deductible contribution to SFF to support families who roll. Another benefit is supporting Rene’s speaking.
Your corporation will receive visibility on both the foundation and the RKS, LLC. website, recognition and acknowledgement at talks, opportunities to participate with René at various community and organizational events and opportunities to create videos with René that will be visible in the media, just to name but a few.
SFF was established to assist families with children 6-18 that are completely non- ambulatory and wheelchair bound, purchase wheelchair accessible vehicles.
WHY IS SFF IMPORTANT?
Currently, if you googled, Go Fund Me pages for families looking for assistance with a child with cerebral palsy, you will find over 4 million. The average cost of an accessible van is over $40,000. That is not a fancy tricked out car. That is a mom car, that is the dreaded min-van. That is a basic mini-van. It’s as if you buy the car twice. First you must consider the cost of the car, then modifications will usually cost at least $28,000.
HOW DOES THE GIVING FUND WORK?
SFF applicants must meet with a mobility dealership to determine the vehicle that will work best for their family and their child’s needs. SFF then, through the support of generous corporate and individual donors, and by partnering with other non-profits, will provide a grant to help the family purchase their accessible van. All funds go directly to the dealership that the vehicle is being purchased through.
HOW CAN I HELP?
Below is a sponsorship/in-kind partnership agreement. If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the SFF GIVING FUND with a monetary sponsorship agreement, or becoming an in-kind partner by providing an in-kind donation towards a particular family, please fill out the agreement below.