Our commitment to philanthropic endeavors is part of our mission, and is a key reason to get involved with FCS.
THE FCS RACE FOR KIDS
Our main charitable fundraising activity remains our annual FCS Race for Kids, a ski weekend/marketing summit held each January in Stowe, Vermont. The event supports Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund, Downey Side Adoption Agency, and Make A Wish Foundation of Vermont. Anchored by five fireside forums where more than 75 financial marketers discuss industry trends for the coming year, the weekend activities include skiing, snowboarding, raffles, auctions, and more. The FCS also welcomes representatives and families of each charity, who share their personal stories with the FCS members and their families, who number more than 300. This perennial support has resulted in a total donation to these three charities to over $2,325,000, since 2000 (the year the FCS became title sponsor of the event).
Check out our dedicated web site (www.fcsraceforkids.org) and Facebook page.
HOPE & HEROES COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER
An independent 501(c)3 non profit charity, The Hope & Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund was established to provide exclusive philanthropic assistance to the Herbert Irving Child & Adolescent Oncology Center. The Center is the academic division of pediatric oncology at Columbia University Medical Center located at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian. The fund’s mission is to support and expand existing programs, develop new initiatives and enhance the research that is vital to continuing the fight against pediatric cancer.
DOWNEY SIDE ADOPTION AGENCY
Downey Side, founded in 1967, is a non-sectarian, non-profit agency in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Minnesota. Downey Side plays the role of a licensed adoption agency placing older children in loving homes who would otherwise remain homeless.
THE MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION OF VERMONT
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Vermont grants wishes to children facing life-threatening medical conditions in order to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Hope is what enables us to believe that the future will be better than the present, and for children with life-threatening medical conditions, having a wish granted becomes a wellspring of hope. When they experience their one true wish, they begin to believe that what they thought was impossible can be possible. This hope, therefore, becomes a vital part of their healing process. Since its inception in 1989, Make-A-Wish Vermont has granted more than 750 wishes to Vermont children.
FCS Chicago supports Econ Illinois, a nonprofit organization that provides economic and personal finance education resources to K-12 Illinois schools.
Econ Illinois delivers teacher training and student programs, such as The Stock Market Game, reaching approximately 150,000 students and 2,500 K-12 grade teachers annually in nearly 900 school districts.
Research into how children learn indicates they are capable of acquiring basic money concepts long before they enter school. With this in mind, Econ Illinois provides resources that begin with kindergarten and continue through high school. Through monetary gifts at a young age to jobs as teenagers, kids are earning and spending money. Teaching children how to make wise financial choices at a young age will benefit them now and throughout their lives.
Visit Econ Illinois at www.econed-il.org
The Board of Directors of FCS WEST has chosen Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area as the beneficiary of our San Francisco based activities. To learn more about the organization, we encourage you to watch the “Match Videos.” Kimberly Foss, BBBSBA’s Director of Individual Giving says, “These videos represent why each of us come into work everyday and why we are all so passionate about our organization and our jobs.”
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