May 22, 2008.
That was the day – 10 years ago today – that we found out the Joe Andruzzi Foundation had received 501(c)(3) approval status from the IRS, marking our official launch into the non-profit industry. At the time, we had four children, two staff members, and our “headquarters” was located in the guest bedroom of our home.
Today, we have five kids, 13 staff members, 13 board members, and an office that doesn’t include a bed – although, sometimes we wish it did when the morning coffee starts to wear off.
Needless to say, we would not be where we are today without the countless supporters, friends, family, volunteers, sponsors, and donors that make up our history. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning, or you’re a new friend, thank you for being a part of JAF.
To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, JAF is aiming high – and we hope you can help us reach the stars. With the support of our dear friends at J.Derenzo Co., we hope to raise $100,000 today on our 10th birthday. Yes, all in one day.
That’s because J. Derenzo Co. will match all gifts given to JAF today, up to $50,000, to celebrate our 10 years. This incredible gift means that your $10 donation will become a $20 donation. Your $500 donation will become a $1,000 donation. Your $5,000 donation will become a $10,000 donation. Every gift counts, no matter the size, because your support means the world to our patient recipients. It means the difference between making a rent payment when too sick to work. It means keeping the heat on in the cold winter months. It means more time focusing on getting better and less time on the financial struggles that so often accompanies a cancer diagnosis.
Please help us reach our goal, reach more patients and families in New England, and reach the next 10-year milestone by donating today.