March 3, 2017
Dear Ferguson Family,
Holy Name School is grateful for your help and generous donations to support Jaidaly Rodriguez in our school. Jaidaly is now in our sixth grade class and continues to be an honor student in all subject areas.
Jaidaly comes to school everyday on time and well prepared. She always has a smile on her face. Each year she becomes more and more responsible especially since she is the youngest and only girl in her family. Jaidaly is now working with her little cousin who is coming to Holy Name and is living with her family. She is so kind to him and makes sure he is well-taken care of each day.
Jaidaly is also a great leader in her class. She just finished helping her peers organize our Pencil Grams for Valentine’s Day, works on various art posters for contests to represent our school, and is part of our Student Council. This month she will help with a can goods drive for the poor.
Jaidaly comes from a very good family who live two blocks from school. They are hard working parents who appreciate the simple things in life. Their love and example along with their strong faith have been a wonderful blessing for the entire family.
Thank you for believing in our children and know that your gift is definitely being put to good use. God bless you!
Patricia Quinter, Principal
During the month of February, the Ferguson Foundation will match any donation made to City Harvest. Generating much needed support during what is typically a "slow" period for donors.
More about City Harvest:
Nearly 20% of New Yorkers currently live in poverty, struggling to afford basic necessities such as rent and medical care and put food on their tables.
City Harvest helps feed the more than 1.4 million New Yorkers facing hunger each year.
- We rescue some 136,000 pounds of food each day.
- We regularly give food to more than 500 community programs.
- It costs City Harvest just 25 cents to rescue and deliver a pound of food.
- 93 cents of every dollar donated directly supports our programs fighting hunger in New York City.
In our first month, City Harvest served 55 community food programs in New York City. Today we help feed people at more than 500 programs. Our goal is to grow our operations to address the demand for emergency food.Read More
For the second year, The Ferguson Foundation is proud to make a donation to the Catholic Partnership Schools of Camden (www.catholicpartnershipschools.org).
The donation will provide full tuition for three students for the 2015-2016 academic year.Read More
Helen Ferguson, Cynthia Ferguson, Donna Ferguson, Nora Ferguson, Greg Ferguson, Tom Ferguson, Chris Ferguson.
Today, there are more than 1.5 million elementary and middle school-aged children attending Catholic schools throughout the United States. Forty three percent are in urban and inner city areas where, for more than 100 years, they have been educating and preparing for success many of the country’s immigrants and working poor.
At the Catholic Partnership Schools, 93% of our families are below poverty level, 65% of our students are Hispanic, 30% are African-American, and approximately 50% are non-Catholic. And what may be the most telling statistic: Citing just one of our schools as an example, over 90% of our students graduate from high school. This is compared to less than 25% at the two Camden City schools that are the public high school options for our young people.
The five schools (Holy Name, Sacred Heart, Saint Anthony, Saint Cecilia, and Saint Joseph) are regularly re-accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Elementary Schools. They choose to seek this rigorous critique from a well-respected and objective accrediting agency. Not one of the public or charter schools in Camden City holds this recognized and valuable accreditation.
The Ferguson Foundation's contribution to the Catholic Partnership will pay for three tuitions this year.
The Ferguson Foundation is proud to be a member of the Association of Small Foundations (ASF) is a membership organization for donors, trustees, employees and consultants of foundations that have few or no staff.
At ASF small relates to staff size, not to assets. Members range in assets from under $1 million to more than $50 million. Most of our member foundations operate with fewer than two paid staff, and many with volunteers alone.
The United States is home to over 60,000 small-staffed foundations. These small foundations account for nearly half of the country’s total foundation grant dollars*, and provide essential financial support in communities across the country.
ASF enhances the power of philanthropy by providing donors, trustees, and professionals with peer learning opportunities, resources, and a collective voice in and beyond the philanthropic community.
The Lunchbox Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing a daily meal for orphaned and vulnerable school children in township and rural areas of South Africa, a country where 65% of all children live in poverty. Receiving food encourages these children to stay in school and obtain their education.
Capitalizing on the trend of taking food photos with smartphones and sharing them via social networks, an app called Feedie was developed. The app transforms food photos into actual food – donations coming from participating restaurants -- for South African schoolchildren.
The Ferguson Foundation’s contribution to the Lunchbox Fund went directly to expanding the reach of the Feedie app specifically, developing the Android version. Android powered smartphones account for 80% of the smartphone market, which statistically speaking should increase the already 12MM meals generated by the Feedie app by 80%.
The Feedie app is a perfect example of the Foundation's mission to support charitable “engines” that generate recurring value over time.
In October 2013 a donation was made to the Little Sisters of the Poor from the Ferguson Foundation. Little Sisters of the Poor are an international congregation of Roman Catholic women founded in 1839 by Saint Jeanne Jugan. Together with a diverse network of collaborators, they serve the elderly poor in over 30 countries around the world. Their mission is to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.