Funding

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Matthew Patton Foundation
P.O. Box 797
Bristol, RI  02809

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Donations and Expenses for CY2015

The Matthew Patton Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charity [EIN 47-3599680]. 

August 2015 - $100 John and Lynn Patton

August 2015 - $15,000 North Congregational Church, Fall River, MA.

September 2015 - $5.00 Evan Patton

September 2015 - $5.00 John Patton

September 2015 - $20.00 Wendy and Brian Almeida

September 2015 - $10.00 Zach Millard

September 2015 - $10.00 Anna McAdam

October 2015 - $50.00 Anonymous

November 2015 - $100.00 Marc Thomas

November 2015 - $100.00 Nancy Ann

November 2015 - $50.00 Heather A Viveiros

December 2015 - $1000.00 Crossfit 508 Gym

December 2015 - $25.00 Anonymous

March 2016 - $10.00 John Patton

Thank you all for your generosity!!!!

     

DETAILED BREAKDOWN OF MPF SPENDING PRACTICES FOR CY2015*

TOTAL DONATION FUNDS CY2015: $16,485.00

EXPENSES CY2015

Salaries

            President and CEO - $0 (Salary deferred)

            Secretary - $0 (Salary deferred)

            Treasurer - $0 (Salary deferred)

            Chairman of the Board - $0 (Salary deferred)

            Board of Directors - $0 (Salary deferred)

Overhead - $0

Website design - $0 (Teresa Dubois deferred pay for website design)

Software for creating website* - $513.34 

Domain, SSL, and Server use* - $947.59

Incorporation fees* - $400.00

Bank Fees - $5.42

Meals - $184.90

Mileage - $40.32

Advertising

            Facebook - $1,002.06

            Promotional events: $78.92

            Promotional materials (ex., business cards): $2,186.66

*These monies were needed to obtain incorporation (EIN) and IRS nonprofit approval (filing state and federal paperwork) and to develop and go live with the website on March 26, 2015.

TOTAL EXPENSES CY2015: $5,408.21

TOTAL DONATION FUNDS REMAINING FOR CY2016: $11,076.79

 

What we accomplished with your donations:

  1. Trip to Hanscom AFB December 28, 2016 to meet with leadership to arrange suicide prevention talks with MA NG Soldiers.
  2. Trip to Hanscom AFB February 17, 2016 for suicide prevention talk with MA NG Soldiers.
  3. Countless hours: 
  • Researching, writing, and updating content for the TBI, PTSD, depression, SUD, and suicide sections
  • Researching and summarizing articles for MPF website
  • Researching likeminded nonprofits and communicating with leadership for monthly spotlights (ex., #22KILL)
  • Researching and collaborating with other nonprofit personnel (ex., Home Base) to find treatment options for Soldiers and Veterans
  • Researching local area resources (ex., nonprofits) for those who requested help for specific needs (anonymous)
  • Sharing research and insight about suicide prevention with interested parties (ex., Deputy Director of Joining Forces and Director of Resiliency) via email and teleconferences
  • Supporting Service members, Veterans, and their Families via text, email, and telephone 24/7
  • Generating ideas for MPF fundraisers
  1. Attending events to promote MPF
  • Run for the Fallen RI September 26, 2015
  • Project New Hope November 7, 2015
  • Camp Valhalla February 30, 2016
  • Hero Stars February 26, 2016

*Our accomplishments while creating MPF that occurred prior to achieving official incorporation and nonprofit status required use of our personal monies for funding. They include:

  • Trip to Fort Hood August 22, 2014 for suicide prevention talk with 475 Soldiers
  • Trip to Fort Bragg January 30, 2015 for suicide prevention talk with approximately 30 Soldiers
  • Trip to Fort Bragg March 6, 2015 for suicide prevention talk with approximately 30 Soldiers. 

We would like to thank Teresa Dubois for designing our website free-of-charge, Belinda Sykes Formento for summarizing articles and tirelessly promoting MPF, Heather A Vivieros for helping with donations, and a special thanks to Beverly L. Franklin for dragging me out of the house to network, fundraise, and promote MPF.

Thank you to our family, military families, and friends for loving and supporting us. We could not do this without you.

 

 

Donations and Expenses for CY2016

Fundraising

This year we had three fundraising events:

September 13 we held our first fundraiser at Peter Sebring’s Bristol Oyster Bar. Thanks to Peter and his staff for a wonderful evening. We also want to thank WPRI TV and Walt Buteau who reported on the tragedy of Military suicide and our efforts to reduce the rate of suicide.

December 3 saw our second fundraiser at the local VFW. Thanks to Karl Antonevich, Armand Pereira and the gang at VFW A.C. Almeida Post 837; Tyler and Ryan Falcoa; George Simmons (our DJ for the night) and Paul Mancini of Leo's Ristorante.

On December 11, we participated in the Alternative Giving Project at Bristol's First Congregational Church; received many donations and promoted MPF and what we do. Thanks to our donors and a special thank you to Bob Greer who shepherded us through the process.

Alliances

After reaching out to the White House, we were referred to the Defense Suicide Prevention Office (DSPO). As Gold Star parents of a suicide, DSPO realizes the contribution we can make to their efforts to reduce the rate of suicide among Active Duty and Veteran Service members, and MPF is now serving as consultants to DSPO.

  • Visit June 20 to DC to meet with DSPO personnel; Deputy director and Director of Education and Outreach. They acknowledged that they apply the same suicide theory and use a Public Health Model as MPF uses and invited us back to meet with the Director, Dr. Keita Franklin.
  • Met with Dr. Franklin in Boston. Meeting went very well and that we should let her know when were in the DC area.
  • Participated in DSPO Suicide Prevention Awareness month kick-off event at the Pentagon on September 7.

Invited to be on the MA-RI tactical team for Stride and Ride Relay to be held in October 2017. Provided Heather at Stride and Ride with promotional write-ups to help publicize the event and enlist participants.

April 4: Went to Patriot Riders meeting to tell our story and describe what MPF does. Talked about doing a potential fundraiser.

September 24: Travelled to Jim Thorpe, PA to help another nonprofit in PA Outdoors Veterans Camp.

November 14: Spoke with Rolling Thunder RI Chapter to thank them for what they did for us in the Bristol 4th of July parade. They stopped the parade, got off their bikes and paid tribute to Matthew. Gave us a star from a retired flag. Talked about fundraising.

Community Level

September 23: Did a suicide prevention talk at Natick Soldier Systems Center. We had great feedback such as “That was the best suicide prevention talk I have ever heard.” At this talk, we met Paul Carew (Massachusetts Veterans Service Officer) who loved the talk so much he asked for our participation in his monthly suicide prevention panels throughout MA, and have since participated in three suicide prevention panels in Natick (1 panel) and Marlborough (2 panels).

RIARNG newsletter Editor SFC Jim Duncanson of the 243rd Regiment asked the CEO to write monthly articles, and these started in October 2016. They have been sent to Veterans all over the country and DSPO to overwhelmingly positive feedback.

February 18: Spoke at Bristol Rotary club, where we received many insightful questions and several offers for assistance. Again, thanks to Bob Greer for arranging this appearance, and to MaryJo Fidalgo-Tavares for inviting us to speak to her chapter.

Individual Interactions

Used social media to find missing active-duty and Veterans. In one week, we found three out of five alive, which five years ago would not have happened. We would have lost all five. To date we have saved 20 lives that we know of and hopefully there are a lot more we haven’t heard about.

Have hosted Veterans and Active duty at our facility multiple times to listen their story or as respite care from their life circumstances.

Assisted Active Duty Navy with Captain's Mast and not having to take substance abuse classes after bringing empty liquor bottles aboard ship after liberty.

Have been working with a National Guard Soldier for over a year, got him a good team (psychiatrist, Primary Care Physician, and therapist), the correct medications, regular phone calls to chat and make sure he was safe, and visits whenever needed. This Soldier was referred to us from the suicide prevention talk at Hanscom Air Force Base during our first year.

For a homeless veteran in Ohio, contacted homeless shelters, churches and non-profits in his area to try to find him housing assistance. Ultimately, we contacted his VA/HUF representative and pressured her to do her job to get him a place to live and assistance with his utilities. He has also been given information on how to log on and navigate the VA's My HealtheVet to view appointments, send messages to his doctors, refill meds and file claims on there or DAV.

Assisted a spouse in getting her Army Veteran husband set up at the VA where he could receive care from them instead of his private insurance for dermatitis and issues with his back as a result of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Assisted a now discharged Sailor in navigating the transition to civilian life. He is now out of the Navy with an honorable discharge, his GI Bill and use of the VA.