October 31, 2013
International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans Supports Boston Bombing Victims through America’s Fund Donation
Boston, Massachusetts—This past April, as news reports of the Boston Marathon bombing came in, meeting organizers from the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans knew immediately that they wanted to do something to help. The International Foundation, an educational association for benefit plan leaders, was scheduled to host four educational programs in Boston in September 2013 and wanted to help support the victims by making a donation for each program attendee to the America’s Fund Mentors Program Fund.
The America’s Fund is a program created to direct urgently needed resources and financial support to injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This is a program of the Semper Fi Fund, an established 501(c)(3) nonprofit with an A+ rating from CharityWatch and a 4-star (highest possible) rating from Charity Navigator. Since its inception in 2004, the Semper Fi Fund has provided more than $81 million in support.
When service members previously assisted by the Semper Fi Fund learned of the Boston bombing victims’ injuries, they knew the challenges ahead that they had personally endured and wanted to help. This was the genesis of the America’s Fund Mentors Program. The veterans will stay side by side with these men and women throughout their rehabilitation - serving as sources of hope each day and forever!
“The Foundation has been hosting educational programs in Boston since 1976. The city and its people feel like a second home to us,” said Michael Wilson, CEO of the International Foundation. “When the bombings happened, we wanted to do whatever we could to help out.”
The Foundation hosted four conferences in Boston this past month. For each conference attendee, the Foundation donated $15 to the America’s Fund Mentors Program, totaling $12,650.
“We are grateful for the support and understanding of how this mentorship helps both those who were injured in the Boston bombing and our service members who are still recovering and want to give back.” said Vanessa Keane, America’s Fund Event Manager
“The Foundation will be returning to Boston in 2014 for the 60th Annual Employee Benefits Conference,” added Wilson. “And we look forward to partnering with the City and people of Boston for many more years to come.”
The Foundation provides education on health care and retirement issues for employee benefit executives, trustees, administrators and professionals who support benefit plans. Its 30,000 members in turn provide benefits to 25 million North Americans.
About the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans
The International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans is a member-driven organization with five decades of experience as a leading objective source of employee benefits, compensation and financial literacy education and information within the American and Canadian workplace. The Foundation’s expertise is industry wide; and it offers resources that include Foundation staff, training, conferences and research on topics critical to assisting its 33,000 multiemployer, corporate and public sector members respond to trends affecting the well-being of more than 25 million lives in North America. For additional information, visit www.ifebp.org.