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Support Our Troops Funds and Outreach Program. Saskatchewan Command of The Royal Canadian Legion 46th Biennial Convention 17 October 2011. Jennifer Rankine MFF/HC Manager. Support Our Troops Funds. Military Families Fund (MFF) Soldier On Fund Hospital Comforts Fund

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Support Our Troops Funds and Outreach Program

Saskatchewan Command of The Royal Canadian Legion

46th Biennial Convention

17 October 2011

Jennifer Rankine

MFF/HC Manager


Support our troops funds
Support Our Troops Funds

  • Military Families Fund (MFF)

  • Soldier On Fund

  • Hospital Comforts Fund

  • Canadian Forces Personnel Assistance Fund (CFPAF)

  • Operation Santa Claus (program)


Sources of funding
Sources of Funding

  • Funds exist principally through donation

  • Major sources of funding

    • Donations from individuals and Corporations

    • Third Party Events

    • CANEX levies (CFPAF only)


Military families fund

Established in 2007

Assists military families faced with unforeseen and immediate needs that are attributed to conditions of service

MFF Executive Committee advisory to CDS

Relies on engagement by/support from the Chain of Command

Military Families Fund


Military families fund con t

Agile and responsive to need

Coordinated and synergized with other programs

It is not an entitlement or a benefit

Receipts must be retained

Funding only to be spent on intended purpose

Unused funding to be returned

Military Families Fund Con’t


Mff beneficiaries

Beneficiary definition:

Any individual related by blood or law to a serving or former CF member or to a member of that individual’s immediate family

An individual not related by blood or law if the relationship between the CF member and individual has been of significance

MFF Beneficiaries


How do clients access the fund

Access to fund through mulitiple sources – Chain of Command, MFRCs, Padre, SISIP Financial Counsellors, VAC, the Legion, JPSUs/IPSCs etc.

For those at the Base/Wing level – cases will be channelled back through the Chain of Command

(JPSU/IPSC Chain of Command is DCSM)

How do clients access the fund?


Mff criteria

Link to conditions of service Command, MFRCs, Padre, SISIP Financial Counsellors, VAC, the Legion, JPSUs/IPSCs etc.

Financial distress or financial hardship

A grant must resolves the situation

Other (the right thing to do)

MFF Criteria


Mff case examples

Within Canada - Covered travel expenses for parents to visit their son in the hospital (member had been injured in an IED blast)

Assisted with the costs associated with behavioural therapy for a member’s six-year old autistic son

Covered the cost of counseling for a mom of a young soldier diagnosed with PTSD. Coverage under PSHCP had been maxed out.

MFF Case Examples


Mff case examples1

Funds to cover furniture necessities and winter clothing for three nieces. The parents had been killed in an accident.

Member terminally ill – assistance to cover the cost of medical supplies, wheelchair rental.

Short-term income subsidy for a spouse who had to quit her job to care for her husband who had been injured.

MFF Case Examples


Military families fund cont d

MFF / SOT overhead three nieces. The parents had been killed in an accident.

includes costs associated with 1-877 telephone line, postage, honorariums, Interac fees, BMO Prepaid card Admin fees and some supplies.

Average Overhead: $1.5K (avg FY 07/08-09/10): 1.3%

Comparison:

United Way overhead expenses 2009: 16%

Camp Oochigeas 2009 (low std): 7%

Not included above – about half of the honoraria are returned to the funds as donations

Staff salaries are publicly reimbursed and not paid by the Fund

Military Families Fund cont’d


Soldier on fund

Supports the Soldier On Program in improving the quality of life of injured/ill CF personnel through fitness, recreation and sport

Soldier On Fund used to satisfy needs beyond the scope/mandate of Public Funding

Soldier On Fund


Soldier on fund examples
Soldier On Fund Examples life of injured/ill CF personnel through fitness, recreation and sport

  • Travel costs of 4 members who participated in the Centre for the Intrepid Mini-triathlon in San Antonio, Texas

  • Ice time for a member to practice Sledge Hockey

  • A grant to purchase a adaptive ski equipment


Soldier on fund examples1
Soldier On Fund Examples life of injured/ill CF personnel through fitness, recreation and sport

  • Travel costs for 2 members who participated in the World Para-Triathlon in Budapest, Hungary (one member won a bronze medal in her category)

  • Funded members and support personnel for the Army Run

  • Participation in introductory skills development camps – canoe, alpine ski, sledge hockey, etc.


Hospital comforts fund

Ensures hospitalized CF members have access to toiletries, reading materiel and other basic comforts, including telephone and internet

Applies equally to injuries, accidents, surgeries, as well as addiction and mental health treatments

Since 2006, benefit has been extended to more than 1,000 members

Annual draw on the fund is @ 150 K

Hospital Comforts Fund


Canadian forces personnel assistance fund
Canadian Forces Personnel reading materiel and other basic comforts, including telephone and internetAssistance Fund

  • Provides financial assistance to serving and former members when warranted by distress or other qualifying circumstances

    • Self Improvement Loans up to $5,000

    • Distress Grants up to $5,000

    • Distress loans up to $25,000

    • Education loans up to $4,000 per year to a maximum of $16,000 per student


Support our troops overview
Support Our Troops Overview reading materiel and other basic comforts, including telephone and internet

Avg Annual

Disbursement

Applications

Approved Since 2007

Fund

Balance


Op santa claus

Provides a Christmas gift to every deployed CF Member reading materiel and other basic comforts, including telephone and internet

In 2010 – received donations from 78 Canadian Corporations and other donors

4449 CF members at 19 locations

OP Santa Claus


Outreach

Working with the following external stakeholders to identify program/funding gaps and overlaps:

True Patriot Love Foundation,

Canada Company, Royal Canadian Legion,

Camp Maple Leaf, Wounded Warrior,

Military Casualty Support Foundation,

Canadian Hero Fund, Vacation for Vets; Holidays for Heroes

Moving forward, efforts will be cooperative, integrated and harmonized

Outreach


Website
Website program/funding gaps and overlaps:

  • www.supportingourtroops.ca

  • www.militaryfamiliesfund.ca


Contacts
Contacts program/funding gaps and overlaps:

  • Sandy Gauthier

    • National Manager, SOT Funds & CFPAF, 613-992-4560

  • Jennifer Rankine

    • Manager, MFF & HC, 613-947-3750

  • Heather Connolly

    • SOT Funds Coordinator, 613- 996-5325

  • Nancy Branco

    • Manager, Corporate Outreach & Sponsorship, 613-995-0321


Questions? program/funding gaps and overlaps:


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