After hearing from its members over the years about uncertainties around how to help when disaster strikes a member or supplier’s territory, Affiliated Distributors (AD), Wayne, PA, last January decided to establish a new foundation to provide support. The distributor buying/marketing group had no idea how quickly the fund, introduced at the group's North American meeting last month, would be needed.
The AD Disaster Relief Foundation is a new 501(c)(3) entity that enables the AD community to support one another’s people when natural or man-made disasters strike. AD Chairman and CEO Bill Weisberg announced the new foundation at the 2017 AD North American Meeting keynote address.
“When one of our members or suppliers is going through a major hardship or disaster in their company and community, there are many of us who would like to help. But oftentimes we don’t know how or whom to help. It’s in this spirit, and to solve this problem, that we’ve created the AD Disaster Relief Foundation,” Weisberg said.
Donors to the AD Disaster Relief Foundation will be able to give monetary support to the specific member and supplier companies they choose and receive tax deductions for their contributions. The foundation is also working towards donors being able to provide in-kind donations such as building materials, generators and cleaning supplies and can receive tax deductions for those as well. Weisberg’s family is funding 100% of the operational and administrative costs of the foundation so that 100% of all donations go directly to the people in AD member and supplier companies that need it.
“When we started this project in January we had no way to know that there would be so many terrible disasters impacting our members and suppliers this year,” Weisberg said in a release. “So we have accelerated the rollout of the project to help people. In just under two weeks the foundation has already received a dozen grant applications from the AD members and suppliers who have people who lost their homes and property due to Hurricanes Maria and Harvey.”
More information is available at the new foundation’s website, www.ADFoundation.com