The American Stroke Foundation (ASF) provides post-rehabilitation wellness programs to underserved and underinsured survivors of stroke, regardless of their ability to pay. The ASF takes a holistic approach to working with stroke survivors, offering programs that address their physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being. Other post-rehabilitation programs do exist, but they address individual pieces of recovery, such as fitness, speech, or occupational therapy. The ASF is one of very few organization in the U.S. to take this comprehensive approach to recovery and wellness following a stroke.
The ASF partners with community healthcare professionals, volunteers and student interns to address the ongoing needs of stroke survivors when acute hospitalization and rehabilitation end. Since its inception in 1997, the ASF estimates that it has provided programs and services to more than 2500 stroke survivors in the Kansas City area, and has offered information and support to hundreds of others across the country.
The American Stroke Foundation provides programs for stroke survivors who have depleted insurance benefits, but wish to continue working on skills for independence in daily life. We also serve the needs of family members, providing social support and hope for the continued recovery of their loved one. We nurture, challenge, and support stroke survivors and their family members as they work to get on with their lives.
The ASF has a variety of
1. Scholarships to subsidize participation fees
Stroke often causes significant financial hardship for survivors and families, and often they are unable to pay even the modest participation fee for the programs offered at the ASF. $780 will sponsor one stroke survivor for a full year of ASF programs.
Exercise equipment specially fitted with supports for stroke survivors with partial paralysis is needed as we expand our program sites. Costs range from $500 for a stationary bicycle to $2000 for a NuStep recumbent bike.
Many of our activities require materials,such as paper, paint, and glue for art therapy classes, food items for cooking classes, and notebooks for communication classes. Items currently cost approximately $250-$350 per month between our 3 locations.
The American Stroke Foundation is committed to providing a diverse clientele with total accessibility to post-rehabilitative services following a stroke. To that end, we have three Stroke wellness centers, one in Mission, Kansas one in the Blue Springs Family YMCA in Blue Springs, Missouri and a third at the Cleaver Family YMCA in Kansas City, Missouri. Our partnership with the Y allows us to provide our programs in a financially responsible manner, sharing the resources of the Y to expand our reach to more stroke survivors.
The board and staff of the American Stroke Foundation reflect the diversity of our clientele and the broader community. Our Board is by necessity very active in supporting the activities of the Foundation; it is a working board because our staff is so limited. Our goal for the coming year is to be able to increase our funding so that we can sustain our growth in a fiscally responsible manner.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
Providing adequate funding to sustain a small non-profit is a continuing challenge. Trying to keep overhead low has led to a recent down-sizing of our program site in Mission and dependence on volunteer staff in ways that have constrained our growth and development. We are addressing these challenges by partnering with community groups such as the YMCA to more efficiently offer our program. In addition we are actively seeking grant support to expand our outreach to urban areas of KCMO. Our plans also include adding a staff member to head up our fundraising and development activities. We have worked very hard to build our cash reserves so we can support our plans for growth. We are hoping that additional fundraising activities in 2014 will contribute to our continuing success.
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