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NATCA Charitable Foundation

The NATCA Charitable Foundation (NCF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that works to make a difference in the lives of many. NCF has no paid employees and continues to be a 100% volunteer organization of all ages and professions. This keeps costs down and helps ensure donations make a difference to those most in need. NCF's philanthropic efforts stretch across the country. NCF seeks out areas of need that go un-funded or are missed through other donor drives. It seeks out smaller charities that help the underserved in the communities where NATCA members live and work. Across the country, through NCF, NATCA members and their family and friends give and volunteer to make a big impact and help bring smiles to those in need.

NCF is supporting four charities and sponsoring events around Houston in honor of NATCA's 18th Biennial Convention in 2020:

American Foundation for Suicide PreventionSnowdrop Foundation

AFSP

NATCA is committed to continuing to do everything it can to raise awareness and to lift the veil on mental health and suicide. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is focused on raising awareness and is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. 
 
YOU CAN HELP. There are more than 400 Out of the Darkness community walks planned across the country between now and Convention, in big and small communities in all 50 states. All NATCA members have the opportunity to join AFSP’s effort to raise awareness and funds to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
 
 
 
Already, these NATCA-led walks are planned. Click to learn more and sign up.

NCF will sponsor participants in the walks: up to four people per local for $250 each. 
Request NCF sponsorship.

Snowdrop

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Childhood cancer patients demonstrate indestructible attitudes and spirit while battling the life threatening illness of childhood cancer. The snowdrop symbolizes hope and purity. Snowdrop Foundation celebrates the hope that one day a cure for all childhood cancers will be found allowing the purity of every child to remain untouched by the devastating diagnosis of cancer. Snowdrop Foundation donations are designated for four specific areas:

Snowdrop Scholarship Program: Scholarships to qualified, college bound, Board of Director approved pediatric cancer patients. To date, over $494,000 in scholarships have been awarded. 

Teen Program: The Teen Program is a support program for teenage patients within the Cancer Center. The teen support group plans activities for teenagers, ‘Chelsey’ Easter Egg Hunt, Snowdrop Toy Drops, Bling for Bravery, Fun activities.

Research: In just 45 years, the overall survival rate for children with cancer has increased from 10% to 70%. Thirty percent still need our help, as well as the help of scientists, researchers and doctors. That help will come from Snowdrop Foundation’s Childhood Cancer Research contribution.

Awareness: Hosting events to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Award-winning Documentary Dear Chelsey

Lone Survivor FoundationThorn

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The Lone Survivor Foundation (LSF) restores, empowers, and renews hope for wounded service members, veterans and their families through health, wellness, and therapeutic support.

Lone Survivor Foundation is here to help America's wounded service members, veterans and their families adjust to the effects of their experiences and help them transition into what may be looked at as their ‘new normal' – providing an understanding and acceptance of who they are as a person, a family, and a community.

LSF provides support to service members, veterans and families from all military branches who are challenged with injuries.

LSF accomplishes its objectives through the following initiatives:
- Conducting retreats at various ranch facilities that support wounded service members and their families affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd) and serious combat injury.
- Emphasizes the use of natural settings and outdoor activities to heal and empower wounded service members and their families through targeted recreational and sports therapy opportunities.
- Reduce the wounded service members need for narcotic pain management; stabilize and enhance family structures and relationships through education, counseling, support, and inspiration using short-term retreats and advocacy programs.
- Identify, connect with, and establish therapeutic support for wounded service member families.

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Thorn was born in 2012. Co-founders Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore learned about the issue of child sex trafficking from a documentary highlighting what was happening to children in Cambodia.

Thorn now houses the first engineering and data science team focused solely on developing new technologies to combat online child sexual abuse. Thorn brings together a team with deep technical knowledge and subject matter expertise to innovate and deploy new technology solutions at a much faster rate.

Thorn is able to quickly assess whether new technologies can be repurposed to protect children from sexual exploitation through one of three strategic pillars:

1.) Accelerating victim identification

2.) Equipping platforms, and

3.) Empowering the public