Child Welfare FAQs
What is the CWF?
The Child Welfare Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation which has two primary purposes. First, to contribute to the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual welfare of children and youth through the dissemination of knowledge about new and innovative organizations. Second, the CWF makes wider and more effective use of knowledge already possessed by well-established organizations. To attain these goals, the CWF raises money and awards grants to organizations which help children. The CWF is governed by its Board of Directors and a National Chairman. All administrative costs of the Child Welfare Foundation are borne by The American Legion so that 100% of all money raised for the Foundation is used exclusively for grants.
How does an organization get a grant from the CWF?
Any organization interested in being considered for a CWF grant must obtain a Grant Application Form from the National Headquarters, fill it out and return it.
How can I contact the CWF?
Questions, comments and donations can be sent to:
The American Legion
Child Welfare Foundation
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206
Does the CWF operate on a calendar year or a fiscal year?
The CWF operates on a fiscal year, which runs from June 1st thru May 31st.
I hear the S.A.L. is a major contributor to the CWF. Is this true?
Yes. The Sons of The American Legion is the single largest contributor to the CWF. This past year, the S.A.L. contributed more than $220,000 to the CWF. In less than a decade, the S.A.L. has accounted for more than $1 million to the CWF.
If the S.A.L. is such a large contributor, why isn't there a designated Foundation Board seat for the S.A.L.?
The current CWF Constitution and By-Laws do not provide for the addition of an S.A.L.-specific Board member. Such a change would impact the CWF's standing before the IRS which could cost the Foundation thousands of dollars. Perhaps it's important to note that the National Chairman of the CWF is David Ridenour, an active member of the S.A.L. who also serves as Chairman of the S.A.L. National Child Welfare Committee.
Can donations be made to the CWF as a memorial?
Yes. Memorial certificates are made for donations of $20 or more. Donations of $300 or more are recognized with plaques.
How can we get CWF collection canisters, coffee cups and other CWF items to sell?
Contact the National Headquarters by phone: (317) 630-1202 and ask for the Child Welfare Foundation.
Can we get awards for selling CWF items?
Yes. Every year at the National Convention, the National Chairman gives out certificates to Detachments, Districts, Squadrons and individual members who have made significant donations to the CWF. Awards are also given out to recognize the Detachments which has made the largest per capita donations. These awards are given out at the National Convention:
- Garland R. Murphy, Jr. Award
for the Detachment with the highest $$ donations
- Mighty RAT
for the Top RAT in the nation
- Top Ten Award
for the top ten Detachment dollar amounts
- Foundation Alumni Network Plaques
Bronze ($500), $750 (Silver), $1,000 (Gold)
- Foundation Alumni Network Pins
$100-199 (amethyst), $200-299 (blue sapphire), $300-399 (ruby), $400-499 (emerald), $500-999 (diamond), $1,000-or more (5 diamonds)
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Due to the current COVID-19 National Pandemic the following events are canceled:
Campout April 16
Spring NEC May 2020
Boys State June 2020
ALLECA June 2020
National Convention 2020
OUR NATIONAL CHARITY - Child Welfare Foundation
CMDR. Mike "BUBBA" Talty & Squadron 27 Issued a Challenge to ALL Squadrons for CWF 2016-2017 Goal of $100,000.00 and we did it!
For 2018-2019, CMDR. Thomas Lucas has issued a challenge and set a goal of $40,000.00 to be raised for our National Charity... Child Welfare Foundation...Let's do this!