To those of you who have been Sponsors of FRIENDS, on behalf of the board, staff, volunteers, other donors, and most of all, the children, and adults with Down syndrome and/or other special needs and their families that we serve - THANK YOU! We love our mission and those we serve, but we couldn’t accomplish all that we do without those who financially support us and help fuel our mission. To those considering becoming a Sponsor, we hope you will thoughtfully ponder one or more of our sponsorship opportunities. Scroll Down to begin your Sponsorship.
The FRIENDS Center
FRIENDS Buddy Walk
July 4th Float Sponsor
Christmas Float Sponsor
World Down Syndrome Day Celebration Picnic
FRIENDS Disability Awareness Pool Party
Halloween Parties
Christmas Party
Car Wash
Tee Up for Down Syndrome & Special Needs
FRIENDS 321 Turkey Trot
In Honor or Memorial Donations
Making a gift in honor or in memory of someone you care for is a touching way in which someone can support the work of the FRIENDS.  We appreciate your desire to give the FRIENDS in honor or in memory of a loved one. The fastest and easiest way to make this kind of a gift is through our website.  Just click the DONATE NOW button and you will be able to select an ‘Honor or Memorial’ gift and will be asked to include information on where you would like the acknowledgement of your gift to be sent.

In-Kind Gifts
FRIENDS is very appreciative each year to receive substantial in-kind goods and services for its events and operations.  These donations greatly impact the administration of the FRIENDS resources, since many of these items would otherwise require payment to satisfy the needs of our programs.
Examples of in-kind goods and services include:
  • Design, printing, and event signage.
  • Unique items for auctions, raffles, and gift bags.
  • A commemorative award for an event honoree, or.
  • Food and/or beverage to be enjoyed at an event.
If you and/or your company have access to items or services that could alleviate costs associated with the operations of our events and programs, please contact Kerin Caudill, our Event Manager.
Matching Gifts
A great option for many people to leverage their giving for an even greater impact is through corporate matching gifts.  Many corporations have matching gift programs and will match your donation to an accredited charitable organization.  It’s an easy way to double or even triple the impact of your personal contribution to FRIENDS.
Here’s how to make a matching gift: 
  • Check with your human resources department to find out whether your company has a matching gift policy.   
  • If so, your employer will usually provide a form for you to fill out and send to us with your donation.   
We will verify your gift and return the form to your company, which will then issue a matching gift contribution directly to the FRIENDS.

Please send all gifts and forms to:

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Down Syndrome Special Needs – W. FL.
12704 Barrett Drive
Tampa, FL 33624

Thank you in advance for checking to see if this is an option with your employer!

Monthly Giving
You can make a difference all year round by making a monthly donation to the FRIENDS. Monthly donors believe deeply in our mission and vision and are passionate about supporting individuals with Down syndrome.  Scroll Down to begin your Sponsorship.
How will my gift make a difference?
Any gift amount makes a big difference in the lives of people with Down syndrome and their families. Your ongoing support provides a solid foundation for the programs and resources that we provide in our community. Here is a sample of what your generosity can accomplish:
A monthly gift of:
$10 sends a parent packet to a family just learning the diagnosis.
$10 allows a child with Down syndrome to attend Baby FRIENDS.
$10 will enable FRIENDS to offer Zoom programs to our community.
$20 funds our Adult Dances, Family get-togethers, Picnics, and Parties.

How do I set up a monthly donation?
  • Visit our secure donation page,
  • Select your monthly gift amount
  • Select “Monthly” from the Gift Type option
  • Complete your contact information and payment details.
Thank you for believing in our Mission!

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