Local union awards $7,000 grant to nonprofit

Memphis, Tenn., Aug. 21, 2014 – Last month, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1288 Union, a labor union that represents MLGW employees and created the IBEW-Jonnie Dawson Charitable Foundation, distributed grants to deserving local nonprofits.

IBEW Local 1288 Union is a major supporter of nonprofits across the Mid-South, and they award these grants twice a year or more.

Memphis-based National Foundation for Transplants (NFT) was a recipient of a $7,000 grant, which will go a long way to help transplant patients in need.

“To say we’re honored and thrilled about this is really an understatement,” said Claire Prince, NFT fundraising consultant. “I’m blown away by the good work IBEW Local 1288 Union is doing in our community, and I’m grateful for their support of the work we’re doing every day.”

NFT is a nonprofit organization that helps transplant patients raise funds to pay for medical expenses that aren’t covered by insurance.

Felicia Fields, the mother of NFT patient Taveira Cannon, is a social worker, and she sees people in dire situations every day.

Fields was so impressed by seeing IBEW members out in the community feeding the hungry and helping the greater good that she started volunteering at their events and told them about NFT.

“It’s amazing to see a group like IBEW walking the walk by going out in the community to serve others, and we’re thankful that Felicia was able to tell them about NFT and our patients. It makes me happy to know such a large group of people are dedicated to making our city an even better place,” said Prince.

About NFT
NFT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization based in Memphis, Tenn. that has been helping transplant patients overcome financial obstacles since 1983. NFT provides fundraising expertise and advocacy to transplant patients by organizing fundraising campaigns in the patients’ own communities. In the past 30 years, NFT’s fundraising campaigns have generated nearly $70 million to assist patients. NFT annually assists more than 2,500 transplant candidates and recipients nationwide. For more information about NFT, please call 800-489-3863 or visit www.transplants.org.