Better Together receives $130,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

Better Together, a nonprofit dedicated to families and children, received a $130,000 grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation. This funding will support the organization in its efforts to meet the growing needs of families and children throughout Southwest Florida.

Better Together is made up of two programs – Better Families and Better Jobs – that help parents who are going through a hard time to keep their kids out of foster care, find work and address the root causes of their struggle so that they can reunite as a family with the tools and support system to thrive. To date, Better Together has served over 9,000 children and kept 98% of families served through hostings and mentorship together, while helping nearly 39,000 job seekers across 22 states find employment.

“We are beyond thankful to the Richard. M. Schulze Family Foundation for believing in our mission and supporting our organization each year,” said Megan Rose, CEO of Better Together. “The Foundation’s dedication to helping families and children in our local community is unwavering, and this grant will allow us to keep more families together.”

Created in 2004 by Best Buy Founder Dick Schulze, the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation awards grants to nonprofits with a focus on human and social services, education and health and medicine. The Foundation was the first foundation to ever award a grant to Better Together, presenting the organization with $50,000 in 2016. The Foundation has awarded a grant to the nonprofit every year since, contributing a total of $905,000 in funding to date.

To learn more about Better Together and its mission, visit BetterTogetherUS.org.

ABOUT BETTER TOGETHER

Better Together is a nonprofit organization that helps parents going through a hard time keep their kids out of foster care, find work and address the root causes of their struggle so that they can reunite as a family with the tools and support system to thrive. A privately funded and professionally supported organization, Better Together is made up of volunteers who believe helping people help themselves is the best way to restore dignity and bring families together. Through the Better Families program, families are offered a preventive alternative to foster care while they get the help they need. To date, the program has kept 98% of children served out of foster care. The Better Jobs program was created to address the 76% of families that come to Better Together because of economic hardship tied to unemployment. In addition to community job fairs, the program offers job seekers coaching, guidance, support and encouragement through local church partners. For more information, visit BetterTogetherUS.org.

ABOUT THE RICHARD M. SCHULZE FAMILY FOUNDATION

The Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation was created in 2004 by Best Buy founder, Dick Schulze, to give back to communities where he and his family live and work. The Foundation looks for meaningful investments that produce specific and measurable outcomes with a focus on human & social services, education, and health & medicine within the Twin Cities seven county metropolitan area in Minnesota and the five counties of Southwest Florida which includes Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry, and Glades counties. In all of its activities, the Foundation embraces its founder’s vision to strengthen and support initiatives that lead to transformational change within our communities. For more information about the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, please visit SchulzeFamilyFoundation.org.

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