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The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Thanks Hupy and Abraham for Support of the Milwaukee Out of Darkness Walk

Dear Hupy and Abraham,

Thank you for your generous donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s (AFSP) Milwaukee Out of Darkness Walk. Through your gift, you are helping to further our mission of understanding and preventing suicide.

Because of you and so many others friends and supporters, AFSP has become the leading national organization exclusively devoted to preventing loss of life from suicide. Donations to AFSP have allowed us to invest in promising new research and maintain our position as the nation’s leading private source of funding fir suicide research, while also investing in new educational initiatives. One such program, More Than Sad, teaches high school students about teen depression, anxiety, the dangers of alcohol use and the negative effects of bullying. More Than Sad encourages young people with problems to seek help for themselves or a friend, and a companion program trains teachers about the role they can play in suicide prevention. AFSP is also recognized as the leading organization for those who have lost a loved one to suicide, offering on array of programs that assist the surviving family members and friends.

With the opening of AFSP’s public policy office in Washington, DC several years ago – we are recruiting and training volunteer advocates in all 50 states, and we organize visits with U.S. Congressional Members, as well as with state officials, to advance suicide prevention policies and legislation at the federal and state levels. Add an expanding network of chapters, now up to 77 nationwide and over 400 Out Of Darkness Walks and we are emerging as significant force for the prevention of suicide.

We are grateful to you for your support, and pledge to continue to earn your trust by maximizing the funds used to prevent suicide. Based on our recent audit, AFSP’s management and fundraising costs are well below non-profit industry standards at 17.2% of total expenditures, which means 82.8% is invested in research and programs.

Thank you for supporting suicide prevention.

Sincerely,

Michael Lamma
Vice President of Development and Field Management