“My name is Christopher Grace, and I am one of two sons born to Ann Grace. Five years ago my little bother, Alexander, was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor, which after only seven months caused his death. Six months later, my mother received the same diagnosis, which she battled and eventually lost to after three years.
My family was made aware of the Medical Assistance Foundation soon after the discovery of my mother’s tumor and through them we pursued every possible form of treatment, from the most advanced Western Medicine to Naturopathy.
Although my mum sadly passed away in the end, our family knew that they had done the absolute best they could for her; now, we can live our lives in the sweetness of her memory, not burdened by guilt or “what-if?” scenarios. This was only possible because of the generosity of donors who gave to the Medical Assistance Foundation. As her only surviving son, next to having my mother back, this is the single greatest gift I could have been given.”
Iowa City, IA
Frequently Asked Questions About MAF
What is the Medical Assistance Foundation?
The Medical Assistance Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization devoted to offering financial support to individuals burdened with illness and the high cost of medical treatments. Donations are fully tax deductible, and 100% of the funds we receive goes directly to benefit patients, creating a win-win situation for both donors and recipients.
How long have you been doing this?
MAF was established in 2001 by co-founders and co-directors Steve and Sheila Terry. Since that time, we’ve been helping critically ill patients gain access to medical treatments they might otherwise have been unable to afford.
What kinds of treatments and procedures does MAF help finance?
We offer many kinds of assistanceluding helping patients pay everyday bills, providing transportation to treatments, and subsidizing costly surgeries and chemotherapy. Our board of directors—composed of skilled lawyers and accountants—allocates funds according to a patient’s needs and what his or her doctor prescribes.
How is MAF’s work funded?
The financial assistance we provide families in need is 100% donations based. We do not receive funding from government grants. It is generous donations from people like you that help us to provide medicine, treatment, and assurance to people in great need. We’re an entirely non-profit, charitable organization.
What percentage of donations goes to benefit patients?
100% of every penny we receive goes directly to benefit an individual or family in need.
But aren’t there any overhead fees to help cover MAF’s costs?
No, there are none. Our qualified members and board of directors work on a strictly voluntary basis. MAF is a labor of love.
So what’s in it for MAF?
For us, the rewards of our work lie in the knowledge that we have significantly eased the financial burdens of those in need and helped them to heal in comfort and dignity. As co-founder and co-owner Steve Terry says, “The greatest experiences in my life always involve the pleasure of giving. And when someone in need presents the opportunity for me to share whatever I have, the blessings increase a millionfold.”
Who decides how donated funds are allocated?
MAF’s board of directors, composed of experienced attorneys and accountants, allocates funds based on the prescribed recommendations of a patient’s licensed medical doctor. You may rest assured that 100% of your donation to MAF will go directly to benefit a patient or family in need. We do not subtract costly overhead fees to benefit our organization.
Is my donation to MAF tax deductible?
Yes. In addition to making a tremendous difference in someone’s life, 100% of your donation to the Medical Assistance Foundation is eligible for a charitable tax deduction. MAF is a non-profit organization in good standing with the IRS, and we are recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.
Is it possible to view MAF’s determination letters and tax returns?
Absolutely. Click here to view our determination letters and tax returns.
Who qualifies to give a donation to MAF?
Absolutely anyone. If you’re a charity-minded individual or business who wants to make a tremendous difference in the life of someone less fortunate, we urge you to make a donation to our growing fund. Your gift will bring you the joy of knowing you have greatly improved, and possibly even saved, someone’s life. No donation is too little&mdashyou’d be surprised what a difference even a small donation makes.
Who qualifies to receive a donation from MAF?
People of all ages and walks of life are eligible to receive donations from MAF, so long as they are American Citizens and can provide us with written documentation of a significant medical diagnosis resulting from illness or accident.
Do senior citizens qualify to receive financial assistance from MAF?
Yes. Senior citizens, children, and infants all qualify, so long as they meet the criteria above.
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