WELCOME!

On an annual basis, FOA Cares is pleased to invite nonprofits that align with our areas of focus of Veterans, Youth, and Human Services to apply for a Community Impact Grant. FOA Cares will be accepting applications from July 1 through August 31.

Nonprofits: To view our Request for Proposals, and to Apply through our NEW ONLINE PORTAL, please visit https://foacares.smapply.io, or
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND APPLY

Interested Nonprofit Applicants and FOA employees are encouraged to learn more about our grantmaking process by registering for one of our webinars available during select days in July and August.
CLICK HERE to register for July 15 at 1pm EST
CLICK HERE to register for August 12 at 1pm EST

Our mission is to strengthen our communities, enrich lives, and inspire caring.

FOUR CORE PROGRAMS

We engage Finance of America employees in all of our strategic initiatives with local nonprofits, including grantmaking, volunteering, and fundraising. We also have an Employee Assistance Fund to meet the health and welfare needs of our employees.

Community Impact Grants

Building strong communities through grantmaking to nonprofits in the three following focus areas:

Veterans

Serving the emerging and long-term needs of our nation’s veterans and their families. In an effort to recognize the sacrifices they and their loved ones have made on behalf of our country, we proudly support active military personnel, veterans, and their families on a local level. We provide resources to nonprofit veteran’s service organizations whose programs connect veterans and their families facing hardships to an array of critical human services.

Youth Development

Empowering our youth to become compassionate and responsible members of society. The future drivers of change for the development and stability of our country are today’s youth. We support life-enhancing programs that engage youth within their communities, schools, social groups, and families, that are positive and constructive to the development of their character, and enable all young people to reach their full potential.

Human Services

Enhancing access to basic needs for underserved individuals and families. Human services strives to meet basic human needs by focusing on prevention as well as remediation of problems. We are committed to improving the overall quality of life for individuals and families at their point of most urgent need. To achieve this, we are engaged in numerous initiatives with nonprofits whose programs and services work to prevent or end homelessness.

Employee Assistance Fund

Finance of America takes pride in its staff – their energy and skills are key in helping to fulfill our mission to strengthen our communities, enrich lives, and inspire caring. We recognize that employees may experience hardships that require emergency financial assistance. The Finance of America Cares Employee Assistance Fund (EAF) is a program designed to support our valued staff in times of unexpected financial hardship. A minimum of 25 percent of all employee and company contributions are allocated towards our EAF.

Employees: Click here to apply

Team Member Volunteering

We created the Team Member Volunteer Program to provide Finance of America employees the opportunity be a part of the transformative power of donating their time and energy toward charitable causes through volunteerism. From organizing libraries, and providing food to the hungry, to walking rescue dogs, we encourage our team members to choose activities that match their interests.

Employee Giving and Fundraising

Giving

Employees can voluntarily donate to Cares through payroll deductions or individual contributions. 75 percent of employee and corporate contributions are distributed amongst regions to nonprofits through Community Impact Grantmaking. The remaining 25 percent is reinvested into the welfare of Finance of America employees across the nation through the Employee Assistance Fund. Employees can click HERE to donate.

Outside of employee giving, we invite others within our community to donate directly to FOA Cares. 100 percent of all contributions are applied directly to our Community Impact Grants. If you would like to become a community partner, click HERE to donate.

Fundraising

Employees are invited to voluntarily donate to Cares through payroll deductions or individual contributions. Up to 75 percent of employee and corporate contributions are distributed amongst regions to nonprofits through Community Impact Grantmaking. The remaining net income, a minimum of 25 percent, will be reinvested into the welfare of Finance of America employees across the nation, through the Employee Assistance Fund.

“I believe what makes our company’s nonprofit, Finance of America Cares, so unique is that it includes activation from Finance of America employees at every level, as well as being central to every core decision. In doing so, we are able to unite each region’s commitment to local causes under one nationwide philanthropic umbrella, and strengthen communities everywhere at a higher level of impact.”

- Ashley Pruitt, Cares Program Director

Meet The Board

Jennifer Chalmers

President

Gift giving is an art form; whether complex or simple it’s thoughtful action without expecting anything in return. From an early age, gift giving brought me great joy and a meaningful connection to others. The opportunity to establish and launch Cares nonprofit presented a way to give to those in need and in turn inspire caring and kindness – a gift that keeps on giving. As President of the Board of Cares, I have the privilege of leading and collaborating with our amazing group of employee volunteers to grow our vision to spread human kindness. My professional life has been entirely within the lending industry, and as a Sr. Account Executive I support our lending partners’ businesses through valuation products and services. I love my work and my company, and it’s rewarding to make new connections and foster existing relationships. I am fortunate to work for a company that prioritizes philanthropy, and it has been an honor to help weave the magic of giving into the fabric of our work lives. In my other hours, you’ll find me at home in Portland, Oregon staying active and busy with my husband and two kiddos!

Britany Luth

Vice President

As a native Oklahoman, I have had the opportunity to work with many local non-profit agencies over the years, including the Tulsa chapters of Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program) and the Parent Child Center. I am the Vice President of Best Practices for Finance of America Reverse and have spent over 14 years working in the financial services industry. Working with these organizations has allowed me to continuously pursue my passion of financial education and training for all ages. I have a Bachelor of Science in Business Management with a minor in Marketing from Oklahoma State University – Go Pokes! I am a full time “boy mom” to 1 year old twin boys with baby boy #3 on the way. In our limited remaining spare time, my husband and I like to dance West Coast Swing, which is how we met. I am extremely excited to be part of Finance of America Cares and to be able to see firsthand the impact we can have on our local communities. We have established a great mix of community groups to focus on, and with the team we have assembled, I have no doubt the sky is the limit!

Susan Lawyer

Treasurer

My name is Susan Lawyer and I am the Treasurer on the Finance of America Cares Board of Directors. I am currently an Underwriter with Finance of America Mortgage (FAM), located in Green Bay, Wisconsin. I have 25 years of experience in Mortgage Underwriting, Treasury, Accounting and Finance. Prior to joining FAM in October 2015, I worked as an Analyst in a local Corporate Bank for 10 years, engaged in independent consulting work relating to the Dodd Frank Stress Testing, and played an instrumental role in a major fundraising campaign for a local non-profit organization. I look forward to putting my skills and experience to use on the Board of Directors to ensure the organization is a good steward of charitable donations, and the tax-exempt status, by providing oversight of the organization’s fiscal integrity and assisting the board in meeting its mandate to govern. In my free time, I enjoy knitting, riding in our restored 1973 Z-28 Camaro or riding our Harley Davidson with my husband.

David Gillich

Secretary

I’m honored to serve in the role of Secretary on the Finance of America Cares (FOA Cares) Board of Directors. I firmly believe that we all have a great opportunity to make individual lives, and our communities, better through the services FOA Cares will provide. I’m grateful to be able to leverage my professional experience in compliance, project management, and risk management to support this great cause. I suspect most, if not all of us, have experienced the ups and downs of life: times when we felt very blessed and able to serve others, and down times when we needed extra support. If you are in one of those “up” times, I encourage you to get involved, and lend your support to achieving the mission of Finance of America Cares! Working together we truly can make a difference!

Cindy Zuckerman

Midwest Regional Impact Committee Chair

Shakespeare once said: “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away. My gift is enthusiasm for supporting others. I joined the Midwest Regional Board to help bring awareness to FOA Cares mission and remarkable contributions of Finance of America volunteers. I’m the Operation Manager for Finance of America Commercial, Chicago Fulfillment Center. I’m grateful to be in a role that enables me to leverage my background in Business Development, Strategy & Planning, Technology Implementation, Process Optimization, Credit Policy and Operational Risk Management, to create an environment where teams feel empowered, appreciated and valued.

Christine Baker

Northeast Regional Impact Committee Chair

I am the Processing Team Lead at Finance of America in the Beverly Massachusetts office. My primary focus is to work closely with the Processors on our team, as well as those in the branches to provide any assistance I can in ensuring timely closings for our borrowers. I have been a Processor in the mortgage industry since 1995. I have had the pleasure of taking part in many areas where volunteer help was needed. For example, for years I spent Thanksgiving morning with a car full of prepared meals delivering to the elderly and those who had no family to speak of with the Meals on Wheels program. In addition, I thoroughly enjoyed working with the local YMCA in preparing their float for the parade through the city to raise awareness of all the amazing services the YMCA has to offer. I worked hand in hand with the Citizen Inn/North Shore Community Development Coalition – YouthBuild Program to help rebuilding one of the local shelters for women and children as well as volunteering at a local animal shelter whenever possible. My feeling is giving to others does not always mean currency; it comes from your heart. That means the most.

Eric Bolstad

Northwest Regional Impact Committee Chair

I’ve spent my life taking risks, meeting challenges head-on, and leading by example. I feel that anything is possible. After an accident in my senior year at Washington State University I was left unable to walk, but I still graduated with a degree in business administration with specialties in finance and real estate. With this degree I went on to be the youngest vice president at ProWest financial. This was a major success, but really, founding Absolute Mortgage in 1996 is what I’m most proud of professionally. Absolute Mortgage has become not only an organization of talented, knowledgeable professionals, but a place where every person who comes in contact with the company—from clients to employees to partners—feels valued. We’re committed to the community.

Sheron Dinnoo

Southeast Regional Impact Committee Chair

I joined B2R Finance in October 2014, recognizing the potential of the start-up financial services organization. In March 2016, the company was assimilated into Finance of America as Finance of America Commercial (FACo), and I joined Finance of America Holdings (FAH), liaising between the Commercial group and FAH. Today I am the Business Relationship Manager for multiple lines of business, and I am located in the FACo office in Charlotte, North Carolina. I also serve on various boards at my local church, and belong to multiple professional organizations in the Charlotte region. I joined Finance of America Cares (FOA Cares) because of the desire to give back. Like others on the board, I feel that we are destined to be of service to our fellow citizens and communities. FOA Cares gives us the opportunity to embody our mission statement and show what the core of Finance of America is really all about. People and Service. It is both an honor and a privilege to be of service alongside my fellow board members and as the Regional Impact Chair for the Southeast region.

Jack Briggs

Southwest Regional Impact Committee Chair

I currently work in Finance of America Reverse’s Servicing Oversight department. I have been with FAR since September 2015. I have been fortunate enough to have been a part of FOA Cares since the beginning… I started off as the Grants Lead in the West Region and then transferred over to become the Grants Co-Lead in the Southwest Region when I relocated from San Diego, CA to Tulsa, OK for work. I will be relocating to Dallas, TX for work in early 2020. In my free time I enjoy playing golf, watching sports, and travelling all over the world and United States. The next two places on my bucket list to visit are Singapore and Antarctica.

Jessica Siguenza

West Regional Impact Committee Chair

It is truly an honor to be part of Finance of America Cares (FOA Cares) and continue my passion for helping our Community. Entering my fifth year with Finance of America Mortgage, I am a Business Development Executive with the Irvine California branch, where I enjoy connecting our office with opportunities to serve the areas we live and work in. This year I am also part of the California Association of Realtors YPN Advisory Board where, on a state level, during our "Month of Giving" I help coordinate volunteer efforts, fundraising events and promote ways to giveback locally. Outside of the office I am a new mommy to a little boy we named Noah and being a new parent has been one exciting ride. With an annual pass to Disneyland you can catch me and my family visiting Mickey Mouse on my days off. Growing up in the Bay Area and Guam, I developed a love for travel and on my bucket list is a trip to every continent. Looking forward to an amazing year with FOA Cares, and having an impactful presence within our Community.

Meet our Executive Director

Ashley Pruitt

Executive Director

There is nothing quite like the nonprofit sector. I feel incredibly fortunate that I get to make a positive difference each and every day of the week. Throughout the course of my career, I’ve worked at Susan G. Komen, the University of Central Florida, and United Way. I’m currently responsible for the complete oversight of Finance of America Cares, all while strengthening partnerships within the community through the promotion and presentation of the vital programs that live within the organization. I am absolutely honored to be a part of the team leading numerous strategic philanthropic initiatives with FOA Cares, and employees of Finance of America. I earned both my bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Master’s in Nonprofit Management from the University of Central Florida (Go Knights)! I’m a native Floridian, and currently live in Tampa, Florida with my two rescue mutts.

To learn more about our programs, or have questions about how to get
involved, e-mail cares@financeofamerica.com for more information.

Finance of America Cares is a nonprofit corporation and is approved by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions (or gifts) are tax deductible as allowed by law.