Bloomington, MN (WorkersCompensation.com) - SFM Foundation marks an important milestone this year, celebrating a decade of service to families whose lives have been impacted by workplace injuries.
In its first 10 years, the Foundation has provided post-secondary scholarships for 129 students whose parents were severely injured or killed on the job. Scholarships awarded by the Foundation to date total $1.4 million.
SFM Foundation began in 2008, with a group of employees of SFM Mutual Insurance looking for a way to ease the burdens on families affected by workplace accidents. In its first year, organizers established a scholarship program and held a golf tournament to raise funds for qualified applicants. The golf event was planned and staffed exclusively by volunteers and supported entirely by donations from sponsors, The event was an immediate success, setting the tone for what has become an annual tradition.
“When we first got started, we were looking for a way to help students overcome financial barriers standing in the way of their goals,” said SFM Foundation President Dave Kaiser. “Ten years down the road, we're making a real difference for these families and helping students achieve their dreams.”
Since that first summer, the Minnesota Golfing for Scholarships event has grown into one of the top charity golf events in the state, typically selling out well in advance. The Foundation has since added a second annual golf event in Iowa. Fundraising now continues throughout the year, with growing support from throughout the workers' compensation community.
“The success of the Foundation has exceeded our wildest expectations,” said SFM Foundation President Dave Kaiser. “It's been an honor and a privilege to help these families throughout the years, and we look forward to helping many more in the future.”
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