Help for the most vulnerable

The Foundation for Indigent Guardianship Inc. (known as FIG) was initially created for the sole purpose of supporting public guardianship within the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA).  FIG was incorporated under Chapter 617 of Florida Statutes in 2005. Soon thereafter, FIG was recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) organization.

FIG’s all volunteer Board of Directors is dedicated to the oversight of the organization which was established by state law to channel essential resources to the 17 Public Guardianship Agencies statewide who serve adults in Florida who are indigent, alone and need help living securely and with dignity.

In 2006, the Florida Legislature authorized the DOEA to establish a direct-support organization for its Statewide Office of Public Guardianship (SPGO). That same year, the DOEA entered into a contract with FIG to become that direct-support organization. FIG continues to serve in that capacity. In 2016, SPGO’s authority was expanded and it was renamed the Office of Public and Professional Guardians (OPPG).

We receive no state or federal money and as a direct-support organization, FIG is statutorily authorized to raise funds by requesting and receiving grants, and to receive charitable gifts, bequests of moneys, securities, or other property (these donations are tax deductible according to stae and federal guidelines.)  The heart of FIG’s fundraising efforts, however, is the Florida Public Guardianship Pooled Special Needs Trust (FPGPSNT).

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A woman helps a senior person complete paperwork.

Mission

To serve as the direct-support organization for the Office of Public and Professional Guardians within Florida’s Department of Elder Affairs as defined in Section 744.2105, Florida Statutes.

Vision

That public guardians have the resources to properly serve all Floridians who the Florida courts determine to be in need of a guardian and who qualify for public guardianship services under Section 744.2007, Florida Statutes.

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I just wanted to let you know what a BIG hit the FIG holiday award was. My staff went shopping and prepared a holiday bag for each of our Wards. They distributed the gift bags, and the response has been amazing, even from some of our most challenging cases. Staff reports laughter, tears of joy and many thanks. So, let your staff know how much this was a hit and appreciated by the community…..Thank you…..

Patrick C. Weber, P.A.
Public Guardian for Collier, Lee, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties

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