How you can help

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Join us to improve guardianship in Florida.

Would you like to support public guardianship in Florida? By contributing to the Foundation for Indigent Guardianship (FIG), you can help support statewide public guardianship or designate a specific program or area of the state that you want to support.

The public guardianship offices serve people who do not have adequate income or assets to afford a private guardian and for whom no family member or friend is eligible or willing to serve as their guardian.

The public guardians’ clients consist of a variety of people: some are elderly, some have developmental disabilities, and some may be diagnosed with mental illness. All have been adjudicated legally incapacitated and had some or all of their rights removed by a court of law. Clients may be your neighbor and other citizens in your community. Thankfully, public guardianship is available statewide to help these fellow citizens.

The funding appropriated by the state, however, is insufficient to meet Florida’s growing needs.  You can help in several ways:

  • Use the Florida Public Guardianship Pooled Special Needs Trust (FPGPSNT) for clients it may benefit.
  • Make donations directly to FIG.
  • Apply to join the Board of Directors of FIG.

Cash Donations

FIG welcomes your donations and gifts in support of public guardianship.  If you wish, you may designate which county your charitable contribution is to be used or designate a specific program. Checks should be made payable to the Foundation of Indigent Guardianship and mailed to 4040 Esplanade Way, Suite 280.08, Tallahassee, FL  32399-7000.  As a 501(c)(3) organization, your contribution is tax deductible and will be acknowledged accordingly.

Florida Public Guardianship Pooled Special Needs Trust

The Foundation for Indigent Guardianship Inc. is the founding trustee of the Florida Public Guardianship Pooled Special Needs Trust. This Pooled Special Needs Trust not only helps people with disabilities maintain eligibility for programs such as Medicaid and SSI, but it also supports Florida’s public guardianship programs.

A key question to ask when investing in a pooled special needs trust is, “If there’s money left in the account when the beneficiary passes, who decides how that money is spent?” For the FPGPSNT, funds remaining after the death of the beneficiary flows directly to FIG to benefit public guardianship in Florida. The majority of this money is returned to the public guardian in the county where the trust was written, with the balance remaining with FIG for statewide use and administrative costs. All FIG Board members volunteer their time and services to assist and support OPPG and all pubic guardians.

When you consider creating a Pooled Special Needs Trust, please give serious consideration to the Florida Public Guardianship Pooled Special Needs Trust. FIG has contracted with AGED Inc. as the administrative trustee of the trust.

Additional information about this trust, as well as access to the necessary forms, is available here.

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