We are dedicated to providing support to grief- stricken young families in their time of deepest need. When a parent dies the financial burden can be huge. The LLF awards monetary grants to meet families’ emotional and financial short-term needs.
We can provide funds to help cover the rent or a house payment, utility bills, a child’s activity fees, lessons, school clothes, a special family outing or gifts for the children.
These grants allow families to spend more energy on healing, on being a parent, a child, a family. The support means something different to every family, but what it brings is hope and healing.
No request or donation is too small.
- According to the US Census Bureau 267,000 women and men under the age of 39 have been widowed
- The average age of an LLF applicant is 35 years-old
- In just five years, the LLF has provided support to over 163 families
- This support has reached over 250 children
- Over 80% of families supported by the LLF did not have life insurance
- Money given by the LLF can be used for anything the grieving family desires
- The U.S. Census estimates that 1 in 20 children will experience the death of a parent by the time they graduate from high school
What Grant Recipients Have Told Us…
“My family wants to thank you for your generosity. We greatly appreciate your efforts for the families who have had great tragedy. We hope your foundation continues to grow and help those who have been dealt this hand of losing their loved one. Our lives are changing every day and we are getting stronger.” – Leeann M.
“Thanks to the generous support of The Liz Logelin Foundation, I was able to repay a dear friend that allowed my daughter to remain in pre-school and continue a sense of normalcy in her routine. I’m thankful for the LLF and all they do to help parents raising young children after the loss of a spouse or partner.” - Tania K.
“Thank you so very much for your generous gift to me and Ella. It will come in very handy with all that is needed. This time in my life is beyond crazy, and this sure helps us a lot.” – Josh and Ella G.
“I do not even know where to begin in thanking you. This is much needed in the care of my son. What a wonderful Foundation. We feel the pain for all the families in our situation. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” – Amy H.
Story of Hope
On March 25th, 2008, my husband, Jeff, the father of our two very small children, died in my arms from a pulmonary embolism in the parking lot of our doctor’s office. In shock, alone and vulnerable, I wondered how I would survive without him — my best friend.
The first few weeks are lost memories to me. How could anyone else be going through this? I am totally alone, I thought. One day, I took a chance and visited Matt’s blog. I was shocked to read so much of what I was feeling coming from someone else’s keyboard. I wasn’t alone. Someone else understood.
When dealing with tragedy, it seems that there is often a desire to make something ’good’ come from chaos; some meaning for the loss of something so dear. When matt contacted me about providing financial help I dismissed him. But Matt sent some money anyway and told me to use it to make life easier, whether that meant going on vacation, getting a tattoo, or buying groceries.
Although I didn’t use the money for anything remotely interesting, it helped in ways that I couldn’t have fathomed. It provided me the ‘leg-up’ I needed and the ability to see hope and believe in the goodness of others. I want to sincerely thank Matt, and the Liz Logelin Foundation for everything they have done for my small family.
-Jackie Chandler, LLF Board Member
The Liz Logelin Foundation was established to assist widows and widowers with young families who find themselves in the heartbreaking, catastrophic situation of having lost a spouse, life-partner, and parent. The Foundation’s goal is to financially assist these families as they deal with the loss of their loved ones, and struggle to move forward. The Foundation was established in 2009 by Matthew Logelin, who lost his wife Elizabeth in 2008.