The Tower Industry Family Support Charitable Foundation (Tower Family Foundation), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has been established to help provide financial assistance to family members of a severely injured, permanently disabled, or deceased tower worker injured or killed in an accident stemming from working at heights on communication structures or other on the job related activities that tower workers are involved in on a daily basis.
2020 was an unprecedented year. The onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic created a challenging environment for individuals and companies alike. Even amidst a year filled with unparalleled uncertainty, industry workers and companies contributed over $610,000 to the Foundation.
In 2020, the Foundation awarded $211,250 in direct financial assistance to affected families. Each year, the Foundation’s reach further extends through the tower communications industry. In November, the Foundation announced that it had eclipsed the $1 million of giving milestone. Since its inception in 2014, the Foundation has granted $1,032,250 in direct financial assistance and scholarships. These generous contributions have been instrumental to the Tower Family Foundation’s success and are making an indelible impact by allowing the organization to fulfill its mission of taking care of tower workers and their families.
Throughout 2020, the Foundation experienced an overwhelming philanthropic response. With many of the traditional avenues of fundraising being inaccessible due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporters were creative in their fundraising efforts. T-Mobile hosted the “Un-Tourney” in lieu of their traditional annual golf invitational. With funds raised from the event, T-Mobile pledged to distribute a staggering $310,000 to the Foundation which boosted their total giving to over $900,000.
In a year of unknowns, the Foundation was extremely grateful for the support that allowed it to provide a known and reliable funding bridge for industry workers and their families in their time of need. Please find enclosed the 2020 Tower Family Foundation Annual Report. The report includes a summary of 2020 financial information, donors and beneficiaries. The Annual Report is produced because the Tower Family Foundation recognizes that communication and transparency involving all Foundation-related activities is paramount in order to continue to fulfill the organization’s mission.