Foundation Financial Group Funds High School Music Scholarships Print
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Written by Jessica L. Groves   
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 07:35

St. Paul, Minnesota - Foundation Financial Group completed its second quarter national philanthropic initiative, FFG’s Viva Musica. The corporation supported Viva Musica’s mission to ensure music education stays in schools. Through a significant financial contribution, Foundation Financial was also able to finance musical scholarships for Minnesota high school students.

Due to limited funding, many schools are having difficulty maintaining music and art programs. By implementing FFG’s Viva Musica initiative, Foundation Financial Group employees were able to directly affect and improve the education of Minnesota's youth. The initiative included employee fundraising, volunteer efforts, and a significant corporate donation.

Foundation Financial Group employees from the corporation’s Saint Paul Branch Office also volunteered to staff Viva Musica’s first fundraising event of the year, the Drive for 5 Anniversary Event. One musically inclined FFG volunteer even performed as the event’s opening act. In addition to FFG’s generous donation, the Drive for 5 Anniversary Event generated over $2,000 which will benefit Minnesota’s youth through Viva Musica’s “The Lucille Project.” Named after B.B. King’s beloved guitar, Lucille, the project awards musical scholarships that provide custom built guitars to local aspiring musicians.

“In true FFG fashion, the company just couldn’t resist joining in on the Viva Musica excitement,” said Foundation Financial Group Event Coordinator Kirk Brown. “Foundation Financial donated $4,600 to help the local charity keep the arts alive in public education. The generosity of Foundation Financial Group and its employees have helped make 2013 the most successful fund raising year in Viva Musica’s history. I am so blessed to work for a company that takes such pride in making a difference. FFG’s heart is as big as the sky.”

Foundation Financial Group’s Viva Musica campaign funded three Apprentice Program Scholarships for local high school students. The scholarships will be awarded to high school musicians who are currently learning to play guitar. The students will receive guitars made exclusively for the students by LaDoten Custom Guitars. The owner of LaDoten Custom Guitars will also provide three guitar instruction sessions and a lesson on the guitar making process.

“Music has brought me comfort, energy, and purpose from a very young age, so I can’t help but want that same opportunity for every child,” continued Brown, who has been a passionate supporter of Viva Musica since the organization began in 2007. “The work that Viva Musica does with the Minnesota school system has the potential to positively influence thousands of kids. We’re bringing children one of the world’s greatest gifts - music.”

Viva Musica is working towards a future filled with music and art; a world where all students have access to music and art education and can benefit from a well-rounded education. The organization is dedicated to growing music programs by supplying instruments and resources to schools in need. Viva Musica’s goal is to advance children’s education, spark creativity, and enhance brain development through the medium of music. With the disbursement of instruments and resources to music and art programs, Viva Musica has become a vital asset to Minnesota schools by ensuring music remains a part of every student's curriculum.

About Foundation Financial Group

Foundation Financial Group is a multibillion dollar financial services corporation. FFG offers its customers Best in Class service through its Insurance, Retirement and Mortgage Services. Named one of the fastest growing financial companies in the country by INC magazine, FFG has continued to grow its nationwide presence with over 100,000 new customers per year in 39 states. In addition to the value that Foundation Financial provides every customer, it is also dedicated to its communities and the people who live in them. Through a vast array of philanthropic endeavors the company not only provides significant monetary donations but also fosters a workforce environment that encourages all team members to personally make a difference. Foundation Financial is committed to its strong focus on customer service and community investment as it continues to grow and compete with the largest financial institutions in the world.

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