Friends for Survival, Inc.

Reviewed by the Sacramento Region Community Foundation

$27,760 raised by 172 donors

69% complete

$40,000 Goal

Friends For Survival, Inc. is a national non-profit bereavement outreach organization available to those who are grieving a suicide death of family or friends.  The organization is also available to professionals who work with those who are grieving a suicide tragedy.  Friends For Survival, organized by and for survivors, has been offering services since 1983.  All staff and volunteers have been directly impacted by a suicide death.


We are dedicated to providing a variety of peer support services that comfort those in grief, suicide grief support, encourage healing and growth, foster the development of skills to cope with a loss, and educate the community regarding the impact of suicide. The loving outreach of Friends For Survival can bridge the gap between despair and renewed hope.


We are hoping to hire at least one additional staff person to help with the increased volume of services we provide. Our newsletter printing costs have also increased slightly over the past year.

By specifying a gift to our Legacy Endowment Fund, you have the opportunity to continue to provide hope and support services to grieving individuals and families for many generations to come. Consult with your professional advisers to determine which method of giving is best for you.

Your legacy gift can include:

- A cash donation

- Bequest in your will

- Gift of life insurance

- Gift of an IRA or pension funds

- Gift of an asset

- Charitable gift annuity

- Charitable Remainder Trust

No long-term commitments - whatever time you have; we would love to have you! Volunteering gives you the opportunity to make a difference and meet new people, a chance to use skills you have developed over your lifetime, and satisfaction and fulfillment in helping others.

We are striving to become more efficient with integrating updated technology into our office practices. We need funding for paid subscriptions for Constant Contact and QuickBooks. We need two new laptop or desktop computers.

The Friends for Survival, Inc. Board governs the overall execution of the organization's mission. Principally, the Board manages organizational finances and sets long term priorities for programs. Additionally, the Board oversees the Executive Director, who is responsible for day-to-day management of the organization. Overall, the members of the Board contribute the educational, management, legal, and financial skills needed to ensure long term organizational stability and ensure year-to-year bereavement support activities to help family and friends after a suicide loss.

Board Members are volunteers (non-paid position); terms are for two (2) years. Board Member responsibilities include attendance at regular board meetings, as well as teleconference meetings and active electronic conversations as part of Board committees. Board members also hold a fiduciary responsibility for management of organizational capital and ensuring appropriate filings with federal, state, and local authorities consistent with the organization's status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

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Organization Data


Organization name

Friends for Survival, Inc.

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)


Mission Category

Mental Health & Crisis Intervention

Operating Budget


Organization Need

Funding: Unrestricted, Funding: Other, Volunteers, Technology, Board Members

Demographics Served

General population

Local Counties Served

El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento, Yolo


P.O. Box 214463 2628 El Camino Avenue #D1
Sacramento, CA 95821

Service areas

Elk Grove, CA, US

Lincoln, CA, US

Carmichael, CA, US

Cameron Park, CA, US

Sacramento, CA, US



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