Frequently Asked Questions

What is Friendship Train Foundation (FTF)?
Friendship Train Foundation is a 501(c)(3) operating foundation. This differs from a grant-making foundation in that FTF collaborates with others to operate programs that benefit specific communities. A community is any group of like-minded people, organizations, or other non-profits that share a common goal to have a positive impact in a specific area.

What programs does FTF currently operate?
FTF is currently focused on education, specifically in the area of afterschool enrichment activities with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)-based emphasis. FTF believes that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds can benefit from hands-on, project-based learning, and we are working to bring these activities to as many students as possible in the Monmouth County area.

I would like to bring more STEAM activities to my community. How do I go about doing this?
Please take a look at our SteamLabs Program and fill out the form on the contact page. FTF has an education outreach specialist who will contact you to gather information and assess your needs. Our specialist will then suggest activities that fit within your budget to bring high-quality programs to your school, PTA/PTO, library, or other community organization.

Can I apply to FTF for grants or financial assistance?
No, FTF does not provide grants to individuals or causes. We only collaborate with others to operate approved programs.

Does FTF accept contributions? Are contributions tax deductible?
Yes, FTF accepts contributions to help support our efforts. All contributions are fully deductible as allowed by the IRS tax code. Our tax-exempt number is 26-1552650.