Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How much of my donation goes to help service members and their families?

A: There are no paid employees of the MMFF.  The MMFF has extremely low overhead and fundraising expenses. Based on the formula used for calculating overhead and fundraising expenses when applying for the Combined Federal Campaign Funds, the MMFF expense ratio was .07%, less than a penny per dollar.

Q: How does a military family apply for assistance?

A: Military families get financial assistance by contacting one of the federally-funded Family Assistance Centers located around the state. See The Family Assistance Centers can also be reached at 1-888-234-1274. The Family Assistance Centers serve any branch of service whether active duty, National Guard, or reserve.

Q: Do you accept donations of goods or services?

A: No.  To donate goods or services, visit the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon website,

Q: How do I make a donation?

A: You can send a check payable to "MMFF" to Minnesota Military Family Foundation, 620 Mendelssohn Ave N, Golden Valley, MN 55427. Credit card donations are accepted via PayPal at

Q: Who does the MMFF provide assistance to?

A: The MMFF is focused on providing assistance to families of deployed service members, but provides assistance to any currently serving military member or their families..

Q: How does the MMFF determine who will receive help?

A: Once the need for financial assistance is verified by the Family Assistance Centers, the request is forwarded to the MMFF for action.  Each MMFF board member reviews the request.  If a majority of board members approve the request, the Family Assistance Center is notified of the action and the funds are released.  Over 99% of requests have been approved.

Q: How long does it take to get approval for a grant?

A: Since the MMFF board members vote electronically, requests can be approved as quickly as a couple hours, once the requests are received from the Family Assistance Centers.

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