Building Futures Fund Launches Crowdfunding Campaign Just In Time for the Holiday Season

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1,000 Lego Ornaments for 1,000 Special Needs Children in Flint, MI.

Building Futures Fund

Helping Kids Build Brighter Futures Through Lego

Everyone knows a child or family affected by mental illness. Our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors deserve access to all the information and help they might need.

On November 30, 2016, Metro Detroit based nonprofit Building Futures Fund (BFF) is launching a festive crowdfunding campaign to sell 1,000 Lego-themed ornaments by the end of 2016. BFF is capitalizing on the popularity of Lego bricks to benefit children of all ages with mental illnesses and their families. One in five children ages 13-18 has or will have a mental illness. BFF is devoted to assisting families navigating the joys and heartaches of having a child with a disability. The organization's goal is to provide Lego brick kits to 1,000 children and families affected by the Flint Water Crisis as an early intervention resource.

“Everyone knows a child or family affected by mental illness. Our family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors deserve access to all the information and help they might need,” says Andy Nelson, Founder and President of BFF. “Our organization is designed to support those affected by mental illness in our community in three ways: first, by providing Lego kits that can be used as an early intervention tool by families and children in their own homes; second, by providing older children with vocational training as they learn essential employment skills by working with our foundation; and third, by providing information, resources, and support to families. We will also work tirelessly to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness through these areas of focus.”

Through the campaign, BFF is working to raise funds to make a significant impact in the lives of children and families affected by the Flint Water Crisis. Nelson explains, “It was immediately obvious to us that the Flint community must be the first focus of BFF. The crisis is still ongoing and anything our foundation can do to serve this community is our main priority. From my own experience as a father of a child with a disability, knowing there is someone out there who cares about the daily successes and challenges your child experiences is essential. We want to develop a solid support system for Flint families and then expand to other communities throughout the United States.”

The Lego Ornament Crowdfunding Campaign is ongoing through Christmas with 11 different styles of ornaments to choose from. Upon donation, you may select a pre-built ornament or an ornament kit you can build yourself. Please help BFF build brighter futures and put smiles on the faces of special needs children in Flint, MI this holiday season. Lego ornaments can be purchased at

About Building Futures Fund
Building Futures Fund (BFF) provides children of all ages with mental challenges and their families the resources to build an independent future. Founded in 2016 by Andy and Liz Nelson, BFF works to meet the needs of children with mental disabilities and to increase mental health awareness, knowledge, and create inclusive communities through the use of Lego bricks. To learn more and donate, visit or call (800) 691-4581.


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