Make a donation to Vanessa’s Fund

The cost of substance abuse treatment has always been high and often out of reach for those who most need it. Today with costs rising and medical insurers decreasing benefits for drug and alcohol treatment, the need is more acute than ever.

And even when the costs of treatment have been met, there are always needed incidental costs that can make the difference between a new sober life and relapse.

VanessaSeveral years ago, theeffect established Vanessa’s Fund, a scholarship fund to help subsidize the cost of drug treatment for qualifying families. The fund is named in honor of Vanessa Porter, a beloved member of theeffect community who died of an overdose in 2010.

Donations to the fund are tax deductible through theeffect, a 501c3 corp, and all funds donated to Vanessa’s Fund are administered under a separate account and are never commingled with theeffect’s general fund. Every Vanessa’s Fund dollar goes to those who need it for detox, treatment, sober living, travel expenses, medical, dental, and personal needs while in treatment, and other such expenses.

Clicking the donate button below will take you to the PayPal secure server where you can make a donation to Vanessa’s Fund either through your existing PayPal account or by credit card. The process is easy and self-explanatory and 100% tax deductible, and as you type Vanessa’s Fund into the memo box, 100% of your gift will go to the Vanessa’s Fund.

theeffect is tax-exempt 501(c)(3) corporation, tax ID: 26-1409879.

Please note our Donor Privacy Policy below and if you have any questions, please contact us by email or phone at 949-293-4259.

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theeffect deeply values the contributions that our donors make to sustain our work. To protect the privacy of our donors and their special relationship with us, we maintain the following policies:

  • We do not trade our donor lists with other organizations.
  • We do not sell our donor lists to other organizations.
  • We will contact donors prior to listing their names in any publications to solicit their consent and their preferred listing.
  • We offer donors the option to be recognized anonymously.
  • Donors may request that they not be solicited in the future.
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“Here’s an orgranization that does an amazing job–and goes beyond. They have a fund to help those that cannot pay (for treatment services). They do amazing work and trust me when I tell you I have seen it first hand.”

Natalie Costa, producer of the drug awareness movie, Behind the Orange Curtain

“I want to thank you both for continuing to honor Vanessa’s memory. I truly hope that it is helping as many as possible. Thank you for the incredibly hard work you have given your lives to.”

Vernon Porter, pro bass player, advocate for CA Good Samaritan Law, father of Vanessa

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