Sunday, March 6, 2016

Texas Missing Persons Foundation Forming

New Non Profit To Aid In Finding Missing Family Members

HOUSTON, TX - 2/24/2016 -- Ralph Baird, a philanthropist from Texas, has founded a new, non-profit organization, with the primary goal of helping families find their missing loved ones.  

The new organization, founded under Sec. 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Laws as non profit organization, is named the Texas Missing Persons Foundation (TXMP).

Baird says the organization has a goal of providing "Another Pair of Eyes" for authorities searching for missing people.  TXMP will manage and direct all funds received to expedite the search for missing persons by experienced volunteer 501(c)(3) organizations, such as Texas EquuSearch.  The volunteers always work in collaboration and in cooperation with law enforcement agencies.

At first blush, one would wonder why law enforcement needs volunteers.  However, agencies are strapped for funds as it is.  Many are not set up for the kind of large scale and labor intensive searches or high tech searches which the fund and organizations like Texas EquuSearch can provide.

The TXMP Foundation will be run by three (3) advocates who will serve as the Board of Directors and Officers of the Foundation.  The Board will have full discretion for disbursement of the funds it generates. To start things off, the founder/director has named two (2) Texans to serve on the initial Board of Directors. Those two people are Maureen Callaghan and Jack Hall.

The Texas Missing Persons Foundation is dedicated to improving the technology and expediting the search for missing loved ones by a collaboration of public and private agencies. The Foundation will complement and support the interests of the families and friends of missing persons. It will provide financial support to qualified search teams and other 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.

The TXMP Foundation is in the process of establishing a charitable endowment to acquire and build a national training center.  The purpose of the center is the teaching and exchanging of past experiences of private and public agencies in a "hands-on" workshop format.  The idea is to use modern technology and teaching tactics to train a new generation of search coordinators.  Past search volunteers will pass their knowledge to the next generation of private searchers, public agencies and law enforcement.

It is not known exactly how many people go missing every year.  Not all missing people are reported.  Children and minorities are disproportionately represented, though any family from any walk of life could experience the trauma of a missing person at any time.  The estimated number of children alone is over 400,000 per year.  Families from all socio-economic groups are affected.  All families share one thing in common: The pain and angst caused by a missing loved one.

For more information contact Ralph Baird, TXMP Foundation.   (713) 461-1784

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