Now is the time to start reflecting on the beginnings of PFM. This time last year it was only an idea. I printed business cards on my computer and began telling people our plans of a non profit. It is hard to remember but I think I found Stirrup-Queens and Weebles Wobblog in November or December. The Parenthood for Me blog began somewhere around then as well. My main goal at this point in time was marketing. Word of mouth and building my web site and blog proved to be the best ways to get the word out to the public. F.book has been a great tool. I hooked up with several people from my younger days and was able to help them through their challenges of infertility.
We stand now as a NYS registered non profit corporation. Our 501 c(3) tax exempt application is in and awaiting approval. To date through fundraisers, individuals donations, sponsors my $45. bank account has reached roughly $6,000. These are baby steps needed to launch our organization from grassroots to the national non profit we are building ourselves to be.
I am not doing a full on "look back at our first year" yet because it's not quite time. What I need is a push in the PR direction. I need more people to find out about PFM and help spread the word. We will be posting our grant application on http://www.parenthoodforme.org/ in January. Our first grants will be awarded in June 2010. The more people who know about our charity, the more people we can help. Thank you to everyone who has helped me thus far. I would not be here without you.
One winner of the giveaway will receive 2 sets of our "Artwork for Building Families" note cards. The first set is our black and whites and the winner will also receive the landscape note cards. Check out the website for a look- "Artwork for Building Families"
Here are the rules:
1. Post about PFM. Attach a link to our website and blog.
You can cut and paste this in your post to make things easier for you.
Please check out the national non profit Parenthood for Me. Their mission is to provide financial and emotional support to those building their families through adoption or medical intervention. They will be accepting their first grant applications in January 2010. The first set of grants will be awarded in June 2010. Visit the website FAQ page to find out more details.
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2. Post about the Giveaway to Raise Awareness.
3. Notify 7 people that you feel may not know of PFM or would be willing to continue the chain. They can be bloggers or simply contact them through email, Facebook or Twitter.
4. Make sure you let me know you have done these things. If you are not a blogger, that's okay. Leave a comment to let me know.
Winner will be announced October 12