Thursday, January 21, 2010

Happy ICLW- January

It's that time of the month- ha!

My blog is an extension of the non-profit Parenthood for Me.org. Our mission is to provide financial and emotional support to those building families through adoption or medical intervention.

My super great friend Kym organized a fundraiser for our Family Building Dinner and Silent Auction in April. A huge thanks to her and everyone who donated and participated.

I will proudly display the ALI community table sponsorship in April. Is anyone interested in designing the sign? Also look for the ALI community sponsorship to be posted on our website.

It is not easy running and starting a non-profit. Not only did I have this brilliant idea right before the Great Recession, but it is hard to establish a reputation as a legitimate charity. We have gained so much support in such a short time. It is a testament to the necessity of support when going through the life crisis of infertility and loss.

How do I measure PFM's success? Well, we have already had so many successes. Two babies have been born to parents who struggle to conceive and were readers and supporters of PFM. Other babies are on the way and we eagerly await their arrival. We raised $11,000 in 2009. Not bad for a tiny, fledgling non profit. We have been mentioned in Adoptive Families Magazine and will be highlighted in Parents Magazine this spring. We created our Artwork for Building Families Project to raise awareness and the endowment. The list goes on.

Our first grants will be awarded in June, and although I cannot specify at this point the number of people who will receive grants, we will be able to offer a some support to people on their journey to building a family. Our goal is to have the ability to offer life changing money to as many recipients as possible.

Please read about our Third Blog Entry Contest on the right. Help us educate others on infertility, adoption, and loss.

Also check out my favorite posts.

17 comments:

Alana said...

Happy ICLW Week!

And much congrats on the continued success of PFM. I'm thrilled you'll be able to have an ALI table at your event...kudos to Kym! :)

Saige said...

You have done a lot of great things. The mmoney raised last year might not seem like a lot to major corporations, but it is huge to the people who raised it and use it to do good. It sounds like 2010 is going to be an even better year. It is awesome you are doing so much to help others realize their dreams.

Eileen said...

What an amazing organization! YAY for helping make people's dreams come true.

*ICLW*

Rach said...

I think your blog and what you do is absolutely fantastic you should be so proud of what you're doing.

ICLW
Rach
www.thegalwho.wordpress.com

Clare said...

Congratulations on all your hard work, it must be quite a challenge setting this all up but I'm sure it's completely worth it. Look forward to reading more about it.

T Lee said...

Thank you for starting such a needed non-profit- awesome.

ICLW

Christina said...

Wow! You are doing amazing work. I raise money for a university for a living and love to contribute my volunteer hours to helping small nonprofits...so I know how very difficult it can be!

Looking forward to reading more about the great work you're doing and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help (from afar)!


Christina
The Subfertile Frugalista
iclw

Wishing 4 One said...

You have really done some amazing things in such a short time. I so wish I could come to the fundraiser and meet alot of the amazing ladies, but I will be thinking of you all. Keep up the great work and thanks for making some dreams come true. Many thanks for all you do.

~Jess said...

What a great organization! I think it's beyond wonderful that you guys are doing this.

ICLW

tireegal68 said...

Congratulations on your wonderful organization. You have my admiration and support.
I love how creative you are about fundraising and how you incorporate art into your organization. I think in NFPs the more cross fertilization of ideas and mediums the better!
Awesome!!!!

Mrs. Gamgee said...

I think you have come a long way in just a year's time. If that's what you can accomplish straight out of the gate, just think of all that your organization will do in the future!

WiseGuy said...

Happy ICLW!!!

I have to ICLW some time soon, coz I am so out of sync already!

You are doing fab job... and hey, if you started before the Great R and survived, it only means better things in the future.

Thanks for telling about that contest.....Before Feb 28, my contribution will sail through for sure....

Quiet Dreams said...

You are really an inspiring person. Maybe someday I'll start my own non-profit...maybe. :)

Yaya said...

That's great that you've come so far with the organization!!!

Geochick said...

Congratulations on all your hard work coming to fruition.

ICLW

KuKd Chick said...

Awesome - you are an inspiration! You're doing so many great things for the world - this is inspiring. Be proud, girlfriend.

Busted Kate said...

Hello and happy ICLW Week!!

I'm so happy to have found you, what a great blog. I'm following now, and looking forward to getting to know you. :-)

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