We take all of your fundraising suggestions and forward to Peggy Gibbs, our VP Business Development. Peggy's done an awesome job in setting up a long term process for various fundraising programs and for approaching foundations & major donors. One of the ideas discussed a few days ago (inspired by Monica) was to work together (staff and volunteers) to create a program or package that we/you could take to the local Lion's Clubs (sponsor students?, buy certain books?, sponsor a school?, etc.) If you have any suggestion that could be replicated across the country, please send them to me. We currently have a number of ways to receive <large smile here> donations. One is at the Benetech website where there is a full page on the various ways donations can be made. That url is http://www.benetech.org/donate/ways.shtml#making The other great way to get donations to Bookshare.org is to send folks to url https://secure.groundspring.org/dn/index.php?aid=2863. The money we receive this way is not that large but it has helped to defray some of the costs of acquiring the New York Times best sellers (yes, you now know the "anonymous" donor). Despite the lack of immediate return on your suggestions, all (including technical, content, fundraising, etc.) are incorporated into Benetech's and Bookshare.org's growth plans. Janice Carter Director, Literacy Programs Benetech 480 S. California Ave., Suite 201 Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609 USA (650) 475-5440 x122 (650) 759-5828 cell (650) 475-1066 fax janice.c@xxxxxxxxxxxx www.benetech.org The Benetech Initiative - Technology Serving Humanity A Nonprofit Organization -----Original Message----- From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Cindy Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2006 11:39 PM To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Questions And Thoughts I think Janice is in charge of fundraising and grant-writing. I sent a couple of suggestions to her of places to contact, but I don't know if she has. I later found out that we don't fit the criteria of one Foundation because they givemoney directly to schools and groups that help children educationally directly --we're more indirect, I guess, according to my friend who works for them. I also suggested Paul Newman's Foundation and sent her the address, which is in the book Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good--one of the nonfiction books I validated that was interesting reading. Cindy --- Monica Willyard <plumlipstick@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote: > Jake's post about engineering improvements got me > wondering about > some things. I'm relatively new here, so please > bear with me if I'm > covering questions that were asked last year. I > really do need > answers though. (smile) > > We're hitting a sort of traffic jam, and there's > usually more than > one way to get somewhere if you want to badly > enough. I've heard a > lot about how the project needs more funding and > enough people to > operate correctly. Has anyone been given a dollar > amount that it > would take to fix this for the next year or so? > Have any of you > organized a fundraising effort on behalf of > Bookshare either > officially or on your own? Does anyone here have a > background in > writing grant proposals or have knowledge of funding > for a nonprofit > corporation? I don't know what we as volunteers are > legally allowed > to do in terms of fundraising. It seems to me that > if we put our > heads together, we could come up with a couple of > fundraising > projects that we could do as a group, not as > employees of > Bookshare. I don't mean that we each donate money > since we're > already doing a lot of that. I'm talking about an > actual fundraiser > like a book sale to the public, a fundraising > auction enlisting the > help of companies like Coke or Comcast, and/or doing > a fundraiser > like schools do with a company like Sally Foster or > Tupperware. If > we have a certain dollar amount to shoot for, I know > we could find a > way to get it because we're a group of smart, > resourceful, and > committed people. If money genuinely is the issue > holding us back, > why not get out there and see what we can do? If we > find that money > wasn't the issue, we'll be pretty disappointed. > We'll still feel > good about acting instead of sitting and waiting for > something to > work out. If we find that the money helps Bookshare > grow, we'll feel > like winners, champions for blind and LD people > everywhere. Wouldn't > that feel good knowing that we didn't just complain > when feeling > frustrated? Instead, we pulled together and worked > it out. > > So what do you all think? Does anyone have some > insights to share? > > > Monica > Visit my blog at: > http://plumlipstick.livejournal.com > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. To get a list of available commands, put the > word 'help' by itself in the subject line. > > __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Tired of spam? Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around http://mail.yahoo.com To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line. To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject line. To get a list of available commands, put the word 'help' by itself in the subject line.