An Opportunity to Grow


Hi there – Happy Tuesday!

As you’ve likely gathered by now, teaching art to at-risk children is something I’m passionate about.  I think art and positive forms of self-expression are essential for children – especially those facing serious life challenges.  And though full-time work takes up much of my time (not to mention creating and blogging!), I make time to gather supply donations and teach because it’s so important to me to share this wonderful medium – art journaling – with children in need.   I’ve slowly grown my program from teaching one classroom of students per year to teaching three this school year, and I’d love to have the opportunity to provide art supplies and instruction to even more public school children.

The Next Step

Yep, I’m chomping at the bit to grow my program, the Bits & Pieces Art Program, to serve more students. And though I’m not quite ready to establish a non-profit, which would greatly expand my fundraising capabilities because of tax-deductible benefits, I’m totally ready to move on to an intermediate step: signing on with a Fiscal Sponsor.  A Fiscal Sponsor is an established non-profit that accepts donations on a program’s behalf, which results in the very important tax write-off for donors.  They also take care of much of the administrative work, which would allow me to focus on teaching and fundraising. In exchange, the fiscal sponsor collects a small fee.

Good News and Other News…

I’ve found a local Fiscal Sponsor that would like to work with me. Woo hoo!  The challenge is that they require an initial deposit or pledge of $10,000 before they’ll sign me on and set me up.  DRAT.  At this moment it’s a Catch 22 kinda thing.  I may not get a $10,000 donation without a Fiscal Sponsor and their write-off benefits, but I can’t get a Fiscal Sponsor without having a big chunk of change – or a pledge for one.

Can You Lend a Helping Hand?

So, I’m sending this message out into the blogosphere and the universe.  If you, or anyone/any company/any foundation you know, would like to help get my Bits & Pieces Art Program up and running with a Fiscal Sponsor, please let me know.  I would be SO appreciative, and I know the children would be too!  Maybe your business has done very well this year and has yet to donate enough to take full advantage of a tax write off.  The Bits & Pieces Art Program would be thrilled to receive a pledge/donation to help take this important step forward.

I know this is asking a lot, but I have to at least put it out there and let you know where I am on this journey. Sometimes crazy miracles happen in life, and maybe something will fall into place so I can get a Fiscal Sponsorship sooner than later.  I can’t bang on many doors right now since my hands are still hurting and healing, but maybe things will go my way if I just put it out there and ask very nicely.  I guess we’ll see…  :]

I hope you’re all well and happy, and hope you’re having a great week!

Warm regards,

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  1. Posted September 18, 2012 at 11:21 am by Jani N. Howe | Permalink

    Melody, it would never hurt to write to the Gates Foundation. As you know, they are very big on education of the young, among other things. Try it, you just never know! And good luck!

  2. Posted September 18, 2012 at 11:26 am by Melody | Permalink

    Thank you for the suggestion! :]