“Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief.”David J. Schwartz
Good morning everyone! I hope this finds you well. It is with great excitement that we announce our efforts to kick this fundraiser up a notch!
We have a very unique opportunity to help the Dees in a much bigger way and it’s why we’re putting the call out and attempting to kick this into another gear. Just like the title of this post mentions, it’s time to GO BIG! And how do we do that?
With a MATCHING OPPORTUNITY! The Dees have a chance with several different grants to double their money. They have $2500 matches, $3000 matches, and $5,000 matches!
The problem with such a great opportunity like that is that they’ve done a tremendous amount already and so the proverbial well is getting a little shallow from their current base of friends, family, and coworkers that they’ve leaned into for help along their adoption journey.
A match is a wonderful thing but when you’ve asked the same people to give so many times, it’s difficult to raise those dollars again and again. That’s where we come in!
We’ve taken some of the pressure off by organizing this fundraiser and by expanding the circle of potential donors and in the process, we’ve raised $2,180 for them so far. That’s a big number for a few reasons. One of the biggest reasons that’s significant is because we started this fundraiser earlier than we normally would, December 1st. So our kick-off coincided with the finish of the holiday season and then January when everyone is still licking their wounds from all of the spending they just did.
Now as we begin February, we’re still a month earlier than we’d normally begin a fundraiser but it also gives us a great opportunity to reassess where we’re at in this process and how we can refine it and expand what we’re doing. After hearing about their matching opportunities, it became crystal clear what we needed to do.
We have yet to give them what we’ve raised so far. After a conversation with Jayme, we have been given permission to take whatever we can raise, and give that towards one of those grants so that we can double that money. It makes all the sense in the world to lean into an opportunity like that where we can make our fundraising most impactful and these matching grants will do just that.
SO, we’re going to push this even harder going forward and we’re asking for your support. Whether it’s a $5 donation from a state that’s blank on our map or a $25 donation from a past donor who hasn’t given this year, or for any of our donors so far, know that your dollars will go significantly farther than when we set out on this fundraising adventure this year.
We will aim for the $5,000 matching opportunity first. IF things keep rolling in, we’ll aim at the others after that. If we can turn $5,000 into $10,000 and have support for more, then we’d be out of this world thrilled but I think starting off aimed towards that $5,000 knowing that it was our original goal, which we’ve hit nearly every year for the last several, could now lead to our largest fundraising total ever is all we need to push this harder than we ever have.
With that, please visit our fundraising link that’s listed below and help get us on that path as quickly as possible!
Thank you to all who have given so far, to all those considering, and to all who will end up giving. We appreciate you so much.
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