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I know at times this blog may present itself as a place where a guy banters on his hobbies – namely squash, travel, and college football.  But, the purpose of this blog is really two-fold: to document how my family is creating a grassroots non-profit to help organ transplant patients and my (never-ending) journey to Brown University.

So let’s chat about the foundation.  For starters, it’s not easy.  My Mother, who does it full-time and usually by herself, is working herself to the bone.  We’re currently organizing another fundraiser, so donation items have to be sourced and LOTS of planning is necessary.

We also have a non-profit consultant flying from Seattle to Atlanta to meet with us for a weekend.  The truth is we have NO idea what we’re doing most of the time and we need the help of someone who has “been there, done that”.  What we’re good at is working hard and supporting one another.  Creating a non-profit is identical to starting a business…no walk in the park.

We’ve had conversations with other non-profits that are in the organ transplant community and continue to do so.  It truly takes a village.  Why reinvent the wheel?  It makes sense to talk to people who understand the emotional toll this takes and who are a few steps ahead of us.

We’re still in the process of getting our 501c(3) filed…a process that seems to take FOREVER!  We’re also figuring out how to create our Board of Directors.  Lots of people genuinely want to help, but you learn who’s really committed when push comes to shove.

Suffice to say we’re looking forward to spending time with our consultant, Liz.

I can’t wait for the day when our foundation is firing on all cylinders, I’m enrolled at Brown, and my parents have a team that supports them.  I guess it goes back to the old saying, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”

Sincerely, The Graduate (at Brown)

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