We hosted our first fundraiser last night at a barn behind my parents house (their property backs up to 600 acre equestrian reserve). We had a large turnout and raised a few thousand dollars. Candidly, the objective wasn’t to make money, it was take the first step in learning how to do a lot of things. Remember, we’re “newbies” to the non-profit world. The fact that we made money was the cherry on top.
Let me explain the “how” part of what we’re doing. One part is social and the other I’ll call institutional. There’s a third part too.
The social part exists to fund the day-to-day operations of the foundation. We’ll do this through golf tournaments and other fun events like the Hoe Down we hosted last night. My parents and I do not take salaries – every penny we raise goes to the foundation and is independently audited. When we need to travel to meet someone or visit a facility like the one we’re going to build, it will be funded through some of the proceeds of our social events.
The institutional part exists to fund our projects. We’re clearly not going to fund multi-million dollar organ transplant homes by selling $10,000 sponsorship’s at a golf tournament. This will be done by large donations and strategic partnerships. I call it institutional because it’s kind of has that feeling to it…not so “touchy feely”…at least for now.
The two go hand in hand, especially with our partnership with Enduring Hearts. Enduring Hearts is the research side of the equation (the third part). EH exists to make sure there is not a need for heart transplants in the future. They are well funded…which makes a world of difference.
Per the photo above – Mya, who had her heart transplant when she was two years old, is the success story. But, she’ll require a lot of help throughout her life. As her Dad says, “A transplant is not a cure.” Enduring Hearts is funding a ton of cardiovascular research to not only lengthen her life, but do so for every heart transplant patient. Jeff, who did not receive his heart in time, is the other side of the story and that’s why we’re partnering. We need each other. An ambitious approach to complex issues takes a village.
To put simply – our homes will serve patients and their caregivers until we ensure our homes are no longer needed.
I have to congratulate my Mother. She not only put this entire thing together, she had the courage to stand up in front of a hundred people and tell the story of her son’s death. She’s an incredibly strong person and I’m proud to call her my Mother.
Brown beat Princeton in dramatic fashion with a last second touchdown in the 4th. Bears are now 3-2 with an away game next weekend against 0-5 Cornell.
Sincerely, The Graduate (at Brown)