Friday, November 25, 2011

Thirty-One Fundraiser!!

The Lost Stork Foundation is having another fundraiser, just in time for Christmas! A consultant from Thirty-One is gracious enough to host a fundraiser event for us in which the Lost Stork receives 20% of the total sales prices. If we can sell $1,000 we'll earn $200 which is our goal.

The event is from November 23rd through Wednesday December 7th. Please visit this link to order. If the link doesn't work (it's given me problems on Facebook) then you can visit www.thirtyonegifts.com and search by our consultant, Debra Verneau in Georgia. Under her "My Events" link you'll see a link for the Lost Stork Fundraiser. Please use this "Shop Now" link to make your purchase to ensure that our organization receives the 20% donation.

If you make a purchase please note that your credit card will show a pending purchase until the fundraiser closes on December 7th. At this time your credit card will be charged and all orders placed during the fundraising period will submitted and ship within 10 days. Our fundraiser closes in time to receive all products by Christmas so please consider buying something to help us reach our goal. You can also help to spread the word! Below is the Thirty-One December Specials which you can receive by spending just $31 or more.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fundraising Friday!

It's that time of week again! Fundraising Friday!

Go ahead and click on the "click to view/add link" to add a direct link to your current Fundraising event! Please remember that the fundraisers are for couples hoping to ease the financial burden fertility treatments and adoption fees bring.

Don't forget to check out other families fundraisers and support other families in the making! And while you're in a fundraising spirit, check out Lost Stork Foundation's current fundraiser, our raffle!



Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Raffle updates!

Happy Adoption Awareness Month!

Good news!

We have decided to extend the Adoption Raffle until Sunday November 27, 2011!

Due to the extension, their will no longer be two separate raffles- only the Adoption raffle is available for participation! Some fantastic items in the package!

Includes:
An orange "Got Love? Adopt" tumbler from the Minus 1 Project
A Baby Medbasics book from Baby Medbasics
A copy of Adopt Without Debt by Julie Gumm
An Adoption wall decal from OldBarnRescueCompany on Etsy (not pictured)
Baby, We Were Meant for Each Other by Scott Simon
Fostering Hope: Living the Dream with My Name on It by Shane Salter
Love You Forever children's book
A $20 Shutterfly gift card
A 4 oz. bottle of Johnson & Johnson's bedtime lotion
3 gender neutral onesies, size newborn

In order to participate just click the "Donate" button on the right sidebar. Remember that tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. The winner will be announced Monday November 28, 2011 along with details on an exciting Thirty-One Fundraising starting November 28 - December 7! Just in time for some great Christmas presents.

Even if you can't participate please help spread the word!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Featured Donor: Adopt Without Debt

Only 5 days left in our raffle! Last time I checked we hadn't sold any tickets for either raffle so please consider participating. We've got some great donations here!

Our next featured donor is Adopt Without Debt by Julie Gumm. Julie is an adoptive mom of 2 children from Ethiopia. Her and her husband budgeted their way through the adoptions and saved enough money to adopt debt-free.
The book includes over $80,000 worth of creative fundraising and budgeting ideas contributed from more than 30 adoptive families. They even list the fundraiser we're currently using, the Leaves of Love. It's a great book to check out and the price is budget-friendly!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Friendship Fundraiser Thursday?

I'm posting this on a Thursday night only because I can't figure out how to set a blog post up to be posted at a specific time. Since I'm in the midst of gathering lots of fundraiser info, I figured it would be best to go ahead and write this a day early than risk losing my creative streak :)

We're in the third day of our raffle with only 12 days left so please if you haven't bought a raffle ticket yet go ahead and sign up to win some great prizes! This week's Friendship Fundraiser Thursday will include some new fundraising ideas and resources that I found. I'll list those first.

Ordinary Hero
is a non-profit child advocacy organization. They also host adoption fundraisers where the recipient can receive 40% of the purchase price for items sold! There is no fundraising time limit and it does not cost anything to start a fundraiser.

Simply Love is another adoption fundraiser which was started by Kari from My Crazy Adoption. Products are purchased wholesale and your supporters will buy the products directly from you. You keep all of the profits. There are 10 exclusive graphic designs and 23 countries to choose from.

And now on to the fundraiser events:

Lydia from Upstream is having multiple fundraisers to raise money for her Uganda adoption, the most recent fundraiser is through Scentsy. Go check out her blog and consider buying some gifts for Christmas.

Room for At Least One More is selling unique postcards to raise money for her adoption. 9 postcards for only $10 is a great deal! Stop by and help her reach her fundraising goal.

The Happy Neills
is having a t-shirt fundraiser with The Hopeshirts to help pay for their adoption. Check out their blog and their really unique adoption announcement!

Christa is having a Leaves of Love fundraiser for friends and family. For each donation received a green thumbprint "leaf" will be added to her tree with the donor's name written along the edge of the leaf. Once the tree is full it will be framed and hung in the nursery.

Whitney from Whitney & Erik has an Etsy shop that sells photography prints in order to pay for their adoption. She is also a Stella & Dot jewelry seller. Check out both shops!

Megan from This Space for Rent has an Etsy shop that sells fertility-related t-shirts and onesies. She's raising money to help pay for IVF.

Maria at MISSION: Fertile Soul has got an Etsy shop that sells crochet bags to help pay for her upcoming international adoption.

Jess from A little blog about the big Infertility (and adoption too!) has an Etsy shop that sells her beautiful photography work.

Ashley from In My Own Words is having a puzzle piece fundraiser to help bring their child home from Ethiopia. Each puzzle piece purchased will have the donor's name written on the back. The completed puzzle will be displayed in their home. She also has a Just Love coffee fundraiser on her blog as well.

Are you trying to come up with a good fundraiser idea to help with your fertility treatment or adoption but can't think of one? Check out this article for adoption fundraising and this article for infertility fundraising.

If you're interested in participating in the Fundraiser Friday just send an email to Christa at christa@loststorkfoundation.org with your information and a link to your fundraiser. You can post links to your blog or Etsy shop as long as the fundraiser specifically states that it's for adoption or fertility treatments. Also spread the word so your friends and family can help you but also many others in similar positions!

Link

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Let the Raffling Begin!

Happy Adoption Awareness Month! Today marks the opening of the raffle period for both our raffles. In order to participate just click the "Donate" button on the right sidebar. Remember that tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. Please specify which raffle you are entering, the adoption raffle or the Family Fun Night raffle. The raffle ends Tuesday November 15th and the winners will be announced by the end of the week. Even if you can't participate please help spread the word!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Featured Donor: OldBarnRescueCompany

Our second featured donor of the Lost Stork raffle is the OldBarnRescueCompany on Etsy. OldBarn has graciously donated an adoption creed wall decal for our raffle. The winner will be able to choose any color they want from OldBarn's selection of over 60 colors. This is what OldBarnRescueCompany had to say about their company:

"We enjoy creating "wall art" applying our own unique flair with the use of vinyl graphics and up-cycled vintage materials.

In the fall of 2008, due to the popularity of Adonna’s hand-lettering, we began Old Barn Rescue Company's Wall Graphic Division here on Etsy. Wall graphics are one of the latest new trends in home d├ęcor. They look like they are painted right on the wall without the added cost of Adonna visiting your home to do it herself. Adonna has been a professional calligrapher for over 20 years and now you can enjoy her beautiful designs for a terrific price!

For those of you who have textured walls or love the value of reusing vintage materials, we can continue to offer our work on recycled wood as we have always done. You will now have the choice of hand-painted or cut lettering, depending on your preference and budget needs."

Now since Brandon and I are in the process of adopting a child ourselves, I decided to purchase my own wall decal from OldBarn. It turned out GREAT! I must add though, we had never done a wall decal before and it was a bit harder than we anticipated. It's just a huge decal and definitely not something you can try on your own. But the end result was so nice that I would certainly buy another or recommend it to a friend. Here are a few pictures of our wall decal installation.

Our wall decal

Brandon halfway done with the installation

The finished product!