Tuesday, March 29, 2011

A Blog is Born!

Hello everyone and welcome to the Lost Stork Foundation's new blog! If you've found your way over here from other blogs you may already know what the LSF is, but if you don't then I'd be happy to explain who we are.

The Lost Stork Foundation is a new non-profit organization that provides financial assistance and other resources to couples going through infertility treatments or adoption. The organization was started by Meghan and Charles Swann, a couple who struggled for years with infertility and who saw the need for an organization that provides both support and financial assistance for couples like themselves. The grants the LSF will be providing will help a wide range of the infertility and adoption community, including domestic or international adoption, embryo adoption and surrogacy. Because we are such a new organization we unfortunately are not accepting applications for grants at this time but the Lost Stork has BIG plans for 2011 to build its grant fund! But first things first.

Our immediate goal for this year is to obtain the ever-powerful 501(c)(3) status for the Lost Stork Foundation. While our organization is listed as a non-profit, it does not have this important status. Because of that it's been difficult to obtain significant donations from businesses and individuals. It's a lengthy and expensive process to gain the 501(c)(3) status but the Lost Stork Foundation has been working hard at it over the past few months. The paperwork is complete and ready for review by a lawyer but we still need to raise an additional $250 in order to file the paperwork with the IRS. It is our hope to have a 501(c)(3) status for the Lost Stork Foundation in the next 6 months. In order to do this we have planned a few raffles and fundraising events in the near future.

April 24-30 marks National Infertility Awareness Week (NIAW), and events all over the country help to raise awareness about infertility. During this week the LSF will be holding a few online raffles to raise money for the organization. Donations have been pouring in from businesses and we feel truly blessed to have so much support! Once the gift basket(s) are put together we will post pictures and information about them so please check back for more details about our upcoming raffles!

The next big project for the Lost Stork Foundation is a yard sale that Meghan will be organizing in Missouri. This yard sale also happens to take place during National Infertility Awareness Week (how convenient!) which is only a few short weeks away. If you live in the Saint Louis, MO area and would like to volunteer or donate goods for the sale, please email us at info@loststorkfoundation.org for more details.

The LSF is also currently selling cookbooks on their website. The recipes in this cookbook have been donated from all over the world from people who have experienced or known someone who has experienced infertility. The cookbooks are selling for $10 each plus $3.85 for shipping so please visit the Lost Stork website if you would like to purchase one. They will also be sold at the yard sale if you're in the area and would like to buy one.

The Lost Stork Foundation is very excited and hopeful about the upcoming year. We would like nothing more than to help as many infertile and adoptive couples as we can. Your support means a great deal to us and we would appreciate it if you would help spread the word about our organization or make a donation if you can. This organization would not be possible without support from people like you!