29 oct. 2010

Networking & Fundraising

... & a plan for the future

As the end of the sixth academic year of our programs approaches, The Sunrise Foundation is looking to the future. Because of our strong programs, we have earned the respect of the Camoapa community. People come to us when problems arise and consequently, growth is necessary and inevitable. Therefore, we are asking our staff and community leaders in Camoapa to help our Board set priorities and make plans for the next 5 and 10 years. During this planning period, we are also seeking professional capacity building expertise to help develop our board, staff and fundraising capabilities. Our programs in Camoapa are growing in a beautifully organic, healthy way. We see that our US support needs to grow to keep pace with them.

In order to prepare for this growth, we are really revving up our fundraising efforts. Over the past couple of years, we have been expanding our support base in the Western Massachusetts area, where our US nonprofit is located. We recently organized our 3rd annual book sale in downtown Northampton, MA. And this winter we will hold our second annual raffle fundraiser at Packard’s bar and restaurant in Northampton. And we recently joined the Northampton Chamber of Commerce to raise awareness of our project and expand networking opportunities.

Our short term plans include increasing visibility in other areas of the United States where several board members live, remodeling our website to reach more readers, and seeking foundation grants to support our Capacity Building needs. In Nicaragua, we envision further development of our organic farm, and plan to continue hosting volunteer group brigades. Our long term plan is to diversify our revenue sources in order to increase our sustainability potential because currently we operate solely on individual charitable donations from people like you.

So… we need your help! How can we sustain and grow our programs without your continued support? Imagine the satisfaction you will feel knowing you have helped us continue our work in Nicaragua keeping at-risk children in school!

If you are in the Western Mass area and would like to get involved, please contact:
Lisa Hall (Board member) @ 413-268-9271 or lisahallg (at) gmail.com to find out what you can do. If you are not from this area, there is still a place for you in our community! Contact: Emily Mew (Program and Development Coordinator) @ emilymew (at) gmail.com for more information.

And please consider supporting our current and future initiatives by making a donation in one of three ways:

  • Go to our website, click on the Paypal link and make a one-time online contribution
  • Write a check to The Sunrise Foundation and mail it to : P.O. Box 210, Williamsburg, MA 01096

To learn more about our programs, go to our website, find us on Facebook, or write to us at hogarlda@yahoo.com.