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Trick or Treating for Courtney

October 13, 2009

In the last month, we have made significant strides in transforming Court’s Kids from an idea to a functional organization. A few weeks ago, we made our first donation to our pilot school in Klamath Falls, OR and it was a huge success. This was especially meaningful, as it was the Early Childhood Intervention program where Courtney worked. The donation box had about 200 books and cost only $22 to ship. You can get a sense of the real impact this program can make from reading the excited comments from the staff.

Armed with the insight we’ve gained from our pilot, we are already making plans to expand assistance to another program in Vancouver, WA  just across the river from Portland.  A plan for the months ahead is taking shape. In this first phase, we would like to support 10-15 schools within our first year of operation. We will be focusing on programs within driving distance to allow ourselves to expand the impact of Court’s Kids and minimize shipping costs. By doing so, we believe we can meet and surpass our goal!

While we are able to assist these programs in the short term, it is clear that we must take steps to establish ourselves as an organization that can make an impact over the long term. We’d like to take several steps to do this. First, we need to become a federally recognized nonprofit (501c3). Due to the level of complexity and its importance we would like to hire a nonprofit attorney in Oregon to finalize it.  Second, we need to establish sound financial practices from the start, which requires a part-time accountant to assist us. Next, we want to make it easy for people to contribute which will require a secure website that anyone would trust with their credit card. Additionally, we would like to purchase donor database software that would allow us to be efficient with our outreach and communication. Lastly and most important of all, while we are able to keep the cost of delivering these books low, we need to finance future shipping costs for the books. All these steps come at an expense, but each one ensures our sustainability as an organization over the long term.

We are beginning an informal fundraising drive to meet these needs.  It is appropriate that this time comes just as Halloween approaches. It was one of Courtney’s favorite holidays and in that same spirit we are Trick-or-Treating for Courtney. If you have any questions, feel free to email us at Wish us luck!

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