Tag: fundraising

The Kashi/Kids in the Kitchen Success Story: $75,000 to distribute to Leagues for local KITK initiatives!

As many of you know, The Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen (KITK) initiative to fight childhood obesity and promote good nutrition got its start in 2006 with inspiration from The Junior League of Calgary’s Junior Chefs program. To date, more than 200 Leagues across the Association have implemented programs in partnership with local community organizations, chefs, and nutritionists.

In order to build out the next phase of this successful initiative, AJLI aligned itself with Kashi, the maker of nutritious, all-natural foods, which provided funding for a planning grant and also agreed to make $75,000 available in grants to individual Junior Leagues if the Leagues collectively demonstrated their support for the program through a “Like” button promotion on Facebook.

The exciting news is that we did it! We put our money where our mouths (or our mouses) are. We showed enough love to qualify for the full $75,000 the company allotted to us. This means that AJLI has $75,000 to distribute to Leagues in grants of $2,500 or $5,000 to support their local KITK initiatives. As of our grant application deadline earlier this week, we had received more than 100 applications, which will be vetted by Kashi before Annual Conference where the winning Leagues will be announced. Congratulations on this tremendous effort to mobilize; we have truly demonstrated the power we can bring to bear upon a cause we believe in!

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Premier Event Updates – Donate to our Raise the Paddle Drive

RAISE THE PADDLE

Since 1923, the Junior League of Seattle has been making an important impact in the Seattle community. The Junior League of Seattle successfully meets the emerging needs of the community by initiating critically important programs and providing trained volunteers to manage them. Your donation to Raise The Paddle will help support the Junior League of Seattle and its community projects in many significant ways, for example:

  •  Provide weekly art projects for children suffering from severe mental and personality disorders and clinical depression through the Healthy Futures Art Project.
  •  Develop critical thinking, build communication skills and inspire creativity through interaction with original works of art through The Northwest Art Project.
  • Mentor teen girls in foster care during a monthly fun yet educational activity through the League’s partnership with Treehouse.
  • Empower our youth to make healthy lifestyle choices through Kids in the Kitchen.

Please Raise Your Paddle high in the air on February 25th to help JLS continue to provide exemplary programs for our community. If you are not able to attend but would like to support the Junior League of Seattle’s community programs, you may donate here.

Monies raised through the 2012 “Raise the Paddle” will be used for the Junior League of Seattle’s community programs/projects, and will be designated between the programs/projects at its discretion.

To donate, visit our Raise the Paddle page on our website, and select Raise the Paddle 2011-2012.

It is through the support of our League members and our community that enables the League to continue its great work in the community. (All donations to Raise the Paddle are 100% tax deductible!)

A VINTAGE AFFAIR IS SOLD OUT!

Because of this, we have a wait list with people eager to go and support the Junior League. If you have already bought a ticket and can no longer attend the event on February 25th, please email auction@jrleagueseattle.org ASAP to start the refund process. If you would like to be added to the wait list please email auction@jrleagueseattle.org as well!

PREMIER EVENT AFTER PARTY TICEKTS ARE ON SALE!

Didn’t get A Vintage Affair tickets? Come join the party at the Four Seasons Seattle! The Casablanca After Party will be continuing the evening of glamour. All League friends are welcome! Purchase tickets here. Questions? Email Tina Quinn at quinn.tina@gmail.com

Kashi and the AJLI – Kids in the Kitchen leaguewide fundraiser

Please visit the Kashi Facebook page and click "Like." Every "Like" will raise $10 for Kids in the Kitchen.

Kashi and The Junior League—WE’RE LIVE!!

Please help us earn $75,000 for Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen programs across the Association!

Throughout the year, The Kashi Real Project™ will feature organizations working to solve the Real Food Deficit, the gap that exists between the company’s vision for a healthy community of the future and the real-world food insecurity of today.

The Junior League will be Kashi’s featured partner from January 31st to February 22, 2012. Kashi will donate $10 every time a statistic related to the Real Food Deficit is shared via their Facebook page until the donation total reaches its maximum of $75,000. So please go to Kashi’s “Real Project” Facebook page, which should look like the picture on the right, and click the purple “Like” button in the purple star. Just one click, and you will earn $10 for Junior League’s Kids in the Kitchen program!

The money we earn will be awarded to individual Leagues who apply for a grant—there are two levels, $2,500 and $5,000—to support their local KITK program. The grants will be distributed to winning applicants at this year’s Annual Conference in San Francisco.

The Application is posted online in the Awards section of the AJLI Member website via Survey Monkey on Wednesday, February 1 and must be completed by Wednesday, February 29. Click HERE to access additional information and the application.

Also, if you run a Kids in the Kitchen program and haven’t updated your event/program on the Kids in the Kitchen website please do so TODAY as people will be directed to the site to learn more about local programming…we want to be sure all information is accurate! Click HERE to access Events listing.

With your individual voice, our collective Junior League voice and Kashi’s dollars, we can better help reduce the real food deficit through our local Junior Leagues’ Kids in the Kitchen programs across the Association.

Six Month Financial Report (7/1/2011 – 12/31/2011)

The financial report for the first six months of AJLI’s current fiscal year (July 2011 – December 2011) enables you to see the financial position of AJLI. You can download the report HERE.

Should you have any questions or wish to follow up on this document, please contact any member of the AJLI Board of Directors.AJLI Finances WebinarJoin Sandra Thomas, AJLI Treasurer, for a review of AJLI’s first-half 2011-12 financial results, covering the period July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. The webinar will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012 at 3 p.m. Eastern Time. Click HERE  to register for the webinar.

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Training: 2 for 1 Night – Speakers

Training: 2 for 1 night with Donor/Fundraising Focus

Date: January 12, 2012

Time: 6:00-8:30pm

Location: Bellevue Microsoft.

Speakers:

Ashley Miller, Executive Director @ The Service Board (Please check out their delightful website!)

Learn how fundraising differs from small one-to-two person non-profits to larger non-profits. The Service Board (TSB) has evolved and changed the fundraising process as their organization has gotten larger and financial times have gotten tighter. Get insights on how to move beyond fundraising and move your organization to build capacity and sustainability through your fund development plan.

Peter Drury, Director of Development @ A Childs Right, President Association of Fundraising Professionals

A charity can’t sustain without its’ donors. Should you treat donors differently based on their amount of charitable donation? What are ways that other organizations thank their donor bases? Learn how you can make an impact if you are serving on a board with the ways that you can assist with the fundraising and donation process.

Cookbook Extravaganza of Culinary Eye Candy

Celebrate the Rain

Be sure to stop by the Cookbook Committee table at the December General Meeting. Not only will Simply Classic, Seattle Classic and Celebrate the Rain be available for sale, but we will also have cookbooks from Junior Leagues across the country.

Here is a “taste” of the gourmet award winners that you will be able to take home: Knoxville’s Dining in the Smokey Mountains, Collin County, TX takes you from Lone Star to Five Star, Hampton Roads, VA My Mama Made That, Clearwater-Dunedin, FL From Grouper to Grits, Pine Bluff, AR delivers Southern Accent: A Second Helping, Eugene, OR is Cooking from the Coast to the Cascades, Raleigh, NC is happy to say You’re Invited Back, and back by popular demand, Houston brings us together with Peace Meals and Stop and Smell the Rosemary.

For the budding cooks in your family, we have Junior Leagues in the Kitchen with Kids. There’s always a possibility for a surprise addition or two. So ladies, be sure and pick up your books early in the evening. Many sold out last year as soon as the boxes were opened.

Peace Meals is on sale for $30.00; all other books are $20.00. These books make great gifts. Don’t miss this opportunity to add a new book or two to your cookbook collection.

Fundraising Obligation Changes

FLEXIBLE CHANGES TO ACTIVE FUNDRAISING OBLIGATIONS NOW IN EFFECT

The online vote to amend the Active Fundraising Obligation passed membership vote.

When does this change take effect?
Immediately and it will be retroactive to encompass the entire 2011-2012 JLS Year

What does this mean to me?
You will have more flexibility to fulfill your financial obligations as a member. Previously, Actives were required to fulfill a $150 Premier Event Donation. Instead, you can now “mix and match” your fundraising efforts by participating in approved fundraising activities of your choice. Each Active must earn six (6) approved $25 fundraising credits per JLS year, totaling $150. Please note, all Actives are still obligated to contribute to the Annual Campaign.

So, what counts now?

  • Annual Campaign contributions (one credit per $25 donated, beyond the $1.00 minimum)
  • Ticket purchases to Pilot Projects events (credits determined and communicated per event)
  • Cookbook or Art of Discovery book sales (one credit per book)
  • Premier Event ticket purchases (six credits for a classic ticket)
  • Premier Event procurement (one credit per $25 in value – online Procurement form must still be completed)
  • Other Fundraising Event ticket purchases (as approved and communicated per event)

That sounds great, but how will this be tracked?
We have set up a tracking system on the JLS website which will be similar to the service shift tracker. This will show up on your member homepage alongside the rest of your Member Obligation Tracker information.

Questions?
Please contact Courtney Laguio courtney@jrleagueseattle.org

Online Vote Approved – New Fundraising Obligations in Effect.

Flexible changes to Active fundraising obligations now in effect! The online vote to amend the Active Fundraising Obligation passed a membership vote.

When does this change take effect?

Immediately and it will be retroactive to encompass the entire 2011-2012 Junior League of Seattle year.

What does this mean to me?

You will have more flexibility to fulfill your financial obligations as a member. Previously, Actives were required to fulfill a $150 Premier Event Donation. Instead, you can now “mix and match” your fundraising efforts by participating in approved fundraising activities of your choice. Each Active must earn six (6) approved $25 fundraising credits per JLS year, totaling $150. Please note, all Actives are still obligated to contribute to the Annual Campaign.

So, what counts now?

  • Annual Campaign contributions (one credit per $25 donated, beyond the $1.00 minimum)
  • Ticket purchases to Pilot Projects events (credits determined and communicated per event)
  • Cookbook or Art of Discovery book sales (one credit per book)
  • Premier Event ticket purchases (six credits for a classic ticket)
  • Premier Event procurement (one credit per $25 in value – online Procurement form must still be completed)
  • Other Fundraising Event ticket purchases (as approved and communicated per event)

That sounds great, but how will this be tracked?

We are setting up a tracking system on the JLS website which will be similar to the service shift tracker. This will show up on your member homepage alongside the rest of your Member Obligation Tracker information.

Questions?

Please contact Courtney Laguio courtney@jrleagueseattle.org