- How much an organization has to PAY to receive the label "Non-Profit"?
- The Massive quantities of paperwork and red (chicken-before-the-egg) tape one has to endure to do something good in this world?
AND HOW THEIR REQUIREMENTS OF ME - CAN BENEFIT YOU???
Well- I didn't, that is - until yesterday when I sat with my tax advisor, pouring over the TWENTY-EIGHT page application for non-profit status, and I saw stars. With each page, and moddicum of mental energy spent trying to de-code the language in the document -(I swear there IS an English version of Greek!) - my fatigue grew - and then - we reached the LAST PAGE.
"So," my advisor said - clearly as tired as I was - "Sign here, and attach the $300 user fee payment and ..."
(pause here to imagine my mental state...HINT: the stars were shaped more like dollar signs)
I won't bore you with the ever increasing, over-priced start up budget demanded by each state run and government dictated office.
I GOT ME AN IDEA!!! (THIS IS THE PART THAT PUTS STUFF IN YOUR HOT LITTLE HANDS!)
First, please let me indulge in a brief Caratale story...
Once upon a time, a stay at home mother to her second child - as her first was gently nestled in heaven - began a stay at home business. With a love of all things creative, she became a Creative Memories Consultant. For years she reveled in inspiring others to get their pictures out from under dusty beds and create life-long memories for their families. (and - if she's being honest- the product discount was pretty cool too)
To keep a long Caratale short - when this mother was no longer of the stay-at-home variety, she said goodbye to her fairytale classes (but not her customers as they were now friends)! Yet a quick glance in the closet-of-wonders affirmed - PRODUCT still abounded.
"How will I ever use all this?" She asked herself....
I WON'T! I SHOULDN'T. YOU SHOULD!
So, without further ado - I present to you SHARE SOUTHERN VERMONT'S MEMORY MAKING MONTHLY FUNDRAISER!!! (don't attempt to say five times quickly or you might go crosseyed!)
OK - Here's the skinny!
-On the second of the month I will announce the prize package (and they rock - if I do say so myself!) If you don't know about our cause - click, SSV to read about our community outreach for greiving families.
-Each $10 donation equals an entry ticket.
-Enter as many times as you like. You will receive an email confirmation for the number of tickets you hold that month.
-If you prefer to send a check, your donation must be received by the 29th of the month or it will roll over to the next prize pack.
-The drawing will be on the last day of the month, via random selection by either Bear or The Comedian.
-I will upload the video of the winner's number being picked and offer wild congratulations!
Oh, you say, But there are only 19 days in this month. Will you offer a full prize package?
YOU BET! AND...because I am such a sweet girl (and as the drawing will be on New Year's Eve so I'm feeling extra festive) I have included a single item for a second place winner!
TELL ALL YOUR FRIENDS!
LINK TO THIS PAGE ON YOUR SIDEBAR USING THE PRIZE-PACK PHOTO AND I'LL THROW IN AN EXTRA TICKET FOR YOU!
MEMORY MAKING PACKAGE #1:
Perfect for any couple getting married or currently in wedded bliss without an album to show it!
PICK THIS ALBUM
OR THIS ONE
AND GET ALL THIS TOO!
1 set 12x12 pages
1 set mini silver abc/123 stickers
1 photo labeling pencil
1 pack natural correction stickers
1 Simple Expressions quote book
1 Neutral Snap Pack
1 Formal Affair Done-With-One
1 Garden Illusions textured paper pack
1 Elegant Sticker strip and 2 peace/love/joy small sticker sheets
1 Pack Elegent Letter Laser Stickers
and 1 Complete "Once Upon A Wedding" Album Kit (including idea book)
ALL TOGETHER THESE ITEMS RETAIL FOR OVER $100.00!
And don't worry...If you don't win the grand prize, you might get this totally must have Side-Kick. (my customers used to tell me it was an "accessory" that you feel guilty buying for yourself...well now you don't have to - you might win it!)
That was ALOT of information. So, in summary:
2. Tell all your friends
3. Link to my blog, then comment that you did to get a free entry
4. Take a quiet moment for all those who are suffering in their grief this holiday season.