The Official Kick-Off…!

This week begins the “Official Kick-Off” for our two major fund-raising campaigns for 2016.

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund

The Anne G. Broady Scholarship Fund (AGB) is entering the third year as a means of honoring the life and memory of Anne G. Broady.  Mom, or “Granny” as she was affectionately called by many others, represents our inspiration and desire to help the children in Copey, Costa Rica. Full details about Mom and the Scholarship Fund is available by clicking the menu tab titled “Scholarship Fund”.

To date, over 50 students have benefitted directly from the AGB Scholarship Fund and other donated funds.

Scholarship Recipient

The positive impacts brought about by the AGB Scholarship Fund are well documented in many of my Posts. The recent lists of 2015 accomplishments further demonstrates our successful partnership with the community and the Learning Center. As we enter the 2016 school year, even greater goals are planned and the AGB Scholarship Fund will help us to continue sending young people to the Learning Center and help us achieve our goals.

Our success last year resulted in more than 15 students receiving financial AGB Scholarships.1assistance. The scholarships are carefully awarded to those most in need and also used to encourage and incentivize non-scholarship students experiencing problems staying in school. Similar to last year, our goal is to raise $1,500.00 for the AGB Scholarship Fund.

Our request of $60.00 will support a kindergarten level student and $100.00 will support all other student levels for a full year. *Some early donations have been reported and/or received.  The AGB Scholarship Fund Campaign End Date is February 1, 2016.

 Goal = $1,500    *Donations Received = $500     Balance =$1,000

 

Financial Support for the Executive Director’s Position  

In 2015, we launched our first fund-raising campaign to support the Learning Center and the community’s bold decision to fund their first and only paid staff position. Previously, all staff and teachers were either local volunteers

zzztree planting.1or volunteers from around the world. In 2015, the total annual funding for the position was set at $5,000.  “Friends” agreed to support $2,500 the first year.

We successfully raised the $2,500 last year with the support of donors and the successful “Big Parking Lot Sale” project.  This year we committed to raising $2,000 to support the Executive Director’s position. *Some early donations received.

Being involved each day as I am with the Learning Center, I can attest to the value of having a qualified and competent paid leader on board accountable to the local Learning Center’s leadership. Continuity and consistency provided by the Director is much better than free labor in the long run. Angela’s credentials are exemplary for this type of work and from my perspective, the community and the Learning Center are getting a real bargain. I will provide more on Angela in next week’s Post. The Executive Director Fund Campaign End Date is April 30, 2016.

Goal= $2,000    *Donations Received= $200.00       Balance=$1,800

DONATION METHODS

If you are planning to support either the AGB Scholarship Fund or the ED Position or both…we have the same two methods as last year:

  1. The Learning Center’s PayPal can be used to make donations directly. Please access the PayPal system by clicking on….http://copeylearningcenter.org/.  Find the PayPal logo in the upper right hand corner of the homepage. To make certain the Learning Center recognizes your donation and how it should be applied, indicate in the comment section that the donation supports the “AGBSF” or the “EDF” (Executive Director Fund).
  2. The alternate method is by sending me your donation by making the check out to me. Once received, it is deposited in my account and then paid directly to the same Learning Center PayPal system as in Method #1. I will enter your name and designate where it is to be applied per your directions. The PayPal system will issue me a receipt which I send to you as “proof” the donation has been submitted to the Learning Center in your name. Make out the check and send to:

Arthur T. Broady, 725 N. Center Parkway, Apt. N-201, Kennewick, WA 99336  Phone:1-509-783-5897

Both of these methods were successfully used in 2014 and 2015 without any problems or concerns for safety or trustworthiness. For first timers, please note that “Friends” has opted to not establish or maintain a “Friends of Copey” bank account. The total amount of funds donated, deposited into my personal account, then paid to the Learning Center are relatively small and in my account for a very short time. Typically, donations received are quickly forwarded to the Learning Center. For the majority of the year, there is a zero balance for donations. If a bank account was being maintained it would cause unnecessary banking fees, printed checks, and other banking expenses. Other issues including signature cards and a tax ID along with other government and organizational requirements provide negative need for having a bank account. My address is included and I can be easily located. After receiving the donations, I assume full responsibility for forwarding the donations in your names to the Learning Center.

JUST ONE MORE THING!

There is a third fund-raising effort in the planning stages. We have two Learning Center students along with the Executive Director traveling to Emory & Henry College in June 2016. This is a very major initiative requiring our support and assistance with travel costs. HOWEVER….this current fund-raising campaign does not include the travel support for the students in June. Several special arrangements must be made first to set up the funding for this and will be handled separately. I will provide all the necessary details on this effort later in February.

 

 

 

 

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