Sunday, February 27, 2011

Knitting to Raise Funds - Suggest Charities

(This is not me or Colleen. In case you wondered.)

As I read through various knitting blogs, I see a lot of charity knitting going on, and I love that.  Knitting beautiful things for folks in need is important.  I've knit dozens of hats and mittens for winter clothing drives, and chemo caps for the local cancer hospital.  I've even knit clothes for Teddy Bears for children being fostered from domestic abuse!

But what if we looked at it differently?  What if the buying the pattern was the donation?  My dear girlfriend and intrepid sample knitter Colleen pointed this out. The charity would get a boost right away, and wouldn't need to wait for knitted goods to be finished.  It also opens charity knitting up to organizations who don't much need knitted goods.  (SPCA, Autism Speaks, etc.)  It's good Colleen is the brains in this friendship, 'cause I never would have thought of this, and I LOVE IT!

How would it work?  She patiently explained that a pattern could be posted on Ravelry for sale, with proceeds to go to a worthy cause.  The knitter would get a cool pattern at a normal price, and instead of the money going to the designer, it would go to a charity.  The knitter could then make the pattern (or give it away, or store it for later) at their leisure. 

This is cool.  It also led me to think of other fundraising possibilities.  A knit-a-thon for a cause?  An auction of knitwear for a particular charity? 

We have chosen our first charity, and are just working the kinks out of the pattern.  I'm hoping to post a photo and have the pattern for sale by the end of the week!  Please submit your ideas to us.  It will help us to design projects relevant to all of us.

1) National or international charities only, please.  This will create a broad base of appeal and possible donations.

2) Organizations only - no fundraising for individuals.

3) Send the exact name ("Susan G. Komen for the Cure" instead of "Breast Cancer") of the organization, with any other contact info you may have.

4) Indicate what the organization does, and why the organization is meaningful to you. Do you have friends or family helped by this organization?  Is it a cause you've worked for and believe in?  Did you found the organization?  

5) If someone has already posted your idea, post it anyway!  It helps us recognize the level of interest in a particular organization.

You are welcome to submit as many ideas as you have.  Please forward this post to your family and friends.  We would like to create projects that will appeal to as many knitters and families as possible, and we need your help.  Thank you in advance for all of your consideraton.


Jeanine said...

Well I'm a co-leader of BuffaloBirth Network, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to making maternity care more mother-friendly in the WNY area. Unfortunately you're looking for national/international organizations though.. BUT, we are a chapter of BirthNetwork National which IS a national non-profit organization. So I'd say they'd be a good choice. Along similar lines there is Citizens for Midwifery, Choices in Childbirth, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS), International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN), and La Leche League.

Liz Marino said...

Thanks! If you could send contact information, that would be great. You can PM my email address (under my About Me) or post it here.

karen! said...

I happened across this organization when looking through the list of United Way affiliates given to us during a work fund drive.

Stacey Pope said...

I know I'm a little late here, but for two years, I've been doing a blog fundraiser for the Guthy Jackson Charitable foundation. They fund research on NMO, an uncommon disease syndrome of the central nervous system (CNS) that affects the optic nerves and spinal cord. Individuals with NMO develop optic neuritis, which causes pain in the eye and vision loss, and transverse myelitis, which causes weakness, numbness, and sometimes paralysis of the arms and legs, along with sensory disturbances and loss of bladder and bowel control.
I am living with NMO - which is a huge statement. Before Guthy Jackson started getting doctors together and funding research, the prognosis was grim. Patients were told within 5 years, they would be paralyzed, blind or dead.
I think it would be an awesome charity to raise money for. Of course, I am biased. If not, could you pimp my fundraiser, which ends 10/31/11? Most of the prizes are knitting and fiber related and every $10 gets an entry.
Thanks, Stacey