Dear Everychild Foundation,
Thanks to your inspiring work as told in the LA Times, and later told directly to our Women in Philanthropy group, we now will be launching the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara! An exploratory committee worked for some weeks to come up with the specifics and last week I presented it to a lunch gathering of about 40 Women in Philanthropy participants. They were quite excited about it and we are much encouraged about it’s potential for success. We are going with your concept of introducing women to the Fund with simple morning coffees, and a fair number of women have already offered to host them. Our goal is “Forty Five Fabulous Female Founders” in the coming months. So far, this has been a most rewarding experience for me personally, and I will feel a great sense of accomplishment when we make our first gift to a project or cause benefiting women, children, and families in SB! The women seem well aware of what an impact a gift of at least $50-100+ thousand dollars can make. Many have been “in the trenches” putting on labor intensive events and jumping through hoops for small grants!
So, your work certainly has reached beyond your Foundation in LA. I’d love to be on the mailing list for your newsletter, just to get new ideas, and I’d be happy to send you our complete plan if you’re interested. Thanks again for helping us launch this important work.
Santa Barbara, California
A letter to Everychild member, Terry Hamermesh, from her four year
old daughter, Tessa:
June 21, 2002
For the past year, the elementary school students involved with
our organization have been working hard to improve their reading
with the help of their volunteer reading partners. In recognition
of this hard work, The Wonder of Reading recently threw a celebration
party and handed out gift bags to each one of our 650 students.
The bags contained toys and two brand new books. (Many of the children
participating in our program have no books of their own.) The students
were thrilled to receive the beautiful books that Everychild
Foundation donated for the event. From the enclosed pictures (right),
you can see that the items were greatly appreciated by all!
Thank you so much for your assistance in making this event a success
and for adding a bit of brightness to our students’ lives. Without
community support like yours, The Wonder of Reading would not be
able to fulfill its purpose to inspire in children the love of reading.
Thank you again for all of the fantastic books we received from the annual
luncheon! We appreciate your support!
The Wonder of Reading
Thank you very much for the overwhelmingly generous donation
of books by your members for the 2002 Annual Volunteer & Student
Recognition Event. We received a total of 638 books of which 344
will go directly into the gift bags for the students in our 3R Program.
Seven of the books were quite special, and thus we will keep them
for use as incentive books. Of the remaining 287 gently used books,
they have been made available to volunteers for use with their students
during reading sessions. We have had a great response.
Please convey to your members that we are humbled by their generosity
and assistance in providing so many beloved titles to our students.
The Wonder of Reading
On behalf of all of us at the Wonder of Reading, I want to thank
you and the Everychild Foundation for all of your support. I hope
that each of your members will be able to attend a library grand
opening over the next four years. I believe that you will be both
proud of and touched by the impact of your investment in the elementary
school children of Los Angeles.
With deep appreciation and warm wishes,
The Wonder of Reading
To say we Board Members of The Wonder of Reading are deeply
gratified and appreciative of our new partnership with the Everychild
Foundation is the stuff of understatement. Better to call Hamlet
an okay play, the Mona Lisa a pretty nice painting, and the
Superbowl a modestly followed sporting event.
Truly, there is a deep and abiding appreciation–make that unbridled
joy–on the part of our Board members regarding Everychild’s commitment
to help us build more libraries and match disadvantaged students
with Wonder of Reading volunteers. Indeed, the dedicated mission
advanced by Everychild is without peer. Pairing a passionate concern
for the welfare of children with resolute actions, Everychild is
changing young lives in a direct way. We at the Wonder of Reading
are honored to be recognized by this exceptional group, to have
been chosen by Everychild as a significant healing force in Southern
Yes, acknowledgment by Everychild means much to us, confirmation
of a job well done. But more than a sure pat on the back for the
work we are carrying out, Everychild’s support is meaningful because
of the thousands if youngsters who will be transformed by the group’s
noble help. The enduring significance of Everychild’s recognition
is its ongoing contribution, a contribution that will enrich so
many lives for so many years to come.
The Wonder of Reading
Dear Members of the Everychild Foundation,
Thank you very much for the backpacks and the kindergarten readiness
materials included in each pack. The students really enjoyed the
gifts. They were so excited when they opened up their backpacks
and saw the crayons, pencil, pen, books and writing pad. They wanted
to open up and examine each gift individually. The students commented
that now they had new crayons that they could use to really do a
good job on their homework. They loved the child size scissors and
glue, not to mention the stylish black backpacks.
Everything they received was very necessary to continue the learning
process at home. Thank you for your consideration and donations.
Elizabeth Palazzo, Classroom Teacher, Union
Just a note to say how grateful I am for you and the amazing
miracle you have worked to accomplish in the last 8 months through
the Everychild Foundation. I am proud to work with you. Please let
me know how I can best help.
Reverend Patricia Farris
First United Methodist Church, Santa Monica
Congratulations on a wonderful launch of the first project of the
Everychild Foundation. The “foundation” has been publicly laid for
not only a new approach to philanthropy but also to a new structure
and way of connecting donors to the effects of their giving. It
is a winning combination. Thank you again for inviting me to witness
this “birthing.” I was deeply gratified to have been a small part
of helping it to happen.
Los Angeles Women’s Foundation
Because you have vision and the fortitude to make your dream a reality;
thousands of children will be served and hundreds will avoid needless
pain and suffering.
The Everychild Foundation’s Mobile Dental Clinic is health care;
but it is also going to allow children the opportunity to take advantage
of their educational opportunities. Thank you for sharing your vision
with our mission…together we are making a difference.
Your Friends at QueensCare