Here are some of Cardz for Kidz! most impressive factors:
We’ve been mentioned on Twitter by global executives
Some of the most influential companies (e.g. Google) have participated
We’ve received cards from 3 different continents
We’ve produced over 15,000 cards!!
Pretty impressive, right?!?!
Thinking about it, you’d imagine this was sparked by some professionals who went to Indiana University for Masters in non-profit management OR a group of Pediatric Intensive Care Unit nurses with decades of experience working with potentially disheartened children.
Unfortunately or fortunately, neither of those are correct. Actually, it was started by a guy who was stressed about being too busy. During his “free time”, he was volunteering at the city’s largest pediatric hospital, one of the team leaders at a children’s church, AND planning a national conference for young adults across the country, for which he had to plan site-seeing, community service, and in-house activities. At one point, he thought, ‘I wish I could just pull all of my extracurricular activities together.’ Then, it hit him. Why not have these young adults work with the kids from the church to make cards for the kids at the hospital?!?! He did, and it was a hit with everyone. Next, he took it to his job. Then, he got his sister company involved. In May 2014, Cardz for Kidz! officially became a 501 (c)(3) certified non-profit.
Usually, when people are starting a non-profit or a small businesses, it’s planned out. They have an idea and either work independently or with a team to discover the next steps to accomplish their mission and become successful. This is the backbone to obtain notoriety, growth, and support from either investors or participants. That’s how it’s “supposed” to work. But, Cardz for Kidz! broke the rules!
Currently, Cardz for Kidz! has grown to impact children in 7 different countries. But, we’re not giving the founder and/or “staff” too much credit, because it’s the people who execute these events that are really ESSENTIAL. This is how Cardz for Kidz! operates: interested participants reach out via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or fill out the information section on www.cardzforkidz.org/contactus Then, those people set up a “card-making” event at their jobs, schools, or within community groups. They purchase the supplies, provide instructions on the content on the cards (i.e. what not to write on the cards), select the Top 10, then ship all the cards to the “staff” at Cardz for Kidz!. You see, they’re really doing all the heavy lifting! #ForeverThankful
Over the past 5 years, Cardz for Kidz! has organically grown with over 30 groups participating. Thanks to a team effort, this organization is now an official certified non-profit. However, to be 100% open and honest, none of this was planned during the first few events! But, this non-profit that was ACCIDENTALLY STARTED ON PURPOSE has made an impact on thousands and thousands of people. So, please consider making an “accident” soon, too!
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