Why I Donate: Laura Burns

Our monthly donors are our biggest asset: they provide us with a steady monthly income to cover our small overhead costs (mostly transfer fees and monthly banking fees), and help us save up for the next scholarship distribution.  Read below to see why one of our monthly donors, Laura Burns, thinks investing in Haiti Scholarships with a monthly donation is a worthwhile cause!

I donate each month to Haiti Scholarships because I truly believe my money is going to support a worthy cause.  Not only do I know most of the board members, but I also personally know several of the students who are benefitting from this program.  When I volunteered in Haiti years ago, I was touched deeply by how wonderful the Haitian people are, and how strong they were in the face of such horrible tragedy and poverty.  Haiti Scholarships allows dedicated, hard-working young people from Haiti to pursue their dreams, and operates with very low overhead costs, so you know your money is going directly to help those in need.  And the monthly donor feature makes it easy for me to donate and track my donations each year, and helps provide Haiti Scholarships with a steady source of donations each month.  I am so grateful that I can contribute to such a great cause!

Click here to read why other donor’s choose to give to Haiti Scholarships, and click here to sign up to be a monthly donor today!

Apparent Project Ornament Fundraiser

2015 Ornament Collage

For the next month or so, we are partnering up with Apparent Project to raise money for them AND for us.  You might remember we did this last year, and it was so much fun spreading these wonderful little pieces of art, that Alex decided to do it again.  This year there are NINE options instead of 7, so even if you bought some last year, you can still add some new ones to your collection! The cost is $8 per ornament, $4 of which goes straight to Haiti Scholarships 2016-2017 scholarship fund, the other $4 goes back to Apparent Project to fund their causes-which are many and very awesome.

To order your ornaments, fill out this Google Form below, or click here to open the Google Form in another window:

If you have any questions, please email us at contact@haitischolarships.org or email Alex at alexandra.m.armstrong@gmail.com.

Mother’s Day: the gift that gives!

Yeye and her mom <3

This Mother’s Day, give a gift that gives back and gives twice: just click on our “donate” button on the right and a mom in Haiti receives the gift of education for her son/daughter, and YOUR mom gets a handmade card from Haiti-it’s a win-win!

Johny Joseph with his beautiful mother

Our students in Haiti worked really hard to make some great mother’s day cards for YOUR mom–donate any amount TODAY and get your hand made card to give to your mom on Mother’s Day.

 

Alex Fleurome and his mom

Follow us on Instagram (haitischolarships) or on Facebook to see more pictures of our students with their beautiful mother’s!

#haitimoms #giveback#giftsthatgive

Decorate your tree and support Haiti Scholarships at the same time!

Check out this fundraiser that our board member, Alexandra, is doing during the month of November. She is selling hand crafted ornaments that are made in Haiti and help support Haitians. Half of the proceeds go back to the organization (and supporting their wonderful day care center for their employee’s children), and the other half goes to Haiti Scholarships to help provide scholarships for our students. Click the link above to find out how to place your order and support two great causes at the same time!

Abby’s Birthday Fundraising Challenge

It’s time for another milestone birthday fundraiser!  One of dear board members, Abby Oliva, is using her 30th birthday for a wonderful cause: raising money to provide scholarships for our students.  The challenge is one you might remember from last year: get thirty people to make a donation to Haiti Scholarships.  The amount of money does not matter, what does matter is getting thirty different people to donate to Haiti Scholarships (and therefore aware of who we are and what we do!).  Donate if you can, and if you aren’t able to, please help by sharing with your friends, family, and social network!

Abby’s birthday deadline is July 9th, and although there’s plenty of time and she’s already 13% of the way there, the more help the better 🙂

Thank you Abby for lending your birthday to our cause!

New Ways to Contribute to Haiti Scholarships!

We know that money is always tight, so we have found a few new ways for you to contribute to Haiti Scholarships, and our hard-working students!

  1. First off, we’ve add a monthly donation option for $10.00 a month.  It’s more affordable than our previous lowest option of $25.00, and will still contribute immensely towards our scholarships.  You can sign up through our drop down menu on any one of our pages.
  2. Love shopping on Amazon.com?  Amazon has started a new program called Amazon Smile, in which they donate a percentage of your purchase to a non-profit of your choice.  Haiti Scholarships is all signed up with the program, so you can start helping Haiti Scholarships with your purchases today!  In order for Haiti Scholarships to benefit from your purchase, you have to shop through smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon.com, then select Haiti Scholarships as your preferred charity.  After that, shop as you normally would!  There are no additional fees involved for you, Amazon simply gives a portion of what you would normally pay.  The only downside is that this is not available on their mobile apps yet, so you have to shop on your computer!
  3. Love shopping online at other stores?  Shop with iGive.com!  This one is a little more complex since you have to set up an online account, BUT, you can shop with hundreds of your favorite retailers and help Haiti Scholarships while you are at it!

So there you go!  Thank you again and again to those of you who have contributed before and who continue to donate to Haiti Scholarships.  Our students are working to hard for a better Haiti, and they wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

 

The Importance of our Monthly Donors

One of the biggest challenges for any non profit is fundraising.  I’m sure this comes as no surprise to many of you.  The greater challenge for an organization that was born out of a natural disaster, is how to keep potential donors interested years after this disaster has taken place.  Although Haiti Scholarships is the direct result of many of the founding members going to Haiti to help in the disaster response after the earthquake of 2010, the purpose and mission of Haiti Scholarships extends beyond this one disaster, and focuses instead on another disaster that has existed in Haiti long before the earthquake: the lack of access to education for millions of Haitians.  This is a disaster that has not gone away.

Our impact may still be small, as our recipients are still between 15-30 students a semester, but we know that for those 15-30 students, the financial help we are able to give them through your donations is life changing.  And that’s why we are still here.

Many times on Facebook or other social media we run fundraising campaigns asking for a minimal donation, but I wanted to take a couple minutes and tell you about the impact you can have if you sign up for a monthly donation.  Through our website you can sign up for a monthly donation of $25, $30, or $40.  That comes out to $300, $360, and $480 a year, respectively.  So far, we have five monthly donors signed up, and their monthly donations add up to $1620 a year.  This means that we are able to provide over 6 partial scholarships to students in Haiti.  They quite literally keep us in the business of helping our students in Haiti.

Think of the impact that you can have by signing up to be a monthly donor.  Although $300 or $360 is a big commitment when taken in the large sum, when you break it down per month, just think of the impact that your $25 can have on a student’s life versus eating out one night less a month, or skipping that movie (we all know you can’t go see a movie without dropping at least $20!).

If you still feel that a one-time donation is your best bet, by all means!  Your help, in any amount, at any time, is always appreciated, and always put to good use!  You might also consider donating to our president, Jim Mahar’s, special fundraising campaign for both Haiti Scholarships and for solar panels to be used at a local school.

Thank you again to all of our donors, both monthly and non-monthly: your generosity helps students like Lamarre and Jean Kendy to achieve their educational goals.

THANK YOU.

Birthday Challenge Fundraiser!

During her birthday month of February, our co-founder and Vice-President, Alexandra Armstrong, is using a milestone birthday to raise funds for Haiti Scholarships.

Here’s the challenge: in honor of her 30th birthday, she is trying to get 30 people to donate to Haiti Scholarships within the month of February. The donations can be of any denomination–they just have to be from 30 different people.

You can read a little more about it on her blog here.

So far she’s gotten four donors, and raised $100 for Haiti Scholarships: not a bad start!  Feel free to check back to see her progress.

Make sure you help her reach her goal by donating to Haiti Scholarships!

 

Valentine’s!

Remember how cool it was in elementary school to give and get Valentine’s?  You’d beg your mom to buy you the coolest ones, the ones that had stickers and the whole nine yards.  And you’d look forward to whatever DIY craft your teacher came up with that year for your valentine “mailbox.”  The only one I clearly remember making was a huge heart pocket, made out of red construction paper, with pink yarn used to close up the sides.

Well, who says big kids can’t have fun still?  Here at Haiti Scholarships, we’re allowing you to re-live the glory days, while also helping our students register for classes.  In exchange for a minimum $20 donation, we’ll send you 5 handmade valentines, which you can share with your closest friends.  Imagine the joy of: 1) your adult friend getting a valentine in the mail, just like the old days; and 2) students in Haiti knowing they’ll be able to enroll or stay in school.  Talk about a win-win!

So, what kind of valentines are we talking here?  Nothing fancy, but they’re made by yours truly, with LOL (according to my mom, this means “lots of love”).

Just click on the “Donate” button to the right, and donate at least $20.00.  Then send an email to haitischolarships@gmail.com with your mailing address.  A few disclaimers: orders will be taken up to and including February 10, 2012; colors and patterns may vary; free shipping within the US only (sorry!).

A huge thank you to Jeff Armstrong for donating his photography skills 🙂

-Alex

 

 

Haiti Back to School Days!

Will you help us put over 20 aspiring students in classes this Fall?

The school year is right around the corner, and we really need your help in order to get all of our applicants in classrooms.

In the month of August, gather your friends and/or family for a beach BBQ, a game night, or any other gathering, and ask them each to pitch in between $15-$20 to help support an aspiring student in Haiti.  As the saying goes, “Many hands make the load lighter.”  The more people you can get involved, the less each need to pitch in to reach $300 (the average cost of one full year of tuition and registration).

Want to know who you, your friends and family will be supporting?  Check out a small background on each of our applicants: 2011 Fall Applicants

So how can you help?

1) Talk to your friends and family about Haiti Scholarships

2) Let them know who they’ll be helping

3) Pick a date for your event, and invite your friends and family

4) Let others know what you’re doing: email us at haitischolarships@gmail.com, and post some details about your event on facebook: maybe you’ll inspire others to do the same!

5) On the day of event, you can either have friends and family make a check out to Haiti Scholarships, or collect money and write one check to send to Haiti Scholarships.

6) Enjoy spending time with friend and family!