Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Board Meeting – Hands in Nepal Nov. 27, 2010
- what went well? what did you like about the evening?
- what could be improved upon? any new ideas?
- • $5,012, money from fundraiser… now total over $11,600!!
- • Latest Nepali scarfs, all the rage! They will go like hot cakes! Price of the scarves will go up in price.
- • Food was set up very nicely, two tables in the middle of the room, more people could reach it at one time. – Danny likes that idea versus a
- • WINE! Get wine donation again for next time.
- • Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle : More raffle items for next fundraiser, maybe prizes! (Jan)Bought a ticket to get in was also part of a raffle, different than a raffle.
- • MUSIC – having a headliner was great, a great act. Keep your ears open for another band interested in playing.
- • (Jan’s idea) Chapel in Morro Bay behind bookstore around New Years fundraiser, “Hands Unplugged”
- • GUEST BOOK! We need to get people’s e-mails, for newsletter (Jan and Don have addresses from checks)
- o E-newsletter,
- • Have greeters at the door, here is the silent auction, here is the store, - describe to them the different areas
- - maybe wearing certain outfits to identify those that can be targeted as volunteers.
- • Concern: are we tapping into the same people, how often can you ask for money??
- o Additional ideas: tapping into a new source of people, spread the word
- o Utilize the bookstore: selling items that you produce and the name, contact cards, etc. thus access to a larger group of people
- o Presentations: Jan has been working on presentations around the community (has someone interested in supporting two children)
- Americas Association for Women(sp?) – Presentation in February, specifically interested in women and girls issues.
- o Go to various organizations looking for speakers to present different non-profits and ideas. Different organizations, build relationships with them. Then being able to utilize their source of people.
- • Good idea to keep the money separate, did that! – Store brought in the majority of the money, tickets were about $1,000
- • How few people read posters, how can it be spread by word of mouth. Maybe let’s not waste energy in posters, new times, and newspapers.
- o Talk to new times, three weeks before, link the new times to the fundraiser as an advertisement. Show the success that is being shown.
- o Maybe focus on toilet facilities, amazing to people when it is discussed with people who don’t know, then take that angle
- o Free Speech Areas at Cal Poly.
- o Greg idea: a postcard about the event, an eye-catching photo with a little blurb about the event.
- • Different shops around town for selling merchandise, put out the books on Hands in Nepal (they have contact information at the end of the book). Book signing, meet Danny; maybe making the book smaller where there isn’t a loss.
- o A part of the curriculum in school, classrooms can integrate the book into the curriculum. Teachers would consider this as a project or gift for a class and would bring the word out.
- o Ex. Monterey classroom, had fundraiser and made $600 for HANDS
- o Pennies for Peace, gets the name out there and then the kids are working to help fellow kids.
- o Don: having younger people speak about HANDS, being young shows a different perspective and impresses upon other peoples.
- ♣ seeing the hands on experience, seeing the school, knowing the people and the area.
- • Book keeping: maybe too big for our britches, Toby in SLO. Nonprofit budgeting, quarterly meeting will cost $600-$900 to keep the books clean, a good clean record.
- o Heidi: will help file taxes, CPA needs to file it. (New Treasurer?)
- o Need to set up a formal set of accounts, will have the information you need. A formal set of books.
- o Filing the taxes need to be updated with the status.
- • Grant-writing: Danny will be working on grants next semester.
- • Joe Karsner: meeting with Danny during graduation.
- • Conference on World Affairs at CU: April 4-8, 2010
- • Talk to Durga with about the children at BCH. Tahira(sp?) can translate with Durga. $1500 a year to sponsor children, seemed a bit high.
- • Need to make clear, the accountability of what the money is being spent on and how to monitor the money being spent.
- • Get pictures of children in school.
- • Durga says this is her first time, new kids. Next kids, get photograph and story from them. Jan and Heidi will get stories and visit all the places.
- • 4 scholarships. Need to get the details down. Still leaves money for another school.
4. Applications and Next School Location
- • Applications – getting more information from different areas who want to get scholarships. Do the work to get the budget. As if they are applying for grant. Find out that they need to get an application. Get an outline, budget for materials, transportation, people (work), etc. all inclusive on the form.
- o Maybe inclusive in application, how can the community maintain the sustainability.
- • Village closer to the city: about an hour away from the city, the feeling Danny got was that they were savvy to NGOs, felt less intimate with the people, different feeling. Not ruled out, still need a school.
- • Danny would prefer to go to the more remote villages. There are hundreds of villages that are cut off, with high illiteracy rates.
- • How do others feel about the other village? Possibly put it up for application. Start spreading word to encourage people to apply as if for a grant.
- • Make clear that the application isn’t a promise.
- • It’s important to see these places.
5. Debbie Young's visit to Nepal in Spring
- • Debbie Young wants to have teacher training programs. Wants to go to the government, getting Naropa’s name registered with different Ministries.
- • Getting the Naropa students on delegations and then getting the Cal Poly students as well.
- • Have a dialogue with the women of the village, starting to talk with the issues that come along with women.
6. Hearts in Nepal – Jan
- • Mission statement: add at-risk to description of girls, why they would live there.
- • Safe house: girls of teenage years could live in a place in Kathmandu, trundle sewing machines. Something made of yak hair, girls can stitch and sew and go to school. Kelsang may need to guard them, from prostitution. (Making something and then creating a sustainable business)
- • How do we keep schools sustainable? Maybe one more school, we can still do a lot with the school we just did, it is a good example of doing good. Let’s focus on energy on keeping this school and program sustainable.
7. Next Board Meeting
- • Board members input:
- o Stay in remote areas, the scholarships snagged me in, support education will support the community.
- o Move slowly, gradually. Make sure what you’ve done is successful and sustained. Need to have a program that provides a foundation that works. Take a project and make a difference and learn from it.
- o Darka school will have new bathrooms soon.
- o Interested in planning a winter fundraiser?
- o Media: take the time to make a movie about HANDS, show and present the idea through video format. Show success is critical.
- • Next board Meeting:
- o When? End of January or Beginning of February when Tahira comes back from Nepal.
- o What? Talk about Tahira’s trip, update from Danny on new connections, accounting update, media update, etc.