This week is the kick off to the 2014 iHope fundraising campaign.
The mission of the iHope Foundation is to provide low-income students in our community who display outstanding character and work traits with technology (such as an iPad) and scholarship money for post-secondary education that will aid in academic achievement and success.
As part of helping the foundation grow I rely on support from businesses to sponsor me by making a contribution to iHope in lieu of supporting me personally. Like last year I will recognize businesses that contribute in various ways. In 2013 I had 10 businesses that sponsored me by making iHope contributions. My goal is to increase that number to 15 or more this year. It will be challenging. I have begun dropping off letters telling about the iHope Foundation and including a sponsorship level proposal. The picture below can be enlarged if you click on it. For various levels of iHope support I will post business links and logos on the website, make sticker logos to go on my race helmet or disc wheel, add a business logo to my race jersey, or even do 12 weeks of personalized coaching towards a fitness goal.
The iHope Foundation was created just over 1 year ago and I have been absolutely blown away but the support it has received. We originally did not have the scholarship component but with the support from year 1 we were able to add this component so every student that receives an iPad will also receive a scholarship of $1,000.00 for post-secondary education provided they meet various academic, citizenship, and attendance standards through high school. It really ties the mission together by no only building confidence and helping them with school by providing an iPad but also making college a real option and giving them something to think about they may have previously not had. To date we have awarded 4 students with iPads and scholarships and we met last week to discuss awarding 1 or possibly even 2 more yet this year. The students must be nominated by teachers, before having the foundation board assess the need, character, and work habits. Once the list is narrowed down teachers submit recommendations and students are selected from those.
If you know of a business that you think would consider sponsoring me for the 2014 race season by contributing to the iHope Foundation please e-mail me and I will get them the necessary information. Any amounts make a huge difference to a small foundation such as iHope. All contributions are tax deductible and contributions made towards the scholarship component also qualify for the 25% Endow Iowa tax credit which is pretty awesome because the contributor will make a big difference to iHope and will get 25% of the contribution back as a tax credit in addition to the federal deduction. For me last year that meant about 1/2 of what I contributed came back at tax time.
We also rely heavily on individual contributions to make this happen. If you would like to contribute to the iPad portion of the iHope Foundation you can click here. If you would like to make a contribution to the scholarship portion (Iowa donors earn the 25% credit on this part) click here. Thanks for making a difference...if you don't believe me check out the note one of the iHope recipients left for us below (click to enlarge). HUGE thanks to Dan Westbay, Robert White, and Jason Rangel for recent contributions!!
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