Q9. How do I make a donation and how will it be used?
A9. It costs us money to do this outreach. We will keep running it slowly out of our pockets but we’re hoping friends of the project will speed it up by contributing. We have current operations, and we have some dreams! The beauty of it is, none of it costs very much. We just can't do it alone.
Here are the current expenses we incur:
1. The website hosting.
2. Gas to go find new patrons and pick up coupons, etc.
3. Snacks if we have to wait a long time while the owner is simultaneously working. Otherwise we appear to be waiting to pounce on them and taking up their seats. People don't get that we're giving things to them not trying to get something- not at first.
4. When we table we spend money on jelly beans, chips and balloons – bright things to bring people over to the table, also, we give out ten dollars worth of flyers easily. One tabling event costs $20. We paid for 5 in October.
5. Any window clings we put up cost five dollars a piece.
6. Every single thing we print ourselves and hand out adds up fast.
Not only would we do what we've been doing above, but with your donation we could do more! Like:
1. Soup up the tables! They work so well- we need to do them as often as possible! We would continue doing the table events- but bigger ones too. In those cases we would pay for the table which would free us to sell tee-shirts and bumper stickers. We can't do that if we've been granted a community service table at no cost. We need to do both. The cost of the tee-shirts is only up front because once they sell at or slightly above cost, it will pay for the next batch- we just need the initial capital.
2. Start the non-GMO workplace challenge. We'd send out a mailer saying what the challenge is and the cost to the business. We'll create something special in a workplace out there where a small group of employees are trying to learn and eat non-GMO together- taking the challenge. Who knows how many companies might want to take the challenge? There are whole companies out there that are already savvy to the benefits of non-GMO food. The employees will see to it that their own break room snack machines have options- and they'll work together so that there are things they can have at the company potlucks. If one of them calls us with a question, they might all learn the answer. If one of them has a health benefit like loss of allergies, they’ll all find out about it- maybe the whole company will. And when they go buy groceries locally, they’ll get their stores to carry non-GMO food because it only takes a few shoppers who want a product to make that change in smaller stores. This could very well be the future of the project- working with small communities so we can support them and the members support each other. We will always still help individuals for free.
3. We’ll take out an ad, and if we don’t have one by then already, we'll get that dedicated phone line so we can publish the number on our literature. This will make it easier for people to get help shopping or ask us questions. Currently, they have to make a little more effort than if they felt like calling us on a whim because they saw one of our flyers. We want those whims! Some of our best ideas began with a whim. :)
Whatever we do, when we have some successes we'll always report them- whether on the website in the updates or success blogs, or on Facebook. Thank you for helping us serve the non-GMO community.
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Your donation is unfortunately not tax-deductible because we set ourselves up in the simplest way- a home-based corporation. It is called "Positive Food, Inc." A 401-c-3 status requires we have a Board of Directors and its just the two of us. This is a non-profit outreach- your donation covers the expenses we listed on this page. Plus you can write us if you want to fund something in particular! Like...
A T-shirt mission!
Here is our original design for a t-shirt. The art is from our window clings we talk about on the home page, altered just a tad. We can't just go have one made or we'd start selling them at cost right now. Our options are to invest in a screen print device or to have them made several at a time. We can recoup the cost when we sell them- and make more. We'll just keep getting them out there. But we can't start without you. If you want to see these shirts worn by people that care, perhaps including yourself, being noticed and asked about by others- make a donation and email us that this is what you want to fund. We will set the funds aside until we have enough to launch the shirt campaign.