Summer Event Fundraising Report

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This summer we wanted to host several events that would not just raise money for our programs, but also help increase our agency name and mission recognition in the community. This summer we hosted a 5K & picnic, the Toast of the Town 3-part beverage tasting series, and several dine and donate events with local restaurants. At all of the events, we felt really good about the turnout we had. We’re very grateful to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped to make these events successful. We hope these summer events will turn into annual events and happen again in 2020!

The See the Abilities 5K Walk/Run was on July 20, 2019. We had about 40 participants, and raised just over $1600. It was a hot day, but lots of fun. Several of our clients were very excited to participate in this as well. We had a great turnout for the first year, considering there was also another 5K the same day in Bedford.

Toast of the Town at Oliver Winery, Upland Brewing Co., and Cardinal Spirits on June 30, July 27, August 24. Overall we sold 37 tickets to all 3 events, and had an average of about 13-15 attendees at each of the three events. We raised just over $1000 from the 3 events combined, and the guests really enjoyed the experience and indicated they would attend the events again in the future.

Our final event ending our summer event series will be our benefit concert at Mike’s Dance Barn in Nashville, IN on August 30th at 6:30 pm. When we did this once before during the Week of Chocolate earlier this year, we were able to raise just over $700.00 from the event, and hope to top that number this time.

We hosted restaurant dine and donate events over the summer: 1 at Applebees, 2 at Texas Roadhouse in Bloomington, 1 at Avers Pizza, 1 at Chipotle, and 1 at Texas Roadhouse in Columbus (planned for September 24). We hope to continue to offer these events throughout the year as an easy way to support LIFEDesigns while doing the activities you already enjoy. Through the dine and donate events we were able to raise over $250 so far, and we still have a few more left for this year! We’re so grateful to all of the restaurants that partner with us on these events. See our events page for more upcoming events.

Other fundraising programs we participate in are Kroger Rewards and Amazon Smile. So far in 2019, we’ve received $249.70 from Kroger Rewards program, and $52.95 from Amazon Smile program. Big thanks to everyone who shops at Kroger’s or Amazon Smile to support LIFEDesigns! To learn how you can support LIFEDesigns through these shopping programs, see our fundraising page.

Employee Wage Increase

LIFEDesigns increased wages by $3.00/hour effective in May.

We’re so excited to announce that through your support and careful planning, we were able to increase all employees’ wages by $3.00/hour this summer! This is really important to our clients, because we’ve been struggling to hire and keep good DSP’s (especially over the past 5 years). Since making this change, our current employees have been very happy (we’ve received lots of positive comments!), and we’ve been able to attract a lot of new employees. During the months of June and July we’ve hired around twice as many people as we’ve lost. We’ve also been steadily decreasing the number of hours we have to hire contract temporary direct support employees (which actually costs us about $5.00/hour). These are very positive signs as a direct result of the wage increase. We’re hoping over time to see that we’ll be able to be fully staffed and eventually be able to start accepting new clients again. This also means we’ll be able to serve our clients better by providing staff for all their available hours. This is also expected to help us keep our good employees for longer, and give us the opportunity to develop new employees into good and great employees.