Okay - entering new territory here! This is my first blog and this is my first blog entry.
I thought I should start my blogging journey with a brief explanation of why A Cause for Crafting was created. My son-in-law, Shah, who has worked with nonprofits and is pursuing a masters degree in nonprofit management and I started discussing the idea for A Cause for Crafting when I found myself sewing more items than I could actually use or give as gifts. I also have been involved with volunteer activities and knew what most organizations need is funding. We realized what applied to me might also apply to others and we began thinking about ways to develop an outlet to combine this excess creativity with a way to help the community.
We knew we wanted to create an organization that would function as an efficient nonprofit in order to maximize the funds that are earned for the charities. Transparency is important to us. That is why we post the dollar amount that will be contributed for each item and indicate the charity to which these funds are being sent. We wanted to create a broad reach for both craft persons that went beyond traditional vehicles such as craft sales and person to person sales. The sales transactions should be simple. We felt the craft person, who is donating the item they have made to a cause they care about should find this a stress free process. A picture and a bit of information about the craft, the charity, and mailing requirements should be all the craft person needs to provide. In the process of providing a vehicle for craft persons to donate and sell their creations for charity we wanted to provide a platform for the many charities and volunteers involved with those charities to let others know about the good work that they are doing. When Shah and I looked around we did not find any other groups that were doing exactly what we wanted to do.
From a very personal perspective, why was I sewing a multitude of baby clutch balls from brightly colored scraps of material? Loosing yourself in the creative process can be a comfort in the face of adversity. I know others who have felt the same. It sounds cliche, but good people working together, are what makes the world a better place. And then again, making stuff, and actually selling it, can be a lot of fun!
Co-founder of A Cause for Crafting.