Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Many Hands and Many Hearts

A few posts back, I said I had some exciting news to share.  Well, I am finally ready to reveal it.

When I started making these compassion quilts, I never dreamed it would grow as quickly as it has.  I was expecting to make about a half dozen quilts every few months. But we are now averaging about 40 quilts a month!

So I have decided to go ahead and become official and turn this into a not-for profit organization.  It is going to take some time and will be so much work. But I am ready with the help of others to do this.  

The hardest first step was coming up with a name.

I am going with.....Many Hands and Many Hearts
(I already bought the domain, but it is not published yet.)

I didn't want a post with no photos, so I thought sharing this quilt with you was perfect. I raided a friend's scraps and found a whole bunch of batik squares already cut to 6".  
Very quickly, a quilt top was made.

So back to Many Hands and Many Hearts.  I finally realized that we had reached a point where it really made sense to become official.  Even though you have been so generous with your block making and fabric donations, there still are a lot of costs associated with making this many quilts a month.  So having a team (board) to help me fundraise is becoming really necessary.  Financially, I cannot sustain this all by myself much longer.  Plus, I fully expect things to continue to grow. 

Soon I hope to have the website up and some labels printed with the logo for the quilts.  I just need to find someone to help me with all that.  I know it is all fairly simple but my days are pretty busy doing lots of other stuff!

I wanted to share this quilt today because Laura quilted in these pretty hearts.
This quilt measures 48" x 63".

Achieving all this will probably take about 6 to 9 months.  So I am really hoping to have everything done by the end of the year.  But once we have 501(c)(3) status, I will be able to do things like apply for the Give Back Box (which will save many of you a lot of money in freight). I can also use that status to get discounts on supplies and other items.

I did start up a GoFundMe to start fundraising for the attorney and governmental fees for accomplishing all of this.  I expect there will also be fees for organizing the website and such.

I will continue to keep all of you up to date on the progress.  All of you really built this by donating your hands and your hearts to make it what is today.  I really do appreciate all of you!

If you want to read more about this, you can check out the Many Hands and Many Hearts page.  There you will find links to all of the past block drives along with the current one.  There are also other ways you can help out.

Oh, and I did set up a new Instagram account where I will be sharing more information and quilt photos.
You will find it at https://www.instagram.com/manyhandsandmanyhearts/.

Hope you are having a fantastic week!

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Kate said...

Good luck with your new adventure. You do so much for so many, hopefully this will help you reach even more.

Chantal said...

Congratulations! I wish you every success in your new venture. Bravo! ;^)

Yvonne from Quilting Jetgirl said...

This is very exciting news indeed. Clearly what you are doing has hit a nerve and it has been delightful watching it grow.

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

You are amazing and your non-profit is going to do a lot of good for people who need comfort! So glad we can all be a part of it. Good luck with the fundraising end of it, too!

MissPat said...

Becoming a 501(c)3 is indeed daunting these days, so kudos to you for making the effort. Myabe there's a lawyer among your many followers who will volunteer to help steer you through the process. Meanwhile, we'll all keep making blocks and keeping you busy on the production side.

thatfabricfeeling.wordpress.com said...

This is such wonderful news. I am thrilled to see that you've become bigger than you ever imagined. What a wonderful problem to have. I am sure you will thrive even more once you are in the official nonprofit category. I sent you some stuff that hopefully will get to you tomorrow or not much later.

Linda Swanekamp said...

It is exciting news- and more work for you! The fruits of your labor will warm many a person who needs quilted comfort.

Mystic Quilter said...

A new venture is always exciting - congratulations on taking this step!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Good luck, and congrats - that is a lot of love you are spreading!

Nann said...

I totally missed this post. Wonderful news! I'm in with support.

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