info 01.13.15

Raising Funds
Every Person in New York

What we like so much about The Guatemala Stove Project is how elemental its mission is. The problem: air pollution from indoor cooking fires is highly toxic. So this nonprofit was started by carpenter Tom Clarke in 1999 to clear the air for families in the Mayan villages of Guatemala's Western Highlands (who had previously been using unvented cooking fires) by building vented stoves in the home.

So far, they've built over 5000 stoves (each one is $190), which reduce respiratory and other illnesses, and which use 50% less firewood. That's a financial boon for the family and one for the environment as well since deforestation is a major problem in Guatamela.

Ninety-three cents of each dollar donated goes straight to the stove-building. Donate here.

There's a day-and-a-half workshop, February 12-13 at the Lighthouse International Conference Center, 111 E. 59th [Park/Lex] called Fundraising from the Heart.

It's created and run by global activist Lynne Twist, author of The Soul of Money: Reclaiming the Wealth of Our Inner Resources and founder of The Soul of Money Institute, co-founder of Pachamama Alliance and chief fundraiser for The Hunger Project for many years.

The workshop is geared to people who fundraise (particularly for nonprofits) and Ms. Twist shifts the paradigm of fundraising as necessary evil to one that makes the organization's mission possible, and thus should be experienced as a positive, even celebratory process.

It's $475 for the workshop ($375 each for groups of three or more) and you can get details here.

Jason Polan started Every Person in New York in March of 2008. He plans on working on the project until it is finished. Look for Every Person in New York on Tuesdays in MUG and daily at Jason's site.

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