Update from FOF

January 2012: Happy New Year!

2012 is a year many people associate with the end of the Mayan calendar. For us, we are looking forward to it as a year to increasingly make a difference in the lives of Guatemalan deafblind and multiply disabled children -- most of whom are at least part Mayan! January 2012 also ushers in our first full calendar year as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

November 2011 brought us three changes: First, during our annual meeting, Kimberly Harrell who works with deafblind people in NC and longtime FOF volunteer Nancy Laitinen were both unanimously voted in as new board members. Their very different backgrounds will help Friends of FUNDAL achieve its goals. Ashley Benton stepped down at the end of her term. She was one of our founding members and offered many creative approaches and valuable perspectives. We will miss her, but appreciate her willingness to continue to consult with FOF as needed. Ashley is deafblind and has a wonderful young son -- we wish her well in her involvement with the North Carolina group for deaf parents and their children.

Second, FOF applied for and received a generous $1000 grant from the Christian Social Ministries (CSM) of St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Raleigh, NC. Friends of FUNDAL is a secular organization, but has had a lot of support from the people of St. Mark's, including meeting space when FOF was forming, volunteers, some board members, and, most recently, donations through the 2011 Christmas Alternative Gifting. The CSM grant propelled us forward into the third exciting change in November.

Third, Friends of FUNDAL completed its first formal grant cycle since receiving its 501(c)(3) status. FOF awarded $1145 to FUNDAL for specific construction needs. Read more about the grant to FUNDAL.

As a 501(c)(3) organization, we strive to follow best practices when awarding grants to other organizations and programs, including having a formal application process with follow up on how funds were used. All donations to FOF go to the FOF general fund. As always, Friends of FUNDAL does not pay its board of directors and has no paid staff.

Join us in making 2012 an exciting year for helping deafblind and multiply disabled children and youth in Guatemala!

Grace Bullen, FOF Chair


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