01 Jul
  • By Theresa DeSouza
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Fundraising Year Ahead

The Board of the UPAVIM Community Development Foundation (UCDF) came together for its annual meeting on May 21st and 22nd. Our dedicated board members lived in 8 different states and 3 different countries at the time of our meeting. We have increased that with the happy addition of new members since the meeting. You can read about our board here.

The main function of UCDF is to raise money for programs that are not funded through the sale of Crafts or our other income generating projects, UPAVIM Bakery and UPA – Soya. This year our projected fundraising needs are as follows:

Annex Construction – While the Annex Building is almost complete, another $10,000 is needed to finish the 4th floor of the building so the students and teachers can move in. In addition to the final structural needs, an additional $1500 is necessary for bars on the windows as a safety precaution. UPAVIM is also building a safe playground on the roof for the children to stay off the dangerous streets. It will need $12,000. Aside from a fence around the playground it will have a net over the top so balls and toys do not leave the roof.

Education – $10,000-$20,000 for staff salaries, materials, training, and repair of structure and equipment.

English Program – $15,000 for volunteer stipends, materials, equipment, and staff salaries.

Crafts – $5000 for a product designer.

Library Equipment – $5000 to fund the expansion of the library, including shelving and other furniture.

Computer Lab – $5000 for this new addition on the 4th floor.

Scholarship and Tutoring Program – $20,000. Currently we have $6500 and are kicking off our fundraising campaign with this letter to you! We would love to continue sending children in La Esperanza to school and to make tutoring available at UPAVIM.

Our grants committee is searching for grants for the library equipment, computer lab, playground and craft designer. If any of you know of places where we can apply for grants or would like to fund any of these, please let us know.

We are also interested in finding a business professional, retired or otherwise, that could provide financial advice to the soy and bakery projects to help make them profitable. Of course our dream ALWAYS is to make UPAVIM self-sustainable.

If you would like to contribute to any of our fundraising needs, visit our donation page. Thank you!