With the loss of our car and the impending hearing for Knute's disability, our financial situation is about as bad as we can handle without a drastic change. Supporting a charity really isn't an option like it was a year ago. So the charity has to support itself. I know it can be done, I don't know how, and learning is not optional.
We need to set up a kickstarter or indiegogo or some such crowd-funding proposal. Any of you who've seen photos I've taken know that I'm a pretty good cook. (My favorite new line -- as a just-about-anything-else, I'm a pretty good cook.) Katie has great photography instinct and can also shoot video. Video is, apparently, a requirement for these funding proposals, and I'm learning that websites with video perform better as well. OK, so we're on to video.
We have to start applying for grants and support from other organizations. Sometimes I have confidence and the strength of my cause and the courage to engage people far more successful than I am. Other times, I'm too intimidated to pick up the phone. This feeling is so much like when the kids were little. They would push and test and get away with a lot, until I reached the end of my rope. Then I would have to show that I was vulnerable. I would have to ask them to behave, simply because I couldn't take it anymore. And they did. I was blessed with kids who both care enough about me to rein it in when they saw that I was hurting or struggling.
I know there will be people out there who are sympathetic to our cause. I just don't know if they'll believe that I can do anything about it without my own financial backing. Can I be both strong enough and vulnerable enough to bring out their best? This is the big stretch for me, the growth opportunity that isn't optional. And I can't expect strangers with other choices to be as supportive as my kids.
Wouldn't it be awesome if someone like Donald Trump put his money into eliminating food waste and hunger in America, instead of making a public fool of himself? Hmm, don't know if I would be able to bend my political stance enough to accept, though. I'll start with crowd funding.
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