Well it's a New Year and next week we start getting back into the swing of things with weddings, shoots and lots of fun on this here blog. But before we do, we're so excited to announce the grand totals for our Give & Get Program.
If you haven't been a faithful blog-stalker for the last month or so, here's a quick recap. In early December we launched something we called the Give & Get program. We started it to raise money for eduKenya, an amazing organization that we had the honor of shooting for last year. Not only were we trying to get donations, but eduKenya had donors in place that were prepared to match them. Plus we (Hoffer Photography) gave out a gift to each donor depending on the donation amount.
First off, we need to offer a HUGE thanks to everyone who donated and helped spread the word. It was a definite learning experience for us to see what non-profits go through on a weekly basis. Even with an amazing dollar-for-dollar match in place and a gift in return, it's just straight up hard to ask people for money. And it's hard to get it. It really gives us a new appreciation for all the incredible causes out there that get underfunded despite their hard work. But, we were extremely lucky to have so many people that were so generous in giving their time, effort and money in making this a success.
All the t-shirts, books and canvases have now been shipped out... The total donations were over $12,000 and after the dollar-for-dollar match, you all were responsible for raising...
Wow, wow, wow! It's so amazing to know that so many people that we care about were so willing to invest in something we care so much about. I hope that everyone has a sense for just how much this support will do for these children, for their education, their future and the ability for eduKenya to make the school self-sustainable so that they can move on and find more lives to touch.
Before we go, I owe a special thank you to a group of people that has meant so much to us. While we were very lucky to have many clients, friends, family members and strangers donate, it became clear to us just how amazing one particular group has been... our fellow photographers. In particular the photographers and teachers that we had the pleasure of getting to know the past few years through our Genesis workshop. You guys were so amazing and supportive in this and collectively were by far the biggest donors we had. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who helped change lives!