Tedi and her Husband Chase have been very successful at raising funds for IVF treatments through fundraising and cutting expenses and are now helping others. We hope you will enjoy their story….
Why We started a Nonprofit
Chase and I run a nonprofit called Hope for Fertility Foundation. Here’s the how and why we started our nonprofit:
Chase and I had been going through infertility for 6 years when we created The Hope for Fertility Foundation. Leading up to the creation of the foundation. Friends and family would ask how they could help us, knowing of our struggle. Yes, coming over and cleaning my house, or bringing us dinner is nice. But it’s not what we needed, and I’m sure there are many that feel the same. We needed help paying for our fertility treatments. Really just the cash to pay for in vitro fertilization (IVF). We decided to start a Go Fund Me page. There, people could give a small or large donation to help us offset the cost of our upcoming IVF cycle. In our efforts to raise funds, we got a LOT of negative feedback, people (a lot of who we didn’t even know) saying how Chase and I were just asking for a handout, and that it was our “choice” to have children.
Successful Fundraising ideas
After that push back, we decided to have a big yard sale fundraiser with a bake sale, yard sale, character meet-n-greets, food trucks, and possibly a silent auction. We created a little committee and went to work asking for donations for the yard sale. In this process we realized that businesses wouldn’t donate to us directly for our silent auction, but they would to a nonprofit. That’s when we created The Hope for Fertility Foundation. During our creation as well as doing our big fundraiser, Chase and I were saving up any and all cash that we could, to cover the cost of our upcoming IVF cycle on our own. We created the foundation with just myself, my husband and one of our dear friends. We were able to get the necessary permits, and all the donations that we could to help make the fundraiser a success. At the end of the fundraiser we were able to raise just over $4,000.
Saving For IVF
By July of 2016, Chase and I saved up roughly $14,000 in 4.5 months by ourselves. (To read how click here.) We were blessed by God, and felt that this was His way directing us to help others in need. In our hearts we want to be able to help everyone. We obviously can’t help others without sharing our Foundations story first, and getting the necessary donations to be able to spread hope. Since July, our board of directors has created a grant application, and are in the process of deciding who to give the grant to, which is a lot harder than you may think.
Our mission is to spread infertility awareness, hope and encouragement. We do a lot of that through our various social media channels. My personal favorite is Wednesday’s, “Warrior of the Week.” On Wednesday we spotlight a couple who is either in the midst of battling infertility or a couple who has been successful. Each week it is inspiring and gives so much hope as each journey is unique and different. We are always looking for those to share their journey, as it gives a glimmer of hope that we are not alone, enduring the pain that infertility brings.
Since we are only a year old, we are still getting our feet wet and trying to find what works for us. As we do this we have been invited to several fertility conferences. This past October our Foundation was invited to an infertility conference located here in Utah and this upcoming April we will be attending the American Fertility Expo that will be held in Pasadena, CA. We are so excited to be able to meet more couples struggling with infertility.
To learn more about The Hope for Fertility Foundation:
Check out the website, www.hopeforfertility.org.