Reflection and Vision

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne!

The familiar lyrics to this song, long associated with bringing in the New Year, reminds us that 2014 has come to an end and 2015 is just begun. For me, this is a time to look back at the year that’s passed, and to look to the future.

2014 was an important year for JB Dondolo. So much has happened. First of all, while JB Dondolo was founded in 2013, it took until the third quarter of this year for us to get our 501c3 status. Because we are now officially a charitable organization, we’ve been able to register on Causes.com. So far, we’ve been able to raise $1,500 in cash donations and have been busy sending out grant inquiries and grant letters to help us achieve our vision.

That doesn’t happen easily. In fact, it’s taken a lot of time and effort to set up our campaigns online, to kick them off, create an e-Newsletter to communicate with our supporters, and to create a blog to educate people about JB Dondolo, Inc. as a charity and to spread our message. This has taken the effort of ten volunteers, and I am immensely thankful for their support.

In order for us to take care accomplish our first mission, we will need another $9,500 and many more volunteers to help us. Once we raise these funds through donations, we’ll begin with painting the walls, replacing windows, doors and the roof of the Igusi Hospital. Only then can we install a clean water system for the Hospital.

One way that we’re raising funds is through sales of our charity bracelets and t-shirts. When you purchase our bracelet, you show your support for our organization. Wearing our bracelet can also encourage conversation, and makes it possible for you to “Tell One – Save Lives” by telling one person about the meaning of the bracelet and asking them to buy one and tell a friend to do the same.

2014 has been a fabulous year for me personally as well. I’ve been featured on CNBC.com, Bloomberg Businessweek, Black Enterprise, Yahoo Finance and the Boston Globe. I hope that your 2014 has been everything you wanted it to be.

As we begin the New Year, I’d like to wish you a very Happy 2015. Please, take a moment and share with us one of your highlights from the past year and one of your dreams for the new year.

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19 thoughts on “Reflection and Vision”

  1. Mazel Tov on all you have accomplished this past year. 2014 was a challenging and exciting year for us as well. We rebranded with a new website, worked with a webmaster and learned so much. We are clearer as to what needs to be done this year to move our online business forward. Hope you received my donation during madness of holidays.

    1. Yes, 2014 was a challenging year! I’m glad we survived. Now you and I look forward to a better year. If there’s anything I can do to help, just let me know.

      Thank you so much for your donation! By the way have you subscribed to my e-Newsletter? I would love to keep you posted on the project.

      Thank you so much for your kindness! Success to you in 2015!

  2. Congratulations on your first round of fundraising success! Hopefully from here on out your mission soars. I know that wearing bracelets/tshirts are a great way to spread conversation and start a movement, as you mentioned. Where’s your link to purchase?

    1. Yes, it is a great way to spread the message and get people involved. I don’t have the bracelets online yet, but my web designer is working on it. Would you like to purchase some? I can share the bracelet images with you on facebook so you can take a look. Let me know. Thank you for asking! And many thanks for this comment.

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