Back in October I upgraded to truly professional photography gear. I had good lenses before, but with a rather mediocre camera body, a lot of my work was falling short of what I wanted. I made the big plunge, and since then I have been SWAMPED! It has been a wonderful thing. Throughout the 2.5 months of being so busy, my most rewarding and favorite sessions have been fundraising sessions.
This has given me an idea… for all of 2016, I would like to pick a different charitable cause to support for each and every month. I will seek to do at least one or two specific projects in order to generate donations for specific causes.
This is where I need some response and feedback from readers and viewers. I need ideas of great charitable causes with which I can try to partner for 2016. I am going to try to make March a month devoted to Music Education. It is music in the schools month, and as a life-long music teacher during the day, it is something I am deeply passionate about.
Another thing I definitely will be including is pet rescue … probably bulldog rescue, as I have a rescued bulldog that I absolutely adore. I have a tentative thought of doing something for bulldog rescue in October, 2016.
I need other ideas… I want to have some very obvious ones… healthcare causes, for instance. But I would also LOVE to have some under-served causes that might really need a boost in awareness. Sometimes the most obvious causes get SO much attention and focus, that I feel issues which effect a smaller population may not always get as much focus. Another one of my tentative thoughts would be to do something with Cystic Fibrosis. I have encountered two incredibly special young ladies in the past few years who are battling this disease, and I think that would be particularly meaningful to me as well.
In order to make this a viable thing, the cause will need at least some sort of pre-established structure in order to reach out and create interest. Of course I can do a Facebook ad, and share things out on social media, but what would really work best is to have a partner. For example, if a local chapter of a group is already holding an event, and I could be an add-on option, just as a random example: October might be a bulldog event where I do costumed pet photography, and a percentage of the proceeds goes directly to the bulldog rescue where I adopted Lily. The ability for the rescue to share out information about the event, and help me generate interested participants is a HUGE piece of the puzzle to make it successful.
So here is where I need your help. Do you volunteer or work for a charitable organization in the Southeastern PA area? (Summertime could be anywhere, really… Surf City, NC or Wrightsville Beach, NC come to mind, I’m there a LOT!) Feel free to reach out and make a suggestion. I would love to discuss the possibilities with any charitable organization that might be interested in combining our efforts to create a wonderful event for a great cause!
Please direct inquiries and suggestions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a wonderful holiday!!!!