Friday, March 1st, 2019 Audrey McCormick Blog
David’s Gift had an exciting 2018! The year started slow and a little discouraging, but it ended strong. Our new website was launched in 2017, and in February 2018 we were able to see the full capabilities of the new fundraising feature. This allows us to post each need on the website, as well as any information that the family wishes to share, and allows our donors to see how close we are to meeting each goal. It also allows us to post multiple needs at one time, and to keep memorials open indefinitely. This makes it much easier on me, as I no longer have to update the balance as donations come in. This feature was my biggest dream when we were working to design the new site. There are many other great features of this site that I have not yet taken full advantage of, and I hope to explore these features in the coming months. Be looking for our Resources and Sponsors pages to be updated soon!
In July we applied and were granted 501c3 status, which lets donors know that the IRS recognizes us as a non-profit organization. This allowed us to be listed on GuideStar, which allowed us to begin using Facebook Fundraisers. The addition of Facebook Fundraisers has been wonderful for us! Many of you have chosen to raise money for David’s Gift for your birthday, and others have just created fundraiser links to share with your own customers through your business pages. This feature has made raising funds so much quicker and easier for us. Facebook has even made small donations on many of your birthday campaigns! It is truly amazing to see how quickly we are able to raise needed funds now.
We will be exploring other fundraising options through Amazon Smile and Ebay, as well as other online retailers this year. We are always grateful for fundraisers hosted by local businesses, home businesses, and our family and friends as well. It is my hope to host large fundraisers once or twice a year, but we continue to face many obstacles in this. It seems that more publicity about our organization leads to many families reaching out to us when in need, but we aren’t able to keep up with the demand. This is really hard for me, because I want to be able to help everyone, and I don’t like to say “No.” Fundraising and grant information are our biggest needs! I appreciate any bit of advice regarding this!
Our donations for 2018 totaled $6305.60. We spent $396.35 on bank service fees and postage. We paid out $4557.99 for SEVEN (7) funeral services, ending our 6th year with our 68th service. That left us with a balance that would prove to be very useful going into 2019, as we are closing out our 7th service of 2019 tomorrow. It is truly a blessing to know that we are able to help these families during what is already such a hard moment. Because of the generosity of our donors, these families are able to spend more time together while grieving, instead of trying to find a way to pay for a funeral or cremation. Thank you all for your continued support of our mission! This wouldn’t be possible without each of you donating, and sharing each need we post.
Thanks again for an amazing year! I look forward to another great year in 2019!
Audrey McCormick, Founder
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 Audrey McCormick Blog
As I am completing some IRS forms today, I had to break down the number of services that we have contributed to by year. I thought that many of our supporters would want to see this information as well, so I wanted to post it.
We began in 2012, and to date have helped 64 families with funeral expenses for their children, totaling $38,558.60. These families live through out the United States, and it is such a joy to know that our organization isn’t limited to only one area. We have strived to say “Yes” to each family needing our assistance, and until just 2 years ago we had maintained that record. In 2016 and 2017 our family had some major events that took our time and energy, and we were in need of some time off. During that time we had to turn families away. This year has been much better for us, and we have found ourselves once again able to say “Yes” when we’ve gotten calls. It is my hope that now we are able to provide assistance for many more families, and that we can build this organization into a strong and sustainable resource for families in need across the US. The majority of the children that we have provided funeral funds for were either too young for life insurance, or were deemed uninsurable due to medical conditions. These stories are heart-breaking, and I often find myself in tears for the families. This isn’t an easy job at all, but I am so glad that God laid it on my heart to help these families, and that so many of my friends and family have gotten behind us and encouraged us to keep going, as well as helping to raise funds for the families that we serve. All funeral payments are made directly to the funeral home serving the family, and we are provided with copies of the funeral contract for each service. Our operating expenses are extremely low, mostly consisting of bank fees and website maintenance. The majority of your donations go directly towards funeral expenses. Thank you all for your continued support throughout the past 6 years. We couldn’t do what we do without all of you!
2012: 8 funerals totaling $6599.18
2013: 7 funerals totaling $4146.28
2014: 18 funerals totaling $11,264.18
2015: 18 funerals totaling $9,149.12
2016: 3 funerals totaling $1,605.11
2017: 3 funerals totaling $3,533.12
2018: 5 funerals totaling $2,261.50 as of today.
Friday, August 3rd, 2018 Audrey McCormick Blog
David Miller McCormick
Oct 28, 2004- Oct 31, 2004
David’s Gift was started in 2012 with zero money in the bank. Our lawyer’s fees for our incorporation were paid by donations, and then we’ve received donations for each funeral we’ve paid. We have had a few fundraisers, with the intention of the funds being used to file for 501(c)3 status, but a funeral always comes up. With that being our purpose, we’ve always choosen to pay the funeral expenses over the filing fees with the IRS. Earlier this year we recieved a donation to cover website fees, bank fees, and other incidental expenses for this year. We were able to cover those expenses and have enough left to pay the filing fees with the IRS. We have been registered as a non-profit organization throught the IRS since the beginning, but we weren’t recognized as a tax exempt non-profit with 501(c)3 status. I filed for this on July 3, and just yesterday received a notice from the IRS that we are now a 501(c)3 non-profit.
This will help us to secure funding from grants and other organizations, and to help more families with their children’s funeral expenses. It will also allow us to receive donations from several other online sites through purchases made by supporters, items sold by supporters, or direct donations from supporters. I have begun the process of registering for these affiliate links, and will be posting them in the upcoming newsletter. If you have not yet registered for our mailing list, please add your email so that you can receive our newsletters directly in your inbox.
We are so excited about the possibilities for growth of this organization. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we move forward and seek opportunities to further our reach and better help families in need.
Audrey McCormick, Founder
Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 jrod Blog
I am so excited about the launch of our new website! John at 1UpCreative did a great job creating a site that gives me much more control over the content. Take a minute to look around at all that is new and let us know what you think. We will be adding new content as we can, and working to make this new website fully functional in keeping you up to date on events and fundraisers. Please sign up for our newsletter to be notified when we have a family in need, as well as other updates about David’s Gift. Thanks for your love and support over the years, and continuing into the future. We look forward to seeing David’s Gift grow to help many more families. ~Audrey