SO…we have accomplished Phase 1 of the Foundation. We have 5 apartments up and running, almost always occupied. In fact, we are running at 94% capacity, which is amazing! When we began this journey, we described it as “jumping off a bridge, not knowing where we would land.” Now we are moving on to Phase 2, facing another bridge, so to speak. This phase will add five more apartments by the end of 2020. In order to do that, we have begun our “Coffee Money Fund Raising Campaign. And it looks something like this, all based on donating an amount less than a cup of coffee per day!
Our goal is to get at least 200 people who would sign up to donate $25.00/month on a recurring basis. This can be done on our website http://www.jcevansfoundation.org. Follow the instructions on the circle, above. If we reach our goal, we will be able to easily open five more apartments, which will ease a very pressing problem for transplant patients in Atlanta. The need is great. In the last four weeks, we had to turn away 15 transplant families. It’s easy to see how these donations will help.
Sometimes a picture says a 1,000 words. This picture illustrates where our foundation has gone over the last three years and explains that we have been very successful. Statistics show that 90% of non-profits fail in the first year of operation, and 97% fail within the first three years. We’ve made it through that!!! We’ll call that “Phase 1.” The straight line indicates that we could continue on as we have over the last three years “forever.” We know the model and the model is successful.
But our goal is to move up the trajectory. We’ll call that “Phase 2.” And that will take two things: money and staff. Currently we are sitting in the circle called “No Man’s Land” and we have to figure out how to pass through that circle. To facilitate that, Mary & Brad are heading out to Seattle next weekend to meet with Liz Truong Doyle, our Foundation Consultant. She has “been there, done that,” so there is no need to “reinvent the wheel.” We have our lists of questions ready for her and we hope to come back to Atlanta armed with exactly what we need to move forward, through the circle. Get ready, Liz! And thanks for sharing your expertise.