Dear Help-Portrait Community,
Kyle Chowning, co-founder and executive director of Help-Portrait here.
The 2014 season is coming upon us and I have some good news to report to you.
Before I get started, if you’re new to this movement, you may want to skim through this as it won’t make any sense. However, if you’ve been around awhile, then please take a minute to read through. You’re gonna like what I’ve got to say.
As the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the organization, I have largely sat back and let Help-Portrait community exist and function organically. This has been an intentional decision on my behalf mainly because even after 5 years, we’re still a volunteer organization with only one person working about 5-10 hours a week. We simply haven’t had the financial resources to change our situation.
I’m thrilled to report that because of your generous and continuous merchandise purchases, we have accumulated enough funds to start making some long-awaited—significant—changes. Here’s a quick list of what you can expect over the next couple of months:
Finally, last year, we launched a fundraising campaign to help us raise some money to keep the movement headquarters in operation. We’ve been doing this long enough to know that a lot of you are confused on why we need to raise money, especially because we ask you to underwrite your own events. Truth is, we have accounting, legal and monthly expenses to keep the business of Help-Portrait afloat (hosting, software, staff, etc.).
Today, I’d like to ask you to please donate $6 to the general operating fund to help us reach more photographers, hairstylist and makeup artists and compel them to jump into the movement that’s impacted well over 300,000 people in the past 5 years. Many of you can afford to donate more, and I believe that many of you will.
I’ve said it a thousand times in the past 5 years, and I’ll continue to say it a thousand more—Help-Portrait is nothing without you, the volunteers who make this idea a reality year after year. On behalf of myself and Jeremy, we thank you.
Thanks for reading this massive update. I look forward to presenting the new Help-Portrait website to you in the coming weeks.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
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