The first year
One year ago, Through the Heart’s mission statement was written and the organization was born. Although we didn’t go live until about 6 weeks later, we still consider this to be our birthday.
I’ve learned a lot in the past year – about myself, my marriage, my friendships, the world of nonprofits, and just how much resources and education regarding pregnancy loss are needed. I’ve made new friends and reconnected with old ones. I’ve heard stories so heartbreaking they brought tears to my eyes and I’ve seen compassion, empathy and support so uplifting that, well, it’s also brought tears to my eyes. (What can I say? I’m a crier)
Today is an emotional day for me. To say the past year has been a roller coaster full of ups and downs would not even begin to cover it. Some days I am so proud of what we’ve accomplished and genuinely feel that we are making an impact. Other days I wonder why we haven’t done more. Quite often, there are days where I have both of these thoughts concurrently because I’ll be honest, patience is not my best virtue. I always want to accomplish more, and in a quicker timeframe, than is reasonable.
This past year we’ve relied solely on the generosity of family, friends, acquaintances and even a few perfect strangers to provide the financial backing needed to get this organization off the ground. I cannot express how much this means to me and I mean it when I say I hate asking anyone for money but unfortunately it’s part of the job. Until we can gain 501(c)3 status and be recognized as a tax-exempt charitable organization by the federal government, we are going to continue to face severe financial restraints. Our application was submitted in October and right now, the IRS is facing a backlog of approximately one year, so we still have a long way to go even in a best-case scenario.
We are so excited to grow, to develop new programs, to reach out and help even more people, but the reality is, there is only so much we can do on a limited budget. So in the meantime I’m asking to you hang in there with us because more is on the horizon. We WILL get there. Our recently-launched 2 for Through campaign asks people to donate just $2 because we’re not kidding when we say every dollar makes a difference!
We might be the underdog right now, but as we all know, sometimes the underdog gets the win.
Happy birthday TTH & thanks to everyone for your support!