Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Summer of Hope

Dear DHF Family,
The Summer of Hope begins!

Can you believe June is already here? Nora is on her way back to the mountains of Peru after two weeks of joy with her family in friends in the Midwest, and a well deserved rest! We are excited to see how the women at our site in Cajamarca carried on without Nora’s Presence, as we are training a generation of local women leaders so that the community can truly have sustainability in the future.

DHF is busy working on creating our own sustainability as we grow and mature. The inner-workings of a nonprofit are indeed a winding road. Of course, the entrepreneurial culture of Austin makes this a truly inspiring place to share with so many other stimulating people building their field of dreams. Speaking of exciting people, back in March I was invited to a photo shoot for Giving City Austin—an online guide to doing good in Austin directed by an amazing community leader, Monica Maldonado. Monica recently finished the latest issue of
GivingCity Austin called The New Philanthropists, and DHF is grateful to be included in this issue with so many incredible leaders. Click the Philanthropists link above to see DHF on page 22; the entire is tremendous and worth reading.

June marks the beginning of our “Summer of Hope” initiative, including several exciting projects:
We are beginning our
Summer Supper Circles series. This is a low-key way for people all over to help lift DHF’s foundation and contribute to our projects they love. The idea is simple: host some friends, serve a simple meal, talk about what is important to you (including DHF), and change the lives of the women we serve. Click the link above to open the document and read more. Our goal is 20 suppers, and we’d love to have you join us as a host!

With the generous help of
Thinkstreet here in Austin, we are working on a new logo and website launch, culminating in an end-of-summer Austin party where we celebrate YOU and let you have a peak at our new “look.” We’ll let you know the launch date.

We’re also moving along in our Building Homes of Health project and wanted to share some of the Health beneficiaries’ profiles with you. See some of the beautiful and humble families we are working with.

We’ll be launching the DHF Seeds of Hope Society during the summer, so stay tuned. This is an opportunity to join the Society and make a multi-year pledge to DHF to help us pave the path for the future. On June 13, the Board of Directors will gather for a full day to talk about the long-term vision for DHF. We’ll make sure you are apprised of our journey and what the vision for DHF look like.

May the sun shine on you during these days, MM

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