“Hmmm….I don’t know! What should we say?!?!?” That’s a quote from one of the “staff” members at Cardz for Kidz! during a recent brainstorming session on how we can get more cards.
We’re not sure if you saw one of our last Facebook post, but Q4 2014 was our lowest production in cards in over a year. Actually if you check the date and time on the screenshot below you can see that we’ve been embarrassed to update our card per quarter count.
Q3 2014: 1,105 cards 🙁
Q4 2014: 989 cards 🙁
While talking to some of the board members they provided some ideas on how we could continue growing. Here were some of their ideas:
Pre-packaging supplies. Make it EASIER for people to participate. With that people could simply go on our website, click a link and we’d send them all the art supplies. Only problem is we’d have to purchase the supplies, box them up, then ship them out. Since all “staff” at Cardz for Kidz! are volunteers, having people dedicate that much time to our organization isn’t an option.
Work with More Renown Hospitals. Someone suggested that we should work to partner with the major hospitals in each of the big cities. By partnering with the primary hospitals people have heard of then more groups will be interested in giving back.
Actually, if you look at this ranking, http://www.parents.com/health/doctors/best-childrens-hospitals/, we’re partnering with TWO of the Top TEN (Lurie & Mott). In addition, one hospital we work with got 70,000 cards at once. As long as a hospital or shelter reaches out and promises to deliver cards room to room, we’ll partner with ANY hospital ANY size. Thanks to our partnership with some of the larger hospitals, we’ve been reaching out to universities in those areas; part of the strategy to expand. The only thing is the second option, to work with renowned hospitals, may misalign with one of our main hash tags, #EveryCardCounts. But we want to make it clear, we never discriminate.
Although, yes, a lot of those large hospitals would appreciate the cards, as touched on in a prior post, we believe it’s more important to focus on small hospitals who don’t get as much attention. We know we won’t be able to provide a DVD or new toy to each child at the small hospitals we work with, but at the very least we can provide a card!
We’re going to continue to focus on hospitals that may not get as much attention and/or donations. So here’s a special reminder to smaller hospitals. Although some groups may not talk of you or large companies may have never heard of you, OR you have a small number of pediatric patients, don’t worry, WE REMEMBER YOU and won’t forget!
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