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Development Staff: Pam Oselka, Major Gifts Officer; Amy Barker, Associate

Volume 2, Issue 1 - March 2008

2007 Year End Appeal Revenue Exceeds 2006

The 2007 Year End Appeal was very successful, raising a net amount of $148,904 - an increase of nearly $45,000 over the 2006 Year End Appeal. LLLI is in awe of the generosity of all who made a donation. Watch for an exciting and unique approach to the 2008 Mother's Day Appeal, "Seeing is Believing," which will arrive in your mailbox and/or email Inbox in April.

LLLI Board of Directors Elects Members & Takes Action

At the March 2008 Board Meeting in Schaumburg, IL USA, the Board elected members from the LLLI geographic zones as well as Members at Large. The following is the current LLLI Board of Directors:


Chairman: Jane Tuttle, KS USA

1st Vice Chairman: Rosemary Gordon, New Zealand

2nd Vice Chairman: Ellen Shein, Israel

Treasurer: Cathy Liles, TX USA

Secretary: Shera Lyn Parpia, Italy

Member at Large to Executive Committee: Shirley Phillips, Canada

Additional Members

Founder: Mary Ann Cahill

Founder: Edwina Froehlich

Founder: Viola Lennon

Founder: Marian Tompson

Founder: Mary White

Eastern USA: Cindy Garrison, PA USA

Eastern USA: Hugh Switzer, GA USA

Western USA: Diana Lewis, TX USA

Latin America: Lavinia Belli, Norway

Europe: Claude Didierjean-Jouveau, France

Member at Large: Ed Savage, PA USA

Member at Large: Val Mayer, IL USA

Member at Large: Joel Getzendanner, WA USA

Board Meeting Actions

There was a first reading of a change to the Bylaws, which now states that a majority of LLLI Board Members must be LLL Leaders. (Two-thirds was previously required.) This change will enable the Board to have more flexibility when recruiting Board members with specific desired skill sets. Other actions taken are as follows:

  • The 2008-2009 Budget was approved;

  • The 2006-2007 fiscal year audit was accepted;

  • The LLLI Strategic Plan was updated. A policy and associated appendix were added pertaining to Area Network Obligations and Privileges. The Executive Director has been authorized to work with Leaders worldwide to form Area Networks. This will include an entity in the United States

Major Donor Statistics - Fiscal Year 2007-8 To Date

Leadership Circle (cumulative gift of $5,000+ since November 1, 2004): 37 total and 12 new;

Founders' Circle (cumulative gift of $1,000 during any of the last four fiscal years): 167 total and 16 new.

LLLI Web site - Donation Pages Revised

All of the donation pages on the LLLI Web site have been updated and will continue to be revised on a regular basis. A section on Donors' Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has just been added.

New Donation Cards & eCards

New donation notification cards - which are sent to the individual(s) a donor makes a gift in honor or in memory of - have also been updated and have a cleaner, more contemporary look that fits in with the Web site as well as much of the material that leaves the LLLI office

There are also new eCards up on the Web site, so check them out!

LLLID (Lid) Beneficial to Donors

When you claim your LLLID, you can sign in on the LLLI Web site, view your transaction and donation history, pay Leader Dues, update your contact information, and make a donation without having to enter your contact information. All you need is an email address in our records to claim your "lid." See how in our Donor FAQ Section (see question 10).

Annual Report Available Soon

The 2006-2007 Annual Report will soon be available. Please contact the Development Department if you would like to receive a copy of this report by mail.

Development Staff Attends Donor Seminar

"Cygnus reminds us of what we all grew up knowing. Be grateful for what people do - and show it in meaningful ways. It's so simple!" This quote summarizes the "Donor-Centered Fundraising" seminar that the Funding Department staff recently attended. Penelope Burk, president of Cygnus Applied Research, Inc., presented a methodology that challenges accepted fundraising practices and raises much more money for any not-for-profit organization. Her donor research, humor, and passion for the philanthropic spirit have inspired Pam and Amy to incorporate many new (and some familiar) best practices into their Development work for LLLI.

LLL in Maceió Brasil - Peer Counselor Training

Pajuçara, LLLI Leader in Maceió, Brasil, was recently invited by a local pediatrician to take part in a project to train low-income mothers as peer counselors. She produced Portuguese materials for the trainees, conducted the course, and after the project and funding ended, she continues to support the women who were trained. Six thousand accredited volunteer Leaders worldwide, like Pajuçara, are involved in many different types of mother-to-mother support in their communities, improving the lives of babies and their families.

Giving Tree

Thirty-seven new leaves were added to the Giving Tree for those with a cumulative giving level of $3,000 between 2003-06.

Thanks for all the good work you are making possible!

~ The Development Department

Contact the Development Department at (847) 519-7730, ext. 240, or

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