Volume 2, Issue 3 - November 2008
This season we’re excited to share with you some special funding
opportunities in support of La Leche League International (LLLI). In
times that are challenging for nonprofits, we are encouraged that many
of our donors feel strongly about supporting the mission of LLLI.
Thank you for your continued commitment. Your generous contributions
enable us to provide breastfeeding support to many more families
worldwide. We hope you enjoy this edition of Donor News!
Holly, Amy, and Pam
Double Your Year End Gift to LLLI!
We have an
exciting opportunity presented by some of our long-time supporters and
La Leche League International Board members. To assist us in raising
funds for prospective projects in 2009, these generous donors will match your donation dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, between now and December 31, 2008.
To find more information about our projected projects for 2009
and specifics about this matching gift campaign, please visit www.llli.org/donate.
|Celebrating the Life of Betty Wagner Spandikow, LLLI co-Founder
On Sunday, October 26th, La Leche League International co-Founder Betty Wagner Spandikow passed away.
Betty was a member of the Board of Directors of La Leche League, and at
various times served as Treasurer, Business Manager, and Executive
Director, a title she held for 19 years until she retired. She
initiated flex hours and a family-friendly workplace in the '60s, long
before they became the popular perks they are today. Betty was also
co-author of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, which has over two million copies in print.
Family and friends attended a "Celebration of Life" service in honor of Betty on November 14th at St. Petronille Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA.
In support of the organization that Betty helped found, the family
requests donations be made, in lieu of flowers, to La Leche League
International, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL, 60173 USA or online at www.llli.org. You may also leave a memorial message for Betty’s family by visiting http://www.llli.org/Betty.html.
Squidoo Supports LLLI through $80,000 Charity Giveaway!
is a Web site designed to enable anyone to easily set up a free page on
a topic he or she cares a lot about, and users have created more than
700,000 pages, or “lenses,” making it one of the 300 most popular Web
sites in the United States. Squidoo generates hundreds of thousands of
dollars - through advertisements and affiliate links - in annual
royalties to charities and Squidoo users!
Since its inception in 2005 Squidoo has saved 5% of its income along
the way. This led to "The $80,000 Squidoo Charity Giveaway in early
October. Squidoo accepted votes - up to 40,000 - for its partner
charities in a poll on its Web site and for each vote, $2 was donated
to that charity!
We are happy to report that La Leche League International received the
third highest number of votes at 8%, behind Soldiers Angels (27%) and
March of Dimes (19%). This translates to a gift of $6,400 in support of
mothers and babies! Thanks to those of you who voted for LLLI; every
vote made a difference!
|New Mother Packet Project Takes Off
Thanks to a generous donation by the Isdell Family Foundation of
Atlanta, Georgia, La Leche League International (LLLI) recently sent
New Mother Packets to a group of “Baby-Friendly” hospitals in the
United States that support breastfeeding. It is our hope that through
partnerships with these hospitals, LLLI will become the recommended
source for breastfeeding information and support once a mother leaves
These packets were assembled by two local Girl Scout
Troops from Schaumburg, Illinois, USA as one of their service projects.
To read more about the LLLI New Mother Packets and other projected
projects for 2009, click here.
Tell Your Friends About iGive.com and GoodSearch. More Supporters Mean More Donations for LLLI!Send an invitation and tell your friends and family about iGive.com, a free, easy way to support La Leche League International!
Creative Ways to Support La Leche League International
Here's how it works:
The iGive Mall features over 700 trusted online retailers like Amazon,
Lands' End, Staples, NORDSTROM, JCPenney, eBay, Expedia.com, Barnes
& Noble, QVC, & PETsMART to name just a few! You'll never pay
more when you reach these stores through iGive.com. And if you take
advantage of the coupons and free shipping deals posted at iGive, you
might even save a few dollars! And up to 26% of EACH purchase through
iGive benefits La Leche League International.
- Join iGive.com here - It's free, safe, and easy to join.
- Shop through iGive.com's online mall and earn money for LLLI!
iGive.com will also donate an extra $5 to La Leche League International
when you make our first purchase within 45 days of joining. Send them
your personalized referral link and LLLI will be pre-selected to
benefit! And the more stores you visit, the more chances to win a price
for La Leche League International during the Surfathon! The $50,000 Surfathon Sweepstakes
makes now a great time for you and your friends and family to join,
since every visit to an iGive store means another chance for your cause
to win a prize this month! (Click the link above for the rules.)
Thank you for supporting La Leche League International by shopping online at iGive.com!
Try GoodSearch as your search engine because each search results in money for LLLI!
GoodSearch donates 50% of its revenue to the charities and schools
designated by its users. It's a simple and compelling concept. You use
it exactly as you would any other search engine. Because it's powered
by Yahoo!, you get proven search results. The money GoodSearch donates
to your cause comes from its advertisers — so the users and the
organizations do not spend a dime!
Read more about GoodSearch here.
Attention U.S. Donors: IRA Rollover Provision Extended Through 2009!
President Bush recently signed into law the $700 billion economic
bailout bill (H.R. 1424, Financial Rescue Package), which includes a
two-year extension of the IRA Rollover provision as well as other
charitable giving provisions. It exempts from taxable income any funds
transferred (“rolled over”) from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
to a charitable organization.
The following limitations apply:
The provision will be made retroactive to Jan. 1, 2008, and will apply
to gifts made from that date through Dec. 31, 2009. This is another
great way to support La Leche League International!
- The donor must be age 70½ or older
- The cap on annual IRA rollovers is $100,000
- The contribution must be a direct gift to a charity (no planned gifts)
| Thank you, Japanese Weekend Maternity!
In honor of World Breastfeeding Week during the month of August,
Japanese Weekend Maternity donated $930.00 in sales from selected
nursing merchandise to La Leche League International. Japanese Weekend
Maternity, made in the USA, has designed and carried contemporary,
functional and comfortable maternity nursing wear for mothers-to-be
since 1982. For details visit www.japaneseweekend.com. We appreciate their support of our mission.
An Update from the LLLI Publications Department
seasonal catalog has been designed to provide pregnant and
breastfeeding mothers with information on the latest books, products,
and accessories. As announced in this piece, all orders placed by
December 31, 2008 will receive a complimentary bag that proclaims, “Of course I'm for breastfeeding!” Ecologically friendly, this bag is designed to be functional and to promote the mission of La Leche League International.
New Information Sheets
informational sheets have been completely updated and redesigned to
provide LLL Leaders and health care professionals with handy reference
guides when counseling pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Is My Breastfed Baby Getting Enough Milk? addresses the commonly asked question by new moms, and includes helpful tips. Introducing Complementary Foods to Your Breastfed Baby provides an overview of when and how to start feeding baby complementary foods, and examples of ideal solids to start with.
Limited Time Offer
|For a limited time, get a copy of the first edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,
originally published in 1958. This loose-leaf style replica makes a
great gift for all supporters of breastfeeding. With this treasure,
you'll also receive a copy of the first LLL Newsletter, also originally published in 1958. Only 300 numbered copies of this set are available on the LLLI Store!
Highlights from Around the World
La Leche League Leaders find many ways to fulfill the LLLI mission in
their communities, making a difference one mother and baby at a time.
LLLI is grateful to all Leaders for their time and efforts!
LLL Catalonia Receives National Prize of Volunteerism
- LLL Catalonia, Spain has been granted the National Prize of
Volunteerism, because of its work with breastfeeding promotion in the
community, cooperating with the formation of mothers through the
support groups, composed entirely of volunteers and contributing to a
cultural change about breastfeeding.
Receiving the award was Leader Mònica Tornadijo, and the ceremony was
presided over by the royal highness Mrs. Margarita de Borbón, Duchess
of Soria and President of the Autonomous Committee of UNICEF - Madrid,
on October 3rd, 2008.
Congratulations to LLL Argentina!LLL Argentina obtained first place in the Argentina Society of Pediatrics
with the video “Breastfeeding in Ten Steps.” This award was credited on
October 3, 2008 and, although the video is not in English, it can be
LLL Leader in Bulgaria recognized the need for more resources for
mothers in their native language, so she obtained and translated two LLLI
brochures - one about the early days of breastfeeding and the other
about breastfeeding and employment. She also found graphic designers to
donate their time and work on these projects.
Hong Kong: Leaders
in Hong Kong secured a grant from the Matilda Sedan Chair Race Fund to
translate and distribute 60,000 copies of the LLLI information pamphlet
When You Breastfeed Your Baby to all hospitals in Hong Kong.
New Zealand: New
Zealand's Peer Counselor program has been instrumental in getting
breastfeeding to be prominently featured in government health targets
and priorities. They also secured funding from the Ministry of Health
to produce and distribute 100,000 copies of a bilingual English-Te Reo
Maori (indigenous language) sheet of the LLLI Breastfeeding Tips.
Mumbai received a donation to develop a library of LLLI publications.
The funding came from a private donor who heard about the expansion of
LLL Groups in the city and wanted to provide a selection of
breastfeeding and parenting books to support these Groups and the
mothers they serve.
Southern US: In Bristol, TN,
LLL Leaders co-sponsored a breastfeeding-friendly Baby Fair with the
YWCA, which was attended by 900 parents, expectant parents,
grandparents, and children. LLLI publications on specific topics were
available and LLL Leaders answered questions that related to
breastfeeding and parenting issues for an average of 300 persons.
Eastern US: In Norwich, CT, Leaders
held monthly meetings at a local hospital for mothers who were
interested in breastfeeding, including a large number of Navy members'
wives. These informational meetings were held in the evenings to
accommodate employed mothers in need of support and information on
working and breastfeeding.
Midwest US: In St. Louis, MO,
45 La Leche League Leaders offered support group meetings for 125
expectant and breastfeeding mothers each month at 20 locations
throughout the metro area. Leaders also responded to an average of 210
monthly requests for information via email and the 24-hour telephone
hotline and maintained a Web site with links to problem-specific
information pages on the LLLI Web site.
Western US: In Bozeman, MT,
Leaders educated local business owners on how to promote and support
breastfeeding in the workplace for mothers returning to work after
having their baby. They certified 22 businesses as “Breastfeeding
you so much for your ongoing support of our mission. If you have
questions about the material presented in this newsletter or any other
questions for the Development Department, please don't hesitate to
contact us. We value your input and involvement in the LLLI community!
(847) 519-7730, ext. 201
(847) 519-7730, ext. 240
Major Gifts Officer
(847) 519-7730, ext. 257
FDassociate@llli.org reaches all three of us if you're not sure whom to contact.