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Volume 2, Issue 3 - November 2008

Dear Friends,

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!

Sincerely,
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!

Squidoo 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 the hospital.

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.



Creative Ways to Support La Leche League International

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!
Here's how it works:
  1. Join iGive.com here - It's free, safe, and easy to join.
  2. Shop through iGive.com's online mall and earn money for LLLI!
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.

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 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)
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!



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
A 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

Two 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

UNICEF - 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 viewed here.

Bulgaria: A 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.

India: LLL 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 Friendly.”




Thank 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!

Holly Stevens
Development Director

hstevens@llli.org
(847) 519-7730, ext. 201

Amy Barker
Development Associate
abarker@llli.org
(847) 519-7730, ext. 240
Pam Oselka
Major Gifts Officer
poselka@llli.org
(847) 519-7730, ext. 257


FDassociate@llli.org reaches all three of us if you're not sure whom to contact.

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