So, Keith and I are making progress on our Haiti fundraising idea. We got the go-ahead from the cafe (thanks, Arjuan & Tomas!), who will be donating the space to us for free and the food at-cost. I asked them on impulse if they would be interested in hosting, and am a little surprised that they actually said yes! People really do have kind hearts; and, as January and February seem to be slower consumer months (perhaps you business owners have noticed?), we are hoping this will bring some wanted publicity to the cafe. Lesson learned: it never hurts to ask!
For our recipient organization, we decided to go with Partners In Health, a Boston-based group that has been doing work in Haiti for the past 20 years. We've really been impressed with this organization for a while, and are thrilled to be able to help them help Haiti.
Keith and I spent some time trying to figure out how to actually deal with the logistics of the benefit... getting the word out, taking in money, etc... turns out PIH has a great tool on their website that pretty much takes care of everything. People can donate directly on-line if they wish; the interface is a bit like an evite, if you're familiar with that.
We are calling our fundraiser the Love Haiti Fika. "Fika" is a swedish term referring to having a snack together with friends... perhaps a sandwich or a cake, almost always coffee. I think of it more of a concept than a defined term. Now, our focus is on how to ensure people have a good time. But, our friends are pretty interesting, so I think that will pretty much take care of itself!
Check back in two weeks when I post about how our event went!