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FUNDRAISING

UJAMAA GRANDMAS works in Calgary, Alberta, as part of the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign, to raise funds for the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Our Founders started small but had big ambitions and our contributions continue to grow each year and with each event. The following history of donations to the Foundation includes:
money directly from UJAMAA GRANDMAS Sales, Collections, General Events, Special Occasions, Stride,
money from individual donors including Monthly Giving, Securities, In Memory/In Honour, Holiday Tributes
and money from Kazuri Jewelry sales. These numbers also include donations made by the group before the name UJAMAA GRANDMAS was made official.
  • 2004: $4,358.00
  • 2005: $6,342.99
  • 2006: $11999.79
  • 2007: $18,700.00
  • 2008: $59,544.99
  • 2009: $55,148.53
  • 2010: $82,054.30
  • 2011: $86,125.48
  • 2012: $133,748.64
  • 2013: $147,951.80
  • 2014: $114,502.80
  • 2015: $197,920.61
  • 2016: $105,767.00
To the end of 2016, proceeds from our fundraising events and direct donations have enabled us to contribute more than $1,024,314.94 to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.
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Photo: Alexis MacDonald/Stephen Lewis Foundation
Much of the success of our fundraising is because people like you attend, organize and volunteer for and at our fundraising events.
The four main ways that we raise funds are:
MAJOR FUNDRAISING EVENTS:

Fabric and Yarn Sale, BAG, BABIES & BEYOND Sale, Bake Sale at the Justice Film Festival, Fashion Show, Milestone Events. All these events are hosted in Calgary, Alberta. See the tabs immediately below for more information.
ONE-OFF EVENTS:
One-time, or short-term projects organized by people like you. Please scroll down for more information and examples of One-off Events.
DONATIONS:
Direct Donations are frequently generated as a result of major events or Speakers' engagements. Please scroll down for more information about donating.
SPONSORSHIPS:
Sponsorships take the form of both monetary and in-kind donations from businesses, service clubs, and individuals. Please scroll down for more information.
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ANNUAL FABRIC AND YARN SALE


An unused fabric and yarn sale? Leftover bits? Who would want someone else’s fabric or yarn? Maybe it could work. Even so, who would part with the treasures in their stash? Then the idea caught on, grew and, as they say, the rest is history.

The FABRIC & YARN SALE rose from one good idea in 2008, capturing the imagination, creativity and abilities of our Members. It has gathered momentum over the years and is refined each year as the committee reflects on ways to improve and make it better.

Each spring, UJAMAA GRANDMAS puts out a call for stash raids of unused fabric, yarn, notions, embellishments, patterns, books and machines. And donations pour in from individuals and local businesses. Hundreds of volunteer hours go into sorting, organizing, displaying the donations and then the doors open and we all stand back in awe.

History of Fundraising Results - Gross proceeds:
2008 - First F&YS at Woodcliff United Church. Gross Proceeds: numbers to come
2009 - $12,800
2010 - $19,500
2011 - $20,500
2012 - $19,400
2013 - $28,800
2014 - $32,200
2015 - $38,100
2016 - $35,000

2017 SET UP & DROP OFF DATES:
  • Wednesday, April 19 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM
  • Thursday, April 20 from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

2017 OPEN to the PUBLIC SALE DATES:
  • Friday, April 21 from 3:00 to 7:30 PM
  • Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM

See HOME for details closer to the date. Direct all queries to fabricsale@ujamaagrandmas.com.

The sale couldn’t be successful without the support of Woodcliff United Church, its staff and our UJAMAA GRANDMAS Members. And there is a community spirit that continues to grow around the sale that is key to its success. From our Members who volunteer long hours and enjoy the camaraderie of those pre-sale days, to our donors, both individual and business, there is a feeling of common purpose and working together to help others. And that spirit keeps growing. There are the corporate volunteers giving their annual community service, the elementary students who sort knitting needles and the high school students from Sir Winston Churchill and other Youth Central Volunteers who bring fun and laughter as they work along side us. We have donors who come with their donations, stay to help and become Members. Other grandmother groups in Alberta and Saskatchewan have had fabric sales and we share our notes and ideas with them while they have donated their leftovers to us.

It is not possible to sell every piece of fabric, ball of yarn or notion and so we have partnered with a variety of agencies and charities in the city that provide and give to many both locally and abroad; Mennonite Central Committee, Bibles for Missions, Dolls for Malawi, Victoria's Quilts in High River, Goodwill, Women In Need, high school fashion programs, small local programs with sewing projects These recipients of our leftovers continue the circle of caring and community.

Our goal of recycling to be green and not letting anything go to waste is supported by another business that even takes away our coffee grounds. We appreciate all our business donors who have let us know that they feel part of the team.

Much like a stone thrown in a pond, the ripples reach out beyond our sale to benefit our African grandmothers and their orphaned children. As we work in solidarity within our community, we reach others both near and far.

Each year, as we prepare for the sale, we wonder, “Could there possibly be any more fabric and yarn out there for this year’s sale?” And, magically, it appears.
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BAGS, BABIES & BEYOND


Can a group of talented handcrafters use their passion and skills to raise funds for a cause? You bet we can.

It started as an idea in 2005 before the Grandmothers to Grandmothers Campaign was even established. A small group of talented women began by selling handmade purses and bags at local markets and sending the proceeds to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. In 2006, they held their first stand alone sale - a sell out event.

In 2008, the first BAG, BABIES & BEYOND was held in its current venue, Marda Loop Communities Association, and the rest is a success story. The BB&B sale, held each October, is UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ largest single fund raising event. Handcrafters work all year long with guidance and support from a Handcrafts Committee. Throughout the year, workshops and demos are held, feedback is provided for what sells well and raw materials or kits are provided for many items. While some of the raw material for workshops and kits comes from local business supporters, most comes from the highly successful FABRIC & YARN SALE. There is a synergy that makes both events vital to the overall success of UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ fundraising efforts.

At BB&B customers find member-created, high-quality, handcrafted items for the individual from head to toe, from Baby Lily to Grandpa Joe plus gift items for hostesses and best friends and items for the home.
• Our famous felted, quilted and cloth purses and bags
• Book bags
• Babies’ and children's items - sweaters, slippers, toys, wall hangings
• Sweaters and vests for adults and teens
• Shawls and shawl pins
• Accessories - hats, scarves, cowls, mittens, socks, slippers, jewelry
• Household items - placemats, cozies, runners, Christmas ornaments, aprons
• Every year sees something new in our product lines

When the doors open, shoppers make a bee line for their favourite section and we try our best to keep it looking good and easy to find. During the sale, Members, identified by their UJAMAA GRANDMAS logo-emblazoned aprons, provide assistance to shoppers, model items, keep displays, props and signs in order and restock as the sale progresses.

History of Fundraising Results - Gross proceeds:
2006 - First stand alone sale: $6000
2007 – $12,000
2008 - First UJAMAA GRANDMAS BB&B sale at Marda Loop. Numbers to come
2009 - $22,900
2010 - $27,900
2011 - $33,800
2012 - $34,500
2013 - $40,000
2014 - $50,500
2015 - $44,600
2016 - $48,500

2017 BB&B will be on October 20 and 21. Watch HOME page for more info closer to the date. Please direct all queries to handcrafts@ujamaagrandmas.com.
Our thanks go to the Marda Loop Communities Association for their support before and during the sale. Since 2012, Sewing World has generously provided the venue for the second Monday monthly gathering and demos. Their ongoing support is invaluable.
In addition to the financial contribution that goes to the Foundation as a result of the sale, we also support the work of local charities by donating a portion of our unsold items. In the past we have been able to significantly impact the following organizations:
• Inn from the Cold - Helping Calgary's homeless families/Emergency family shelter and temporary emergency shelter program.
• Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS) - Helping people overcome challenges of poverty and expectant mothers in need of baby items
• Louise Dean School - Schooling program for pregnant and parenting teens.
• Buchanan School and other Inner city schools
• YWCA Sheriff King Home
• Walk-in Closet

And of course, we could never do what we do without the support of the FABRIC & YARN Committee working hand-in-hand with HANDCRAFTS Committee.

The 2017 sale will be held on October 20 and 21 at the Marda Loop location. Check the HOME page for details. Come see us.
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BAKE SALE


UJAMAA GRANDMAS offers samples of their kitchen skills for sale every year at the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival held at River Park Church - 3818 - 14A Street SW. This event usually sells out every year so plan to come early.

Check the HOME page for details closer to the event.
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FASHION SHOW


UJAMAA GRANDMAS partnered with local merchants to host the first Fashion Show in September 2012 with a follow up event in April 2014. The fashion show is an exceptional avenue for members to help fundraise for the Stephen Lewis Foundation - and what FUN is had!

Members, of diverse body types and all ages model lovely outfits and shoes from local merchants. Other members help with the dressing and accessorizing.

Guests are informed about the Stephen Lewis Foundation and its work and share in many first-hand experiences from a guest-speaker.

Consider getting involved. NO experience required, but being open to having FUN is!
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MILESTONES


Tea with Grannies and Dare to Dine were just some of the ways individual UJAMAA GRANDMAS have gathered and raised money for The Stephen Lewis Foundation.

And now for something completely different!

Plan a birthday party, invite your friends and family, celebrate with your special traditions of food, wine, cake, whatever you enjoy. Along with the special event, ask your guests to give a monetary present as well or in lieu of to the Stephen Lewis Foundation to help the many African grandmothers and the children orphaned by AIDS.

For tips and help and more details check HERE.

Additional support documents:
INVITATION
RECORD KEEPING

DONATING

UJAMAA GRANDMAS is a non-profit society incorporated in the province of Alberta but we are not a charitable organization under the government of Canada, therefore we are not able to issue charitable donations.

The Stephen Lewis foundation will issue a tax receipt for your donation and the Foundation keeps track of donations generated as a result of our efforts via a donation number. UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ donation number is 77832. By including this donation number, UJAMAA GRANDMAS will be recognized as responsible for the donation.

There are three ways to donate to the Foundation:
1. Issue a cheque to UJAMAA GRANDMAS and send it to our treasurer Lynette Johnston at 212 Patterson Mount SW, Calgary AB, T3H3A8. If you would like a tax receipt from Stephen Lewis Foundation please indicate that with the cheque and Lynette will submit documentation with her next SLF transfer. Please also let her know if this is a personal or a corporate donation. The receipt will come directly from the foundation.

OR
2. Issue a cheque made out to Steven Lewis Foundation and send it to the Foundation at STEPHEN LEWIS FOUNDATION, 260 Spadina Ave, Suite 50, Toronto, ON M5T 2E4. Again please indicate if the donation is personal or corporate and include the name UJAMAA GRANDMAS and our Charity Affiliation number 77832.

OR
3. Donate online at this LINK. At the bottom of the page it will ask if you are part of a Grandmothers group. Please be sure to check yes and indicate UJAMAA GRANDMAS and include our Charity Affiliation 77832.
Do you have a great idea for a one time fundraiser? A plant sale? A book sale? Workshop? Partnership with a retailer? For more ideas, visit the Grandmothers Campaign website to see some of the fundraisers held by other grandmother groups across Canada.

To help you in planning a one-off fundraiser, the UJAMAA GRANDMAS Board of Directors has developed Fundraising Proposal Guidelines.

If you have developed an idea for a fundraiser, please fill in
THIS FORM, and send it to message@ujamaagrandmas.com (put “Fundraising Proposal” in the subject line) or bring it to the next board Meeting - third Friday of every month.
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A batch of mountain-themed tea cozies on its way to Banff Tea Company.
If you would like to see an example of a completed Fundraising Proposal, have a look at the Banff Tea Company Tea Cozy Partnership form HERE.
UJAMAA GRANDMAS is a non-profit society incorporated in the province of Alberta but we are not a charitable organization under the government of Canada, therefore we are not able to issue charitable receipts.

The Stephen Lewis foundation will issue a tax receipt for your donation and the Foundation keeps track of donations generated by our efforts via the UJAMAA GRANDMAS’ donation number 77832. By including this donation number, UJAMAA GRANDMAS will be recognized as responsible for the donation.

THERE ARE TWO WAYS TO DONATE DIRECTLY TO THE FOUNDATION:

1. Issue a cheque made out to Stephen Lewis Foundation and send it to STEPHEN LEWIS FOUNDATION, 260 Spadina Ave, Suite 50, Toronto, ON M5T 2E4. Please indicate if the donation is personal or corporate and include the name UJAMAA GRANDMAS and our Charity Affiliation number 77832.
OR
2. Donate online at this link. At the bottom of the on-line donation form you will be asked if you are part of a Grandmothers group. Please be sure to check YES and indicate UJAMAA GRANDMAS and include our Charity Affiliation number - 77832.
The Stephen Lewis Foundation (SLF) works with community-level organizations which are turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by providing care and support to women, orphaned children, grandmothers and people living with HIV and AIDS. Since 2003, we have funded over 700 initiatives, partnering with 300 community-based organizations in the 15 African countries hardest hit by the pandemic. In F2012/2013 the Stephen Lewis Foundation is planning to raise $10,000,000 through all of our fundraising campaigns. It will cost our organization an estimated $998,782 to raise this. For further information, please contact Kellie James, Director of Finance, or Alexis MacDonald, Director of External Relations at 1 888 203 9990. Our address is 260 Spadina Avenue, Suite 501, Toronto, Ontario, M5T 2E4. The Stephen Lewis Foundation is incorporated in the Province of British Columbia and is also registered extra-provincially in the Province of Ontario. The SLF Charitable Registration number with the Canada Revenue Agency is 896354008 RR0001.
UJAMAA GRANDMAS is grateful for the generous support shown by the Calgary community. Sponsorships from businesses, service clubs and individuals help to defray operating costs such as printing, facility rental and advertising for our fundraising events, enabling us to forward even more donations to the Stephen Lewis Foundation.

If you, or a business or club to which you belong are interested in becoming a sponsor for UJAMAA GRANDMAS, please contact us at message@ujamaagrandmas.com and put “Sponsorship” in the subject line.
FRIENDS OF UJAMAA GRANDMAS 2016

ARC Resource Volunteer
CR Techniques
Blush Lane Organic Market
Décor Fabric Corner Ltd.
Chris Emerick, Tennessee
Girl Guides and Pathfinders
Maria Loop Communities Association
Maria Tomas Interiors
Northmount Kiwanis Ladies
Okanagan Knitting Retreat Organizers and Participants
Royal Canadian Legion #284
Sewing World
Sir Winston Churchill High School Volunteers
Spinelli Italian Centre Shop
310 Dump
Woodcliff United Church
Woodcliff Cub Scouts
Youth Central Volunteers
FRIENDS OF UJAMAA GRANDMAS 2015

ARC Resources
Blush Lane
Calgary Northmount Kiwanis Club
Carriage House Inn
Christ Church, Elbow Park
Envirocan
Girl Guides of Canada
Harvest Recycling
Maria Tomas Furniture and Decor
Owl's Nest Bookstore
Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park
Royal Canadian Legion #284
Sewing World/A Sewing Sensation
Stewart Drummond Studios
Temple B'nai Tikvah
Ten Thousand Villages
Volunteer Central
Wildwood School
Woodcliff United Church
Woodcliff Scout Troop
FRIENDS OF UJAMAA GRANDMAS 2014

ARC Resources
Along Came Quilting
Chinook Upholstry
Drapery Works
DWA Interior Furnishings
Fabric Depot
Ikea
Jacques Furniture
Maria Tomas Furniture and Decor
My Sewing Room
Orion Health
Renna’s Fabric
Rotary Club of Calgary Heritage Park
Sewing World/A Sewing Sensation
Talbots
Volunteer Central
Wen-Di Interiors
Wildwood School
Woodcliff United Church
Woodcliff Scout Troop