We’re really looking forward to our fundraising cocktail party on July 19th! Funds raised through ticket sales will be added to our annual contribution to the Frauenhaus women’s shelter run by Frauen helfen Frauen e.V here in Stuttgart.
Even though this fundraiser is not our usual full-blown annual charity event, we still have a theme! This year we are excited about the theme ROOFTOP MENAGERIE because this event will be held at the top of the gorgeous Jaz Hotel in Stuttgart and we hope to get a little wild. We would like to encourage you to ‘dress the theme’ with your own interpretation but for some inspiration, check out our Pinterest board.
For 2019’s largest fundraising event of the year, IWCS members are invited to bring a +1 guest but tickets will be limited this year to just 40 guests total. With such limited numbers it’s important to buy your tickets early to avoid disappointment. Your RSVP in the Facebook event does not guarantee you a ticket; you must transfer your payment to the IWCS bank account to receive your confirmation.
All members will receive an email next week with all the necessary details about tickets, going on sale May 6th.
Frauen helfen Frauen supports women and children at risk in the greater Stuttgart area through its Frauenhaus, crisis assistance and counselling and support services. You can learn more about how IWCS donations have helped support them here.
2019 FUNDRAISING UPDATE
So far we’ve raised several hundred euros toward our annual fundraising target of €1500 but we still have many fundraising dedicated events coming up. With your support we can meet our annual contribution goals!
Some of the highlights so far have included:
Bake Off Viewing Party – €90
Clothes Swap – €70
Fondue Lunch – €136
Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated aspects of being an IWCS member is the potential to use the network for personal growth. Did you know we even mention personal growth in our mission statement?
‘…the club offers opportunities for involvement that not only look good on a resume but also make members feel good inside.’
Taking the initiative to organize anything requiring “personal engagement” in a country where you might not speak the language can be daunting. Transforming an idea into one that works in Stuttgart can be incredibly frustrating, challenging, exhilarating and rewarding all at the same time. I learned this firsthand when I became involved with the Annual Charity Event during my second year in Germany – it’s not easy and takes real resilience but you would be surprised how far a little determination can go!
Maybe you’ve thought about doing something to give back but you’re not sure how. Perhaps you’d like to work collaboratively to reach a goal but find yourself stumped on how to start.
We can help.
With our support, many of our members have transformed their personal interest into a fundraising opportunity to support women and children in crisis through our charity partner, Frauen helfen Frauen e.V.
In the past club members have held make-up parties and donated a portion of the profits; hosted themed get-togethers such as the annual Great British Bake Off Final Viewing Party and Clothes Swap; and organized a club-wide family Summer Party where we donated the deposit money from our bottles! Both small and big ideas that add up to an impressive contribution when taken together.
We’d love to help you take an idea or something you love doing already and transform it into something that really counts.
Fundraising needn’t always be a gala event. There are plenty of ways to raise money:
set a goal and get your network to pledge donations
sell some home-made preserves, craft or artwork
organize a day trip with a group of kids
offer a service (face painting, yoga instructor, tour guide, German language tutoring, musician etc) for free
hold a garage/tag/jumble sale
organize a car rally or a scavenger hunt
donate a raffle prize
And if all that is simply not for you, why not get behind our other members already planning charity events this year? Check out this blog post with all the 2019 plans and details!!!
Yours in Personal Growth,
IWCS Charity Coordinator
Back in October, we made an announcement that we wouldn’t be planning an Annual Charity Event in 2019. Our team decided to take a break from the big events this year to focus on a smaller and more personal approach.
We promised to update you on our 2019 program so that members can still help make a difference in the lives of the women and children at the Stuttgart Frauenhaus.
Here are some events already on the schedule which will directly support our fundraising efforts this year – click on the photos to see details!
And that is just the first quarter! Some charity events being considered for the rest of the year include a fondue lunch at a member’s home and a night out with cocktails somewhere nice.
Additionally, this year we are restructuring how we price some of our monthly special events (generally tours and cultural events). You might also notice us requesting a donation for some events in lieu of a participation fee. For other events we will start “rounding up” the oddly-priced member prepayment amounts, giving you a nice round number to transfer and some extra change for our 2019 collection.
We hope you enjoy what’s on offer and even think about getting involved in organizing a smaller event yourself! Check our Claire’s blog post about that here.
The IWCS Annual Charity Event (ACE) has truly flourished with each passing year, growing exponentially in sophistication and offering. We are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to achieve, raising thousands of euros for the Frauen helfen Frauen e.V. in Stuttgart.
However you may have noticed that this autumn we haven’t put out our usual call for volunteers. Around this time we would ordinarily be asking members for their ideas and skills to support the 2019 gala, but this year we have decided to make some changes to the club’s fundraising efforts.
We’ve realized that sustaining our upward progress would mean a real challenge and require an immense concentrated effort.
Furthermore, without significantly compromising the quality you’ve come to expect from the event, increasing your ticket price further, or finally finding a reliable and generous corporate sponsor we simply can’t top this years’ effort.
We’re also quite aware the ACE isn’t for everyone. There are plenty of members who have other interests and perhaps prefer not to attend.
But charity remains an important part of our club life and purpose, and we are still committed to Frauen helfen Frauen as our designated charity. With such a talented and diverse group of women, we of course have a goldmine of fundraising potential, ideas, and know-how.
We are keeping an eye on 2020 for the next big party but have decided for 2019 to adopt the motto that “Many hands make light work.” We will be looking for ways to decentralise the club’s fundraising efforts and host many smaller events instead of one big one. We hope this will create a broader appeal and spread the effort among the club membership.
Some strategies include:
Encouraging members to set a modest fundraising goal and work with the club’s event Activity Planning team to meet it.
We’ve already included fundraising in some of our member hosted events such as Clothes Swap, Bake-off Party, Summer Party, Mary Kaye parties; and we’ve accepted donations as event costs for very low-cost or free outings.
Incorporate an element of fundraising into smaller quarterly events.
Look out for these in 2019. We’ll aim to bring at least four charity focused events to you in the coming annual plan.
Start planning for the ACE 2020.
Don’t worry, we still love to party! We are trying out the idea of a smaller off year in 2019 with an eye to larger events every other year, so do get excited for 2020. Stay tuned if you’ve got any great ideas for themes, venues or fundraising tips or you would like to get involved as a volunteer.
If you would like to be part of the Charity Committee for 2019 or 2020, please use the form below to contact Claire directly. We will need YOUR help to continue making our yearly donation to the Frauenhaus.
It has been my absolute pleasure to work with a fabulous team of volunteers to bring you the IWCS 2018 Annual Charity Event, which took place April 14th. I’m so proud to report that it not only proved to be a big hit with our guests, it was also a fundraising success for the Frauenhaus, with just under €2500 in profit at the end of the night!
Money raised through our efforts and everyone’s contributions, large and small, will go to Frauen helfen Frauen e.V as part of our 2018 donation to support their tireless work providing safety for vulnerable women and children right here in Stuttgart.
The Evening’s Program
This year’s event drew inspiration from the Hollywood film “La La Land,” which saw guests donning colorful clothing and enjoying a magical evening in the parlors of the sparkling Villa Humboldt.
First our guests checked out the fabulous Tombola table and bought raffle tickets while enjoying a welcome drink from our long-time sponsor, Kessler Sekt. Just like the film, the evening’s program opened with a surprise dance sequence from our friends at SwingKultur Stuttgart, whose joyful Lindy hop put everybody in the right mood. Throughout the evening, photographer Sandra Ruth captured our guests looking their finest in her photo booth and in candid shots, while Michelle and Allison served us tasty cocktails of their own design. After a delicious dinner with homemade desserts, we were entertained by the fabulous Fanny di Favola and Raunchy Rita and taught a few swing dance moves by SwingKultur Stuttgart.
On the night of the event we raised €1010 through tombola tickets sales and the bar and dessert table took in €1055. Adding in private donations, business sponsorships, and other related fundraising activities, we’ve raised a net total of €2436!
If you’re wondering who was responsible for all the magic, you can thank:
Sandra Ruth for her amazing photography and her German language skills, which helped a lot in contacting sponsors;
Sandra Bartsch for her decorating ideas, taking care of the raffle , keeping everything on time, and being there to tidy up after us all;
Vaida Kovalick for giving up her Saturday to set up and her Monday to tidy up and for doing the rather boring but necessary work of selling raffle and drink tickets during the event;
Michelle Moore for bringing a crowd and being an amazing hype girl, also for baking like fiend and welcoming everyone to the Villa;
Dorothee Klein for keeping us protected insurance-wise (making it possible for us to have candles at the event), paying all our suppliers, doing all the boring paperwork, and checking guests in at the door – Katja too!!;
Michelle Niese-Mendel for convincing Eurail to supply us with a MEGA major prize, inventing some amazing cocktails, and sacrificing her whole night to be at our service with said beverages;
Alison Mendel for allowing herself to be dragged along again like every year but being such a good sport behind the bar and running errands for me upon request;
Alison Tyler for whipping our bakers into line, for being the first one on site to ensure desserts were handled as they arrived, and for ensuring all the cute towers made out of old LP records were properly assembled;
and Emily Born for making sure everyone in Stuttgart with a Facebook account got an invitation, editing my often less-than-perfect copy writing, helping to shape and drive the entire concept, and approving pretty much everything I wanted to do.
What an amazing team. Thank you everyone for your enthusiasm, for buying into my idea and ‘getting it’!
Thanking Our Sponsors
Many of our sponsors are organizations owned and run by women in the Stuttgart community. They give generously to our cause through financial support or by donating prizes to our raffle table. If you would like to support our any of our sponsors, you can find a complete list on our website.
I look forward to helping out in 2019 – what on earth are we going to do to top this?!
Until next year,
IWCS Charity Coordinator
At our March leaders’ group meeting, we brainstormed about what kind of advertising policy would best serve our membership – not only for those who have a business they’d like to promote but also for other members who would prefer to avoid excessive sales pitches in our shared online spaces.
After much discussion we’ve come up with the following policy, effective immediately:
1. Members are asked NOT to post business promotions in the member Facebook groups. We would like to keep those spaces ad free.
2. We DO encourage those members with businesses to promote to use the following tools:
Sponsor the next Annual Charity Event
This is one of the best ways to get your name in front of other members AND to support our fundraising efforts to boot. Donate your services for the event or a gift certificate for the raffle and your sponsorship will be promoted at the event and on our website.
Share your expertise in a Community or Gathering
If your business involves a special skill set that you might be willing to teach to other members at a Gathering, we are happy to have you do so with your promotional materials on hand to share at the end. For example, if you are a photographer, maybe volunteer to give the Sharp Shooters group a seminar about taking photos at night. Or if you make cakes, perhaps offer to host an afternoon showing interested members how to make a specific kind of frosting. What is not allowed (due to our by laws) is any kind of direct sales event, nor are we allowed to pay you for sharing your expertise.
Include your business on our Member Business List
Sandra will be creating a document to be posted in the monthly newsletter and in the members’ Facebook group (as a file) that includes your business information for members to refer to as needed. Contact Sandra using the form below if you would like to be included!