We never get tired of hearing an entrepreneurial success story here at FW: Chicago. Our goal is to tell the stories of women who live, work, and play in the Windy City, so perpetual inspiration is a part of our M.O. Case in point, when we crossed paths with the "She Did It Her Way" Podcast and founders Amanda Boleyn, Molly Rose Daly, and Tess Wicks, we just knew we had to share their interviews with the hope that you get inspired to turn your hobby/talent/mad skill-set into the ultimate dream job. As the team puts it, it's "the raw advice you need to know."
This week, we're sharing the informative "She Did It Her Way’" Podcast with Kathleen Casey, founder of Bear Necessities. Highlights from the podcast hosted by Amanda are below, but you can also listen to it here. Be sure to sign up for the "She Did It Her Way" Podcast on iTunes so you can hear all of the audible "inspo" on the regular.
Kids with a will and desire to live life to its fullest—even though they are dealing with something that is so serious and so uncommon—is what inspired Kathleen Casey to start Bare Necessities. The non-profit supports Chicago-area hospitals with the tools to help bring hope and joy to children battling cancer. Since its inception 23 years ago, Bear Necessities is now funding research across the entire United States to help find a cure. “It really is a great thing to be able to give back, and you have no idea how valuable what you have inside your own self is for every nonprofit,” said Casey. Want to start or find a non-profit for a cause you believe in? Here are Casey’s tips.
How to engage donors to fulfill the mission:
- Every dime counts—no donation is too big or small.
- Show your donors where their dollars are going.
- Develop a relationship—make your donors your friends.
- Give donors autonomy around what their donation is funding.
- Share results, outcomes, and stories with donors.
Where to go for transparency:
- 990 with IRS
- Annual audit
- Better Business Bureau
- Independent Charities of America
- Charity Navigator
Ways volunteers can get involved:
- Work directly with kids
- Utilize day-job skills
Listen to the rest of the podcast here.