Thursday, August 18, 2005

How You Can Help:

Q: How can I make a tax-deductible donation to the fund online?
A: Visit the North Star Fund’s secure online donation site by clicking here.
· Enter a donation amount between $5 and $10,000.
· Enter “Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund” as the recipient’s name.
· Enter as the recipient’s e-mail.
· Click the “donate” button

These steps are essential to ensure that your donation goes directly to the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship Fund. Note: you have the option of making monthly, quarterly or annual donations as well as making corporate or matching gifts. You also reserve the right to make only as much information available to the charity as you’d like.

Upon the completion of the transaction, a page will be displayed certifying that you have made a charitable donation, tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. This page may be printed and used for federal tax purposes.

Q: Are there other ways to make donations?
A: Of course. You have the option of donating in person at the Brighter Days benefit party. You may also send checks directly to the fund’s mailing address.
The Rashawn Brazell Memorial Scholarship Fund
P.O. Box 211
New York, New York 10037-9998
To receive a receipt for your donation, kindly enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Q: How do I go about nominating students for this scholarship?
A: Although the RBMS does not solicit nominations, per se, we do encourage you to inform qualified students about the scholarship. Application forms will be available in PDF form on the website this fall. We also aim to make printed forms available in most New York City high schools.

If you are personally familiar with the student’s qualifications, you may consider providing a letter of recommendation to accompany the student’s application.

Q: Is there anything I can do to help out with the “Brighter Days” event?
A: Certainly! In addition to circulating word about the event amongst friends, co-workers and family through blogs, e-mails, listservs, etc. you can also e-mail to get involved in our flyering efforts.

Do you party at the Playground? Dine at Day-Os? Work at a CBO? Attend weekly or monthly gatherings of folks affected by the rise in racist and homophobic violence? If so, we could use your help.

Any place that we gather; any place where you think Rashawn’s story should be shared is an ideal place to distribute flyers. Rather than leaving stacks of flyers to go unnoticed, we are placing each of our 2,500 flyers into the hands of a potential supporter of the cause. If you have a particular venue or gathering in mind or if you just want to be notified of where we plan to be, e-mail us today and get involved!


Anonymous Bernie said...

Good job. Very good job!

1:58 PM  

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