Fundraising Events: The Heritage of and Transition from Banquets

Fundraising Events: The Heritage of and Transition from Banquets

 

For the past 20 years, fundraising events such as our annual banquets and golf event have been a rich part of our heritage. Our great Clarity staff did an outstanding job putting on top quality events, which consistent attendance gave testimony to. That level of quality didn’t just instantly happen, but grew over years as dedicated staff, volunteers, and partners committed an abundance of hours planning and organizing. Preparations began as much as eight months before the crowds ever showed up. If just one great banquet takes that effort, imagine what seven or eight banquets over six weeks require! The wonderful attributes of such great events are the festive celebration of individuals coming together for the cause of life, an opportunity to connect with those seldom seen since the prior year banquet, the chance to hear the tangible impact each dollar of support was able to make, and the opportunity for us to let our many supporters know, You Matter! All are attributes of merit.

 

With the many positives of an event like a banquet, our partners and supporters may have been surprised at our annual Clarity Impact meeting to hear that 2023 is our final year for our traditional fundraising events. There is an old adage coined by author Jim Collins in his book, Good to Great, “Good is the enemy of great.” That is especially true when the good things grow to be distractions from the great mission we exist to accomplish. For 40 years, Clarity has existed to provide the opportunity of life for women and their unborn babies by helping them understand that they matter. Fundraising events have been our Good thing and played a key role in our development at a time when they were crucial, but those events are not why Clarity exists. Why we exist is our Great thing: to offer the hope of life!  With the increase in the number of banquets, along with the quality to meet today’s expectations, came challenges: specifically, the growth of staff time, focus, and costs to accomplish them, as well as time and focus away from individuals we exist to reach with the hope of life. The time required grew until almost our entire marketing effort focused on people attending our events, rather than to those needing the hope of life. For several years, the Clarity board and executive staff had realized good had become a detriment to the great. They also realized that getting off the perpetually busy and fast merry-go-round of events is no easy task.

 

Despite these challenges, it still brings the question: if we don’t do events, where will the funds come from? The good being the enemy of great is even more true when the results of the good are not as good as they appear, namely raising funds. One aspect of fundraising events for all ministries and organizations is celebrating the total amount raised by them, but unfortunately, the total celebrated is usually the amount before the cost to carry out the event is deducted rather than the actual profit. Those expenses include things such as food, space rental, and the many other tangible amounts. In addition, expenses also include the often-overlooked cost of every hour paid to staff involved from the first minute of planning, beginning as much as 8 months earlier. That unfortunately significantly reduces the profit remaining to provide care to those we exist to serve. However, the cost of an event does not end there. Also included in the total cost is the amount of funds that would be given even if the event didn’t take place. At Clarity, we are convinced our many partner churches, individuals, and businesses do not give because of an event. They give because of the impact we make, and that they believe in!  When all aspects are considered, if only half of those who give at the event would do so without it, the actual amount raised is about the same as that given by a single event sponsor, at the cost of extensive effort of staff and distraction from the core reason we exist.

 

Some obvious questions are, how will we raise funds without banquets and fundraising events? How will new donors be introduced to Clarity? How will we communicate to our partners the impact their support has made? Each is a good question we likewise have asked. The amount of staff time freed up by no longer doing fundraising events is significant. First and foremost is freeing up time to market to those most in need of our education, pregnancy care, STI, and restoration care to know they matter and that we are here to serve them! Second is time to use the opportunities afforded by today’s technology to provide more ongoing communication to our partners of the impact, needs, and vision their partnership is vital in helping accomplish. Third is the time for our development team, and me, to build direct relationships and interactions with our partners not afforded by one-way communication from a stage. We will be carrying out an intentional communication and connection plan to stay engaged with current partners, as well as developing new ones. In addition, our Annual Impact Meeting held each fall will continue as an excellent opportunity to receive firsthand insights from Clarity Board members and myself. Rest assured, Clarity still needs your crucial support to meet the larger-than-ever needs! Rest assured, we will have things to learn along the way. And, rest assured, to both those we serve with the hope of life and those who make it possible, You Matter!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Eric Allen

CEO

 

P.S. Check out a short video message about this change here: https://vimeo.com

 

Exciting Announcement!

Exciting Announcement!

We are excited to announce the merger agreement of Clarity of South Central Indiana and Care Net of Central Indiana, effective September 30, 2022. Together, with all current Board & Staff, we will join as Clarity of Central Indiana!

Since the overturning of Roe v. Wade, the services we provide our communities are needed now more than ever! This merger will allow for the expansion of our organization’s footprint to create even greater impact.

Click here to read our message to Clarity stakeholders.

Click here to read our message to Care Net stakeholders.

Already, so many lives have been changed because of our donors, partners, volunteers, staff and board. We are incredibly thankful for each of you! When you give of your time, talents, and treasures, you are making a difference. 

These are exciting times for our growing organization! Clarity remaind ready to serve you and our communities with hope, help and healing. Because YOU matter, and we CARE. 

What Types of Donations Does Clarity Accept?

What Types of Donations Does Clarity Accept?

Clarity is a non-profit organization completely funded by local individuals, businesses and churches who support our mission to compassionately engage, educate and inspire our communities with the truth regarding holistic sexual health and the value of human life. One of the many services offered by Clarity is material assistance, some of which is donated by our supporters. This is just one way our supporters can become involved in the work of Clarity!

Donations we do accept:
  • Maternity clothes (new or gently used)
  • Diapers, pull ups
  • Wipes
  • Baby Food and Formula (not expired or opened)
  • Strollers (new or gently used)
  • Baby clothes (summer & winter, new or gently used)
  • Baby gates (new or gently used)
  • High Chairs (new only)
  • Breast pumps (new only)
  • Baby Wash and lotion
  • Baby bottles
  • Pacifiers
  • Kids clothes (Columbus Pregnancy Services location only)
  • Diaper bags
  • Toddler beds
  • Car seats (new only)
  • Pack n Plays (new or gently used)
  • Baby bath towels and washcloths
  • Burp cloths
  • Small gifts for Mom to place in Baby-Shower-in-a-Bag (new)
  • Socks and Shoes (new or gently used)
  • Bassinets
  • Sleep Sacks
  • Pack n Play sheets
  • Crib sheets
We do not accept:
  • Cribs (New or used)
  • Used Car seats
  • Baby powder
  • Tylenol, vitamins or other medications
  • Cotton Swabs
  • Walkers
  • Johnny Jump-ups
  • Bicycle carriers
  • Used stuffed animals or any stuffed animal with a potential choking hazard
  • Lavender fragranced wash and lotion

The above items are not accepted as they potentially present liability issues and for some items, safety issues. We want to use caution as we share what is donated to us.

Clarity has the opportunity to share many items with our clients because of the generosity of our communities and donors.  In 2018, we were able to share 4,144 items with our clients throughout our six counties.  (One dozen diapers would count as one item, as well as multiples of clothing would be one, but actually may be 10 pieces.)

What Can I Expect When Visiting Clarity Testing Clinic?

What Can I Expect When Visiting Clarity Testing Clinic?

First time visitors to Clarity Testing Clinic often wonder what the visit will be like. We want you to know, so here is an inside look at what happens at the clinic.

Clarity Testing Clinic offers confidential sexual health medical services for men and women. The clinic provides testing and treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs), Pap smears, pregnancy tests and limited obstetrical ultrasound.

Who visits Clarity Testing Clinic?

  • Men and women—almost an even distribution between the two sexes and anywhere between the ages of 13-70+.
  • Referrals from our centers in Bartholomew, Brown, Decatur, Jackson, Jennings and Shelby counties
  • Members of the LGBTQ community
  • People seeking confidential testing outside of their community—such as Bloomington, Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne and even out of state
  • Women desiring a pregnancy test and limited OB Ultrasound
  • We also collaborate with the Bartholomew County Health Department, helping to treat partners of those who have tested positive for an STI like Chlamydia, Gonorrhea or Syphilis.

What are the reasons that prompt people to come to Clarity Testing Clinic?

  • Individuals who are sexually active and seeking out routine STI screening
  • People who were made aware that a previous partner tested positive for an infection and they are worried that they may have been infected
  • Individuals experiencing symptoms of an STI that appear after a sexual encounter
  • Those responding to public service announcements that encourage the sexually active to get tested
  • Women concerned about possible pregnancy or wanting to confirm a possible pregnancy
  • We are a free STD Screening Clinic of the Indiana State Department of Health for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea.

What is a typical visit like?

The clinic is a cozy space that is calming and peaceful, staffed with non-judgmental, caring and compassionate medical professionals and volunteers. We take measures to provide exceptional confidentiality. A visit usually takes about an hour.

During the visit a Sexual Behavior Risk Inventory will be completed to help the medical professionals understand the types of infections you may be at risk for.  A medical history will be gathered of your current concern and symptoms, sexual health practices and prevention activities, along with other health related information.

Together with your healthcare provider, a decision will be made about the tests that are important for you to obtain.  Specimens will be collected accordingly.  For those patients who are experiencing symptoms of an infection, an exam will be performed.  For those patients who are seeking STI screening and are currently not experiencing symptoms, the exam will be omitted.

The types of specimens that are collected depend on the type of test to be performed. Specimen types include:

  • Urine sample:  Pregnancy Test, Urinalysis, male Chlamydia, Gonnorhea and Trichomonas testing (Yes, no swab test for men!)
  • Blood draw sample:  HIV, Herpes, Hepatitis B and C and Syphilis testing
  • Throat Swab:  Chlamydia and Gonnorhea testing
  • Anal Swab:  Chlamydia and Gonnorhea testing
  • Vaginal swab:  Chlamydia and Gonnorhea, Bacterial Vaginosis and Trichomonas testing
  • Swab of a lesion to test for Herpes
  • Cervical cells sample: PAP testing with/without HPV testing, Gonnorhea and Chlamydia testing

What is the cost of a visit?

There is no cost for office visits and exams if needed. Rapid result tests that are performed onsite are provided free of charge. Other tests that are sent to the lab incur a small lab fee that is passed on to the patient.  Those tests and prices include:

  • HIV Confirmation: $12
  • Syphilis: $7
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea Combo test: $18
  • Liquid based PAP: $14
  • HPV: $35
  • Herpes: $25
  • Hepatitis B, C: $60

Fees can be billed to health insurance or can be paid by cash, Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover cards. Funds are also available to assist clients with limited ability to pay.

How long does it take to get test results?

Testing for HIV, Bacterial Vaginosis, Trichomonas, Urinalysis and Pregnancy are all rapid tests that yield results in 15 minutes or less and will be shared with patients during the visit.

Other specimens are sent to an off-site laboratory and most results are ready within a week.  Tests being sent to the lab include:  Syphilis, HIV confirmation, Chlamydia, Gonnorhea, Herpes, PAP, HPV, Trichomonas for men, and Hepatitis B and C.  Follow-up appointments are made a week later for obtaining laboratory test results and treatment if necessary.

Is treatment also provided?

Yes, treatment for a laboratory confirmed infection is provided.  Treatment for suspected infections may also be provided based on the health provider’s discretion.  Free treatment for Gonnorhea and Chlamydia is available for patients that meet specific guidelines.  Otherwise, prescriptions are called to a pharmacy of the patient’s choice and paid for by them.  Free treatment is also provided for genital warts after a confirmed diagnosis is obtained by our physician.

At Clarity, our goal is to affirm each person’s value and worth. We strive to provide holistic care, knowing that a sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy may only be one piece of your concern.  We are ready to provide a listening ear, encouragement, resources like referrals for counseling or support groups or educational materials. 

A recent patient left us this comment on their feedback form, “Thank you for making me feel comfortable in a difficult, uncomfortable situation.”

Come on in. No need to be afraid.  Get yourself tested. Request your appointment today.

Introducing our 2019 Summer Interns

Introducing our 2019 Summer Interns

Each year we offer two 10-week paid internships for emerging leaders to gain an inside point of view of the not-for-profit sector. This opportunity has opened many doors for our interns to serve with other local not-for-profit organizations and to often give them another perspective when moving forward in their areas of study.

Taylor Gaskill (pictured on the left) began with us on June 3. Taylor graduated 9th in her class from Columbus East High School (she’ll be the youngest intern we’ve had thus far), and she even coordinated her senior project to benefit Clarity. We asked Taylor a few questions to get to know here a bit better:

  • What’s your dream job?
    • A pediatrician
  • What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
    • I hope to learn about non-profit organizations and also gain experience in the workplace, working alongside adults as I pursue college and life afterwards. 
  • Any future plans?
    • To attend Valparaiso University in the fall of 2019 

Janae Blackerby (pictured on the right) arrived Monday, May 20.  Janae recently graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from IUSE in New Albany. She lives in Seymour and attends Cornerstone Church there. She has a heart for our ministry and sees how an internship with Clarity can help her hone her plans for the future. We also asked Janae a few questions to learn more about her:

  • What’s your dream job?
    • I want to work as a mental health counselor specializing in marriage and family therapy.
  • What do you hope to gain from this internship experience?
    • I hope to learn how nonprofits work from behind the scenes. I look forward to working with each department head and gaining experience specifically in how Clarity uses their education, intervention, and restoration programs to communicate their vision to the surrounding communities. I am most excited about working with the education program and helping with research on the PIE project.
  • Any future plans?
    • My immediate future plans include attending graduate school to get a masters in counseling next year and my long-term plans are to get a job as a counselor in the southern Indiana area, get married, and start a family! 

Both interns will serve in a variety of capacities throughout the organization for 10 weeks. Please say hello and introduce yourself when you see them around!

Our 2018 Summer Interns!

Our 2018 Summer Interns!

Clarity is honored to have two interns joining us this summer: Olivia Mohr (pictured on the left) and Audriana Everhart (right). Both will be rotating through each department at Clarity to get a thorough understanding of non-profit work and our organization as a whole. Please join us in welcoming them to our team for the summer!

Meet Olivia Mohr

Hometown: Shelbyville, IN
Family: I have a younger brother, Jarrett, who is going to be attending UIndy in the fall. My parents, Rod and Dee, are the best and are so supportive of all of my dreams. We also have two dogs who are a part of our family, Kensie and Maggie.
School: Anderson University
Major(s): Social Work
Graduation Date: May 2019
Hobbies: I love reading, painting, and binge watching Say Yes to the Dress.

What is your dream job?

I would love to work with children at Riley Children’s Hospital, helping families cope with whatever health diagnosis their child received and providing hope and support to them through their healing process. Additionally, I would love to work with service animals. I am an animal lover and it has been my dream to have my own trained service dog that I can use in my work!

What do you hope to gain from this internship?

I hope to gain a better understanding of non-profit ministry and learn more about the communities each center is in. Also, I hope to learn about how to function well in a healthy team.

What is one thing you are just absolutely no good at doing?

Singing… but it’s one of my favorite things to do. Sorry to anyone who has ever spent time in the car with me 🙂

What’s one of the scariest things you’ve ever done?

I went cave-diving with my youth group during my junior year of high school. We went through a portion of the cave called the meat grinder because it was so narrow. While you were on your stomach, your back was scraping the ceiling. For someone that is as claustrophobic as me, that was definitely not a fun experience!

What are some things that make you really happy?

The sunshine, animals, going on walks, diet coke and spending quality time with people I love.

Meet Audriana Everhart

Hometown: Shelbyville, IN
Family: I am an only child; my parents are divorced. However, I am really close to my Grandma Joyce, my Uncle Sam and my cousin Kayla.
School: IUPUC
Major(s): Psychology
Graduation Date: 2019
Hobbies: Reading, listening to music and binge watching Netflix

What is your dream job?

To work in a hospital with patients with mental illness or work with children and teens that have learning disabilities.

What do you hope to gain from this internship?

What I hope to gain from this experience is a chance to see what it’s like to work in an office, and how to communicate with clients to where they feel comfortable confessing any problems or concerns they have.

If you could hop on a plane today and fly anywhere in the world, where would you go?

I would fly to Japan I would to have the chance to see their cultural sights and experience the fashion districts and museums.

Do you have a favorite quote to share with us?

“Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures”, meaning you can always find a little truth in a work of fiction even if you don’t see it at the time. It can also mean a work of fiction can help change your perception or understanding of a topic or idea.

Be honest, what song or band is your guilty pleasure?

That would be the Dixie Chicks. While the music is a little older, I love the lyrics and how it’s un-mixed country; a lot of country now is combined with pop rock or even rap. I also enjoy their vocals in their music – very well harmonized.