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Necklace and Earring set made by Suzann Sladcik Wilson will be raffled off to benefit the Park Ridge Community fund on 12/12/10 during the annual showing of "It's A Wonderful Life" at the Pickwick Theater in Park Ridge, IL.

By Suzann Sladcik Wilson

Happy Tuesday everyone from Beadphoria! During this season of giving, our thoughts often turn to helping others. Today’s Tuesday Tips is about donating to charities. Donating to charity is a great way to get your name out into the community and benefit a worthy cause, but before you give away your work or money, here are some tips to think about.

Be Choosy – It is extremely common that the more popular your work becomes, the more often you will get requests to donate to charities. The key here is to make sure that you are giving to an organization you believe in and want your name associated with. You do not need to honor every request your receive.

Be Proactive – Have a charity you want to get involved with? Feel free to contact them and see what you or your business can do for them. Seen a poster around town for a charity auction you would like to be a part of? Get in touch with the organizer and ask if you can still donate.

Hand Soldered Pins made by Suzann Sladcik Wilson specifically for the Kalo Foundation using paintings by famed Park Ridge artist Dulah Evans Krehbiel.


Be Mindful – When donating finished pieces to an auction or raffle, keep in mind that the people attending the event are potential customers. You can always donate something already in your inventory, but why not make something specific for the cause?

The Beadphoria Beadalicious Babes (& Martin!) got together to make jewelry to donate to Gilda's Club in Chicago after our friend Carla Tischler passed away from cancer. Carla's picture is in the center.

Be Creative –There are different ways that you can help a charity. Have an open house where a portion of the money goes to an organization. Hold a raffle to win a gift certificate for some of your merchandise. Another idea is to get together with your friends and donate finished jewelry to a women’s shelter, women’s job placement centers or cancer centers for women.

Be Careful – With all the different charities out there, it can be difficult to know who to trust. CharityNavigator.org is an amazing site that lists over 5,000 charities. Each is broken down with a rating, income statement, organizations mission statements, leadership, and many other interesting facts. This is also a great place to start if you are looking for a charity to partner with.

Lastly, make sure with any donation to receive a letter from the charity stating what was donated and the monetary value. This will come in handy at tax time.

Beadphoria would love to hear what charities you are involved with and how you help them! Please let us know in the comments below.

If you have any questions about beading, or donating to charities, please feel free to contact me at 224-305-3321 or Suzann@Beadphoria.com. Always happy to share the joy of beading with you, Suzann Sladcik Wilson of Beadphoria.com and BeadphoriaBoutique.com.

All original photos are the property of Beadphoria and may not be used without permission.