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Nonprofit founder: What I do and where I'm going

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my name is ananyev ahall and I'm 29 years old I'm a writer and an MFA student in creative writing I'm also the president of the CID Foundation so I founded the CID Foundation in 2015 it was a year after my brother said passed away from lung transplant complications so I wanted a way to keep alive his legacy and raise funds and awareness for a lung transplant research it's not just smokers that need lung transplant lung transplants can be needed by anybody you know there's so many diseases like COPD emphysema and things like that that eventually lead to a lung transplant my brother had interstitial lung disease which destroyed his lungs within weeks so you know and it wasn't because of smoking so you know that people don't know why lung transplants are important but there's a huge population out there because there's so many different diseases that can lead to a lung transplants lung girl is the sid foundation's official mascot and it's also a way for us to educate about lung transplant health and lung health in a fun way so in 2016 we started we published the first lung girl comic book and the second one came out in 2017 we go out into the community and do comic book workshops and things like that so people who may not normally be interested in lung health or lung transplant research will become interested through comic to the comic book through lung girl so that's another way that we pull an audience and and then the website digital content is very important we have monthly blogs on there and make educational videos about lung transplant research I make videos about our events and things like that so that we can you know share that information online and spread it through social media time management is very important because you have to make sure you're like when it comes to organizing events staying relevant as a business you know you want especially with the nonprofit people have to be emotionally connected to you so you have to constantly be in their mind you have to constantly put yourself out there and let them know that you're doing something you know the emotional attachment can die if they don't hear from you for a while you can't possibly do everything yourself as a business owner for-profit or nonprofit so at some point you have to go out and find volunteers or hire people so you know I I rely on both because even if I have the skills like I can write grants myself I'm a writer but I don't have the time to do that I don't have the time to go out and look for grants all the time and and sit there and write you know these essays all the time because I want to that's not what I want to do with my writing career so I hired a grant writer so you know she looks for grants for me she you know we have a meeting every week every Friday to discuss what grant were applying for now what what she needs from me information you know what project it's for all the specifics and then she's the one who fills out the grants for me so I don't have to spend that time you know and then she takes her commission off the grants so you know things like that I had to hire last year I heard a guy to help me with the promotional aspects of the site foundation these are skills that I have but this time time is very precious so you want to make sure you get volunteers or hire people to do those things so you can focus on the bigger more important projects and on the you know the bigger vision of your company the thing I like least about running my own business in general is is the budgeting the Excel sheets the the tax paperwork preparations we have a counting company one of our sponsors who does or who files our taxes for us for free every year with the IRS so I have I have some support and my dad keeps sending me these excel sheets with the formulas already in them so I can have to fill it out makes it a little bit easier but I still hate it and I can't wait to hire someone to do that for me starting a nonprofit is not an easy endeavor but I knew starting out that I would have to not pay myself for the first couple of years just to make sure the business is running and invest all that all the money donations everything I could get into you know events and marketing and saving up so I can actually fund lung transplant research and things like that so my long-term aspirations are to continue building the SID Foundation and I'm building it with I'm building a team for the SID foundation so that I don't have to wear all the has forever that's exhausting I would rather be on the board of the said foundation so I can still kind of influence the legacy of my brother and the direction it goes in to but I don't want to have to be wearing all the hats all the time and then of course I'm building my freelance my writing career you know I want to be published author and I want to keep building that business up on my own terms as well because that's gonna pay my bills so those are my long-term plans with balancing the two businesses
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