Sunday, December 30, 2012

Latest Emergency Fundraiser Update

Hi Everyone,

Due to the injury sustained by the Programs/Camp Director (who happens to teach our Performing Arts, a few chess programs, Cheer and Dance programs), we have moved forward on looking for a replacement as stated in our Fundraising Efforts page.

We have placed an add in hopes to find someone who can be the perfect assistant to our Director. Someone who can be the hands-on teacher that our Director can not continue to be. We hope for her speedy recovery, but we are putting your funds to work to keep the programs running.

Once we have found her replacement (assistant), we will be sure to announce to everyone.

As stated, we are also working on replacing the damaged supplies. We have placed orders for replacement boards and pieces that were destroyed in the accident.

We still have a long way to go, so please share our fundraiser page http://www.gofundme.com/hhcfhelp

Thank you & Have a wonderful New Year!

The Hip-Hop Chess Federation Family

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Update on ER 2012 Fundraiser

As promised we want to keep everyone up to date on how our Emergency Fundraiser is going since the Accident that incapacitated the HHCF in many ways.

As of 12/29/12, the HHCF has raised nearly 30% of the funds needed. Now, this is not enough to keep all our Winter Camps up and running. Without raising the full amount, we are unable to do our usual pick up and drop off of the disadvantage youth we usually cater to during these times. Its a tough situation because for years we have provided a safe alternative for kids when school is on break and parent(s) are at work.
The parents are understanding a appreciative because they know our organization has gone beyond all means possible to keep next weeks camps open. We have committed to checking in with the kids we serve using online services such as Skype and Facebook Chat to make sure they have someone to still guide them during this school break.

We are very thankful to Miss Tami, Miss Jones, Miss Williams, Mr. Michael, Miss Rhanee for helping with the camp during the week of Dec. 24-Dec 28th. Thank you for hosting overnight sleepovers, dropping off food for lunches, volunteering to play cab driver - all the drop offs and pick ups, driving across the Bay to get teacher(s) to or from the training facility. And of course, last weeks Donations that helped cover many of the expenses associated with this camp. Without all of you the camp would have been canceled and many kids would not have had all the fun and education in a safe and caring environment.

Update on the insurance companies efforts to take care of their responsibilities:
We have submitted all documents, pictures, medical and police reports. The HHCF Founder has made it his goal to make sure everyone does their part. We have been advised that if the insured may have only enough coverage to take care all the damages created in the accident. We will keep you up to date on everything and we again thank you for all that you have done to keep HHCF serving the community. Despite the cancellation of next weeks camps, we hope that we will reach our fundraising goal and will be able to re-open all our After-School and Community programs by the 1st week of the new year.

Please share with friends and family, co-workers and more. Also, for those who have donated, the HHCF does qualify for Company Match. So if your company has a Donation Match Program, be sure to submit the Match Claim ASAP.

http://www.gofundme.com/hhcfhelp

Friday, December 28, 2012

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HHCF a non-profit with full 501(c)3 status! Transparency is key for any non-profit!







Transparency is important for any non-profit. This 
allows for contributors to non-profits understand 
where their donations are placed. Everyone has a 
right to see the IRS non-profit filings, but we go even 
a step further. Any donors who wish to know exactly 
where their donations are applied can receive a 
detailed funds accountability form which shows an 
annual accountant form reflecting donations and how 
they are applied. 


We know that there are so many people who are 
concerned about the actions of non-profits and the 
Hip-Hop Chess Federation and their Board want to 
assure you that your funds are applied exactly as they 
are intended for. If you ever have a question as to 
where you donations went, we will never hesitate to 
provide you with that information. The Hip-Hop 
Chess Federation is proud to be one of the only 
organizations in California to use less than 3% of its 
donations to administrative cost. The Founder and 
CEO, VP, CFO collectively have received less than 
$3,000 in total salaries (far below their guaranteed 
salaries) over the last 5 years. We are proud of the 
dedication of our founder and the whole HHCF team 
is to providing a environment where our donors can 
be confident their donations are helping those 
intended.


If you have donated to the Hip-Hop Chess Federation 
and have a question regarding where your funds have 
been applied, please contact 
memg@hiphopchessfederation.org. Be sure to include 
a copy of your receipt which shows the amount and 
year of donation so we can supply you with the proper 
information.


*If you donated to another organization on behalf of 
the Hip-Hop Chess Federation, please be advised that 
the HHCF has never received any funds from any 
other organizations, you will need to contact the 
organization who collected the funds .  You will 
not be able to use HHCF as a tax deductible if your 
funds were not directly transferred to the HHCF.

Donations are deductible in the State of California as 
of 10/2007

Donations are deductible on Federal Taxes as of 
10/2010

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Thank you! There is still time to help us

Thank you very much for those who have donated to the HHCF during this challenging time. The HHCF Founder is currently using public transportation to keep the program doors open. This typically means a 4:30am start to get the doors open by 7:50am. Many area's in California do not have the best public transportation available. But the goal of the HHCF is to serve the families and youth we have committed to.
A Few of Our Youth Girls Winter Camp Dec. 27


With us being able to keep the doors open, we are able to serve at least 60% of the youth for this weeks camp. Sadly without raising all the funds as of yet, we are not able to pick up and drop off the youth who's parent(s) are unable to transport their kids to the camp facility, nor are we able to replace all the supplies destroyed in the accident.

Our community has been supportive by helping some kids with rides where they can.

Many have asked about the insurance company of the party that crashed into the HHCF vehicle. They have been very slow to move forward, as of today their official statement is "They need to assess all the damages and their investigation can take 30-60 days more". We are working hard to get the right parties involved to make sure the insurance companies fulfill their obligation but the organization can not continue to run while we "wait and see" what they do.

This is why your donations are so very important. They will allow us to continue to serve the youth and provide a safe, healthy and positive environment for all.

We have reached 30% of our goal and hope with your help to reach the full amount as soon as possible. As of today, we are scheduled to cancel our Winter Youth Sessions scheduled for Dec. 31-Jan. 4th. Each week we fail to meet our goal, we will continue to have to cancel After-School Chess, Anti-Violence, After-School and Weekend Life-Strategy and Performing Arts Programs.

Please be sure to share our donation page http://www.gofundme.com/hhcfhelp with friends, family, business & industry leaders and anyone else you believe is interested in helping a program that keeps youth safe, happy and headed on a positive life path while exploring their creative minds and keeping fit.

Remember the HHCF is a 501(c)3 organization recognized by the State of California and the Internal Revenue Service. Your donations (either cash or in-kind items: computer, vehicle,etc) are tax deductible. The year is ending and this is a perfect time to get an extra TAX DEDUCTION on your taxes while helping a great group of kids.

Truly yours,

Adisa & the Hip-Hop Chess Federation Family

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Hip-Hop Chess Federation Emergency Fundraiser


Accident leaves HHCF in need this Holiday Season. TheHip-Hop Chess Federation is the worlds first non-profit to fuse music, chess and martial arts, to promote unity, strategy and nonviolence. We've teach chess, anti-bullying techniques and the importance of keeping mind body balance to kids all over SF Bay Area. In addition to these programs, we offer a performing arts division which has a CheerleadingDance and Acting program. Our performing arts programs cheerleaders and dancers are proud holders of 4 National/International Titles and 1 Division Championship. Our organization has been seen on the over of Chess Life and featured in NY Times, Forbes.com, Good Morning America and SJ Mercury News.

Sadly, last week the only vehicle the organization has was struck from behind while sitting in stopped traffic on the freeway. In the backseat sat the three children of the founder (ages 3, 11, 14). The back portion of the car was crushed and considered to be a totaled vehicle. Miraculously none of the children suffered any serious injuries.     

The Director of the Performing Arts and Head Coach of cheerleading suffered severe back injuries as well as nerve damage to her shoulder. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital and is recovering at home with her family. 

We are working hard with the insurance companies in hopes of a fast recovery. However, the at fault party's insurance company is less than proactive in helping the HHCF get back on its feet, so we are turning to you, our supporters and the community. 

The HHCF is responsible for Winter Camps, where we help kids of all social and economic backgrounds (many of our kids are on scholarship paid personally out of the pocket of the founder of the HHCF). The vehicle that was totaled was used to transport supplies, pick up students who could not afford to travel to the camps, pick up lunches and other needs of our camp families. It is also key in providing transportation for our camp supervisors and instructors. Without this transportation, we will be forced to cancel all the camps for the reminder of Dec and January. This will leave countless children with no supervised care and education, plus parents with no one to keep their children active and safe during their school breaks. 

How can you help?
- The HHCF needs a vehicle that can seat no less than 6 people at a time. We believe we can purchase a low price, used vehicle for roughly $9,000 if we chose a low end, high mileage used car. We are no looking for luxury. Just safety that can get our teachers, students and sometimes parents to and from the training facility. A vehicle that will have room to transport all the supplies we need for teaching as well.
- 3 HHCF Computers were destroyed in the accident. All computers were used as part of our Chess Lessons, Performing Arts, Entrepreneurship Youth Programs. These laptops and the programs on them value is between $528-$988 each. Our dream is to get all three replaced but would be elated is we could replace at least 1 of the computers before our camps resume on December 26 (camps can ONLY resume, if we are able to secure a vehicle). 
- Chess pieces. Large bags of chess pieces were broken up in the crash. These pieces were enough to cover at least 5 chess boards. 
- Teacher replacement: Due to the accident our lead Camp Director and Performing Arts Choreographer has been injured to the degree of being unable to teach all of her assigned programs. The HHCF must recruit/hire a replacement/assistant Teacher to take over some of the roles our Director can no longer fill. If we are lucky we will be able to find a volunteer to fill this role, but if we must hire someone during her recovery we will need at least $3,200 (this will cover the expense of the teacher/coach over the 6-12 weeks we have been told our Director needs to recover). 

We are a IRS recognized 501(c)3, any donation you make is tax deductible. If you own a Car Dealership or Manufacturer and you donate the car to the HHCF, you can write this off on your 2012 taxes. Anything you give will allow the HHCF to fulfill its obligations to the community we serve. 

Please understand our goal is to secure these items before we are forced to cancel another day of our winter programs which resume on December 26th. Every day we do not have these items is another day we must call and tell all our families we serve that they will have to seek other resources for their children during the break. 

Please share this will all our friends, family, local business, politicians, anyone whom you believe can help the HHCF fulfill its duties. We have never failed our families before and we will do what ever it takes to continue to help our children have a safe and happy place to go while their parents are hard at work.
We appreciate your kindness in these hard times. 

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