Development Corner – October 2021

Constancy in Giving Supports Constancy of Service

“We put our trust in New Danville. It is not a blind trust; it is well earned. We donate consistently to support consistency of community,” said Vernon Friday. His wife, Lois, nodded in agreement. She added, “It takes special understanding and patience with love, which is why we support the general needs of New Danville. Everyone there has those special traits.”

Vernon and Lois are the grandparents of Justin, a Meadowbrook resident since 2014.  Prior to living on-site in New Danville’s residential community, Justin attended the day programs. It is because of his growth and development over the years that the Fridays have made more than 50 contributions, ranging from automated monthly payments to donations of woodworking equipment.

They have been members of the Founders Circle donor recognition when they were able to use the automatic process to make monthly contributions.  Donors who use automatic payments are called “Sustainers” in the new, recently rolled out donor recognition program. “By being blessed, we try to pass it along,” Vernon said.

For those interested in becoming a monthly donor through automatic payments, click here.  If you have any questions about the fundraising and/or naming opportunities, contact Dion McInnis at Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org or 936-253-5757.

We are pleased to introduce Live, Learn, Work and Grow:  Wisdom from Under the Windmill, an inspiring, motivational, immediately usable presentation by Dion McInnis, development director. Bring this to your organization, association, business or group; everyone’s life can be better with the 15 nuggets of wisdom for living discovered at New Danville. Contact Dion at Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org to book the presentation for your event.

New Danville is a 501( c ) 3 nonprofit rural community in Willis, TX for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New Danville provides our clients an opportunity to live enriched and purposeful lives; we proudly call them Wranglers.


Development Corner – September 2021

Charbonneau Industries, Inc. (Ci) has been very supportive of New Danville, beginning with participating in the Tea on the Lawn event. Their generosity continues; their hope is to help New Danville synergize changes that have a positive ripple effect and to inspire others to help in creative ways.

Lynne Charbonneau, Chief Executive Officer, was inspired when attending Tea on the Lawn (now known as Spring Thing). She and her husband, Steve, Chief Financial Officer, knew there was an opportunity to help. Lynne said, “I was so pleased that Steve suggested we do something to help. Our goal was to contribute in a way that made a difference and had long-term effects.” So, the Charbonneau’s went to work, and along the way, put Wranglers to work as well.

Charbonneau family members and Ci team members have made possible a pallet-production program, Pallets to Partners, that hires Wranglers to construct pallets. Charbonneau Industries supplied all the essentials, wood, tools, a forklift, and more. Early successes with this program inspired another bold step: the construction of a building to be used for increased pallet production. (The dedication for the new building will be in November.  See the “Upcoming Events” section of the newsletter.) Ci’s support continues, with a recent donation of computer equipment, office furniture, a golf cart, and more.

Luke Charbonneau, Corporate Executive, says often, “We love to help. Happy to!” And the help keeps coming. With the various forms of support and assistance, more change has come to New Danville. A vision has come together for a Job Readiness and Support Program, inspired by the success and potential of the pallet program.

Generosity definitely runs in the family. Julie Charbonneau, Corporate Executive, said “Doing charitable acts was a big part of our childhood and I am so grateful that we are able to continue these acts into adulthood. Seeing how excited and passionate the Wranglers at New Danville were to show their contributions to the Pallet to Partners program brings huge smiles to our faces. We cannot wait to see the future growth of the residents at New Danville as we continue to support and help create new life skills endeavors.”

Charbonneau Industries’ generosity and support are making things happen, one of which is positive, empowering change for our Wranglers and New Danville; their team and family inspire and encourage the New Danville team and family with their support. Thank you, Charbonneau Industries!

We are pleased to introduce Live, Learn, Work and Grow:  Wisdom from Under the Windmill, an inspiring, motivational, immediately usable presentation by Dion McInnis, development director. Bring this to your organization, association, business or group; everyone’s life can be better with the 15 nuggets of wisdom for living discovered at New Danville. Contact Dion at Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org to book the presentation for your event.

New Danville is a 501( c ) 3 nonprofit rural community in Willis, TX for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New Danville provides our clients an opportunity to live enriched and purposeful lives; we proudly call them Wranglers.


Development Corner – August 2021

The humble windmill is part of New Danville’s identity. It appears in our logo and the windmill that is on-site serves as the location for our Founders Circle donor recognition. It is the character of the windmill that inspired us to name our new planned giving donor recognition The Windmill Society.

Windmills are persistent, faithful to their work, and responsive, no matter which way the wind blows. The windmill will be the icon for our new planned giving recognition society. Anyone who chooses to include New Danville in their estate plans, or as part of another planned giving tool, and notifies us of their intent, will be recognized as a member of The Windmill Society.

This is an important step for New Danville, and we couldn’t have done it without the loyal support of so many donors over the years. We now look upon a new future with a bold vision that includes program expansion, capital improvements and more. This is the perfect time to more visibly seek and recognize planned giving donors. Planned giving offers a myriad of options to creatively support the causes you believe in while benefitting your heirs.

More details will be explained in upcoming promotional materials and on our web site. We will have an annual event recognizing all our donors with presentations and acknowledgements for the various levels and types of donors. Members of The Windmill Society will receive a special gift that represents the importance, steadfastness and visionary aspect of their contribution.

Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information about New Danville as a beneficiary of your planned giving goals.  Dion McInnis:  Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org; 936-253-5757.

We are pleased to introduce Live, Learn, Work and Grow:  Wisdom from Under the Windmill, an inspiring, motivational, immediately usable presentation by Dion McInnis, development director. Bring this to your organization, association, business or group; everyone’s life can be better with the 15 nuggets of wisdom for living discovered at New Danville. Contact Dion at Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org to book the presentation for your event.

New Danville is a 501( c ) 3 nonprofit rural community in Willis, TX for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. New Danville provides our clients an opportunity to live enriched and purposeful lives; we proudly call them Wranglers.


Development Corner

We now call them Sustainers, those whose persistent, consistent support through automated monthly contributions create a steady, predictable enhancement to the monthly budget of New Danville, enabling us to continue to improve the range of programs and services that we offer to our Wranglers.

In June 2021, New Danville implemented a new, expansive approach to engaging and celebrating our donors. For the next few Development Corner columns, I will highlight some of the new donor categories. If you do not want to wait for several months’ worth of Wrangler Gazette’s, I would be happy to send you a copy of the new brochure that describes the many ways we will be distinguishing and acknowledging donors, ranging from Sustainers to The Windmill Society for planned giving donors, and everything in between.

Sustainers will be recognized at three levels:

  • $20.05 and more per month (a tip of the hat to when New Danville was incorporated, 2005) provides $240.60 per year
  • $83.33 and more per month (recognizing the former Thousand Dollar Club from years ago) provides $1000 per year
  • $200.50 and more per month (again, a tip of the hat to our founding year) provides $2406.00 per year

All Sustainers will receive Jazzy Junque “cash” that they can use at our upscale home décor resale shop in Outlets at Conroe shopping center.

Beginning Spring 2022, we will host an annual donor appreciation event at which donors at all the recognized levels will be invited so we can show our appreciation while also creating a sense of community among those who help make the New Danville community what it is.

You can begin participating as a Sustainer by clicking this link, choosing a gift value, and selecting “monthly” in the frequency section of the form.  Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information.  Dion McInnis:  Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org; 936-253-5757.

We are pleased to introduce Live, Learn, Work and Grow:  Wisdom from Under the Windmill, an inspiring, motivational, immediately usable presentation by Dion McInnis, development director. Bring this to your organization, association, business or group; everyone’s life can be better with the 15 nuggets of wisdom for living discovered at New Danville. Contact Dion at Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org to book the presentation for your event.


Introducing Dion McInnis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Danville has 2020 vision, that is, a clear view of the future thanks to the challenges and successes of 2020. One of the clear needs to be met was that of hiring New Danville’s first-ever development director. Dion McInnis joined the team on March 17.

“We did well in 2020, despite the challenges the year brought us,” New Danville’s President and CEO Eva Aguirre said. “From it, we saw the need to become even stronger in the areas of branding, marketing and fundraising. I am very pleased that our board approved the hiring of our first-ever development director. We are fortunate to have found someone with extensive experience, an empathetic heart and storytelling prowess to create a robust fundraising and marketing office for us.”

Dion McInnis brought with him decades of experience in the areas of fundraising, community and alumni relations, publications and public relations, communications and more for universities, a museum and a national health organization. Also a lifelong writer and photographer, he said, “I have always strived to celebrate and empower others in my vocational and avocational pursuits. New Danville’s motto of ‘Live, Learn, Work, Grow’ captured my attention immediately. I look forward to celebrating everyone involved with New Danville’s programs in myriad ways and to garner increased support to help provide programs and services to our Wranglers.”

Eva highlighted the many successful fundraising events New Danville has had over the years and the focused work of the dedicated board. “We have had much success and look forward to the future with the seeds that our team, volunteers and board leaders have planted for us over the 16 years New Danville has been in service.

 

We are pleased to introduce Live, Learn, Work and Grow: Wisdom from Under the Windmill, an inspiring, motivational, immediately useable presentation by Dion McInnis, development director.

Bring this to your organization, association, business or group; everyone’s life can be better with the 15 nuggets of wisdom for living discovered at New Danville.

Contact Dion at Dion.McInnis@NewDanville.org to book the presentation for your event.




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