The Heart Gallery of Sacramento pays for portraits ($70-75 each) and banners ($750 each) of children and youth that are seeking forever families and are displayed at least three major events each year: a spring brunch in conjunction with Plates, a local non-profit restaurant, a summer family dinner event with a donation/percentage of revenue for the evening, and a culminating fall event at Shriners Hospital in Sacramento in November that joins the celebration of National Adoption Month. Each event significantly aids in our ongoing mission to recruit 'forever families' for the children portrayed, while also raising community awareness and recruitment opportunities for adoption of children from foster care. The estimated figures of cost and attendance vary slightly from year to year depending on the location of the events. Additionally, partnering agencies utilize Heart Gallery portraits and banners throughout the year in their own outreach and recruitment events.
The Heart Gallery pays an honorarium to youth/foster youth who act in a volunteer capacity as speaker or support to Gallery or partnering agency outreach/recruitment efforts and events.
Projected costs: Venues/Food ($3500), Printing ($500), Portraits ($2000), Banners ($2000), Marketing ($1000), Honorarium ($1000).
The Heart Gallery of Sacramento has no paid employees; it operates solely with a group of volunteers who strategically manage a limited budget, finding suitable venues and allocating limited resources efficiently. Volunteers can assist at any level, at any event and we embrace them as "Friends of the Board." These events, including the display of all available Heart Gallery portraits, current and archived, heighten the awareness of the need for families, homes and interested individuals that will provide permanency for children of foster care.
The Heart Gallery of Sacramento continually seeks to expand collaborations/networking to increase Board diversity, capacity and expertise as well as venue development.
The Heart Gallery of Sacramento supports those donors who specify where and how donations should be directed to benefit the children and youth featured in the Heart Gallery. An example of a more specific donation is to support the Heart Gallery's work with volunteer artists from all over the United States who submit oil and acrylic versions of the photographs taken during the year. These are the artists associated with Painting for Good Causes. These originals are then presented to the child/youth by their social worker and a photo duplicate is reserved for display during the year for community outreach. The expense of this duplication is equal to the original cost of the photograph.
Raffle items/baskets and silent auction items for fund raising events that support photography and portraits.