Lodo Dental has been involved with Dolls for Daughters for over a year now. We are grateful to have them involved! Ryan Donoghue took the time to share his thoughts on being a part of our Dolls for Daughters family below:

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters? (this might have been an in-kind or monetary donation)

Dolls for Daughters is a great way to help support local children in need, and we are always looking for ways to give back.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

For more than a year.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

We really enjoyed helping at the Christmas toy shop.

4. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

No.

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so what was your experience? 

Yes, it was a very rewarding day. We always love to see the children’s faces light up.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

We would say to go with your heart! Pick organizations where there is a common interest.

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KB Digital Design Services photographs several of Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz events. Katie Brewer, the one behind the camera, has also been behind the scenes doing graphics and design for Dolls for Daughters and Kenzi’s Kidz events, such as our 2012 bidz 4 kidz and our 2012 Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop. We are lucky to have her ongoing support and expertise!

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

Jessica was looking for a photographer for their annual Golf Tournament. I actually had a groom’s mother, from a wedding I’d shot, connect me with Jessica. Honestly, what a blessing! There is nothing compared to the feeling of giving and helping others. I had been looking for an organization to continually donate my time and talent to. Helping others and documenting the hard work Jessica has done and continues to do for others is the best feeling ever. 

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

It will be one year in June 2013 since I got involved with Dolls for Daughters. 

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

All the events that Dolls for Daughters puts on are great and very memorable. I was so bummed that I couldn’t make it to the Toy Shop last year (that would of been the most memorable I think) but I had a team at the Bowl-A-Thon. Hearing over the microphone how much the teams raised and visually seeing the huge pile of toys was amazing!

4.  Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

I had a team at the Bowl-A-Thon held this year and was a photographer for the Golf Tournament. 

5.  Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so what was your experience? 

I almost did last year but had a huge photo shoot that day. I was so bummed, but I will be there this year!

6.  With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

Social networking would help all organizations get their name out there and help them find supporters. Any type of networking would greatly benefit an organization. Joining a networking group, Facebook or holding events helps supporters connect with organizations that align with their values. As organizations gain supporters, it’s important for them to show that they’re thankful for their supporters. Things like thank you cards and tangible goodies, like pens, magnets, etc. go a long way to acknowledge the volunteer efforts. As others find out that an organization acknowledges its supporters, it invites others to get involved. For supporters, volunteering for organizations that truly appreciate your volunteer efforts is key.

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Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado has been supporting Dolls for Daughters as a Bowl a Thon sponsor for several years. With last year’s annual toy shop when we started our toothbrush/toothpaste program, Cosmetic Dentistry of Colorado began supporting it. We are grateful to have them as a continuing supporter of the work we do.

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

We love the idea of helping so many children. Dr. Radz and his wife lost a daughter shortly after birth and support what Jessica is doing.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

We’ve been involved for several years.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

Knowing that many children will have a memorable holiday season from the kindness of Dolls for Daughters is what is so special.

4. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

Yes several.

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so what was your experience? 

Yes. A group has helped the last two years and loved it!  They all raved about how organized the event was, how many people were helped out and how smoothly it all ran.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

Explain why as an organization you do what you do. The fact that Dr. Radz and his wife had a similar experience to Jessica helped them bond with her and her organization. 

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Teddi Maull and Picture the Day has been supporting Dolls for Daughters since 2010. Not only have we created a wonderful working relationship, but once more, a special bond and friendship has developed. As with Teddi, everyone who becomes connected with DfD becomes part of our family!

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

I decided to offer support to Dolls for Daughters as a way to honor Kenzi’s memory and in support of the Bachus family.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

Our business has officially supported Dolls for Daughters since 2010, when we photographed the first annual toy drive.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

The most memorable part of supporting DfD for me is seeing the kids come into the room and discovering the sea of toy options. Their eyes get big and they get so excited about what they can pick out to bring home for Christmas.

4. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

No.

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so what was your experience? 

Yes, I volunteer to photograph the event and it has been a wonderful experience. I go home from the event with tons of photos and sit down with my daughter and talk to her about the photos and the event. We are looking forward to her being old enough to volunteer. Hopefully at the 4th annual toy drive.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

My suggestion would be to choose an organization that is dear to your heart and use your talents to help.

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Simply Moore, located in Denver’s Cherry Creek area, has been an amazing supporter of Dolls for Daughters for the last five years. Owner Michael Moore not only supports DfD’s annual toy drive each year but he donates to our auction as well. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Michael and learn more about him and his relationship with Dolls for Daughters.

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

I love kids. I truly believe a child’s life can be changed by receiving just the right toy. I think we all have fond memories of our favorite childhood toy.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

For four to five years now.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

When little kids come in to drop off the toys—so many people have stories to share of their favorite toys and how much fun it was for each of them to go shopping and pick something out. We also have people who make toys for the children…that really warms my holiday heart!

4. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

No, we have thus far only supported DfD through the annual toy drive.

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so, what was your experience?

No. It is often held at times when the store is open, but I know we would all find it very satisfying to participate.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way in which they will help?

I will be honest…I often find the organizations to support that have a face attached to them or a person I know. Jessica came in and told me her story, which was truly a gift from her heart. I know it is something that truly means something, probably even the world, to her.

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Jessica met Wy Livingston several years ago after being approached by her PR person to collaborate on a Doll Tea Party at Wystone’s World Teas. Since then, DfD has been holding their annual tea parties at Wystone’s to collect new dolls for the annual toy shop. “Wy is an amazing person, friend and supporter,” says Jessica. We recently asked Wy to tell us more about what it means to support Dolls for Daughters.

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

We decided to support Dolls for Daughters because it touched our heart. Jessica is a wonderful role model for the lesson of life. When things go terribly wrong, how do you find the light and turn a negative into a positive? Jessica has done that with her organization.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

It’s been four years now.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

Hosting the Dolls For Daughters tea parties.

4. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

Yes, including Benefit Brews at Wystone’s.

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so what was your experience? 

No.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

Find an organization that supports projects which resonate with you.

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Jessica became acquainted with Reese through her husband and has known her for the past five years. From a distance, Reese designed the first logo and one-page website for DfD. “She was incredibly sweet and generous with her time,” Jessica recalls. Jessica was able to finally meet Reese a year or so ago when Reese had a layover in Denver. Jessica knew they had a great connection before, but after meeting in person, it was even greater! Reese and Jessica are much more than businesses partners. Reese does the DfD website and she and Jessica have become good friends. Jessica feels truly blessed to know Reese and have her acting from behind scenes for the DfD new website and bear logo design.

Isn’t that the best of both worlds, when business partners can create relationships that are about much more than the work—when they can develop a deep connection as well? Thanks Reese, for all you do for DfD!

1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters? (this might have been an in-kind or monetary donation)

I had the privilege of working with Jessica Bachus on her Colorado beauty and spa review site, Pamper Yourself Denver, before she founded Dolls for Daughters. One day, she wrote to me about her vision for the organization and shared the story of the loss of her daughter Kenzi. Jessica’s passion for Dolls for Daughters and her long-term vision for it inspired me to begin offering design services for Dolls for Daughters, starting with a simple website, which has evolved to the website you see today.

Grassroots organizations that offer support to needy people on a local scale need our support and often can do more direct good than the larger organizations that run big PR campaigns. My design company tends to work with small- and medium-sized businesses, so to donate design services to Dolls for Daughters is in line with my philosophy on work and life: change in the world starts at a small scale, with consistent and focused steps toward a bigger vision for the world.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

Since 2008.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

Meeting Jessica at the Denver airport was a lovely experience. I was en-route to another destination (I live in Malaysia), and it was an opportunity to get to know the woman behind this organization better. What I suspected over years of email was reinforced in that meeting: there’s a warmth, dedication, and significant humanity in Jessica that permeates the entire organization and outreach for Dolls for Daughters.

Last year, we worked on a brochure together. The opportunity to do print work (I usually do more web-based work) was fulfilling, and I worked with some gorgeous photos of one of the families that Kenzi’s Kidz supported. It drove home the impact of how Dolls for Daughters helps on an individual scale.

4. Have you participated in any fundraising events that Dolls for Daughters has held?

Not really smile I help with logos and promotions as needed, and this year I contributed a website review to the silent auction fundraiser.

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so what was your experience? 

No, but I would LOVE to do this some day, if I can make the timing work out the next time I visit the United States.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

Think deeply about your values. This might take awhile. Sometimes we may think our values are more surface level, such as “eradicating poverty,” but dig more deeply for the value behind that value. What motivates that? Why is it important to you?

Then, do your homework to find an organization whose values and vision fit yours as closely as possible. I do not have children, so my values are not motivated necessarily by identification with Dolls for Daughters as a parent. But my values surrounding work ethic, charity beginning as close to home as possible, and local outreach were in close alignment with the Dolls for Daughters mission.The goal to put a smile on the faces of needy children also fits some of my values as a designer: that sometimes the smallest experiences can bring a person joy, and in those moments, the best of the human spirit shines.

So when you consider organizations to support, weigh what’s really important to you. What would you fight for? What beliefs would you not compromise? How does the organization, its founder, and its long-term vision line up with those values?

Finally, I’d gently nudge people to consider smaller organizations, such as Dolls for Daughters, over some of the big national names. Usually, the financial management is better, which means any monetary or in-kind donations you make will have a larger amount go directly to the end recipient instead of split into marketing, advertising, and administrative expenses. Look to your local area, too. There’s something fulfilling about having your donation or help go directly into your local community: in helping the people closest to you, you also help your community grow stronger. When you can see the fruits of your efforts in that way, you feel a part of something bigger than yourself, instead of just a cash contributor.

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1. Why did you decide to offer support to Dolls for Daughters?

I had lunch with Jess Bachus and her story truly touched my heart. I love children, and supporting organizations that help women and children is one of our goals at Sanitas Skincare.

2. How long has your business supported Dolls for Daughters?

We have supported Dolls for Daughters for several years now, both through sponsorships and through doll and toy drives. My customers (mostly local salons and day spas) have been amazingly supportive of the cause, and every year we collect over a hundred toys.

3. What is your most memorable experience supporting Dolls for Daughters?

Probably meeting Jess for the first time and learning of her mission and why she started Dolls for Daughters. I truly admire her honoring the memory of her daughter while simultaneously making a difference for all of the children her organization serves.

4. Have you participated in any fundraising evens that Dolls for Daughters has held?

Yes! We love participating in the bowling fundraiser—it’s one of our favorites! Many of our staff come out to support this event, and I must say, we have some great bowlers!

5. Have you or your staff volunteered at the Dolls for Daughters and Toys for Boys Toy Shop? If so, what was your experience?

We haven’t had the opportunity to participate at the Toy Shop yet but intend to this year.

6. With so many organizations in need of support, what suggestions or advice do you have for other organizations? How might they choose an organization or cause as well as the way(s) in which they will help?

Wow, there are SO many good causes out there, and with the struggling economy it has been hard for most. I tend to support organizations that I am confident really spend most of their proceeds on the cause and that really touch the lives of others. Even if you can’t participate with sponsorships, you can always participate in toy drives or have your staff volunteer at the Toy Shop. I give my staff paid time off every quarter to participate in the charity of choice. It’s so important to give back!

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