Table of ContentsTitle page 1Table of contents 2Mission Statement 3Catholic social teaching 4Research 5Research page 2 6Research page 2 7Fundraising strategy 1 8Gala invitation 9Fundraising strategy 2 10Fundraising strategy 3 11Advertising-newspaper ad 12Advertising-social media ad 13Advertising-magazine ad 14Advertising-billboard ad 15Website Design 16Bible Verse 17
Mission StatementOWKIP values the relationship between kids and their parents. Kids of incarcerated parents havecommitted no crime and they need contact with their moms and/or dads. OKWIP helps providecontact by funding the cost of transportation for kids to and from correctional facilities.Foster child seen laying on a park bench near my home in Oklahoma City.Her parent is incarcerated. (March 2011.)
Catholic Social TeachingCall to Family, Community, and ParticipationThe person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society—in economics andpolitics, in law and policy—directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow incommunity. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported andstrengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society,seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.ExplanationKids of incarcerated parents have committed no crime, yet they are punished along with theirparents. According to the Bill of Rights of Children of Incarcerated Parents, kids “need contact withtheir parents. They need to have that relationship recognized and valued even under adversecircumstances. And—rather than being stigmatized for their parents’ actions or status—they needto be treated with respect, offered opportunity, and recognized as having potential.”
ResearchWhat is your cause?Making sure kids with incarcerated parents are able to have contact with their parents by fundingtransportation expenses so money is not an obstacle.Facts AssociatedI first became interested in kids withincarcerated parents when I heard about amom in Oklahoma named Patricia Spottedcrowwho went to jail for selling drugs. She thoughtshe was going to get probation, but she is inprison for 10 years. She has four children ages9, 5, 3 and 1. They now live with theirgrandmother and they are very poor.I saw a video of the grandmother talking abouthow hard of a time the kids were having beingaway from their mom. I wondered how thegrandma would get all the kids to the prison onvisitation days because they live in Kingfisher,Oklahoma and the prison is in Taft, Oklahoma. It isthree hours away. Gas is expensive and travelingwith kids is difficult. This was my inspiration for mycharity.It is not right to sell drugs. Patricia had no criminalrecord. There are more than 5,000 names on thecause.org petition for her, and almost 2,000 onchange.org. Many think her sentence was unfair.
Research (page 2)I read about her on a website called Oklahoma Watch. They are doing a lot of stories aboutwomen in prison in Oklahoma because we put more women in prison than any other state. Forevery 100,000 women in the United States, there are 60 in prison, but in Oklahoma, for every100,000 women, there are 134 in jail. I learned that more than half of the women in Oklahomaprisons are moms. This was upsetting to me.Next, I learned about a film a student at OU is doing about this subject, Women Behind Bars.There are pictures on the website of Oklahoma kids with their moms in prison. I also learned abouta Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents and discovered that it is acceptable for kidswith moms and dads in prison to “speak with see and touch their parents.”Why People Should CareBased on research, most kids and their incarcerated parents benefit from visits. It reducesrecidivism, which means the chance a parent will return to prison. It also helps kids behave betterwhen they’ve had contact with their parent and emotionally adjust to their absence.But, because the parents are usually long distances away, kids are not able to visit them.According to the Bill of Rights of Incarcerated Parents, in 1978, less than 10 percent of womenprisoners hadn’t visited with their children. By 1999, it was more than 50 percent.There is also a greater chance of kids of prisoners becoming prisoners themselves someday. So,breaking the cycle of generational imprisonment is another reason people should care.What will we do with the money we collect?OKWIP will pay for things like gasoline, bus rides, airplane tickets, lodging and chaperones to helppay for kids’ visits to their incarcerated parents location.
Fund Raising Strategy #1OKWIP Spring GalaWhereChesapeake Boathouse on the Oklahoma River725 S Lincoln Blvd.Oklahoma City, OK 73129When7 p.m., March 10, 2012WhoThe guest list will include 500 people who donated or might donate; andpeople who have anything to do with childrens rights, parental incarceration,and lawmakers.Guest SpeakersOklahoma Speaker of the House Kris Steele who supports alternatives to incarceration for non-violent drug offendersand Dr. Susan Sharp, a sociologist from the University of Oklahoma, who has spent 10 years studying femaleincarceration in Oklahoma.EntertainmentWomen Behind Bars, The Film by OU Student Amina BenalioulhajBudget—$25,000The rent of Chesapeake BoathouseTablesChairsEquipmentSpecial Speaker Fees/GiftsAward Ceremony: Donor or Supporter of the Year AcknowledgementMenuFood is $200 a dinnerAppetizerRed and green Leaf Lettuce withPear and Dried CranberriesWalnut Raspberry VinaigretteEntréeGrilled Sirloin Filet and Chicken Breastwith MushroomsDessertTiramisu and Strawberry Mousse
Fund Raising Strategy #1OKWIP Spring Gala Invitation You are cordially invited to attend A Spring Gala honoring Children of Incarcerated Parents Chesapeake Boathouse Oklahoma City 7 p.m. March 10, 2012 $200 Plate | Black Tie RSVP to Juliette, OKWIP, (555) 555-5555 Anticipated Funds Raised $75,000
Fund Raising Strategy #2OKWIP Saint Francis RunWhat10 mile run1 mile fun walkWhereNichols Hills NeighborhoodOklahoma City, OKWhenJune 10, 20128 a.m.WhoRunnersRunners ClubsSchool Kids, StudentsSupportersFamiliesKids of Incarcerated ParentsEntry Fees$100 entry fee for runners$10 entry fee for walkersSponsors/Naming RightsDevon Energy—Prizes for runnersMcDonald’s — Drink StationOklahoma Natural Gas — T-shirtsFrench Cowgirl — Goody BagsLogisticsPermission for run will be given by City of Oklahoma City, OK; Oklahoma City Police and Fire will provide security, etc.Anticipated Funds Raised$25,000
Fund Raising Strategy #3Grant WritingOKWIP will apply for grants from several foundations including the Oklahoma City CommunityFoundation and the Kirkpatrick Foundation with a goal of $100,000 a year total.Well explained letters will be sent out to these foundations asking for donations to meet our goal.
Advertising Newspaper AdOKWIP is Oklahoma Kids withIncarcerated Parents. We fundtravel for kids to and fromvisitation days with theirincarcerated parents. Pleasegive today. Call (555) 555-5555or visit www.okwip.com 4.95 x 2.55 Oklahoma Gazette, $150 per week Free weekly circulation, 100,000 households
AdvertisingTwitter and FacebookOKWIP will publicize its cause and events for free through social media sites such as Twitter,Facebook, YouTube and Flickr. It is free to use all of these services.
AdvertisingMagazine Ad OKWIP is Oklahoma Kids with Incarcer- ated Parents. We fund travel for kids to and from visitation days with their incar- cerated parents. Please give today. Call (555) 555-5555 or visit www.okwip.com.5.063 x 4.876 SLICE Magazine, $1,500 a monthFree circulation weekly;
AdvertisingBillboardLamar Outdoor Advertising14 x 48 feetEstimated cost: $50,000 for six months
Website Cost to produce 5-page site $4,000 Hester Designs, Oklahoma City
Remember those who are in prison,as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. — Hebrews 13:3
The Children ofPatricia SpottedcrowPhotos by Josh Welch