The TADpole Project
The TADpole Project was launched in 2019 to better assist start-up and smaller nonprofits by raising the funds to bring meaningful project help to their organization. Stemming from the firm's philosophy of lending a helping hand supplies the why, while the firm's staff lend their expertise and time at no cost to the organization, therefore bringing the heart.
Given the strains on the budgets of small nonprofits there is little to no extra funds to hire fundraisers or counsel. Therefore our firm takes that burden off them by raising the necessary funds needed for their projects to be realized. Each project has a Go Fund Me page dedicated to them which allows our firm to raise funds for their project. In the end costing the organization very little time and it also allows them to redirect their time on running their organization while we do the rest.
Each project is worked out with the organization to ensure we are making the best use of their time. Our one requirement is that upon completion the project enables them to have the ability to raise funds for their organization in the current year, either directly or indirectly, and that the skills can be used in the following year and beyond to increase their fundraising. A modern day version of the proverb about teaching them to fish rather then taking them out to eat fish, if you will.
Updates about the organization will be posted below along with a summary of the project. There is also links to the organization's website to learn more about their mission and if so inspired to provide another donation on their website for additional support.
We are excited to be launching this program in the third year of the firms operation. We look forward to lending them a hand and telling their story here. Thank you for your interest in their organizations and in our program.
Pawsitive Friendships was founded by Tosha Tharp in 2014. When her son was diagnosed with High Functioning Autism/Asperger’s Syndrome at the age of four, she quickly realized that no diagnosis was “one size fits all” and that each child should be considered and treated on an individual basis.
The idea for Pawsitive Friendships occurred to her while she and her son were practicing their regular home exercises. He was VERY non-compliant because the exercises were difficult and because he was unable to communicate his feelings. When he asked to have Zoe, their French Bulldog, join him on the swing, Tosha was stunned. Both boy and dog loved every minute of it!
From then on, Tosha incorporated Zoe into other exercises, and soon his compliance ceased to be an issue. Rather than focusing on what he couldn’t do, he was focusing, instead, on Zoe. This prompted Tosha to train Zoe as a therapy dog, ultimately culminating in their becoming a Registered Pet Therapy Team through Pet Partners.
By combining her determination to help her son succeed with her love of dogs, Tosha formed Pawsitive Friendships. “If my child can smile, enjoy therapy and build his confidence at the same time,” she reasoned, “there must be others who would love to be given that same opportunity.”
Tosha’s passion is her goal: to positively effect change in the lives of children like her son through the unconditional, non-judgmental love of dogs, together with the compassion of parents willing to “look outside the box”.
As a small nonprofit that is growing rapidly Tosha wears many hats at the organization resulting in too much to do with very little time to spare. Without a full-time fundraiser on staff we are going to free up some of Tosha's time by helping her with her annual fundraising plan and campaign. By providing her with a solid base and plan for the year, she will be able to spend her time where it is better served, managing the growth of the organization and in the classroom with the students and their teachers.
September 2019 to August 2020