• First motherless study group takes place in founder’s home –5 women attended who were dealing with early loss.
  • Used a book club format with the book, Motherless Daughters: Legacy of Loss, 1st edition by Hope Edelman.
  • Requests for additional classes are received.
  • No classes take place.
  • Second class takes place in founder’s home – 3 women attend class.
  • A local church, Montgomery Community Church, agrees to offer the Motherless Daughters 12-week class as a part of their Ladies Bible Study — 9 women attend this class.
  • Class is structured as a group discussion with topic-focused questions.
  • Initiated Prayer Partners for each woman in class.
  • Women who had attended previous classes volunteer to be a Prayer Partner for women in this class.
  • Prayer Partners arrive and surprise the women in the class who are overwhelmed with their love and prayers.
  • 12 week class is offered again at Montgomery Community Church with 9 women attending.
  • Class methodologies and experiential exercises continue to be developed and evolve for the 12 week class.
  • First Motherless Daughters workbook written by Founder with help of co-author.
  • Workbook printed and put into a 3-ring manual.
  • Local church, Montgomery Community Church offers 12 week class and 6 women attend.
  • First time we were served a woman with a hearing impairment.
  • First Motherless Daughters Support Network begins with the mission to create a safe place where Motherless Daughters can deepen relationships and develop a support network for continuous healing.
  • Support Group meets monthly
  • Planning begins for the first tribute and service to our Mothers in May
  • A tribute and service to Mothers takes place in May.  Each woman brought a picture of her mother and honored her with a white rose.
  • 12 week class is offered at Montgomery Community Church with 6 women attending.
  • Winter social takes place for women to be connected.
  • 12 week class is offered again at Montgomery Community Church with 6 women attending.
  • Maximum participation in classes established as 8.
  • 12 week class is offered at Montgomery Community Church with 6 women attending over the summer.
  • Motherless Daughters Mentors are started.
  • Mentoring relationship and guidelines developed.
  • First mentor training offered – 5 women attend and become the first Motherless Daughters Mentors.
  • 12 week class is offered at Montgomery Community Church with 8 women attending.
  • Motherless Daughters becomes Motherless Daughters Ministry.
  • Motherless Daughters brochure printed by host church, Montgomery Community Church
  • 12-week class is offered at Montgomery Community Church with 9 women attending. Had one person walk in.
  • Established 2 sites in 2009.
  • A new location, the Eve Center offers Motherless Daughters Class at their location.
  • 12 week class is offered at Montgomery Community Church with 6 women attending.
  • 12 week class is offered at Eve Center with 6 women attending.
  • Motherless Daughters brochure updated and reprinted.
  • 12 week class is offered at Montgomery Community Church with 4 women attending.
  • 12 week class is offered at Eve Center with 6 women attending.
    • First Motherless Daughters newsletter is launched and published.
    • Motherless Daughters becomes Motherless Daughters Ministry.
    • Volunteer graphic artist redesigns workbook into a spiral bound edition.
    • Workbook is updated and copyrighted.
    • 2nd Printing of the Motherless Daughters Ministry Workbook
    • 12 week class is offered twice at Montgomery Community Church with 14 women attending.
    • 12 week class is offered twice at Eve Center with 10 women attending.
    • Developed an exercise called “Boat” exercise for class from book, If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat by John Ortberg for participants to decide how they want to continue their healing.
    • Wrote facilitator manual for Facilitator Training as Motherless Daughters Facilitators
    • Began trial offering of facilitator training with 5 women
  • Completed 6 Motherless Daughters classes leading 27 women on their mother loss journey, facilitated their healing, and helped them grow a stronger relationship with God.
  • More than 27 past Motherless Daughters participated as prayer partners for the women attending the 12-week classes.
  • Developed 3 new sites for hosting the Motherless Daughters Ministry.
  • Wrote a 251 page Motherless Daughters Facilitator Manual, and copyrighted it for training use and future publication.
  • Offered a 30 hour Motherless Daughters Facilitator Training divided into Part I, Part II, and Part III in January 2011.
  • 14 women from the Motherless Daughters Ministry, the Eve Center, and 1 woman from New Orleans connected by Skype attended the training. All 14 attended Parts I and II, 9 of the 14 attended Part III.
  • Of the 9 women who completed the Motherless Daughters Facilitator training, 7 women participated and completed a 12-week practicum.
  • Graduated 7 women who are now Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitators equipped to facilitate a 12-week class.
  • Provided over 12 hours of Continuing Education for the Motherless Daughters Facilitators.
  • Hosted the first Motherless Daughters Volunteer Recognition Picnic for those in the ministry and for their families.
  • Honored over 45 women in the ministry who have graciously given countless hours of their time and talents to minister to other motherless daughters.
  • Completed 2 Motherless Daughters Mentoring classes.
  • Graduated 4 new Motherless Daughters Mentors bringing the number of Motherless Daughters Mentors to 9.
  • Mentored women from not only the Cincinnati area, but from Maryland, Australia, California, Louisiana, Oklahoma, New York, Washington and Florida.
  • Provided 12 monthly Motherless Daughters Support groups for any motherless daughter in the Cincinnati area.
  • Trained 3 new Motherless Daughters Support Group Leaders.
  • Developed new operating guidelines and process flow charts for clearly communicating our policy and procedures.
  • The women in this ministry created a cookbook, “Mama, What’s Cooking” for our first fundraiser.
  • Completed 5 Motherless Daughters classes helping 30 women on their mother loss journey, facilitating their healing, and helping them grow a stronger relationship with God.
  • Engaged 30 past Motherless Daughters as prayer partners for the women attending the 12-week classes, praying for their healing.
  • Reprinted the Motherless Daughters workbook.
  • Developed 3 new sites for hosting the Motherless Daughters Ministry.
  • Created levels of sponsorship for organizations:  site, host and partners in ministry.
  • Offered care and prayer support to the many women in the Motherless Daughters Ministry.
  • Completed 2 Motherless Daughters Mentoring classes.
  • Graduated 5 new Motherless Daughters Mentors bringing the number of Motherless Daughters Mentors to 14.
  • Mentored women from not only the Cincinnati area, but from many other states.
  • Provided 12 monthly Motherless Daughters Support groups for any motherless daughter in the Cincinnati area.
  • Trained 3 new Motherless Daughters Support Group Leaders
  • Thoroughly evaluated the Motherless Daughters Support Group which resulted in the development of new studies and new facilitation roles.
  • Updated and reprinted the 251 page Motherless Daughters Facilitator Manual.
  • Offered a 30 hour Motherless Daughters Facilitator Training divided into Part I, Part II, and Part III .
  • 7 women from the Motherless Daughters Ministry attended the Facilitator  training.  All 7 attended Parts I and II, and 6 of the 7 attended Part III.
  • Of the 6 women who completed the Motherless Daughters Facilitator training, 4 women participated and completed a 12-week practicum.
  • Graduated 4 women who are now Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitators equipped to facilitate a 12-week class bringing the total number of Certified Motherless Daughters Class Facilitators to 14.
  • Developed role descriptions for the Certified Motherless Daughters Class Facilitator.
  • Established an annual Facilitator recognition award.
  • Provided over 12 hours of Continuing Education for the Motherless Daughters Facilitators.
  • Created a new facilitation role, the Certified Group Facilitator.
  • Created a plan to launch 6 week topical studies for 2013.
  • Selected topics for topical studies in 2013 are The Emotionally Absent Mother,Total Forgiveness, and The Narcissistic Mother:  Will I Ever  Be Good Enough?
  • Developed curriculum for The Emotionally Absent Mother.
  • Continued the development of operating guidelines and process flow charts for clearly communicating our policy and procedures
  • Revisited and reframed our mission statement to reflect who we are, who we serve, and how we serve.
  • Written our core values and statement of faith for the ministry.
  • Developed a new logo for the ministry representing our mission statement.
  • Started an Awareness group to evaluate our presence in the Cincinnati area and to begin to develop plans for increasing our awareness.
  • Began the development of a Journey Map to document our progression since the year 2000.
  • Generated over $5000 in revenue from our first fundraiser, the sale of the cookbook, “Mama What’s Cookin’?”
  • Undertook the development of a website for the ministry.
  • Developed a banner for the website representing our mission statement.
  • Published an outstanding bimonthly newsletter for women in the ministry.
  • Developed new role descriptions for the newsletter team, separating roles for the newsletter editor, and creating a role for a newsletter administrative assistant.
  • Created an annual publication plan for the newsletter.
  • Hosted the second annual Motherless Daughters Volunteer Recognition Picnic for those in the ministry and for their families.
  • Honored more than 58 women in the ministry who have graciously given countless hours of their time and talents to minister to other motherless daughters.
  • Developed a new facilitator role description for a Certified Facilitator Trainer and a train-the-trainer course.

A Year in the Mirror:  Reflections from 2013

The new year has started and I have had to stop and look back and reflect upon the previous year. Sometimes we get so caught up in the now, we seldom look back at how God has used us to minister to others. I recently watched a You Tube video and the speaker said, look back at what you have done in the last year and see what God has given you. What have you learned?

The Motherless Daughters Ministry has been blessed this year and I know that God has many more opportunities for this new year too! I can’t wait to see how His hand works with this ministry in 2014, can you?

Let me just review with you what has happened this year with God’s blessings.  With the help of many, many wonderful volunteers, we have:

Motherless Daughters Classes

  • Completed 5 Motherless Daughters classes helping 31 women on their mother loss journey, facilitating their healing, and helping them grow a stronger relationship with God.
  • Engaged 31 past Motherless Daughters as prayer partners for the women attending the 12-week classes, praying for their healing.
  • Completed 3 Emotionally Absent Mother classes helping 18 women on their motherloss journey.
  • Increasing the total of woman associated with the Motherless Daughters Ministry to 169.

Site Development

  • Developed 3 new sites for hosting the Motherless Daughters Ministry Care and Prayer Support
  • Offered care and prayer support to the many women in the Motherless Daughters Ministry.
  • 20 women in the ministry attended the, “Women in Ministry” conference.
  • Planned a spiritual retreat for leaders in the ministry to be held early in 2014.
  • Set the framework for developing an Intercessory Prayer Team.

Motherless Daughters Mentoring

  • Completed 2 Motherless Daughters Mentoring classes.
  • Graduated 6 new Motherless Daughters Mentors bringing the number of Motherless Daughters Mentors to 20.
  • Mentored women from not only the Cincinnati area, but from many other states.

Motherless Daughters Support Group

  • Provided 12 monthly Motherless Daughters Support groups for any motherless daughter in the Cincinnati area.
  • Trained 3 new Motherless Daughters Support Group Leaders.
  • New Support Group Coordinator has stepped forward to organize and schedule monthly meetings.
  • Began advertising support group in different websites to attract new participants.
  • Number of women participating in support group has grown by 50%.

Facilitator Training

  • Received copyright notification from Library of Congress for 246 page Motherless Daughters Facilitator Manual.
  • Offered a 30 hour Motherless Daughters Facilitator Training divided into Part I, Part II, and Part III in January 2013.
  • 12 women from the Motherless Daughters Ministry attended the Facilitator  training.  11 of the 12  attended Parts I, II, and Part III.
  • Of the 11 women who completed the Motherless Daughters Facilitator training, 6 women participated and completed either a 6-week or a 12-week practicum.
  • Developed role descriptions that identify the 6 week topical facilitators as Certified Facilitator I and 12 week class facilitators as Certified Facilitator II.
  • Graduated 2 women who are now Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitator II equipped to facilitate a 12-week class and 2 women who are Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitator I.
  • Piloted a new methodology for facilitator training spreading the 30 hrs. over a series of weeks.
  • Created and acknowledged the first Facilitator recognition award.
  • Provided over 12 hours of Continuing Education for the Motherless Daughters Facilitators.

New 6 week Topical Studies

The Emotionally Absent Mother

  • Developed curriculum for the Emotionally Absent Mother.
  • Completed 3 Emotionally Absent Mother classes.
  • Developed new experiential exercises for this class

The Narcissistic Mother

  • Began the development of the Narcissistic Mother topical study.
  • Initiated new team to develop class curriculum

Planning and Development

  • Continued the development of operating guidelines and process flow charts for clearly communicating our policy and procedures.  This will be an ongoing project.
  • Applied to State of Ohio to gain recognition as an incorporation.
  • Began the writing and research to apply for a 501c3 organization.

Fundraising

  • Received generous donations from an individual donor for the ministry.
  • Developed and fully funded scholarship fund called “the Isaiah 61 Fund”
  • Initiated the planning for an event called, “Celebrating Women and their Well Being”
  • Created a program development team and developed an multi-tracked event
  • Created a Steering Committee
  • Worked collaboratively with a women’s ministry to assess hosting compatibility.

Website

  • Launched the Motherless daughters ministry website on Oct. 1, 2013
  • Continued to improve the website to make more user friendly.
  • Created a role for a Website Administrator to maintain the website.
  • Initiated concept of website advisory team.

Newsletter

  • Published an outstanding bimonthly newsletter for women in the ministry.
  • Developed new role descriptions for the newsletter team.
  • Created  a newsletter editor, a copy editor, and a layout and design editor.
  • Created an organizational structure  for the newsletter.
  • Transitioned team members into new roles
  • Created an annual publication plan for the newsletter.

Social Events

  • Honored more than 76 women in the ministry who have graciously given countless hours of their time and talents to minister to other motherless daughters.

Administrative

  • Created an Administrative Team
  • Copied, organized, and assembled handouts for classes.

Facilitator Trainer

  • Developed a new facilitator role description for a Certified Facilitator Trainer and a train-the-trainer course for 2013.
  • Piloted the role of Facilitator Trainer
  • Continued to evaluate and improve role

Whew! I am amazed to see all we have done together and, 2014 will be more amazing.

Some initiatives that will be on our radar for 2014 are:

  • Complete the application process to become a 501c3 organization
  • Improve the accessibility of our website for maximum exposure.
  • Create a board structure for the ongoing development and management of the ministry
  • Develop an Emotionally Absent Mother workbook
  • Develop curriculum for the Narcissistic Mother
  • Continue working on the event planning for the Celebrating Women event.

There are so many ways for you to be involved, as little or as much as your life allows.  So I end with a prayer request as I did last year…

Pray that God will lead this ministry in the direction He wants us to go.
Pray for women who are currently involved in this ministry, and for those who are ready to be involved, that they may have peace and courage to do God’s will as He gently nudges them.
And pray for the women who are looking or may need this ministry that they may find us and God’s healing in their life.
Amen.

A Year in the Mirror: Reflections from 2014

During the summer of 2012, God told me that He wanted this ministry to be a non-profit organization. This scared me. I argued. I pleaded. I tried to negotiate. I finally prayed. If God wanted this to happen, I was to just be obedient. Just do it! Here we are in 2014. God did want this to happen. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization! Wow, I am humbled.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the now, we seldom look back at how God has used us to minister to others. So this is the report that is a look back into 2014. We have been blessed this year, and I know that God has much, much more for us to do! I can’t wait to see how His hand works with this ministry in 2015, can you?

Let me just review with you what has happened this year with God’s blessings.  With the help of many, many wonderful volunteers, we have:

Motherless Daughters Classes

  • Completed 3 Motherless Daughters Journey classes helping 14 women on their mother loss journey, facilitating their healing, and helping them grow a stronger relationship with God
  • Engaged 14 past Motherless Daughters as prayer partners for the women attending the 12-week Journey classes, praying for their healing
  • Completed 5 Emotionally Absent Mother classes helping 17 women on their mother loss journey

Site Development

  • Affirmed strategic alliances with sites hosting the Motherless Daughters Ministry

Care and Prayer Support

  • Offered care and prayer support to the many women connected to the Motherless Daughters Ministry
  • 64 women in the ministry attended the “Connecting with God” spiritual retreat.
  • Initiated a very active and successful Intercessory Prayer Team with 10 members, and it continues to grow

Motherless Daughters Support Group

  • Provided 12 monthly Motherless Daughters Support Groups for any motherless daughter in the Cincinnati area
  • Trained 3 new Motherless Daughters Support Group Leaders
  • Support Group Coordinator has stepped forward to organize and schedule monthly meetings.
  • Began advertising support group in different ways to attract new participants

Facilitator Training

  • Offered a 30-hour Motherless Daughters Facilitator Training divided into Part I, Part II, and Part III in January 2014
  • 9 women from the Motherless Daughters Ministry attended the Facilitator training. 9 of the 9 attended Parts I, Part II, and III.
  • Of the 9 women who completed the Motherless Daughters Facilitator training, 6 women participated and completed either a 6-week or a 12-week practicum.
  • Graduated 3 women who are now Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitator II, equipped to facilitate a 12-week Journey class
  • Graduated 3 women who are Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitator I, equipped to facilitate 6-week Topical Study classes
  • Provided over 12 hours of Continuing Education for the Motherless Daughters Facilitators.

Topical Studies Development

The Emotionally Absent Mother

  • Improved curriculum and experiential exercises for the Emotionally Absent Mother
  • Completed 3 Emotionally Absent Mother classes
  • Developed new experiential exercises for this class – the F.E.A.R. exercise

The Narcissistic Mother

  • Began the development of the Narcissistic Mother topical study
  • Initiated new team to develop class curriculum

Planning and Development

  • Continued the development of operating guidelines and process flow charts for clearly communicating our policy and procedures. This will be an ongoing project.

State of Ohio

  • Developed articles of incorporation as a non-profit organization
  • Achieved recognition as a Non-profit Charitable Organization in the State of Ohio in March.
  • Registered Motherless Daughters Ministry Logo as a Trademark in the state.

IRS/Federal Government

  • Began our first Board of Directors with 4 officers
  • Created organizational by-laws
  • Created conflict of interest policy for the organization
  • Recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – Motherless Daughters Ministry, Inc.

Organizational Development

  • Transitioned to a new accounting system for the ministry
  • Developed professional e-mail marketing
  • Created finance committee
  • Worked on strategic plan for the ministry to be continued throughout 2015
  • Completed SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) for the organization
  • Investigated and purchased non-profit insurance for the organization
  • Created mission, creed, core values, and vision statement

Fundraising

  • Suspended the planning for an event called, “Celebrating Women and their Well Being” until recognized as a 501 (c)(3)
  • Received donations of over $14,000

Website

  • Continued to maintain the Motherless Daughters Ministry website.
  • Made the critical decision to redevelop the website using WordPress platform to make more user friendly
  • Changed website to more dependable host server
  • Initiated concept of website advisory team

Newsletter

  • Published an outstanding bimonthly newsletter for women in the ministry
  • Developed new role descriptions for the newsletter team
  • Created a newsletter editor, a copy editor, and a layout and design editor
  • Created an organizational structure for the newsletter
  • Transitioned team members into new roles
  • Created an annual publication plan for the newsletter

Social Events

  • Honored more than 76 women in the ministry who have graciously given countless hours of their time and talents to minister to other motherless daughters.

 Administrative

  • Created an Administrative Team
  • Copied, organized, and assembled handouts for all classes

Facilitator Trainer

  • Developed a new facilitator role description for a Certified Facilitator Trainer and a Train-the-Trainer course for 2014
  • Piloted the role of Facilitator Trainer
  • Continued to evaluate and improve role

Here is what we said we would do last year. Some initiatives that were on our radar for 2014 were:

  • Complete the application process to become a 501c3 organization – TADA!
  • Improve the accessibility of our website for maximum exposure —TADA!
  • Create a board structure for the ongoing development and management of the ministry –TADA!
  • Develop an Emotionally Absent Mother workbook – Not yet!
  • Develop curriculum for the Narcissistic Mother— to be completed and offered in 2015
  • Continue working on the event planning for the Celebrating Women event. We will be resurrecting this and creating a plan! Stay tuned!

There are so many ways for you to be involved, as little or as much as your life allows. So I end with a prayer request as I did last year. . . .

Pray that God will lead this ministry in the direction He wants us to go.

Pray for women who are currently involved in this ministry, and for those who are ready to be involved, that they may have peace and courage to do God’s will as He gently nudges them.

And pray for the women who are looking or may need this ministry that they may find us and God’s healing in their life.

Amen.

Mary Ellen Collins, Ph.D., Director

Motherless Daughters Ministry

A Year in the Mirror: Reflections from 2015

The old year is drawing to a close and a new year will start.  It is always good to look back and reflect upon the previous year. Sometimes we get so caught up in the now, we seldom look back at how God has used us to minister to others. This has definitely been a year that God has pushed the ministry into new horizons to do His work. Exhilarating, scary, and awesome!  New opportunities, doing things we have never done before, and touching motherless daughters all over the world.  We are no longer a small ministry hidden in the Cincinnati area. When God told me in 2013 that He wanted this ministry to reach women all over the world, I was scared. I didn’t know how we could do this.  But then it wasn’t ours to do, it was God. It is happening. I am still scared but when it is God’s ministry, it will happen! The Motherless Daughters Ministry has been blessed this year and I know that God has many more opportunities for this New Year too! I can’t wait to see how His hand works with this ministry in 2016, can you?

Let me just review with you what has happened this year with God’s blessings.   With the help of many, many wonderful volunteers, we have:

Motherless Daughters Classes

  • Completed 4 Motherless Daughters Journey classes helping 17 women on their mother loss journey, facilitating their healing, and helping them grow a stronger relationship with God.
  • Engaged 17 past Motherless Daughters as prayer partners for the women attending the Journey 12 week classes, praying for their healing.
  • Offered 3 Emotionally Absent Mother classes.
  • Completed 1 Emotionally Absent Mother class helping 3 women on their mother loss journey.
  • Completed 1 Daughters of the Narcissistic Mother class helping 4 women learn the effects of having a narcissistic mother and learn new coping skills.

 The Narcissistic Mother

  • Developed and completed 6-week class for Daughters of the Narcissistic Mother.
  • Initiated new team to develop class curriculum

Increasing the total of woman associated with the Motherless Daughters Ministry to 211.

Created new formatting for classes

Journey

  • Reformatted the 12-week Journey class into a 4-day residential retreat to be held June 9-12, 2016.
  • Created Task Teams to support the implementation of the retreat:

Curriculum development task team

Prayer task team

Online registration task team

Onsite registration task team

Care task team

Administrative task team

Facilitator task team

  • Contracted residential retreat center as retreat facility.

The Emotionally Absent Mother

  • Developed new weekend retreat format for the Emotionally Absent Mother to be offered in fall 2016

Site Development

  • Affirmed relationship with sites hosting the Motherless Daughters Ministry.

Care and Prayer Support

  • Offered care and prayer support to the many women in the Motherless Daughters Ministry.
  • Continued to support an active Intercessory Prayer Team.

Motherless Daughters Support Group

  • Re-purposed Motherless Daughters Support Group into Books and Beyond focusing on movies and books related to mother loss.
  • Provided 9 monthly Motherless Daughters Books and Beyond groups for any motherless daughter in the Cincinnati area.
  • Trained 3 new Motherless Daughters Books and Beyond Group Leaders.
  • Began advertising support group in different websites to attract new participants.

Facilitator Training

  • Offered a 30-hour Motherless Daughters Facilitator Training divided into Part I, Part II, and Part III in January 2015.
  • 6 women from the Motherless Daughters Ministry attended the Facilitator training. 6 of the 6 attended Parts I, Part II, and Part III.
  • Of the 6 women who completed the Motherless Daughters Facilitator training, 2 women participated and completed either a 12-week practicum.
  • Graduated 2 women who are now Certified Motherless Daughters Facilitator II equipped to facilitate a 12-week class.
  • Provided over 12 hours of Continuing Education for the Motherless Daughters Facilitators.

 Holistic Empowerment

  • Began Holistic Empowerment Series based on our vision to holistically empower women — healing their body, mind, and spirit.
  • Provided Christ-centered classes and seminars related to the body, mind, and spirit not only to motherless daughters but any woman who seeks these things.
  • Conducted a seminar on “Hormones through Your Life Span.” 22 women attended this seminar.
  • Conducted spiritual retreat called, “You Were Made for More.” 25 women attended the day long retreat
  • Developed and conducted 6-week class on “The Road to Forgiveness.” 5 women attended this class.
  • Created a plan for multiple offerings in 2016.

Planning and Development

  • Continued the development of operating guidelines and process flow charts for clearly communicating our policy and procedures. This will be an ongoing project.

Organizational and Board Development

  • Changed Board structure.
  • Held first annual meeting re-electing and changing some positions.
  • Achieved Bronze level status on Guidestar for Non-profit organizations.
  • Developed professional e-mail event marketing.
  • Applied and accepted as an international non-governmental organization (NGO) with Ongood.
  • Completed strategic plan for the ministry.
  • Developed and prioritized 5 Operational goals for next 3 years.
    • Increase Program Development
    • Develop and Implement Marketing Plan
    • Create Organizational Development for Board and Committee Structure
    • Develop Strong Relationships
    • Create Financial Development Plan
  • Developed and held Volunteer Recognition Dinner for 65 volunteers.
  • Created job description for PT Administrative Assistant.

Fundraising

  • Achieved Bronze level status on Guidestar for Non-profit organizations.
  • Held successful first annual “Giving Tuesday” campaign.
  • Received corporate grant from Union Savings Bank.
  • Received donations of over $9000.00.
  • Began researching grants and funding sources.
  • Actively pursuing ministry donations.
  • Increased number of monthly recurring donors to 5.

Website

  • Continued to maintain the Motherless Daughters Ministry website.
  • Made the critical decision to redevelop the website using WordPress platform to make more user friendly.
  • Changed website to more dependable host server.
  • Initiated concept of website advisory team.
  • Initiated new WordPress website in March, 2015,
  • Acquired 2 international domains:
    • Motherlessdaughtersministry.ngo
    • Motherlessdaughtersministry.ong
  • Directed both of these new sites to motherlessdaughtersministry.com
  • Continuously improving website

Newsletter

  • Published an outstanding bimonthly newsletter for women in the ministry
  • Developed new role descriptions for the newsletter team
  • Created an organizational structure for the newsletter
  • Transitioned team members into new roles
  • Created an annual publication plan for the newsletter

Facebook

  • Created Facebook page for the ministry
  • At the end of 2015, we have over 3000+ followers on our Facebook page.
  • Connected with women all over the world on issues concerning mother loss.

Social Events

  • Developed and held Volunteer Recognition Dinner for 65 volunteers.

Administrative

  • Created an Administrative Team
  • Copied, organized, and assembled handouts for all classes

Whew!  I am amazed to see all we have done together and, 2016 will be more amazing.

There are so many ways for you to be involved, as little or as much as your life allows.  So I end with a prayer request as I did last year . . .

Pray that God will lead this ministry in the direction He wants us to go.

Pray for women who are currently involved in this ministry, and for those who are ready to be involved, that they may have peace and courage to do God’s will as He gently nudges them.

And pray for the women who are looking or may need this ministry that they may find us and God’s healing in their life. 

Amen.

Mary Ellen Collins, Ph.D.,

Executive Director

Motherless Daughters Ministry