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We have donated more than $250,000
to the American Cancer Society


Frequently Asked Questions

1. How did Fiberart For A Cause (FFAC) start?

My sister, Nancy Spiegel Rosman, is chair of the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life in her town, Forest Lake MN. What is the ACS Relay For Life? Our Dad is a colon cancer survivor. All donations through Fiberart For A Cause are credited to the Forest Lake Relay For Life, but go directly to the American Cancer Society.

I was a minimally participating team member until April 2005 when I decided to try to increase my donation to the ACS by offering a few fiberart postcards online in exchange for donations. My hope was to have three of seven postcards acquired by patrons and raise $90.

Eventually I was making fiberart postcards full time to sell online for FFAC. Karen Stiehl Osborn asked if she could help me keep up with demand by making and donating some postcards in memory of her Dad.

Artists and patrons worldwide, including many members of the online group, Quiltart, soon adopted the FFAC cause as their own. Fiberart postcards were donated and purchased at an amazing rate with over $10,000 raised for the ACS in just four months.

This success led to an invitation by the FFAC Honorary Chair, Karey Bresenhan, to exhibit and sell fiberart postcards at the International Quilt Festival - Houston in November 2005 where an additional $20,000 was raised in FOUR days.

Although the postcard project ended in 2006 after raising over $100,000, FFAC continued fundraising with other fiber-related activities until over one-quarter of a million dollars was donated to the ACS.

Fiberart For A Cause was retired in 2015, so I am able to return to my studio.
I thank everyone for their generous support.

2. How did FFAC raise more than $250,000 for the ACS between 2005-2016?

$1065 was raised in 2016 in a very informal fundraiser with my Java series collages.

$10,380 was raised by THE 100 in 2015 in just 2.5 hours..

$5746 was raised by the Fiber 5K to Fight Cancer in 2014.

$8600 was raised by A Year of Art in 2013.

$7778 was raised by Foto/Fiber 2012 in 2012.

$9817 was raised by ONE Hundred Collages in just six hours in 2011.

$303 was raised during my Annual Birthday Celebration in October.

Over
$15,500 was raised by Tote Tuesday in 2010.

Over
$18,000 was raised by Collage Mania 2009.

$6250 was raised through the 2009 Invitational Reverse Auction.

My eBook, Art, Nature, Creativity, Life raised over
$5500.

Linda Matthews of Creative Textile & Quilting Arts is donating all proceeds from a $5 donation for her downloadable multi-media workbook about machine wrapped cording. Over
$200 raised.

Tomme Fent developed a CD of her Quiltart Grab Bag Challenge in 2008 and is donating all proceeds to the ACS through FFAC. Over
$600.

Lynn Krawczyk, curator of the Breaking Traditions art quilt exhibit in 2008, focused the theme of the exhibit in 2008 on all the good in the world and entrants donated the $10 entry fee to the ACS through FFAC. Over
$1000 raised.

Over
$13,000 was raised through Collage Mania 2008.

A very generous percentage of sales of Mistyfuse during January 2008 was donated by Iris Karp of Attached, Inc.

2008 Promotion Partners included Quilts, Inc, Attached, Inc. (Mistyfuse), and Flourish!,

Over
$8700 was raised through the 2008 Invitational Reverse Auction.

$510 was raised online one day in 2007 through a trial run of Collage Mania.

Over
$6000 was raised through the 2007 Invitational Reverse Auction.

Over
$58,000 was raised through fiberart postcards at the 2006 International Quilt Festival-Houston. This was the final postcard project for FFAC.

Over
$12,000 was raised by an online sale of fiberart postcards by Karey Bresenhan with the remaining donated postcards from IQF-Houston 2006.

Over $18,000 was raised through fiberart postcards at the 2006 International Quilt Festival-Chicago.

Over $3400 was raised through the 2006 Invitational Reverse Auction.

$300 was raised through the Little Treasures Exchange coordinated by Carol Fletcher in 2006.

Over $20,000 was raised through fiberart postcards at the 2005 International Quilt Festival-Houston.

$10,800
was raised through the 2005 online exhibition of fiberart postcards

Over $2900 was raised through the 2005 Reverse Auction

3. How much of the money raised by FFAC was donated to the American Cancer Society?

100%

4. How is that possible?

Artists/Donors donate their work and ship it directly to the buyer. Many events have generous businesses who donate prizes to encourage donations.

Fiberart postcards: All the postcards were donated by generous artists worldwide. Karey Bresenhan, Director of International Quilt Festival - Houston and Chicago, donated the booth space (photo) and all the materials to prepare the fiberart postcards for display. Karey is a cancer survivor, Honorary Chair of FFAC and our fairy godmother.

Little Treasure's Exchange/Fundraiser:
Quilting Arts magazine provided the pattern and instructions online and Carol Fletcher, designer of the Little Treasure and cancer survivor, hosted the event. Many businesses and individuals donated prizes.

My sister and I are "do-gooders" by nature, but we have decided to focus our efforts, time and money on fundraising for the American Cancer Society. There are many worthy causes to support, but this is a disease that has, unfortunately, left few families untouched.

5. How did the money raised by FFAC go to the American Cancer Society?

All money raised through FFAC goes through the Forest Lake, MN Relay For Life (See #1 above).

The American Cancer Society has been repeatedly and consistently in the top ten Good Stewards identified by charity watchgroups.

6. Who should I contact if I have questions about Fiberart For A Cause?

Please contact me, Virginia A. Spiegel, if you have any questions. Please note Fiberart For A Cause is now retired.

The American Cancer Society's toll-free number, 1-800-ACS-2345, connects a caller directly with a trained cancer information specialist who can answer questions, listen to concerns or refer the caller to local programs.

For more information, www.cancer.org

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