Category Archives: About HelpHOPELive

What Brings You Joy This Holiday Season?

For many of us, the holiday season represents a time for gratitude and hope for a brighter new year.

For our clients, these sentiments are year-long, thanks to the generosity of our most loyal supporters who “help hope live” through their donations. To capture their gratitude, each year we ask a Help Hope Live client to contribute artwork and share their story for our annual holiday card to donors.

We were delighted this year to have Kathe Wimberly Neely as our featured client-artist.

Help Hope Live Holiday Card: 2017

This year’s card features an original holiday design complete with whimsical trees and festive stars, all wrapped in warm red, white, and Help Hope Live’s signature teal. Inside, the card reads, “Whatever the reason, we hope you find joy this holiday season.”

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An Artist’s Story of New Life

As the back of our holiday card explains, Kathe Neely is a part of our South-Atlantic Transplant Fund. In 2015, she followed her dream and published a collection of her work in an adult coloring book called Late Nite Doodles (now in its second series). In 2017, Kathe had another dream realized when she received a lifesaving transplant.

Kathe Wimberly Neely Help Hope Live

“Pay it forward!” Kathe’s custom plate encourages

This holiday season, Kathe is celebrating the joy of having eight months with her new kidney and pancreas.

Life is grand…each and every person I know and love brings sunshine to my life. I have met many new people along my journey, each one adding new rays and brightness to my appreciative and over-flowing heart.”

We were delighted to have Kathe’s help creating our one-of-a-kind holiday card for 2017. Here’s a look at the special designs we’ve used in the past with help from Help Hope Live clients and supporters!

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The Art of Fundraising

As Kathe puts it, “being hooked up to a dialysis machine for ten hours every night, drawing was a great way to focus on something other than my illness while being productive in a creative and fulfilling way.” She’s not the only Help Hope Live client to find hope (and fundraising help) in art:

Jane Koza is living in a nursing home as she copes with the devastating effects of transverse myelitis. Jane sells her intricate coloring projects: she colors enlarged adult coloring pages, frames the pieces, and offer them in exchange for Help Hope Live donations to the Mid-Atlantic Catastrophic Illness Fund. The projects unlock her creativity and give her community members a new avenue for support (and an attractive home decoration or gift for their friends!)

Tree of Life, colored by Jane Koza

“Tree of Life,” colored by Jane Koza

The Tommy’s Team adult coloring book was created with love by Jack Plaxe to help Tommy McGuire, a 24-year-old young man who sustained a spinal cord injury in 2016. All royalties from this intricate coloring book are donated to Help Hope Live in honor of Tommy via the New York Spinal Cord Injury Fund. As one purchaser noted, the book helps doodlers to “feel encouraged not to give up on small challenges when compared to what Tommy faces.”

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A Season of Giving

If you want to help more clients find joy in 2018 and beyond, consider pledging your support to Help Hope Live this holiday season. Your donations help ensure medical care stays within reach for people like Kathe, Jane, and Tommy by funding one-on-one fundraising and financial support during what can be the most difficult time of an individual’s life.

Pledge to give $100 to Help Hope Live and become a member of our #HelpfulHundred. You can amplify your impact by asking friends and family members to join you. Learn more at

Welcome, Kelly!

Our Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Kelly L. Green as the new executive director of Help Hope Live.

Kelly Green

Kelly joins our organization with excitement and passion for the mission. She feels honored to be able to lead an organization whose services she personally utilized to assist with her mother’s kidney transplant in 2007. She has tremendous respect for the work of the staff and board as well as the generous supporters who make these vital services possible.

Kelly describes herself as a mother, a daughter of her hero, a battle-tested unifier, and a thought leader. She has more than 20 years’ experience working in and leading nonprofit organizations and has been extremely active in community service.

As the CEO and founder of Go Green Consulting, Kelly has worked with a broad range of nonprofit organizations, providing strategic development, fundraising support, executive coaching, board development, and staff management services. She has demonstrated impressive vision, courage, and competence in restructuring organizations to create greater efficiencies and more responsive and effective services.

In the last decade, Kelly has also proudly served as the CEO of Variety – The Children’s Charity, director of Montgomery County, PA Voters Services, and deputy director for the Institute for the Study of Civic Values in Philadelphia. She has contributed her time to many civic endeavors, including serving as president of the League of Women Voters of Philadelphia and as an investigator for the Philadelphia Bar Association Judicial Selection and Review Committee. She also designed and painted a local community mural to inspire peace; serves on a board to work with homeless veterans; and is a longtime supporter of the Gift of Life Family House, which provides lodging and support for families of transplant patients seeking treatment in Philadelphia.

Kelly has a degree in administrative justice from Penn State University and earned certifications in program development and anti-violence training from Temple University while working toward her MSW.

She lives in Philadelphia and has an amazing daughter, Maya, and a pet frog, Bloopy.

On behalf of our staff and board, please join us in giving Kelly a warm welcome!

How to Fundraise on Facebook on #GivingTuesday: FAQs

We’ve got big news! For one day only on #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, you will be able to use Facebook to start a Fundraiser for your Help Hope Live campaign. To take advantage of this limited fundraising opportunity, you must contact us for key instructions. Failure to notify Help Hope Live will exclude you from this offer. Here’s what you need to know…

What are the benefits of using Facebook Fundraisers this November 28?

  1. Facebook is waiving all fees for donations made to nonprofits on Facebook this #GivingTuesday.
  2. Starting at 8 a.m. EST (5 a.m. PST) on #GivingTuesday, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be matching donations to U.S. nonprofits made through Facebook while funds last (up to $1,000 per Fundraiser, $50,000 per nonprofit, and $2 million in total).

Do I have to participate?

Creating a Facebook Fundraiser on November 28 is completely optional. Questions to consider:

  • Are you comfortable using Facebook?
  • Do you have an engaged list of Facebook friends who will help support and share your Fundraiser for Help Hope Live?
  • Are you aware that funds raised through Facebook may not reach your Help Hope Live campaign for 90 days? Read below:How soon will the funds be available?”

If you choose not to participate, you can still enjoy our #tealdeal: we waive the credit card fee for all donations at in your honor on November 28.

How can I get started?

1. Contact us to talk about your plans to participate

2. Spread the word about #GivingTuesday on Facebook

3. On November 28, at any point in the day, create a Facebook Fundraiser and select Help Hope Live as the beneficiary.

Create a Facebook Fundraiser by tapping Raise Money


Tap Get Started


Tap Nonprofit


Find and select Help Hope Live

4. Add to the Fundraiser page “in honor of [your full name]”

5. Add to the Fundraiser page the name of your regionally restricted fund (for example, a part of the Mid-Atlantic Liver Transplant Fund). You can find this information on your Help Hope Live Campaign Page)


Be sure to include your name and the regionally restricted fund name


5. Share the Facebook Fundraiser with as many people as possible!

6. At the end of the day, take a screenshot of your Facebook Fundraising dashboard showing the total amount raised through your November 28 Facebook Fundraiser.


Take a screenshot that shows the total amount raised on November 28


7. Email the screenshot to [email protected] with the subject line: Facebook Fundraiser

8. When the funds raised are made available to Help Hope Live, you will see a new entry on the List of Contributors via your Campaign Dashboard.

There are a few important guidelines you must follow to be eligible for this opportunity: You must contact us to express interest in this opportunity.

  • You must be actively fundraising with Help Hope Live (at least one donation has been made in your honor)
  • You must mention your name and your Help Hope Live regionally restricted fund on the Facebook Fundraiser page


Find your regionally restricted fund name at the top of your campaign page


  • You must email a screenshot of the total funds raised to [email protected] within 72 hours of November 28
  • If you do not send us your screenshot on November 28, we may ask you to verify individual donation amounts to ensure all donations were made on November 28

What happens if I do not follow these guidelines for Facebook Fundraising?

If you do not adhere to these guidelines, we cannot guarantee that funds raised through Facebook Fundraising will be available to help with your medical and related costs. Funds raised outside of our guidelines through Facebook Fundraising will still come to Help Hope Live, but those funds will benefit our General Operating Fund to help support our work and mission.

How can I find out if I am eligible for matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation?

Help Hope Live is not given any information about specific Facebook Fundraisers. All donations we receive through Facebook come to us as one lump sum. You will need to use Facebook’s reporting tools or contact the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation directly to for information about matching funds.

Will I be able to continue fundraising on Facebook after November 28?

You will not be able to continue fundraising on Facebook after #GivingTuesday. Funds raised through a Facebook Fundraiser for Help Hope Live after midnight EST on November 28 will be given to the Help Hope Live General Operating Fund and will not come to Help Hope Live in your honor.

Unfortunately, Facebook currently does not provide an avenue for fundraising that is fully compatible with our Help Hope Live administrative process. We will make this option available in the future when we can.

How soon will the funds be available?

Funds raised through Facebook are collected by the nonprofit Network For Good and then sent to Help Hope Live in a lump sum. Help Hope Live cannot control how long it takes for funds to arrive from Network For Good. Expect to wait up to 90 days for Help Hope Live to receive the funds you raise on November 28…

Help Hope Live has no control over matching funds from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. We cannot guarantee that any contributions made on Facebook will be matched, nor can we provide an exact timeline for when eligible matching donations will become available to Help Hope Live for medical and related expenses.

Will I be able to see who donated?

You will be able to see donor names and donation amounts through Facebook only. Once we have received and processed donations from your Fundraiser (which, again, may take up to 90 days), the funds will appear on your Help Hope Live List of Contributors as a single entry: Facebook Fundraiser. Make sure you carefully record the information you get on Facebook for sending out thank-you notes or other gift acknowledgements.

Does Facebook take a fee?

Facebook has agreed to waive their administrative fee for all donations made to charities on November 28. Other fees may apply, such as a Network for Good payment processing fee, depending on the donor’s payment method and other factors. Help Hope Live does not receive information regarding fees that occur through Facebook Fundraiser donations.

Does Help Hope Live take a fee?

Help Hope Live’s low 5% administrative fee will be applied to funds raised through Facebook.

Who should I contact if I have additional questions?

Email [email protected] if you have any questions about this opportunity.

We look forward to seeing your Facebook Fundraisers in action on November 28! Best of luck!

#GivingTuesday is November 28! What is Giving Tuesday?

As the official website explains, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

What’s in it for me?

#GivingTuesday is a great day to spread the word about a fundraising campaign or special cause you care about. Here’s a quick guide to #GivingTuesday and tips for how to maximize the impact of this global day of giving to raise funds for Help Hope Live in honor of a loved one in need.

#GivingTuesday Facts

  • Save the Date: This year’s #GivingTuesday is Tuesday, November 28, 2017
  • Globally recognized movement that celebrates charitable giving and selfless acts
  • Has raised $177 million for charities since its inaugural year in 2012

…but it’s not about the money: it’s about doing GOOD! That could mean donating, or it could mean volunteering, speaking out about the causes that matter to you, or making a stranger’s day with a random act of kindness.

Take an #unselfie (a selfless selfie) to show your support for a special cause.

How does Help Hope Live celebrate #GivingTuesday?

We celebrate by giving back with our #TealDeal: no credit card fees ALL DAY!

On #GivingTuesday, Help Hope Live covers the credit card fees for all online donations at That means when someone makes a donation in honor of a Help Hope Live client on Tuesday, November 28, only our low 5% admin fee applies.

You can mobilize and empower your community to take advantage of our #TealDeal by promoting #GivingTuesday now through November 28.

Your #GivingTuesday Social Media Strategy

  • Follow @GivingTues on social media and pay attention to the tips and tricks they share
  • Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday on all relevant posts to get additional exposure
  • Post reminders on social media leading up to #GivingTuesday and our special #TealDeal (be sure to include a link to your Help Hope Live Campaign Page)

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  • Create a Facebook event and invite friends to Like and Share the event so your online community will receive automatic event reminders from Facebook as the day gets closer
  • Consider contacting a group of close friends via direct messages to ask them to pledge to make a donation on #GivingTuesday
  • Download and share this #GivingTuesday graphic

#GivingTuesday Tips


  • Remind friends about #GivingTuesday at least once per week
  • Highlight why donations to Help Hope Live are needed and how donations have made a direct impact on your life
  • Include pictures or video whenever possible
  • Always include the date (November 28), the #TealDeal (no credit card fees), and how to donate (
  • Emphasize that donations will have a greater impact than ever on that day
  • Consider using the List of Contributors via your Campaign Dashboard at to create an email distribution list to help spread the word beyond social media
  • Remind supporters that donations to Help Hope Live are tax deductible

In your outreach, include basic info, hashtags, a link, and a picture, like this example from Giving Tuesday 2016.


  • Miss this Global Day of Giving!
  • Make assumptions that other #GivingTuesday offers are applicable to your Help Hope Live campaign
    • Always check with your Help Hope Live Client Services Coordinator about eligible donations

We can’t wait to enjoy Giving Tuesday with you and your community. Reach out to your Coordinator at any time for additional tips and guidance.


You Made Hope Happen in 2016

We know that when you donate to support our mission, you may not always see the direct impact of those dollars. And as a member of the Help Hope Live community, you may not realize how your efforts spark change and inspire action in others.

That’s why we’ve put together this post–to show friends like you how you make a positive difference, every single day, by being part of the Help Hope Live family. Your time and effort added up to some big numbers with huge impact in Fiscal Year 2016.

Help Hope Live logo

Last year, you helped:

Launch 732 new medical fundraising campaigns

Provide $9.3 million to help cover vital medical and related expenses

Support the needs of 1,400 patients and families facing the most difficult challenge of their lives: a lifesaving transplant or a life-changing catastrophic injury or illness.

But you didn’t stop there…

You also helped:

Crush 4,942 medical fundraising goals

Plan 550 gatherings of hope nationwide

Inspire 2,451 words of gratitude

Provide 57 emergency assistance grants to help families avoid an immediate medical crisis

Honor 25 loved ones’ legacies, and

Joined a community of 3,224 empowered and compassionate friends and neighbors

Families across the country felt the tangible impact. 16 Help Hope Live patients reported finding a “new normal” after a devastating medical crisis altered their lives.

“Thanks to so many wonderful people, my family and I have reached our Help Hope Live goal for my double lung transplant recovery. We have no idea what the future will bring, but hopefully, I will continue getting stronger every day. I cherish breathing.”

Bob Wollenberg Help Hope Live

Bob Wollenberg, Great Lakes Lung Transplant Fund

10 patients reached a major independence milestone after a catastrophic injury, from going to college to driving and living independently.

“Alex’s physical therapy sessions are two hours and he enjoys every minute of it! He loves traveling wherever his [new] vehicle takes him.” He is pictured below with wife, Marina: “A new chapter is beginning for two deserving young people who have overcome so much.”


Alex Paul, Northeast Spinal Cord Injury Fund

To us, these aren’t just numbers. They are symbols of hope in the midst of extremely challenging circumstances.

When you engage with Help Hope Live as a donor, patient, or volunteer, you are shouting hope from the rooftops. You are refusing to let a medical crisis dominate the course of a life. You are defying the negative noise the world throws at you by taking a stand for strong, loving communities and life-changing new beginnings. You are telling someone, “You matter. Your voice is heard. Your story is my story, too.

That’s what it really means to help hope live. Never stop: the world needs you, and so do we.

Keep hope alive in 2017!

Click here to make a one-time or recurring donation to our nonprofit to keep our mission strong in 2017 and beyond. And from all of us…thank you!

Meet My Second Family: HelpHOPELive

Liam Murray began volunteering with HelpHOPELive two years ago and has been a member of our board of directors for the past year.  He also serves on our Development Committee. We sat down with Liam to talk about what charitable giving means to him and his family.


Liam and his family enjoy the Radnor Hunt Races, a Kolff Society event

Why do you donate to HelpHOPELive? 

I donate because I love the mission. I love that the organization serves a very practical purpose at a point in a person’s life when they are most vulnerable. When someone is diagnosed with a life-changing illness or suffers a sudden catastrophic injury, the last thing they should have to worry about is who is going to pay for this.

I personally know three people who could have benefited from HelpHOPELive, but neither I nor they were aware it existed at the time. This organization is absolutely needed in communities around the country and making people aware of its existence is a personal mission of mine.

This is why I donate specifically to the unrestricted (general operating) fund and volunteer with the development committee to position more people to support HelpHOPELive to help us expand our reach even further.

What does charitable giving mean to you and your family (not just financially)?

Being able to donate means we are very lucky as a family. Life can change in an instant. Today I have the ability to give a little bit of time and money; tomorrow I may rely on others to donate that time and money to me or my family. We give while we can because you never know when you’ll be on the other end.

There is also something about being part of the organization to which you are giving which has deep meaning to me. I absolutely love the people at HelpHOPELive. They have welcomed me as if I were a member of the family, and that means a lot. My ideas, even the terrible ones, are considered and I’m asked my opinion all the time.

What do you hope to share with your children about charitable giving?

I hope to lead by example. I hope they understand how lucky they are to be in the position to give, and that it is both a privilege and a responsibility. It is also not something you do and forget about. I hope they see for themselves that it needs to be something that becomes part of your life so long as you are able.

Do you have any advice for first-time donors?

Every dollar you give, you get two back. Not sure why it works like that, but it does.

What if I don’t have a lot of money to give away? Can I still make an impact?

I might just suggest that there is power in community. When the HelpHOPELive Fundraising and Patient Services Team works on a new campaign, they don’t expect a single donor to give thousands of dollars, they know it takes a lot of small donations to reach their fundraising goals. Donate what you can, whether that is time or money and you will be surprised how far it can go. At least I have been!

The team at HelpHOPELive, across all departments, has a magical ability to take modest amounts of money and accomplish incredible things. I wouldn’t donate unless I had profound respect for the team putting my money to work for a good cause.


Liam with his wife, Ashley, and his daughter, Joee

Can you open your heart this year to help us provide meaningful fundraising assistance to thousands of families? Donate now at