What is The Confetti Foundation? It is a non-profit organization that supplies boxes of themed party materials to children who are hospitalized on their birthdays. Our full mission statement is here.
How did it start? The official launch date was January 1st, 2014, but the idea came about in 2010 when the founder’s best friend’s child was born 8 weeks premature. After asking the question of what happens when a child has to spend their birthday in the hospital, Stephanie made a promise to make it easier for families, and hospitals, to give kids in the hospital the celebration they deserve on their birthday. More information about the foundation is available here.
How does it work? Through volunteers, The Confetti Foundation gathers party supplies, fills the boxes, and then distributes them to participating children’s hospitals across the country. As of August 2016, 141 hospitals have agreed to pass out party boxes to children who are hospitalized on their birthday. More information about our volunteers and our hospitals is available.
What is inside the box? Each party box is unique and hand-packaged with a special theme. The boxes contain party supplies such as a banner, activities, toys, cups, and plates. All that a child’s family needs to supply is the cake in order to have a special birthday party right in their hospital room. More info about the party boxes is available here.
What does it cost to produce a party box? Each birthday party box averages $25, which includes making and producing the supplies inside, as well as shipping the boxes to the hospitals. As of August 2016, 1,500 boxes have been packaged and distributed to 141 hospitals!
How can a hospital participate? The party boxes are available for children’s hospitals in the United States. If a children’s hospital would like to participate and receive boxes for their children, simply contact the foundation here.
Why does it have to be wooden utensils, not plastic? When Stephanie started this, she found that families staying in the hospitals had plastic utensils at every meal, so she wanted their celebration to be special, hence the wooden utensils. 🙂
What is a “birthday fairy” or a “birthday hero” ? A birthday fairy or a birthday hero is a volunteer who reaches out to their local children’s hospital to facilitate a relationship with The Confetti Foundation. They are responsible for hand-delivering each box to the hospital, organizing local fundraisers, and raising local awareness about The Confetti Foundation. Drop-offs can range from once a month, to once every six months; each hospital varies. More information about the birthday fairies or birthday heroes is available here. Want to become one? Sign up HERE
I am a Girl Scout/Boy Scout Troop Leader, how can I get my group involved? We LOVE that children want to give back to their communities! Unfortunately groups can not pack boxes and deliver the boxes to the hospitals. Hospitals have regulations that we have to follow, so all boxes need to be packed at our headquarters in Newport, RI. What they can do is make us birthday cards or collect birthday supplies from our wish list, which is then mailed to our headquarters and we distributed to the hospitals. *collected party supplies CAN NOT be delivered to hospitals directly.
Who is the founder? The Confetti Foundation was founded in January 2014, by Stephanie Frazier Grimm. Stephanie is the owner of Couture Parties, a wedding and event planning and design company serving Newport, RI. More information about the team can be found here and more information about Couture Parties can be found here. Stephanie’s head shot is available here Our logo can be downloaded here.
How is the foundation funded? The Confetti Foundation is funded through private donations and corporate and small business sponsors. One hundred percent of the foundation’s donations go to creating, stuffing, and shipping each and every birthday party box. Donations are accepted in many forms, please take a look at ways to give.
How do I donate products for the boxes? We love to partner with companies! Every box comes with the following no matter what, but we can also add an extra “gift” to the themed box! For example, a princess book into the princess themed box or a gym bag for the sports themed box. We are certainly PR friendly, so let us know what your clients would like to help us out with! *unfortunately edible products can not be included.
How can people volunteer? The Confetti Foundation has many ways to get involved:
- If you live in the area of Newport, RI, you can help at a monthly “packing party” where we make the party supplies and stuff the boxes.
- Sorry, packing parties can ONLY take place in our studio, they can not be hosted in other states UNLESS a board member is present.
- You can become a birthday fairy/hero and connect with your local hospital to distribute birthday party boxes in your area here.
- Hold a product drive! Ask friends and family to donate party supplies. Our official wish list is here.
- You can make a donation to The Confetti Foundation here.
- Hold a fundraiser and have us be the charity of choice! (bake sale, marathon, dress down day etc.)
Where are you located? The Confetti Foundation is headquartered in Middletown, RI.
What are The Confetti Foundations goals? Our 2016 goal is to raise enough funds so that we can be supply 500 boxes and be in all of the 50 states. (currently we are in 43 states) Our four-year goal is to be in all 240 children’s hospitals in the United States! More importantly, our goal is to bring communities together and share in our very own backyards. We want to celebrate birthday’s with everyone because everyone deserves it!
What are your social media handles? We LOVE to be social! Shout us from the roof tops here:Twitter is @confettitoss Instagram is @ConfettiFoundation Facebook is @ConfettiFoundation