Lemonade Makers

A lot has happened in my life in the past 6 months.  In November I was privileged to be on stage with the BraveHeart Women’s Conference and present information on my launching of my nonprofit called Lemonade Makers to over 1,200 women and then to introduce Marianne Williamson as the next speaker.  My speech was very well received and it took me three hours to leave that evening, because so many women were excited about the program.  Lemonade Makers is going live in March and I am currently seeking Board Members for my nonprofit.  I am hoping that you will consider being one of the board members.

After my nephews death, my sister started a nonprofit called “Mother Grizzlies Against Gangs”.  After a few marches and rallies it sort of died out.  What I discovered as I researched other families who had lost a loved one to a violent death, is that a lot of people try to create something positive from losing a loved one, and like my sister they sort of fade away after a year or two.  While they have the best intentions, they don’t really know how to run a nonprofit as a business, and so once their money runs out, they end up closing up the charity.  They are missing some part of the puzzle to create a successful nonprofit.

What I am creating with Lemonade Makers, is a forum/community where they can gather together to learn from each other.  We will create online training classes to teach them the basics of the business; how to fundraise; create a steady cash flow through several streams of income; how to get corporate sponsorship; how to use social media; etc…, whatever they need to be able to become successful in their passion of making a difference in their town and in the world.  We will be able to help each other copy what works, and figure out how to make what didn’t work out as planned better.  As we create and build this community around the world, (within 1 yr to 18 months) we will begin filming a series for a  reality show that is sort of like the show that was on TV several years ago, called “Home Improvement Makeover”, and instead will film how each charity grows from struggling to make a difference in their town, to figuring out how to engage their own community to step up and help them make a difference.  What we want to highlight is that one person taking a stand can make a difference, because they inspire a community around them to join with them to make that difference.

Part of the creating of community around Lemonade Makers will be those who join the forum because they want to support those specific causes that the various charities will represent.  They can become Ambassadors with volunteering time and resources as they are needed, or they can become fans, who want to be supportive but not as physically hands on in their support.

I hope that you will consider being a board member as I believe that you would be a valuable member of our community.  Please feel free to reach out with any questions, and thank you for taking the time to consider my invitation.

Sheryl Silbaugh

I am married with 4 grown children who are all married and currently have 14 grandchildren and two great granddaughters. I work fulltime as a Director at Bank of America and I am the founder of LemonadeMakers.org, which is a website and Facebook page dedicated to personal transformation and growth. We all have life's lemons show up in our life, this website helps us to make them into lemonade.