Watering TCKid's Roots

$1,260 of $2,000 goal

Raised by 10 people in 67 months
With the humble beginnings out of a global but tight-knit online gathering of Third Culture Kids (TCK's) that came together over a period of two years, Brice Royer created TCKid as a broader-reaching social networking platform to to help TCKs connect and find a sense of belonging in 2008. Since then, it has become a community and family that has kept on growing and playing a large role in the how TCK's come to learn more about their identity.

Each time I see new faces or new friendships develop on TCKid, it reminds me of the special time I discovered TCKid, and how that special discovery helped open up skills and gifts in me that were unidentified or disjointed until I realized I was a TCK. The movement that grew out of this early community of TCK's is still very passionate and has an expanding horizon to look forward to.

On a solemn note, I also remember hearing the story of one potential member one of our TCKid local groups had just begun to outreach to who committed suicide. It devastated me, knowing how the TCK's unresolved grief issues can often play a role in the tendency towards depression and other risk factors of suicide. This gave me the deeper push for pursuing TCKid's horizons.

Please join me in watering these early history roots of TCKid to help it grow into its future ♥

Myra Dumapias, MSW
TCKid Executive Director

October 2013 update - Fundraising efforts will now focus on gathering resources to redesign TCKid's website to better deliver information and resources to both the TCK community and the non-TCK/ general public through multi-media projects. The 501(c)(3) application was submitted on August 2 and was expected to be processed by the end of October, 2013. Due to the partial government shutdown in the U.S., the estimated time for completion may extend towards the end of November. TCKid will then have a different page for fundraising with its 501c3 status.

Original goal - Contributing to this fund will provide TCKid's registered nonprofit status with the 501(c)(3) documentation. Once approved, TCKid's 501(c)(3) designation will be recognized starting Dec 2011*, when it was registered in the state of Texas and the IRS as a nonprofit entity. All donations since then will be recognized by the US IRS as tax-deducible. TCKid is just one application and $400 in applicable fees away from nonprofit status with 501(c)(3) recognition, which allows donations to be considered tax-deductible and qualify TCKid for corporate, private and government grants as well as other fundraising opportunities that require it.

Contributing to this fund will help TCKid expand its branches of services and programs, including activities that will be hosted by the local groups that you may already be involved with. (--Please do not submit donations to local group staff directly, but through this fund/ other fundraising campaigns announced by TCKid management in the future--).

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Thank you so very much!! Your donation paves the way for TCKid to carry out its mission of increasing and supporting the individual and general awareness of the TCK experience and unique gifts by facilitating connection and community engagement.

[*Once the 501(c)(3) recognition is processed, any donations for this fund can be claimed as tax-exempt, even if donations were received prior the paper.]

For more information:
Please inquire "Myra at TCKid" on Facebook or at manager@tckid.com.

About TCKid:

TCKid: A Home for Third Culture Kids and Adults TCKid is a registered non-profit organization that serves as an active global community of Third Culture Kid (TCK) adults and youth across geographical boundaries.

In existence now since 2008, when Brice Royer created this social network platform for a community of TCK's that started to come together in 2006, TCKid has grown to include local chapters around the world in addition to its central virtual community. We have been featured on the BBC, ABC News, The Telegraph, the U.S Department of Defense and Education Week.

TCKid's mission is to increase and support the individual and general awareness of the TCK experience and unique gifts by facilitating connection and community engagement.

Our new vision is to:
1. Provide comprehensive resources to help increase the understanding of the TCK experience and common challenges.
2. Celebrate the unique experiences of TCK's while fostering a sense of community, self-expression, dialogue, and peer-support. and
3. Support the discovery of unique skills and talents related to the TCK experience and facilitate opportunities for expressing or applying them in various sectors of the community.

For those who aren't sure what a TCK is, here is the definition: "A third culture kid is a person who has spent a significant part of his or her developmental years outside their parents' passport culture(s)."
The experience includes "frequently build(ing) relationships to all of the cultures, while not having full ownership in any. Although elements from each culture may be assimilated into the TCK's life experience, the sense of belonging is in relationship to others of similar background."
"A Cross-Cultural Kid ( CCK) is a person who has lived in"”or meaningfully interacted with"”two or more cultural environments for a significant period of time during developmental years." - Pollock, D. and Van Reken, R.E. (2009) Third Culture Kids: Growing Up Among Worlds. Boston: Nicholas Brealey Publishing.

If you'd like to help coordinate with this local group or volunteer for other activities of TCKid, please email Myra Dumapias or Erin Sinogba at manager@tckid.com.

More about TCKid -
TCKid encompasses its home page at http://tckid.com/, its community forum http://my.tckid.com/ (for members registered on the home page), TCKid Counseling referral database, followers on twitter (@tckid), and over 50 local chapters around the world. TCKid also has a joint venture with http://TCKAcademy.com/ to offer more resources that increase the understanding about the TCK experience.

If you would like to donate or participate in a fundraising event, please contact TCKid Executire Director Myra Dumapias by emailing execdirector@tckid.com.
Examiner article on transition
TCKid's press release on transition in 2011

PLEASE NOTE: TCKid is not officially affiliated with other organizations or products that use the name Third Culture Kid, unless otherwise mentioned in our list of affiliated partners (under development). Only However, TCKid welcomes partnerships and collaborations with organizations or individuals with missions or goals similar or related to TCKid's mission, vision and priorities.
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Thank you for all who have supported TCKid... we have just started our Film Club and will soon start having meetings with screenings in various cities. Please let us know if you would like a film club in your city and if you would like to host and/or coordinate meetings.

Thank you to all our supportive Local Group Leaders, including new leaders who have just stepped up recently....and thank you all so much for helping TCKid branch out and grow!!

We have updated our fundraising goals for the immediate next steps. We expect to hear back about our approval for our 501c3 application very soon.
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Thank you to those who have continued to support us here and behind the scenes. It's so nice to hear "TCKid was a turning point in my life!" Thanks, Andre!
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Thank you so much for all those who have donated!!! We appreciate each and every one of you who have contributed to Watering TCKid's Roots. TCKid has received a very generous donation from "Anonymous" who wishes to recognize God as the giver. TCKid will now be able to revamp our website and make improvements, as well as begin to develop more resources as a non-profit with 501c3 status.

Anyone who'd like to continue helping -
We'll need more funds to make longer term improvements (beyond just initial changes) on our website/social networking platform and to expand our activities with the local groups. Updates will be provided.

Additional funds raised above initial target will be used to maintain the social networking platform (minimum $36/month) and expanding TCKid Book Club to TCKid Book and Film Club.
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Thanks to all who have donated so far.. we are now almost 10% closer to our goal!
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Raised by 10 people in 67 months
Created March 20, 2013
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André Confiado
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Discovering TCKid was a turning point in my life!

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