Baltimore Birth Festival Cancellation Information
Dear Baltimore Birth Festival 2020 Supporter and Registrant,
Thank you for your patience and support as our team has worked to navigate these unusual times. Sadly, we have been unable to find a way forward to hold our festival this year and thus are officially CANCELING this year's Baltimore Birth Festival and rescheduling for 2021.
Despite the cancellation of this event, Maryland Families for Safe Birth's financial needs remain. Raising funds to pay our lobbyist is essential for our legislative work to increase access to vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) and midwifery care throughout our state. In addition to linking businesses and members of the Baltimore birth community, we were relying on our festival to fund our lobbying costs, which total more than $8,000 annually. Without this event, we will need to find other sources of funding. We are a 100% volunteer organization, and all the funds we raise go directly to our advocacy work.
We understand finances are a concern for many during this time. With this awareness, we humbly ask you to consider donating your 2020 registration costs to Maryland Families for Safe Birth so that we may continue our work this year. We have plans for a VBAC access bill next session, and we have been communicating with legislators about the continuing importance of birth choice and birthing rights during COVID-19. Please be aware that since we are a 501(c)(4) non-profit, donations are not tax-deductible.
You will be able to indicate below which of the following options you choose:
OPTION 1: CANCEL my registration and DONATE MY FULL PAID REGISTRATION FEE to further MFSB's 2020 legislative work. I will receive the right of first refusal for next year’s festival once the date is announced and prominant recognition on MFSB’s website and a social media shout-out as a donor. I understand this is *not* a tax-deductible donation.
OPTION 2: CANCEL my registration and DONATE A PORTION (specify dollar amount below) of my paid registration fee to further MFSB's 2020 legislative work. I will receive the right of first refusal for next year’s festival once the date is announced and recognition on MFSB’s website as a donor. I understand this is *not* a tax-deductible donation.
OPTION 3: TRANSFER my registration fee to next year's event. I will receive the right of first refusal for next year's event once the date is announced.
OPTION 4: CANCEL my registration and provide me a REFUND via PayPal, minus a 5% non-refundable processing fee. The refund will be sent to the email address I specify below.
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Please let us know your choice regarding your registration fee (details/perks as outlined above apply):
OPTION 1: CANCEL my registration and DONATE MY FULL PAID REGISTRATION FEE.
OPTION 2: CANCEL my registration and DONATE A PORTION (amount specified below).
OPTION 3: TRANSFER my registration fee to next year's event, with right of first refusal.
OPTION 4: CANCEL my registration and provide me a REFUND via PayPal, minus a 5% fee.
If donating a portion of your registration fee, please specify dollar amount:
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