About The Site

Well hi there!
My name is Owen Ford, I'm a fourteen year old girl, and I run this blog with my friends and family! I created HOPES to raise money for WWF (World Wildlife Fund), specifically for Siberian Tigers! Our goal is $5,000, and we're about halfway there!

Along the right sidebar you can donate, visit our Artist Commission Page, take part in the current auction, see our current total, join our mailing list and a lot more!

Thank you so much for checking us out, we really appreciate it!

Monday, September 29, 2008

Good Update!!!

Hi again! Sorry about not posting for a while, I've been sick. I still feel icky but I'm OK enough to post real quick. We have a good update!!! WWF is going to really, really help us. I'm not going to post any details because I don't want to get them wrong. I will post another post when I know everything for sure!!!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Major Major Update

After a 35 minute phone call with Paypal, my mom found out what we need to do. We need to totally start over. We are going to/have to make a new website, a new bank account, and a new paypal/eBay account. After a waiting period of 180 days our current funds will be transferred to the new paypal account. Now we are really, truly on the road to raising money. Also, when I have to grand opening of the new site, would anyone like to post about us in their blog? Not now, but when we do the grand opening. I don't have a date set, because I'm going to set a date when it's totally ready to take donations and has an auction going and everything. If you DO want to post about us for the opening, please contact me at


Monday, September 22, 2008

Hi there everyone-

Turns out, we actually didn't go to my grandmas that day. Oh well I guess, I'll be over there soon!

Sorry I haven't been posting, it's been really busy here lately. To much going on.

Mom hasn't had very much time to call paypal, but I think she'll be able to after work today, or tommorow, which is her day off. So we'll be getting that finished soon! :D

Thursday, September 18, 2008


We've been pretty busy, so nothing major. We e-mailed WWF asking them to send something to paypal. That's it for the updates right now... :)
(( I'm going to my grandmas to hopefully finish the two paint projects, or at least one of them. :D ))

Monday, September 15, 2008

BEST UPDATE EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All the other updates haven't been so great. But this one is!!!!

Today in the mail I got a check from the wonderful Shreve for $400!!!!!!!!!! That puts our total to $1,084!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH SHREVE!!!

Annnndddd..... We're moving along with pay pal. We know exactly what we have to do now. We're just in the progress of doing so. We just have to make a new account, transfer funds, and get WWF to send a letter to pay pal. We're on our way to a grand opening!!!!!!

We aren't sure about E-bay, we're hoping the account will open with the pay pal account. If not we'll tackle that too! But I think I'm going to sell artwork on Etsy... What do you guys think about that?

Saturday, September 13, 2008


OK, so, my mom called them again. And I got an e-mail. It said that apparently, NOW they won't accept the e-mail from WWF, and we need a signed letter from them instead!! They accepted it before but now they won't. This is very aggravating. OH, we also found out that, I guess, now they're telling us to make a new account because I signed up with my name and I'm a minor. They didn't mention the money we already raised!!!!! ARGH!!! OK, well, that's the current update. And it stinks. I wish there was another way to raise money but I don't know of any ways. :( If you guys do feel free to say so! :)

Monday, September 8, 2008

Update ( Not really )

Sorry there haven't been any new posts at all, but there hasn't been anything to update. :( Pay pal STILL hasn't responded, and it's been almost 2 weeks. I don't understand why.I wish there was a way we could speed it up. Haven't worked on the metal cat or lion since last time, haven't been to my grandmas. At least not when I can work on them.

Thanks again for hanging in there guys!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Update: Still nothing.

Yeah, still no e-mails from paypal. At all. Zip. Zilch. Nada.
So tired of waiting but oh well I guess.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

STILL no reply.

We still haven't gotten any e-mails saying anything about our documents. Only thing we've gotten so far is an automatic response to receiving them, but that's all. So, no real update I guess.

As another way to raise money, we auction things on E-bay. These things can range from hand drawn digital and pencil animal pictures, animal paintings, animal themed bookmarks, and more. No, not everything is animal themed, we just prefer it to be since we are raising money for animals. If you have something you'd like for us to auction, you can send it to us. As I'm 13, I have to always ask my parents before I give out the address, so you will have to contact me with some info about what the item(s) is, and such. Then I can give you the address. :D

Have some questions? Want more info? Care to donate? Contact us at:

We will reply within a day or two.

Thanks to Pyzam for the awesome Layout. Thanks to WWF for doing such a great job helping and protecting our wildlife. Thanks to all my friends and family who've helped. Thanks to MC for the name, it fits perfectly!!! The logo is (C) to HOPES, please do not steal, or re-use in any way. ( Although I couldn't draw a paw, so I heavily refferenced it, and I don't know who originally did it. ) We are a non-profit orginization. Any money HOPES earns goes to the WWF.