We are officially a not for profit corporation….

On August 29, 2012 by Cherise Shockley

Two years ago, I had an a-ha moment (thanks, Dana) to moderate a  (#dsma) twitter chat for people affected by diabetes. The twitter chat grew, and the need to reach out to others that may not follow the twitter chat grew heavy on us.  In November 2010, DSMA Live: Continuing the Conversation was created, and recently, we added DSMA en Vivo, DSMA Live: Parents Talk and Christel (creator Diabetes Feed-the first diabetes podcast)  joined/teamed up with DSMA team to provide DSMA: Diabetic Feed (more information soon). The Blue Fridays initiative continues to raise awareness for diabetes. What’s next for Diabetes Social Media Advocacy (DSMA)?

A year and a half ago, I had a discussion with Scott (husband) about possibly becoming a 501c3. I reached out to Bennet to see if he could help me with the administrative paperwork to start the process to become a 501c3. I stalled. There are millions of people affected by diabetes that do not have access to social media, what could we do to reach at least one of them? Where do we start? In January, I started attending a different advocacy event, forums, conferences and a health center in Kansas City, MO. Attending various events and listening to what the #dsma community said on a weekly basis helped me see what the next step would be for DSMA.

Prior to filing for a 501c3 the organization has to be incorporated and have a board of directors. I was not confident in becoming incorporated as Diabetes Social Media Advocacy. Social media play an enormous role in what we do, but it did not reflect the entire vision. I want to be able to create and provide a social and physical environment-on and offline for people affected by diabetes. I bounced a few names around with a lot of different people from diverse backgrounds. I decided to go with a name, but I wanted to pray about it before I made a decision.

The name…

The new name of our organization is Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. it is a name that reflects our mission and vision statement, and our number one goal, which is keeping the diabetes community first.

Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc, is not for profit corporation that will be the organizing body that runs DSMA programs, like  #DSMA twitter chat, DSMA Live, Blue Fridays Initiative, etc.

Our Mission is:

To connect, support, empower and educate people affected by diabetes.

Our Vision:

A world where people living with diabetes lead happy, healthy lives supported by education, connections, and a community of peers.


The next step for Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. is to continue to improve current programs, apply for our 501c3 and develop programs and projects for the future.


Thank YOU  and the DSMA Team for being a part of supporting DSMA and helping to Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation, Inc. a reality.  Cheers to the future:)

Thank you to the DSMA TEAM…You all ROCK!!!

Be Blessed


ps-I’m EXCITED!!



22 Responses to “We are officially a not for profit corporation….”

  • Wahoooo!

    that is so awesome, thank you for everything you have done. Especially in opening the doc’s eyes in how supportive and awesome everyone around the world can be! I am so happy to take part in this endeavor! If you ever need help in the great white north, I am only an email or tweet away :)

    • Cherise Shockley


      It is an honor and pleasure to be able to support the diabetes community; it is amazing to see Canada, UK and Oz DOC create their own chats to support each other. I’m sure I’m going to need a lot of insight-I will keep you in mind:)

      Thank you for your support!!

  • I am so thrilled for you and DCAF! What an amazing step forward. Congratulations!

    • Cherise Shockley


      Thank you! It’s going to take some time to get the funding and apply for the 501c3, but I’m excited…baby steps, right?:)

  • Cherise, this is a tough issue because nonprofit organizations and management of those is a huge issue, and it goes beyond attaining IRS nonprofit status and requires ongoing fundraising which is no small task. There are organizations out there which can help, among them is The Foundation Center in New York [http://foundationcenter.org/], which has many programs available online. As a point of comparison, Diabetes Advocates is officially part of the Diabetes Hands Foundation, and in my interactions with various organizations, my official statement is “Diabetes Advocates, which is a program of The Diabetes Hands Foundation” because this enables us to use the nonprofit status of DHF. Of course, not everyone wants to go that route and there’s no guarantee that DHF would be willing to assume this role, but it might be something to consider if the details are too much to handle yourself.

    • Cherise Shockley


      Thank you! It’s going to take some time to get the funding and apply for the 501c3, but I’m excited…baby steps, right?:)


      I understand and I’m fully aware of the task at hand. I have done a lot of homework, gained a lot of insight from Brandy (Diabetes Sisters) and Manny Hernandez. I know it’s going to be a learning curve, time, effort and fundraising but I know I with the help my team, I know we can do this.

  • I am so proud of you… so proud of DSMA! I feel blessed for being part of this and I want to thank you for that. <3

    • Cherise Shockley


      Thank you!!!! Thank you for being a part of DSMA and now, Diabetes Community Advocacy Foundation (DCAF).

  • All this in only two years? AMAZING. I’m sure that the best is yet to come.

  • A few quick thoughts:

    1) Yay!
    2) We need all the jokes we can about whet DCAF stands for. like: Diabetes Community Air Force means I get a plane right?
    3) Filing the 501c3 will incur fees and Cherise should not have to bear them alone. I am for figuring out a way to help her out, anyone else wiling talk about how to do that?
    4) see 1 above.

    • Cherise Shockley

      Thank you, Bennet!

    • Absolutely, Bennet. This should be a combined effort and I’ll be glad to help in any way I can. We should have some kind of meeting about it to decide what’s the best route to take.

  • Well done. I am so happy for you all. What great work you all do!

  • Congratulations, Cherise! It’s amazing how much you’ve accomplished in such a short period of time and the significance of the impact that you have had on so many!

  • Congratulations! I am so very happy for you, Cherise, and excited for what’s to come!
    All the best,
    Laura K

  • Congrats Cherise!! Good luck with your new foundation. The diabetes community is fortunate to have you. May God continue to bless you as you continue your work to enrich the lives of so many who are touched by diabetes.


  • Cherise Shockley

    Thank you, Meri! :)

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