Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 12, 2010.


We are a creative greeting card project that is working to improve employment options for adults with developmental disabilities. Bring art to cards!

My sister Olivia has inspired this project. She is a talented creative young lady with down syndrome and the only employment options open to her are places with toxic chemicals and manual labor.

Fortunato's Smile is focused on giving meaningful employment to people like Olivia who are interested in the arts and have time to spend making cards. The images for Fortunato's Smile cards are unique designs that are made with an artful aesthetic. We want to bring a hand-made touch to postal greetings.

You'll see some examples of our first generation designs in the video to get a taste of the kinds of things we make. The project is focused on producing cards in bulk which can be sold to stationery stores or directly to individuals who are looking for a special mail art opportunity. To expand our current limited capacity, we want to buy a Vandercook letterpress with these project funds.


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    You'll get a beautiful blank card sent to your home - ready to be sent to one of your favorite people

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    You'll get a post card from Olivia the diva (project inspiration and all around card-star featured in the video) And a blank card to send to a friend

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    Woohoo! For this pledge we'll send you a box set of 10 cards that are Olivia's current favorites

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    My oh my -for this lovely donation - you'll get a note from the one and only Olivia the Diva and a box set of 10 hand picked cards

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    We'll make a set of 20 cards with text you define - special event invitations? announce exciting news to your friends? Fortunato's Smile's got you covered!

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    Wow - what a great supporter! As a gold-level donor you get a set of 50 invitations that are made specially for you

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    Can Thank you really say enough? At this awesome level you'll get a set of 75 invitations or cards or specialized stationary to send your friends - each one hand made with love for you!

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    These Platinum level donors will go down in Fortunato's Smile hall of fame! Your name or company logo will be posted on the official website as a start-up supporter for our first year of operations. You'll get 5 variety packs of card sets, a note from Olivia and a special edition calendar for 2011

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