Sunday, February 3, 2008

Update on Newnan-Coweta Fundraiser

A few weeks ago, I posted about how $10.00 could help save a life. I also had a widget on the side of my page where you could donate to the Newnan-Coweta Humane Society.

Newnan-Coweta Humane Society is located in Newnan, Georgia. As you may be aware, Georgia's pet overpopulation problem is at epidemic proportions. Rural animal control shelters often have less than a 10% adoption rate. That means that hundreds of pets are dying needlessly every day in Georgia. NCHS works tirelessly to rescue "death row" dogs and cats, but with limited resources, they cannot save them all.

Parade magazine and the Case Foundation partnered with Network for Good and Six Degrees to launch America’s Giving Challenge; an initiative to inspire and reward greater giving through online technology. To learn more, visit NCHS participated in this fundraiser, seeking donations from around the country, in the hopes of raising enough money to build a "no-kill" shelter. The fundraiser officially ended on January 31, 2008.

The top eight charities with the GREATEST NUMBER of unique donations will win a $50,000 grant, and the top 100 charities will win a $1,000 grant. Although the results are not yet official, NCHS did not place in the top 8 charities.

HOWEVER, through the efforts of hundreds of people across the country, and thousands of generous donors, NCHS was able to raise over $30,000 and received donations from almost 1,700 individuals! Even though NCHS did not have enough donors to receive the large grant, they were able to rally a HUGE number of donors and spread the word across the country about shelter pets in need. Their efforts should be roundly applauded! I would also like to personally thank anyone who visited or donated to this cause through the badge on my site. You made a huge difference!