This year I thought I would do something different. Instead of soliciting big donations from a few people I wanted to show how much power, a little, done by many could do. I wanted to show that one person can make a positive difference but together we are powerful.
I posted the challenge:
"We can all make a difference! I challenge everyone to donate just $2 and to challenge their friends to match or beat that. If eveyone pitched in just a little we could save a whole lot of animals!"
I challenged my friends, family, schoolmates, and strangers. I challenged in person, sent e-mails, and a lot of tweets. I have been doing this for three months. In that time I have received three generous donations. I have gotten a lot of "wow what a great idea" "such a good cause" "I'd love to help" "remind me to get you some money" and more. My tweets have been continuously re-tweeted and praised.
I admit I am frustrated with the process. I know that money is tight and there are thousands of charities in need out there. I know it is not always easy for some people to find even a spare dime. I also know it is always possible to help. The $2 request was chosen because that is the amount that most governments consider tax deductable. What shocks me is the people who would rather donate nothing then to look cheap and only donate a dollar or two. I urge you to stop thinking of yourselves. When humans are in trouble there are programs and people to help. When our wildlife is in trouble, they are often forgotten. It is up to us to help! A single dollar really can help a lot! Imagine if all my 390+ twitter followers, my friends, schoolmates and my family, all just donated $2 each! Together it adds up to the Power To Save Wildlife!
Let me tell you about my amazing three donars so far:
Cindy was the first. An avid animal lover. A twitter friend I have never met. She is currently unemployed and on a very tight budget. Things in her life could be giving her a million excuses not to help but she chooses not to use them. She uses her spare time to pick up trash on the local beach. She scraped up a generously large donation and was my first supporter. When my beloved cat died she gave again in her honor.
Jill usually prefers to remain anonymous (sorry), and although she has dog rescues she supports and local charities of her own, she made a point of supporting mine too. She believes all animals domestic and wild need our help. For my birthday she donated as a gift, then later on she donated anonymously (but I am clever).
Giselle has the tightest budget I have ever seen. She doesn't even have internet, so she took the time to save some money and mailed the cash to me to donate. She is another one who has valid real life problems that could be used as good "sorry I can't help excuses" but for Giselle animals are just as important as humans and she wants to help.
I wanted to tell you about these amazing ladies so you would all stop and think. I know when anyone a charity, your kid, your car payment, etc. asks for money your mind and wallet want to close up. I am asking you to stop and honestly think. When you are purchasing your coffee, a candybar, a magazine or soda; could you do without just one and donate a dollar or two to our animals? Mine is a wildlife charity but there are so many in need. They can all use our help. Where does your loose change go?
A friend of mine told me to address this topic with the three A's. Make people Aware of the issue, Address the issue, and make is Accessable to everyone. So now let me tell you how easy it is to help!
Inside my front entry is a bucket labled "Wildlife Warriors Donations". Every time my wallet gets too heavy from loose change, I pull out the quarters for laundry and throw the rest in the bucket. Whenever I get money for birthdays or holidays I pay my college expenses and put the excess in the bucket. Neighbors walked past it so many times they started to ask what it was for so I told them and now they drop their extra change in the bucket. A few nickles, dimes, and pennies adds up to a couple hundred dollars every year!
For Birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries, or in the sad event of a beloved pet passing, I ask for donations instead of gifts or flowers. I don't miss the material gift, the wildlife gets help, and the gift giver gets a tax deduction and the pleasure of knowing they helped. Everyone is happy!
My Online Fund-raising is easy! Simply Click http://www.everydayhero.com.au/rebecca_harvey_zoogirl Click the Green Donate tab on the upper right and use a credit card, ATM card, or Paypal to donate any amount. You can choose to leave your name, a message, or remain anoymous. A tax receipt for your donation is emailed to you. You choose when donating if you would like to get more information or not be on any list. It's easy! Now since the online donations are sponsored by Wildlife Warriors Worldwide, an Australia based headquarters, Online donations are in AU dollars. So $1 USA equals $0.96 AU. Your money goes even farther!
For those who want to keep their money guaranteed in the USA, donations can be mailed to:
Wildlife Warriors Worldwide - USA
PO Box 11347
Eugene, Oregon, 97440, USA
Tell Cathy I sent You!
Learn more about Wildlife Warriors Worldwide and what they do at http://wildlifewarrior.com/about_us/ I fund-raise and support Wildlife Warriors because ALL of your donations goes to saving Wildlife not to lavish advertising, mailers, gimmicks, or the people running the charity.
Think you can do better then me? Fabulous! Start your own Steve Irwin Day fund-raising at http://www.steveirwinday.org/
Steve Irwin Was One Man
"ONE Man can make a difference.
YOU can make a difference." ~Wildlife Warriors
I Make a Positive Difference Everyday!
My goal this year is $5000. All I'm asking for is some spare change. It adds up!
PLEASE TAKE THE CHALLENGE! Donate $1, spread the word, Challenge a friend to $2 and have them challenge a friend to $3...... We Can Make A Positive Difference For Our Planet And It's Wildlife!
Be A Wildlife Warrior! http://www.everydayhero.com.au/rebecca_harvey_zoogirl
Thank You! Rebecca
Tax Deductions on Donations
USA - 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
Australia - Listed on the Register of Environmental Organisations
Donations over $2 are tax deductible.