The Network for Good grant contest is officially over and even though A Place to Bark didn't win the $50,000 grant, we are still winners!!!!
I just got off the phone with Bernie, she is 180 miles away from Chicago with her 41 dogs and 1 kitten all on their way to new homes and we were talking about how much GOOD has come from this!!! This has been amazing!! We have made new friends, we raised over $42,000!!!!!! and we have a matching grant of $35,000 from the Zoline foundation!! So we have raised $77,000. WOWZA!! and all because of each and everyone of you!!!
We truly felt everyone's support for this cause and it is so touching to see everyone rallying behind Bernie's effort to save the lives of these animals. Together person by person, we did what we thought we couldn't do. This has been an incredible experience and it brings me to tears. Not because we didn't "win" because when you think about it -- we did win!! Each and everyone of you made this fund raiser drive a SUCCESS!!!! We raised a total of $77,000 because of YOU!!!!!!! THANK YOU!!!!!
Bernie says she will still be able to build a shelter with the money raised. It will have to be a smaller shelter but it will still happen. We can all follow the progress on her blog here!
What happens now?
Now Network for Good will audit all the donations from the badges to strip off the duplicate donors to get to the "real" results of individual donors. In 30 days they will notify the official winners. Could A Place to Bark still win? In theory we could if one of the other badges had many duplicate donors. A Place to Bark will still receive $1,000 from Network for Good for placing in the top 8, so that is wonderful!! All the final contest details are on this page here from Parade Magazine who sponsored the challenge.
Bernie's husband Jeff is furiously inputting all of the donor's information into a database, it is taking some time because we have so many donors (yay!!!!) as soon as the database is built we will select the winners of the donation gifts and artwork. not to worry! We will keep you updated here!! We will do this as soon as possible!!
Hey Bernie - you sure are LOVED!!
Congratulations, BERNIE! So may people love you ...and your little fur faces!
Diane, Grace & Scooter
I think it's wonderful that you raised so much money without even getting into the top 4. Congrats, Bernie!! I'm super happy for you and your lucky animal friends. :-)
. . .::HaPpY::HaPpY::DaNcE::oF::JoY::. . .
!hooray for Bernie ... hooray for the animals!
This has been and continues to be so wonderful ...
Congratulations and ::fishy::crackers:: and ::biscuits:: for everyone! (oh, and fritos, dip and coke for Bernie :o)
It's a celebration!
We cannot forget that there is always an ongoing need for vacinations, supplies, food, and everything!!!!!
You are in our hearts Bernie!
Anyhow, I am SO happy to have discovered your wonderful rescue. I have a number of years of experience as a fundraiser, and my specialty was/is grant-writing. I would LOVE to donate my grant-writing skills and services to you, if you think that we might be able to dredge up a bit more grant/foundation money for your shelter. Now that you have proven your ability to raise a good deal of money from individual donors, it really ought to help your prospects with major donors and foundations. I'd love to help to any extent that I'm able... just let me know. :)
-Emma from Western NY (and the Saving Georgia Dogs board)
Of course, you don't need to publish this message on your blog. :)
-Emma in Western NY
It is so good to know there are people like you both in the world!
Barb & Carl
kim aka dogfaerie
Continued blessings to you!!!!!
I just wanted to say thank you for the positive energy you both radiate. I am so happy to have met you and been a part of this wonderful fundraiser. We all pulled together and accomplished a wonderful amazing goal. When the raffle winners are announced, I am really excited to send the recipent of my donation, the signed print of their choice. :)
This has been very exciting and alot of fun.
Always sending positive thoughts your way for your angelic efforts with these animals!!! You will always be a winner!
Just thinking about you there ... the news of the storms ... hope all is well. That you are all safe.
thanks. thanks so much.