Yes, Volunteers, there is More Money
By Michael Wright, Georgia State Chair
When I look back over 2010 and reflect on our volunteers’ efforts to help conserve all that I hold dear, I am reminded of a great editorial that was published in the New York Sun back in 1897 titled, “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.” I would like to encourage all the RMEF volunteers who think there is just no more money out there to think again.
Like me, many RMEF volunteers work for corporations. In my case, I happen to work for a large national company which prides itself on “giving back to the community” and “supporting the efforts of those employees who also give back.” However, what I did not know until a few years ago was that my company backed up those words with money! Yes, volunteers, money may be out there for the asking if you know where to look for it. In my particular case, my company will write a check in the amount of $500 to any nonprofit (501(c)) organization with whom I volunteer at least 25 hours of my time a year. Like many folks who give their time to the RMEF, I easily met the requirements and have been able to secure a $500 grant from my company every year for the past five years.
Many companies also have their “Giving Campaign” kickoff at the first of the year. Check with your company and see if they will match any gifts you give to a 501(c) organization in 2011. My company matches 15 percent of everything I give to the RMEF. What a great bonus to my annual giving amount!
I encourage every RMEF volunteer to take the time to check with your company to see if they have matching grants or other types of funds available for employees who give their heart and soul to an organization as great as the RMEF. If just 1 percent of our 10,000 volunteers went to their employer and found out they had a $500 grant available, it would bring $50,000 to the Elk Foundation!