A new $1 million challenge is under way to help raise money for CASA, which helps survivors of domestic violence. The Sonia Raymund Foundation has pledged to match dollar for dollar, up to $1 million, any donations towards CASA's new shelter, which opened this month.
Here is CASA's news release announcing the $1 million challenge:
July 10, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL | Many organization face a drop in new donations immediately after construction of a new facility. But behind the fresh paint and energized volunteers are a mortgage and operating expenses that have grown to match the organization’s expanded services. One local philanthropic organization is making sure this will not be the case for CASA, which recently opened the doors at its new 100-bed domestic violence center in Pinellas County.
How? With a $1 million challenge. Yesterday, the Sonia Raymund Foundation announced that it will match new donations to CASA’s capital campaign, dollar for dollar.
“I know that not everyone can write a check for a million dollars. I happen to be one of the lucky ones,” said Sonia Raymund, foundation director. “But CASA needs the money. I ask you to give, and give big, because I am prepared to write a check for up to a million dollars.”
While CASA’s previous 30-bed shelter was a source of refuge for countless families, lack of space and resources had forced them to turn away 1,400 survivors of domestic violence each year. This was a statistic CASA and its supporters could not carry on their consciences. Through grants, donations and a bank loan, a new $12 million dollar facility with $2.5 million in expected annual operating costs was able to be constructed. Its doors officially opened this month, effectively tripling its capacity to provide emergency housing and services to survivors of domestic violence.
With the newly announced donation matching program, CASA is within reach of completely paying off its remaining construction costs, potentially saving millions of dollars in interest payments over the life of the mortgage.
All donations to CASA’s shelter will be doubled automatically under the new program, until the $1 million matching fund is depleted. Please donate online at www.casa-stpete.org/shelter, by phone at (727) 895-4912, or by sending a check with “Shelter” written in the memo line to P.O. Box 414, St. Petersburg, FL 33731. People seeking information on available naming opportunities are encouraged to contact John Biesinger at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 895-4912 x105.
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