Thank You for Helping Us Reach our 2015 Big Payback Goal!
WE DID IT! A Big ‘Trunks Up!’ from all of us at The Elephant Sanctuary in Te...
WE DID IT! A Big ‘Trunks Up!’ from all of us at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee. Your generosity during The Big Payback 2015 will purchase Big Machines for Big Girls! Together we raised $131,766 – exceeding our goal of $50,000 by 162%, and nearly doubling our Big Payback returns from the previous year! WOW!
Not only did your outpouring of support during this 24-hour fundraiser help us to well exceed our goal (and win a video contest!), this remarkable generosity also brought in additional bonus prizes totaling $10,000 to help with the care for Shirley, Tarra, Misty, Sissy, Winkie, Flora, Tange, Billie, Liz, Debbie, Minnie, and Ronnie!
We’re delighted too that at least 17 percent of the 1,456 gifts received on May 5th were from first-time donors – with nearly half received during an urgent 7:00PM-Midnight push, when all gifts up to $20,000 were matched by two anonymous donors and Mark McGovern in Miami Beach. By allowing smaller gifts to go twice as far, these awesome matching donors played an essential part in helping raise awareness of the plight of elephants in captivity and the crisis facing elephants in the wild. AND, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee was able to secure a $100,000 donation from an anonymous supporter, which will cover 100% of all credit-card and transaction fees associated with all Big Payback donations – meaning, The Elephant Sanctuary will take home the full amount raised for the forthcoming purchase of some Big Machines!
May 5th was a huge win for our Facilities’ team, in that Sanctuary will now be able to purchase heavy machinery critical to maintaining a 2700-acre natural habitat providing safe refuge and forever home to former circus and zoo elephants. The Big Machines needed include:
The Elephant Sanctuary made a fantastic showing on The Big Payback Leaderboard, for both the number of individual donors to Big Machines for Big Girls, as well as the total amount given! You can view the Leaderboard results for The Big Payback 2015 here.
Your actions will have a BIG impact on our ability to safely, efficiently, and effectively maintain a BIG tract of land that’s well-suited to the health and wellbeing of 12 BIG Girls. Thank you for helping The Elephant Sanctuary to provide the retired ladies entrusted to our care with an outstanding natural habitat, designed specifically around their needs.