For the past 14 months, we worked hard to raise $100,000 to match the challenge grant offered by Dr. Steve Scott. We raised money from many sources and from many generous individuals and businesses. We held fundraising gatherings; initiated the "100 for 1,000" campaign to get individual donors to give $1,000 or more; participated in the Microsoft Non-Profit Agency Fair; solicited donations by email and mail; held raffles (raffling off Charlotte Bobcats tickets); set up meetings with business owners and individual donors and made fundraising presentations to them; and sent off donation requests to several foundations. We found out that some fundraising techniques worked better than others, sometimes receiving generous donations from unexpected places. We are very grateful for all the donations that we have received.
We also really enjoyed getting to know all of the different people we have been able to meet through the fundraising process. Our donors, through their experiences and accomplishments in life and their generosity towards One By One, have really inspired us. We would especially like to thank Mayor John Woods of Davidson, who helped us with fundraising ideas and was our first 100 for 1,000 donor over a year ago.
We are extremely excited to announce that we raised $103,030 during the last 14 months and met the terms of our challenge grant. Our next challenge is to find a suitable piece of land to buy and to use for a soccer field. We would like to thank all of our donors for partnering with us and making One By One an even more powerful vehicle for positive change in the lives of teens in Costa Rica.
Thank you so much!
Daniel Wyatt, Ben Wyatt and Alex Lee