Last week, eleventy announced the 10 nonprofits that have a chance to win the 4Good Nonprofit Giveaway. Anyone with a Facebook page can vote now for the finalist they want to win on eleventy’s Facebook page. As an added incentive, any person who votes for one of our finalists will be entered to win an iPad! But before you visit our page and cast your vote, we hope you’ll take a moment to get to know our 10 finalists…
About the 4Good Giveaway Finalist Nonprofits
These fantastic nonprofit organizations are all doing a lot of amazing work to make the world a better place. Learn about them, and then head over to eleventy’s Facebook page and vote for the group’s whose mission, goals and cause best align with your personal experiences and beliefs.
The mission of Columbus After-School All-Stars is to provide free, quality comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and in life. The organization prepares elementary and middle school kids for high school, college, and the 21st century by offering academic support, enrichment opportunities, and health/fitness activities. ASAS serves 83,000 youth annually through after school and summer programs in 12 cities across the country.
Bright Futures Farm is an equine charity whose primary focus is re-homing off the track thoroughbreds – horses that can no longer race due to disinterest or injury. Once deemed “unprofitable” by their owners, tens of thousands each year are sent to auction with the owner knowing full-well that the majority will be purchased by “kill buyers” for slaughter (for human consumption overseas). This nonprofit’s dedication has also grown to include providing sanctuary for older horses that are unwanted after their “useful years” are over, including older stallions that cannot be gelded due to the risk of complications. Bright Futures Farm is one of only two known facilities in the United States that accepts senior stallions.
HEART of Tucson (Happy Equine Acres Rescue and Therapy) is a non-profit, pro-horse equine rescue organization run entirely by volunteers. Their mission is two-fold. HEART of Tucson rescues horses of all breeds that are in urgent need of care. They rescue horses that perhaps have been neglected, abandoned or abused. Secondly, their mission is to instruct and raise awareness of the general public about what it takes to own a horse including feeding, grooming, tack, training, boarding, veterinary care and all costs associated with owning a horse. HEART of Tucson’s goal is to rehabilitate rescued horses and then find suitable homes for these equines.
The mission of Hugs-N-Bugs is to reduce the pain and suffering of those touched by childhood cancers through the use of music therapy, treatment, education and financial assistance directed to the families by asking the question, “What do you Need?” Assess the answers and create realistic solutions to these concerns. The goal of Hugs-N-Bugs is to help families affected by childhood cancer with financial assistance and the child with cancer receive music therapy and, if the child wants, to have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument of their choice. Hugs-N-Bugs also has the capacity to create an audio/ visual CD of the child’s music.
The Mommies Network is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping moms find support and friendship in their local community. They started as one chapter and launched as network of chapters in 2005. Now they have about 100 communities across the country and over 25,000 active members. They may be in different places but they all share one need: “A group who understands us. Who knows we can love our children but still need a little grown-up time. Who can give us a hug when we have a bad day. Who can be on the other end of the phone when the baby is crying and we don’t know what else to do. Who is a sympathetic ear when we need to vent. Who gets us, and who we can get.”
One of A Kind Pets Rescue is a nonprofit organization based in Akron, Ohio, dedicated to saving animal lives, rescuing pets in imminent danger of euthanasia, spaying/neutering, and adoption of homeless animals into appropriate, loving homes. Examples include animals picked up by local government officials, the cats of an elderly person entering a nursing home and the emaciated, stray dog roaming the streets. They are a no-time-limit shelter and no adoptable animal is euthanized. Many of their animals come from Animal Control Facilities (the pound) just prior to their scheduled euthanasia. Ill and/or injured animals brought to us by Good Samaritans are often given priority. Owner surrenders and strays are also accepted.
The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is a nationwide network of people dedicated to working together to advance research, support patients and create hope for those affected by pancreatic cancer. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network is fully committed to providing the most comprehensive set of programs and services to fight this very difficult disease. Their commitment and passion are driven by their mission: to advance research, support patients and create hope for anyone facing pancreatic cancer.
There is a very different future emerging for rural places, and it begs for a new depth of thinking and a new source of action. Based on proven experience in Miner County, South Dakota, the Rural Learning Center team works to bring new hope to small communities, by going deep. They are inviting rural people to open their eyes, their hearts and their minds – to color outside the lines. Rural Learning Center believes people matter more than programs and projects. They are changing the conversation to one of real collaboration, shared learning and deep, lasting change.
Tenth Life saves stray cats & kittens in the St. Louis area, giving priority to those with special needs or medical conditions. Stage one of their mission is to save as many cats from the dangers of street life and place them in foster homes until they are adopted. They are also networking with other local rescues and veterinarians to locate and treat special needs and other stray cats who would otherwise be euthanized. Stage two of their mission is to open a physical shelter building that will house healthy and special-needs kitties in a cage-free, home-like setting until they can be carefully placed in their forever homes.
Wishes Can Happen is an all-volunteer organization that grants wishes for Ohio kids with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions. Their objective is to “put a smile on the face of our wish children, and create a happy memory for their family”. Wishes Can Happen was co-founded by Canton, Ohio, residents, Cyndi Morrow and Linda Lippert in 1982. They have granted over 1,000 wishes since then. Wishes Can Happen is entirely donor supported, and they rely solely on the compassion and generosity of private donors and corporate sponsors to fund their efforts.
Vote now for one of these great nonprofit organizations on eleventy’s Facebook page and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the latest iPad.