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Lisa Halstead, board president of GreaterGood.org, announced that grants totaling more than $2.9 million have gone to 109 charities and nonprofits operating in the United States and around the world between January and October 2011. Most of these grants began as free clicks by visitors who come to the GreaterGood Network's suite of cause-related websites daily or quick online donations of $10 to $50 through GreaterGood’s Gifts That Give More [tm] program.
"We’re delighted that we’ve been able to help so many this year," said Lisa Halstead, board president of GreaterGood.org. "In particular, visitors to The Animal Rescue Site and the GreaterGood Network have been outstanding in supporting disaster relief efforts in 2011. But the fourth quarter of the year, October through December, is when we usually see the most activity on our websites and we hope to be able to do even more."
Following the tsunami in Japan, more than $300,000 was donated to Humane Society International and other international animal rescue efforts there. Other grants went to Petfinder.com Foundation, International Fund for Animal Welfare, and Rescue Bank following tornadoes in the Midwest and floods in the South and Northeast this year.
"Throughout 2011, whether in support of our work to assist animals affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and radiation release in Japan, or our numerous emergency deployments in response to hurricanes, floods, and tornadoes that imperiled animals in the United States, the assistance of The Greater Good Network and its patrons has been essential to our success in helping animals in crisis. The Greater Good Network has been a true partner in these endeavors," said Andrew Rowan, president and CEO of of Humane Society International.
Other charity partners have used 2011 grants from GreaterGood.org to alleviate hunger and poverty, to provide health services to those suffering from cancer and to vulnerable children, to support education and literacy programs, to preserve rainforests and other vital wildlife habitats, and to fund protection and care for animals living in shelters and sanctuaries.
From clicking on a website’s homepage button to playing a game to sending an e-card, these free actions added up to significant donations for GreaterGood’s charitable partners. Other grants were made possible by the Gifts That Give More [tm] program (100% of all donations received through this online program go to the nonprofit or project selected by the donor) and purchases of products sold at the GreaterGood Network stores (a portion of all sales goes to the cause selected by the shopper).
Photo from Japan animal relief efforts courtesy of HSI