"Five For CoCoRaHS" Year-End Fundraiser - Please consider making a donation
Here’s the latest as of late morning, December 3, 2016
- Total amount donated = $26,784
- Total number of donations = 767
- We are now at 17.9% of our goal of $150,000
At the end of each year we hold our annual on-line fundraiser providing the opportunity to make a donation to support the CoCoRaHS volunteer rain gauge Network. We’re shooting for 5,000 donations totaling $150,000 this year. This year’s is off to a great start! We thank all of you who have already given.
There is certainly no obligation to give. So many of you already help out immensely by taking daily rain, hail and snow observations. But many CoCoRaHS volunteers choose to help financially and that really makes a difference. Your gifts go directly to support CoCoRaHS activities such as precipitation data management, web development work, educational resources and outreach. Your giving helps sustain this project and provides opportunities for the future. We greatly thank you!
Our traditional "Five For CoCoRaHS" campaigns have asked folks to give just five dollars. Please consider giving $5.00 to this campaign. Although the amount may seem small, your donations add up quickly and have great impact in keeping the network going throughout the year.
For those who wish make larger donations, we have some nice "thank you" gifts for you. At the $50 level and above we will send you our Tropical Storm t-shirt, the latest in our "CoCoRaHS Precipitation Series" t-shirts. At the $100 level and above we will send you our Tropical Storm t-shirt in a long sleeve version (you can always choose a short sleeve instead). Please consider giving today.
In addition to our tropical storm shirt gifts, this year we're going to try something new. Each year we've received a few larger donations that have given us a huge boost and helped spawn the following idea. For most of us this would simply be impossible, but for a few of you it might be fun. Here’s the proposition . . . for a donation of $10,000 or more, CoCoRaHS founder and director, Nolan Doesken will fly to your town and take you and a guest to dinner at your favorite local restaurant where you can share weather and farm stories as long as you like. While he’s in town that day, he would also be delighted to speak at your local school, civic organization or whatever makes sense.
Click here to make a donation: "DONATE"
How much do we need in 2017 and how is that spent? This is an important question to ask.
We operate on an annual budget of about $425,000 per year, which is pretty amazing for a national program like this. This supports a small team of full time and part-time staff helping with data management, web development, volunteer leadership, training and outreach, teacher/student support, customer service, volunteer registration, maintaining participant databases, internal and external communications, data quality and much more. Our staff supports close to 260 volunteer leaders across the country who help recruit, train, engage, assist and retain our corps of over 21,000 volunteers. Like in so many important causes today, volunteers make CoCoRaHS tick, but it’s the project’s staff and their everyday behind-the-scenes efforts that keep the network running so seamlessly. They set the direction and the example -- and hold CoCoRaHS together.
In addition to staff, we have considerable infrastructure expenditures for keeping our computer systems, databases, security, APIs etc. all running. Add to that webinar communication costs, preparation of educational materials, producing animated training materials, maintaining a large web library of resources, staffing our CoCoRaHS help desk, maintaining an extensive and secure metadata system, making all of our precipitation data resources immediately available for use and export and the list goes on. Support for CoCoRaHS keeps our data as accurate as possible and keeps our Website, smart phone apps, databases, etc. all up and running 24/7. There are many additional improvements and enhancements we would like to make when we have the resources.
Those who wish to mail in their donation, click on the donate button above and follow the instructions for donating by postal mail.
Contributions to CoCoRaHS are deductible as charitable contributions within the limits of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consult with your tax professional.
Please note that all donations received will go directly to the support of the CoCoRaHS Network and its sustainability. No funds received will be used to support the National Weather Service, which is a great advocate of CoCoRaHS.
Thank you very much for being a part of CoCoRaHS!
Your friends at CoCoRaHS