Good day, everyone! In yesterday's post, I mentioned that today, we'd have a big announcement at Modest Needs. And as promised, just in time for 'Cyber Monday,' here it is: the project that has kept me quiet for nearly a month.
I'm thrilled to report that, thanks to the generosity of the Zegar Family Foundation, and just in time for the holiday season, Modest Needs has been able to secure an enormous, last-minute matching grant. This new matching grant will double the value of any contribution that you make between now and the end of the year up to a maximum possible value of - are you ready? - $300,000.00!
What's more, in the spirit of the season, the Zegar Family Foundation has specifically requested that each of you - the individual donors who will ultimately help us to claim the whole of this very generous match - be the persons to decide how these matching funds are spent.
In other words, every time you make a new pledge or one-time contribution to Modest Needs between now and 31 December 2009 (or until the whole of the $300,000.00 match is claimed) you'll see double points post to your Modest Needs account for INSTANT distribution. With these matching points, you can help three or four times as many people facing a short-term financial crisis, buy three or four times as many gift certificates for your friends and family members - whatever you like!
But that's not all! In honor of Cyber Monday (when many of you will be doing your online shopping anyway) we're going to do something very special - something we've never been able to do before. Modest Needs is actually going to PARTICIPATE in Cyber Monday!
Today ONLY, from 9:00am to midnight, we'll give you TRIPLE points for any one-time contribution that you make to Modest Needs, up to $10,000.00. And if you make a new weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly pledge of at least $25.00 (or if you increase the amount of a current pledge by at least $25.00) then today only, we'll give you QUADRUPLE points the second you make your first pledge payment.
Yes, you read that right. Today only, if you make a contribution to Modest Needs of, say, $100.00, your Modest Needs account will instantly be credited with 300 points. If you make a new pledge of $25.00, your Modest Needs account will instantly be credited with 100 points.
The Monday after Thanksgiving - is traditionally the biggest online shopping day of the year, and there are huge bargains to be found all over the net. But today at Modest Needs, your tax-deductible contribution has more power to change a life of a hard working individual or family than ever before.
Together, and with this special 'Cyber Monday match' in place, we have the power to help hundreds of struggling individuals and families with nowhere else to turn. All you have to do is visit Modest Needs, make the contribution of your choice, and then decide how many lives you'd like to change.
This much I can guarantee: when you receive the 'thank you' note from the person whose life you've changed today, you'll agree that your quick stop at Modest Needs was the best investment you made on Cyber Monday. And together, for hundreds of individuals and families who aren't doing any shopping online today, we can make this the best Cyber Monday ever!
I'll report tomorrow on how many people we were able to help on this, Modest Needs' first official Cyber Monday. Until then, have a wonderful day, happy bargain hunting, take care, and be well!