UGA Habitat for Humanity depends on fundraising throughout the year in order to continue our efforts of providing sustainable housing for the Athens community. I didn’t realize until last semester how much effort has to be put into fundraising in order to get results. I also didn’t realize that working with the fundraising side of an organization can be the most rewarding. I realized all these things when I planned UGA Habitat for Humanity’s annual Gift Wrap Across Georgia fundraiser. This fundraiser takes place the week before Christmas and I worked last semester to set up volunteer times at 19 different stores. In the week before Christmas, volunteers raised $11,200 for UGA Habitat for Humanity. 10% of these funds will go to our affiliates for allowing to us to fundraise in their areas and the rest of the money will be put towards UGA Habitat for Humanity’s next house. The Gift Wrap fundraiser is one of the biggest events that UGA Habitat for Humanity has all year long and I am honored to say that I coordinated a fundraiser that directly impacts the Athens community. I hope that more people will realize how far reaching our fundraising efforts are and that UGA Habitat for Humanity’s work is making a difference.
Elizabeth Dangler, Major Fundraising Chair 2010 VP of Finance 2011
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