Calling All Elephant Advocates!
We are excited to announce that this week we received a notice from the Texas State Department that Elephantopia is officially recognized as a nonprofit in the state of Texas. As we celebrate this recognition, we realize this is just the beginning. Later this month we are launching our first campaign.
We’d like to share a sneak peak with you and look forward to partnering together with you to save elephants and build community! This past weekend, our founder and director Elizabeth Chitwood began filming for a video that will be shared with the launch of our campaign.
The goal of campaign is to raise $1400 in 45 days to cover the initial costs of starting up Elephantopia as a nonprofit (this will cover state and federal fees, an official website and logo, PO Box, and more). Our stretch goal is to raise $4500 in 45 days. All profits raised above our $1400 goal will go directly to GRI’s elephant orphanage project to support Kavala.
Our friends in Zambia at GRI (Game Rangers International) are working with local communities, raising awareness about the poaching crisis and raising up leaders in elephant care as park rangers. GRI also runs an elephant orphanage. Elephantopia will sponsor Kavala, an innocent victim of the ivory trade. In 2011, her mother was killed by poachers. At 10 days old, GRI rescued her. Today, she is healthy and growing stronger, but is in need of sponsorship from a community of elephant advocates like yourself.
We plan to launch our campaign on April 15, just in time for Earth Day 2014 and for folks in the US, this is a great way to use your tax refunds! Please consider being a part of the Elephantopia community as we launch a formal website & begin caring for Kavala.