2021's Ten-For-CoCoRaHS Year-End Fundraiser.
Please consider making a $10 donation today!
As the end of 2021 approaches, it's time for our annual CoCoRaHS year-end fundraiser. This very important event accounts for a third of our operating budget. We thank all of you who have donated in the past and those who might consider giving a gift for the first time. Our goal is $150,000 by January 9th.
The theme of this year's fundraiser is "Under Pressure" and these days we are all under pressure of some kind, but to bring it back around to meteorology it's atmospheric pressure that we are taking about. When the pressure of the atmosphere rises fair weather is on the horizon, when it falls, rain and stormy weather may soon follow. Many of us with CoCoRaHS have an inclination toward falling pressure . . . since we like to find something in our gauges to measure and report each day. And speaking of pressure, please remember that none of our observers are under any pressure whatsoever to donate. Again "low pressure"!
To sum it up, we are thankful for each of you who take the time and effort to measure precipitation (or the lack of) at your location as often as you can. Our observers are what makes CoCoRaHS tick. At this time close to 25,000 active observers make CoCoRaHS the premier precipitation network that it is today and the largest source of daily precipitation measurements in North America and possibly the world. Daily precipitation observations stretch from the coast of Labrador on the Atlantic in the northeast, southward to the U.S. Virgin Islands onward to the Hawaiian Islands and villages of Alaska in the Pacific and soon to the island of Guam.
CoCoRaHS is not just about collecting precipitation data as we have learned from many. many observers including a woman in Michigan who put it so well, "I used to check the rain gauge in conjunction with my dog’s morning routine. Now that she is (very) sadly gone, CoCoRaHS has held me to the habit of exiting the house. Checking my daily “gauge catch” gets me outdoors first thing, into the day—the REAL day. In addition to making a smidgeon of a contribution as a citizen scientist, I receive the benefits of smelling the air, gazing at the sky, hearing the birds and the breeze. It is a gift I give to myself, and honestly, I might end up skipping it if I didn’t have CoCoRaHS as a welcome prod."
Over the years many have asked, "Can I help the network out monetarily with a financial gift in addition to taking part in the measurement aspect of the program?"
You certainly can and thank you for asking. Donating to our annual fundraising campaign is a great way of doing just that (whether it's ten dollars, a required minimum distribution from your retirement plan or even a donation of stock). Your gifts support CoCoRaHS activities such as educational programs, outreach, supplies, observer/coordinator support, data management, and web development work. Each and every one of your gifts, no matter the size (and we mean that), has an impact that goes a long way toward keeping our nonprofit 501(c)(3) network operating throughout the year. As you consider giving to the many worthy organizations out there, please consider making a $10 donation today. Some employers will even match your gift. We also have "matching challenges" offered by over 30 CoCoRaHS observers
who will match your gift up to a certain amount in many areas of the country. Click here "matching"
to see the current list.
We have a special thank you gift available to all who make a donation of $60 or more. This year, it's our CoCoRaHS "Under Pressure/Barometer" t-shirt and it could be our best yet. Forest green with old orange and creme colored graphics . . . we think you'll like it. It will look great on you, a family member or friend. A long-sleeved shirt is available for donations of $100 or more (but you are still able to choose a short sleeve shirt instead). Shirts will be mailed out by late February, but perhaps sooner if the supply chain situation improves.
We hope that you will help us achieve our goal for this campaign during the next several weeks.
Contributions to CoCoRaHS may be deductible as charitable contributions within the limits of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consult with your tax professional.
You may print a form
to complete and mail in by clicking here
if you prefer.
*Please note that all donations received will go directly to the support of the CoCoRaHS Network and its sustainability. No funds received will go to NOAA's National Weather Service, which is a great advocate of CoCoRaHS.
We do not have a video of our own this year, but as we stick with our theme of "Under Pressure" we've linked two popular tunes from the 1980's to enjoy listening/watching. "Under Pressure" by Queen and "Pressure" by Billy Joel.