NORTH DURHAM: Ginger Jackson and Elizabeth Williams gave an update on the New Animal Shelter for Uxbridge-Scugog to Scugog Council on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Mrs. Jackson said there was a recent change in leadership at the charity, with her taking the presidency from Art Mathews, after he vacated the position because of family concerns.
“I did it only because I have an amazing, amazing board that backs me. They’re all professional, but they’re all volunteers so they support me to no end,” she said.
According to the group, with the over $520,000 they have raised, through over 500 community events, as well as the $480,000 given to them by both Townships in build and contingency funds, as well as money from their recent golf tournament, they are projected to be slightly over their $1 million fundraising goal.
“This community has stepped up in a way that has just blown us away and continues to blow us away,” said Elizabeth Williams.
Ms. Williams added they are now moving from an individual donor focus, to a more capital based focused, looking for major donors. She explained this is because construction costs are not what they were when they first started this campaign. The switch is starting this month.
Ms. Williams also told Council the group is working with Uxbridge Council to have a professional cost estimator brought in to find out the exact numbers of what they need. Mrs. Jackson told Council people tend to donate more if they know the exact amount necessary.
“People don’t want to give when it is just a dollar sign in the sky, they want to know what it is going to cost,” she said.