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December 02, 2016
BENEFITING: Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Dec 01, 2016
'TINY BUT MIGHTY FUND' LAUNCHES BENEFIT FOR NASHVILLE HUMANE ASSOCIATION WITH ASSISTANCE FROM NASHVILLE’S MOST MISCHIEVOUS PETS
Local Animal Welfare Organization Leverages Social Media to Raise Donation
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Oct. 26, 2016 – Their crimes include stealing hearts, criminal shedding and destroying (i.e. eating) evidence of their crimes.
But the nearly 50 dogs and one clever kitten participating in the fourth annual Tiny But Mighty Fund fundraiser have their hearts in the right place.
Instead of stealing shoes, they are helping raise what organizers hope will be $26,000 for the Nashville Humane Association.
Many of the dogs are frequently seen on social media when their owners capture particularly cute, and sometime diabolical, moments. The campaign features mug shots of the pets – known aliases of some include Jolene, Raja, Elvis, Ralphie and Mia – along with their alleged crimes and seeks donations from friends and family to “post bail” for the canine offenders.
“The Tiny But Mighty Fund team leverages humor, social media and just plain cuteness to raise funds to support animals that truly need help,” said Tiny But Mighty Fund founder Marcia Masulla. “This campaign is based on fun, friendship and the love of pets to achieve its goals. It’s fantastic to be involved with something so positive – and important.”
All the “offenders” can be seen along with their crimes at TinyButMightyFund.com and on Instagram (@TinyButMightyFund). None of the dogs have been contacted by criminal defense attorneys as of yet.
“Nashville Humane Association is so very grateful for Tiny But Mighty Fund’s HUGE support to our mission and their continued support to helping homeless animals within our community. We look forward to our continued friendship and partnership with this amazing organization. We are extremely excited about their upcoming creative and fun “NASHVILLE’S MOST WANTED” fundraiser, too. So donate today and let’s get the dogs out of jail!”
– Joy Beach, Executive Director, Nashville Humane Association
This year’s campaign runs from today through Dec. 1. Companies wishing to make corporate donations can contact organizers at email@example.com.
The fundraiser, now in its fourth year, honors the spirit of Chico, a miniature Chihuahua that passed away in 2013 from congestive heart failure, and has raised more than $50,000 for animals in need. The fund is a component fund of Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.
"The online campaigns put forward by the Tiny But Mighty Fund are award-winning and inspirational. They have done an incredible job recruiting families with 4-legged members to participate in a fun and lively campaign. Underlying all of the playfulness are the serious and important issues the tiny But MIGHTY Fund addresses in its grantmaking from promoting adoption and spay/neutering initiatives and preventing cruelty and inhumane treatment of animals. Every donation to this year’s Nashville’s Most Wanted Campaign will provide important financial resources for these important community issues.”
– Amy Fair, Director of Donor Services, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee
Each year, the Tiny But Mighty Fund organizers also recognize an outstanding individual who contributes to the welfare, brings awareness, assists in the prevention of animal cruelty, and/or raises funds for animals in our community with the Chico Award. The honoree is recognized with an award and an opportunity to donate $1,000 to another animal welfare/rights 501c3 organization of their choice. Mayor Megan Barry received the inaugural award last year and selected Bonaparte's Retreat, which was founded by Emmylou Harris, as the recipient of a Tiny But Mighty grant. In turn, the 2017 recipient of the Chico Award is Emmylou Harris who has selected Crossroads Campus as the beneficiary of the grant.
"I am honored to be the second recipient of the Chico Award, but also deeply grateful to the Tiny But Mighty Fund for celebrating the unbreakable bonds between animals and their companions."
– Emmylou Harris, Founder of Bonaparte's Retreat Dog Rescue
"Everyone at Crossroads Campus is delighted that the Tiny But Mighty Fund is recognizing our founding board member, Emmylou Harris, for all she has done to make life better for homeless animals in our community, and we are very grateful for the grant from the Tiny But Mighty Fund which will support our pet adoption and humane education programs! We join the Tiny But Mighty Fund in celebrating the unbreakable bond between people and their pets!"
- Lisa Stetar, Executive Director of Crossroads Campus