OBSERVATORY WINS 20K GRANT ONLINE

by Christian Mower on September 24, 2012

THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE NON-PROFIT MOUNT WASHINGTON OBSERVATORY SAYS HIS ORGANIZATION HAS EARNED A LARGE GRANT FROM AN ONLINE CONTEST.

SCOT HENLEY SAYS HE’S GRATEFUL AND PROUD OF THE SUPPORT THAT ENABLED THE NORTH CONWAY-BASED OBSERVATORY TO WIN $20,000 FROM THE CHASE COMMUNITY GIVING CONTEST.

HENLEY SAYS 30,000 CHARITIES WERE NOMINATED, AND WITH 3,250 VOTES, THE OBSERVATORY ENDED UP IN 55TH PLACE.

MORE THAN 1.5 MILLION VOTES WERE CAST BETWEEN SEPT. 6 – 19 AND THE TOP 196 ORGANIZATIONS WERE AWARDED GRANTS FROM A POOL OF $5 MILLION.

THE OBSERVATORY’S DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT – KERRY MACDOUGALL – SAYS THE GRANT IS SIGNIFICANT.

SHE SAYS MEMBERSHIP DUES AND CHARITABLE GIFTS MAKE UP THE MAJORITY OF THE ORGANIZATION’S INCOME, SO GETTING A GRANT OF $20,000 – ESPECIALLY DURING A DOWN ECONOMY, WHEN CHARITABLE GIFTS ARE DIFFICULT TO GET – IS A MAJOR BOOST.

HENLEY SAYS THE MONEY WILL BE PUT TO WORK IMMEDIATELY TO HELP FUND THE WEATHER STATION ON THE SUMMIT OF MOUNT WASHINGTON – AND EDUCATION OUTREACH EFFORTS. HE SAYS SUPPORTIVE MEMBERS AND FANS HAVE ENABLED THE OBSERVATORY TO CONTINUE ITS WORK IN WEATHER OBSERVATION AND RESEARCH, SCIENCE EDUCATION AND CLIMATE RESEARCH FOR MORE THAN 80 YEARS.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE WEBSITE AT www.mountwashington.org OR CALL 1-800-706-0432.