The clock is ticking on the drive to raise $1 million in order to secure a $750,000 grant for the new Athens-Limestone County library.
Those raising money say they are just $30,000 shy of the goal but they only have about five weeks to raise it.
Fundraising consultant Debbie Joyner said Wednesday the Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation needs to raise approximately $30,000 more before the end of 2012 in order to earn the remaining $750,000 of the Dekko Foundation Challenge Grant.
The foundation had needed about $540,000 from individuals, in-kind contributions, businesses and grants to win the Dekko match. However, Joyner said a family, which wants to remain anonymous, has agreed to donate most of that.
“We have a substantial gift that counts toward the challenge but we haven’t gotten the paperwork on that yet,” Joyner said. “They have confirmed it different times in different ways. So, I can report to the foundation board that it is coming but we are just working on the paperwork.”
The rest of the money needed to get the grant will have to be raised through various fundraising efforts planned for the rest of the year and through individual donations from residents and other patrons of the library.
If the foundation raises the approximately $30,000, Joyner said the Dekko Foundation will give the project the $750,000 in January 2013. The same foundation has already given the project $250,000 to match fundraising of $250,000.
Students at city and county schools have been busy raising money for the new library.
The TRAIL group delivered turkeys and feathers to every kindergarten-through-first-grade classroom in the city and county and asked students to buy a feather for 50 cents that could be stuck in the turkey’s tail, said TRAIL Navigator Gayle Black. Turkeys and feathers were also placed in each of the school libraries so students from higher grades could contribute to the project, she said. The school that raises the most money will receive a party on Nov. 30.