In early March, Payson Humane Society received a matching funds offer of $10,000 from an anonymous donor for the upcoming building project. The requirements were that 100 people donate at least $100 each to reach $10,000. The donations had to be designated for the building fund. We are very pleased to report that we have fulfilled that requirement and have already received the promised $10,000 in matching funds. We would like to thank the anonymous donor and all other donors who made this possible -- $20,000 is a great addition to our building fund. We still have a long way to go and if there are others who would like to do a matching funds offer, we would be most grateful.
At this time we would also like to provide an update on where we are with the new building project. We have recently signed a contract with Shelter Planners of America to revise our original building plans, which were done for a much smaller piece of property. They have vast experience with designing shelters, having done over 700 shelters in the country. When the revised building plans are completed, we will be able to get bids for the building and prepare a budget and timeline for the project.
At that time, we will also be able to make our formal presentations to the various entities from which we need approval to continue, although informally we have received an indication of support from them.
We have also recently signed a contract with The Phoenix Philanthropy Group, professional funds development consultants, who will assist us in identifying and pursuing sources of funds. This group has an excellent reputation for having assisted in raising funds for many philanthropic and nonprofit organizations around the world.
It should be noted that our recent decision to use local businesses for this project, instead of what was originally planned and begun several years ago, has added time to our original plan. This is an extremely important project for the Payson Humane Society. It is an important project for the Town of Payson, as we provide a vital service to the community. We're moving cautiously, making sure we research each facet of the project thoroughly before making decisions. We're doing this to make sure we have planned for future expanded needs of the community. We're doing this for our donors, to whom we have the fiduciary responsibility to provide a superior product for the money they have invested. We plan to make the public aware of our progress as we complete critical steps. In the meantime, all donations are appreciated and will help expedite this project.
Barbara Brenke, Payson Humane Society