Reporting for The Washington Post, Jason Samenow covered the annual Groundhog Day celebrations centered around the world’s most famous weather forecaster, Punxsutawney Phil, which each year on February 2nd predicts whether or now the country will enjoy an early spring, or have to suffer through six more weeks of winter. Mr. Samenow is currently The Washington Post‘s weather editor and Capital Weather Gang’s chief meteorologist. He earned the Digital Seal of Approval from the National Weather Association.
Groundhog Day 2016: Punxsutawney Phil sees no shadow, predicts early spring
Jason Samenow | The Washington Post | 02/02/16
Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s most famous furry forecaster, failed to see his shadow Tuesday morning, meaning spring is right around the corner, or so the folklore says. The groundhog’s prediction came about 7:25 a.m. in Punxsutawney, Pa., with fair skies and temperatures in the mid-20s. If this winter’s days truly are numbered, it will be remembered for both its mildness and brevity. Since December, most of the Lower 48 have experienced above-normal temperatures — the Blizzard of 2016 on Jan. 22-24, also known as Snowzilla, notwithstanding.
Early Spring Fundraising Idea Forecasted to Succeed In Any Weather
Now that Punxsutawney Phil has made his prediction for 2016, it’s time to get into high gear with planning your early Spring fundraising idea. We’ve got one that we predict will work if he’s right and fair weather’s just around the corner, or if your organization finds itself still buried under another unexpected blizzard.
A virtual lemonade stand is a perfect early spring fundraiser that your organization can hold regardless of the temperature outside. You can easily set up a crowdfunding keyword and mobile-friendly fundraising page for your stand and then share it with your network of supporters, staff, and volunteers, who will, in turn, set up and customize their own page from any device with a photo, personal message, and their own fundraising goal.
Don’t forget, every donation can make a difference and even small goals can turn into significant contributions when on average volunteer fundraiser can raise $612 from their network for colleagues, friends and family.
Whatever weather conditions you may be facing, a virtual lemonade stand powered by crowdfunding is an excellent way to grow your supporter base because on average 5 out of every 8 people who donate using crowdfunding will be first-time donors to your organization.