"There is a time to let things happen
       and a time to make things happen."
- Hugh Prather

Urgent Need Today!
TRIO survives on donations and grants, with $10 of your annual dues that chapters forward to national - $20 of members-at-large go directly to support national - providing less than 20% of what it takes to maintain the organization's office and services. Non-profits across the country are currently facing a very challenging grant and sponsor environment. Despite an active grant application and ad program - over 20 grants submitted in 2015 with no results - TRIO is not alone in facing a deficit year. Even our focus on saving patient lives with our post-transplant cancer initiative, enthusiastically endorsed by the medical community, there have been no grants supporting this to date. Unlike many non-profits who have paid staff to support, TRIO has only one part-time contractor, with all other monies going 100% to our stated mission and member service. Despite drastic and very effective expense controls TRIO is facing a $10,000 net loss this year. With this direct appeal to you, we hope to reverse that before our board meeting this Thursday.

"Do what you can,
with what you have,
where you are."
- Theodore Roosevelt

"Please HELP!"
Simply stated, we need your financial help NOW to turn TRIO's 2015 deficit around by year's end. The goal is to raise $10,000 in 5 days - $10 by 1,000 members, or $20 by 50% or $100 by 100 or $1,000 by just 10 members to do it! Can we get 100% participation? This is possible, but only if you respond with a donation in any amount you can afford. By way of example, Dennis F. is a TRIO member who sends a $25 donation every month! TRIO offers special thanks to Dennis, along with members who contribute throughout the year and our generous board members who go beyond giving of their time and talents with $1,000 gifts (or what they can afford) each year. Please follow these examples by making that special gift today. Consider giving in honor or memory of your donor or loved family member who has benefited from receiving the gift of life, paying it forward in their name. Many have adopted a holiday gift tradition of asking their family to give to a good cause instead of a wrapped present. Might TRIO be that cause for your family this year? Do you or someone you know work for a company that encourages charity support by offering matching funds for any donation - a great way to multiply your own gift by making that $1,000 painlessly turn into $2,000.

"We make a living by what we get.
We make a life by what we give."
- Winston Churchill

How YOU can help
Giving can be as simple as clicking on the DONATE NOW button at the bottom of this message (or pointing family and friends to that link at the bottom of our TRIO web site home page (http://TRIOweb.org) where you can use a credit card or PayPal to make that (tax deductible) special gift. Of course your check is always welcome. Mail checks made out to TRIO addressed to 13705 Currant Loop, Gainesville VA 20155-3031

TRIO thanks you in advance for considering this URGENT appeal. If you mention a name in whose honor/memory you are making that donation, we will list that in our January E-News and on the web site where we will also post the results of this special appeal.

Sincerely and with holiday greetings to you and yours,
On behalf of your TRIO national board,
Jim Gleason
TRIO President
(609) 877-4493