Weird Fundraising Stories: The Great Goat Gambit

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October 18, 2010; Source: Shelby County Reporter | In Helena, Ala., a nonprofit serving children with disabilities and special needs has happened upon the strange notion of selling goat insurance to people. Payment of a premium prevents a goat named Molly (the garden marauder) from being delivered to your house—whether you want it or not.

How does the fundraiser work? Publicly minded souls add friends and family to the drawing to win the goat. Evidently, anyone can enter a name. The person entered is then mailed a letter offering a $5 dollar goat insurance policy, which gets you one free goatless pass. But, wait! People can be entered into the drawing more than once. A premium policy for $10 removes you from the raffle altogether. Kind of an odd charitable protection racket involving kids.—Ruth McCambridge