The first volume of this book is closed. It closed when we came full circle and once again announced the amazing news that Faith would be blessed with a service dog.
This time it was for real though.
So why can’t I let this Pepsi Pups Scam rest for a moment?
Because I can not sit quietly when I see an injustice.
And this is an injustice.
There are so many wrongs here that I have decided to take one post a week to focus on a small aspect of it.
Have you ever heard of the Pepsi Refresh Grant? It is a contest that allows individuals and groups to compete for money to fund their ideas. The amounts that can be won vary from $5000 to $50,000. Once an idea is submitted it is SUPPOSED to go through careful vetting to assure that the idea is feasible.
First issue – How did the “idea” of Lea Kaydus’s grant pass vetting? If Global Giving was not able to fund the intangible cost of “training for 10 service animals”, why was the grant proposal not changed before it was brought to voting. (From the Pepsi Refresh Project website) During the Moderation Stage, Sponsor and/or its designated representatives will review each Eligible Selected Application to determine if it meets the Grant Program Guidelines (the “Moderation Stage”). If the Eligible Selected Application meets the Grant Program Guidelines, it will be posted for Voting in accordance with the timing listed in the Application Entry Table above. …….. All Applications will be reviewed for compliance with these Official Application Guidelines before being posted to the Website for voting as set forth in the Application Entry Table above; however, such review does not relieve Participant from responsibility for compliance with these Official Application Guidelines.
a. Applications MUST:
- be in English;
- have one (1) photo as the profile photo
- be received in accordance with the Application Entry Table in Section 2 above;
- describe a project to be carried out for charitable, community or educational purposes within one of the Categories of the Grant Program;
- describe a project to take place/benefit persons only within one of the 50 United States or the District of Columbia;
- describe a project that is capable of being completed within 9 months from the first date of funds disbursement; and
- provide a level of detail sufficient to show each of the specific activities to be carried out by the Participant and others, if any, necessary to achieve the principal goal(s) of the project.