Our Impact This Year: Here’s How We Made 2014 the Year of the Elephant

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Early last year, we declared that 2014 would be the Year of the Elephant. It was also Elephants DC’s first year in action as a brand-new nonprofit. And what a year it has been!

Our fledgling nonprofit, made up of 100% volunteers, has had more impact than we ever imagined possible this year. We raised tens of thousands of dollars for field organizations working to protect elephants on the ground. We provided the initial spark that resulted in the first state in the United States to pass a full ban of ivory sales. And we organized major events and social media campaigns to bring awareness to the plight of elephants to thousands of people.

Check out our handy graphic below about our work and impact, and then keep reading to find out what’s next for us in 2015!

We had an incredible 2014 -- check out what we did!

We had an incredible 2014 — check out what we did!

We can’t thank our supporters enough for helping us make all this happen in just one little year. By volunteering, donating, and supporting us, you’re helping us do everything we can to preserve this invaluable keystone species.

We’re proud to have the opportunity to make a difference. Please consider sending us a donation to help us keep up this important work in the coming year!

What’s Next?

If you thought 2014 was great… Get ready for a whole new elephant ballgame. We’re ramping up our efforts in a serious way – which is the only way to go, given the serious crisis elephants face.

We lose more elephants each day to a vicious poaching epidemic that fuels international terrorism, damages communities, and devastates ecosystems. That’s why we’re working harder than ever to save them.

Here’s what we’ve got planned in the coming months to help stop the slaughter and protect our world’s elephants:

  • Education – We plan to launch our first Education campaign – “E” is for “Elephant” in elementary and middle schools in 2015.
  • Awareness – We will continue to raise awareness of the cost of ivory and outreach directly to Chinese consumers in the United States.
  • Advocacy – We will continue to advocate ​for ​the end of ivory commerce worldwide to save elephants from extinction.
    • Event: Join us in our Vigil for Elephants at the Chinese Embassy on February 19, the first day of the Chinese New Year.

Thank you to all our supporters, donors, friends, family members, and fellow advocates for an incredible 2014. We look forward to working with you again in the new year!

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