Breaking: straight philanthropist Todd Stiefel launches $100,000 matching donation campaign to defeat Amendment One
We need allies on board to defeat Amendment One, speaking out about its harms. Philanthropist Todd Stiefel of the Raleigh, North Carolina-based Stiefel Freethought Foundation has launched a campaign this week that will match every dollar donated up to $100K. That’s more than a good number of donors in the LGBT community have done to help North Carolinians defeat Amendment One – early voting starts on April 19 and we need to get ads on the air.
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The 37-year-old Stiefel, who is married with two children and a Duke graduate, feels strongly that we can defeat the ballot initiative, and with it, affirm that North Carolina remains a welcoming place for families and businesses, working toward equality, not toward restricting rights. His letter:
My name is Todd Stiefel. My wife, Diana and I have a passionate belief that our country would be better off if we put people above politics. Families in North Carolina matter far more than a divisive constitutional amendment such as Amendment One, and that is why we are now offering a $1 for $1 match up to $100,000 to the campaign.
The campaign to defeat the amendment only has three more weeks to get out the word about the harms that North Carolina would face if Amendment One passes on May 8. That is why we are stepping up now to give to the campaign. We hope that you can join us.
The momentum against Amendment One has grown substantially in recent weeks. Former GOP Gubernatorial nominee Richard Vinroot, Justice Bob Orr, John Hood and other conservatives have advocated against it in recent weeks. Governor Bev Perdue came out passionately against it last week in a powerful video, and the next morning Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers condemned the amendment as well.
But all of this momentum does not matter if the campaign does not have a fully funded television, radio and direct mail campaign. Will you donate $25, $50, $100, $250 or $500 today to make sure that the people of North Carolina hear the truth about the amendment? Diana and I will match every dollar that you give, doubling the impact of your gift, up to $100,000.
This campaign has been largely funded by people just like you. Now, in this critical stretch, we must step up once again.
The ads that the campaign have produced are truly powerful. The message that they carry forth about the harms to children, families and unmarried women must be heard. While this amendment directly impacts gay and lesbian families, it is so poorly written that straight families, unmarried women, and children are collateral damage of this harmful amendment. This amendment does not help anyone; it only harms. Diana and I were so inspired by the message that we decided to step up and we hope that you will join us.
The campaign has offered to show the television ads first to anyone who donates to the campaign this week. They will go on the air soon and every dollar that you give this week will go directly to increasing the ad buy. It is fair to say that every dollar that you give will go directly towards defeating the amendment.
On May 8 we North Carolinians will decide if they want the state to treat people equally or if we want to write discrimination into the constitution of our state. We must choose to place people, especially children, above politics by voting against the amendment.
Please stand with us.
Diana and Todd Stiefel
The Blend will feature an interview with Todd Stiefel this week, so you can learn more about his perspective on MIA donors, why North Carolina is worth fighting for, and tell us how to get straight allies talking about this Amendment and out to vote.