The Mo Foundation Announces First Microgrant Recipient

(L-R) Claire Kurtz (Mo Foundation), Joyelle Jones (Mo Foundation's 1st Microgrant Recipient) and Benji Kurtz (Mo Foundation)

(L-R) Claire Kurtz (Mo Foundation), Joyelle Jones (Mo Foundation’s 1st Microgrant Recipient) and Benji Kurtz (Mo Foundation)

Atlanta, GA – The Mo Foundation, Inc., a non-profit based in Atlanta, is pleased to announce its first recipient of assistance, Joyelle Jones, a rescue coordinator at Fulton County Animal Services.

The Mo Foundation was created to provide microgrants to individuals whose work supports the welfare of animals. Assistance typically comes in form of gift cards ranging in value from $250-$500.

On July 28, Mo Foundation co-founders Benji and Claire Kurtz delivered a $250 Petsmart gift card to Jones, who was anonymously nominated via the Mo Foundation website, mogives.org. Jones was described by her nominator as:

“probably the most dedicated animal rescue person I have ever met, and she’s only been doing rescue for a little over a year! Amazing. Joyelle has saved countless lives.”

In addition to her own pets, Jones regularly fosters animals from Fulton County Animal Services in her own home. In order to help offset the considerable cost of caring for these animals, the Mo Foundation’s Board of Directors selected her as the charter recipient of a Mo Foundation microgrant.

“We’re so grateful for individuals like Ms. Jones. She has not only dedicated her professional life to helping animals, but she opens her home and her heart to them,” said Mo Foundation executive director Benji Kurtz. “It’s clear in talking with Joyelle’s co-workers and others in the animal welfare community that she works tirelessly to improve the lives of animals without a home. We hope this micro grant will make her work a little easier.”

Members of the metro-Atlanta community are encouraged to visit mogives.org where they can share stories of individuals who work to ensure the welfare of animals and would benefit from the help of a Mo Foundation microgrant. The Board of Directors carefully considers each nomination and awards assistance to as many deserving recipients as possible.

About The Mo Foundation

The Atlanta-based Mo Foundation was founded in early 2013 by Claire & Benji Kurtz after the passing of their nearly 17-year-old cat Mo. The Foundation’s mission is to provide microgrants to individuals whose work supports the welfare of animals.

The Mo Foundation is accepting nominations for recipients of assistance, as well as tax-deductible donations at www.mogives.org. For more information on The Mo Foundation, please visit www.mogives.org, or contact Executive Director Benji Kurtz at [email protected]