Saw this link circulating elsewhere, but didn't see it here –
The Boykos have been on a mission to collect DNA samples of village dogs from all around the world in an effort to unravel the details of the origin(s) of the domesticated dog. This summer, they intend to go to Liberia and the DRC, which is where they think they can find some of the "purest" genetic remnants of the original African dogs.
They're trying to raise $8000 to fund the project. They are only at about 40% with just a little more than a month to meet their goal. The way this fundraising website works is that you pledge a certain amount, and if the project meets its stated goal, only then are you charged. If the project does not meet its funding goal, you are not charged.
I have pledged a bit because this is certainly research that I am interested in. They have some interesting thank you gifts for higher pledges – including, most interestingly, an offer to bring back a live, rescue African village dog for a donation of $5000. Of course, a rigorous adoption application and procedure applies.
Check out the video they made to explain the project.
More information found on the project website as well: