Sunday, 8 April 2012

Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign - A Message from the 100TPC Crew


Dear Friends of 100 Thousand Poets for Change,

I am writing to let you know that Terri and I have set up a 100 TPC KICKSTARTER PAGE in an effort to raise funds to help us to continue organizing 100 Thousand Poets for Change 2012, and more specifically to help us plan and set up our “100 TPC Headquarters Event”  from where we will manage all the September 29th global events!

As you know, we have no funding or sponsors thus far and so we have funded the past year’s work on our own. We have recently applied for our non-profit status and hope to be able to get funding from foundations and sponsors soon, but until our non-profit status is approved we are asking for support from our friends, and soon-to-be friends, too!

For those of you unfamiliar with Kickstarter, the basic approach is that you state your fundraising goal for your project and then set the time in which you think you can achieve (or surpass) that goal. If at the end of your fundraising period you do not reach your goal you don’t receive any of the donations. So, if we do not reach our goal of $2500, all the money will be refunded to the donors accordingly.

Kickstarter explains it like this…

"Why is Kickstarter funding all-or-nothing? On Kickstarter, a project must reach its funding goal before time runs out or no money changes hands. Why? It protects everyone involved. This way, no one is expected to develop a project with an insufficient budget, which sucks. Remember you set your own funding goal, so aim to raise the minimum amount you'll need to create your vision. Projects can always raise more than their goal, and often do"

Terri and I have set our goal for $2,500 and we have 60 days to raise these funds. I am sure you will agree this is not much money for running the website, archiving for Stanford University, sending out ten thousand press releases, general outreach, and overall management of all the activity on the day of the event which will include monitoring and sharing livestreams, skype sessions and much more!

The 100 TPC KICKSTARTER PAGE explains everything in more detail. Check it out. There are a whole bunch of unique gifts offered for donors as well. You might see something you like!

Please understand that we are actually very uncomfortable asking for funding, we know you all work really hard and poetry is not a high paying job. But, I think we all agree that 100 Thousand Poets for Change is worth doing on a long-term basis.

So far we have over 500 events in 100 countries confirmed for September 29, 2012. With your help we hope there will be 1000 events!

We thank you for all your friendship and amazing moral support!

Please help us by donating any amount of money, really. $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 or more. Every little bit helps! You can go online to the 100 TPC KICKSTARTER PAGE and make your donations via Paypal. Your support will be greatly appreciated and will enable us to keep organizing 100 TPC 2012.

Thank you for all you do!

The 100 TPC KICKSTARTER PAGE has just been launched!

We now have 60 days to reach our goal of 2,500 dollars.

Please help us reach our funding goal.

And please tell all your friends and loved ones about the 100 TPC Kickstarter Page, share the link, 100 TPC KICKSTARTER and encourage them to donate to our fundraising campaign!

Peace and Love,

Michael Rothenberg and Terri Carrion

100 Thousand Poets for

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