Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Campaign Is Dead; Long Live the Campaign!

We're in the final stretch of the FIC's Indiegogo campaign to raise $45,000—which represents half the money needed to construct our new office in Missouri. With only five days remaining of our 45-day crowdfunding campaign, it's time to face the music: the campaign is 90% over and we've only generated 10% of the needed funds. Barring a miracle—which I'm all in favor of, by the way—we're not going to reach our target by midnight Thursday, when the curtain falls on the Indiegogo campaign.

However, it's important to note that Jan 25 only marks the end of the Indiegogo campaign. Our need continues Thursday and so will the FIC Green Office Campaign. All the money raised so far—from 115 supporters and counting—will still be just as valuable next week, and we're not about to ship our oars just because we're no longer sailing under the Indiegogo flag.

In the next few days I'll be redoubling my efforts to reach out to friends, people I've helped as FIC's administrator, and groups I've worked with over the past 25 years, asking them to help us reach our goal. For the past quarter century the Fellowship's intrepid crew has rolled up its sleeves and labored tirelessly as:
o  Collector of up-to-date and accurate information about intentional communities, both in book form and online.
o  Purveyor of books and videos focused on cooperative living, right livelihood, sustainability, and group dynamics.
offering books, videos, and a cornucopia of online resources
o  Publisher of Communities magazine.
o  Creator of Art of Community gatherings, where participants can simultaneously get information about community living and a taste of it.
o  Extender of hotline assistance for individuals and groups struggling to get clear of thorns on the road to utopia.

Now we need our constituency to help us overcome the physical limitations of our dilapidated office. While we had hoped that the Indiegogo campaign would get us halfway home, I am not dismayed. For all of you reading this who are among the 115 who have already given to the campaign, I thank you. For those who haven't, it's not too late! You can either click on the above hyperlink to the Indiegogo campaign, or mail a check to:
FIC Green Office
RR 1, Box 156
Rutledge MO 63563

To paraphrase John Paul Jones, I have not yet begun to fund raise.

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