WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING
We are in our FINAL 36 HOURS in our crowdfunding campaign for Black Rock Explorers! It’s a truly amazing program connecting all kinds of people all over the playa with each other, often who otherwise wouldn’t have a reason or chance to meet. The full spectrum of participants (not just parents) mention it all the time: seeing the wonder of Burning Man —- both sensory and mental — through the eyes of a child brings a new and unexpected dimension to the experience.
In the past, a small handful of parents involved in the program have funded all of the gifts, materials involved with running events, and prep costs personally — sometimes to a total of $2,000 per year for one family — leaving the impression that everything we do and gift is an inconsequential amount of money. As part of our move to a new camp and taking the program to a much more public profile, we decided that inviting the community in to help us cover the costs would not only help lessen the load, but more importantly, draw more people in to feel more connected to the program.
Here is how we will spend the money;
Stickers (2000 4") - $520
Stickers (100 2x3” “Explorers Were Here") - $40*
Stickers (300 4” clear for pendants and more) - $120
Buttons (BRE - 550 3”) - $200*
Buttons (BRE- 100 1.25”) - $50*
Buttons (varied badges custom to each field trip - 300+ total) - $200
Buttons (additional, hand made) - $100
Patches (300 3.5”) - $500
Patches (50 8”) - $600
T-shirts (100 - differently sourced) - $200
BRE silkscreens (4 at 20”x24”) - $180
BRE large flag silkscreen (1 at 24”x36”) - $75
Inks and necessary tools (squeegees, 5 large ink bottles, rags, more) - $300
Three stations (raised surfaces, wash buckets) - $200
Large carabiner stainless steel mugs (50 at $13.50 per)- $675
Canteens (50 at $8.25 per) - $450
Hosted dinners (food and drink to serve 25+ people) - $100
Mutant vehicle maintenance (commensurate with wear and tear of dedicated usage for BRE) - $500
Anyone who has run a theme camp or big program on playa knows that number and list covers a fraction of the actual costs. We are hoping to raise enough funds that we don’t need to do another crowdfunding campaign next year, as we will have bought in bulk and will hopefully conserve gifting to last 2 years (without being stingy!). Yes, if you attend events, you will very likely receive stickers and buttons and maybe even a patch or two for being part of things, and everyone can make their own t-shirt and of course we’ll be gifting t-shirts to all the kids. However! Every perk you get pays for 10 others, again and again, so you’ll be able to truly participate in that gifting!
So PLEASE, take a moment and donate to our program, and share this post and tweet the link and tell your friends and neighbors. The button is at the bottom of the HatchFund page, or you can click on the link in the first comment. If the hassle of setting up all your info in HatchFund is too daunting, any contribution via PayPal to email@example.com will result in us making sure you get your equivalent perk (although that’s a much bigger headache for us). We really need your help, and we are working INCREDIBLY hard to bring the biggest year of this program yet to Burning Man!!
Posted with love and gratitude
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