I was looking for a unique way for non-profits to raise money and I came across KickStarter. May not be exactly what I was looking for, but it seems to be a great site for creative projects to raise money. I'm starting to become a big bike rider, and felt this project seemed like something Digitalives | Community could support. Take a look, and donate if you like the project.
From the KickStarter Website:
PEDAL-DRIVEN: A BIKE-UMENTARY (www.pedaldriven.org) is designed to be much more than a bike movie. It's part of a movement, a pro-sustainability. pro-cooperation, pro-access, pro-communication movement. This movie will provide a tool for advocacy whether you are a member of the mountain biking community, the conservation community or - even better - both. This documentary will take a fair-minded approach to a contentious topic, with the ultimate goal of promoting respect for the land, the preservation of our rights to access our natural public places and the adoption of sustainable practices by mountain bikers, land managers, and all who care about the future of our limited and shared natural resources.
We open our story with the clash now taking place on America's public lands between mountain bikers - and free-riders in particular - and their federal land managers over illegal trail building. But at root this is a hopeful movie that will document the process as the two factions slowly, but surely, begin to find common ground in the form of creative and sustainable solutions. For a full storyline, please visit www.pedaldriven.org.
Our goal is, through beautiful cinematography and engaging storytelling, to demonstrate the shared goals and inspire further cooperation between the users and managers of our public lands.
WE NEED YOUR HELP
We have been hard at work for more than a year on this project, have successfully raised $100,000 and have completed nearly all shooting for the project. Now we're working to raise the final $70,000 necessary to complete the movie. This will allow us to edit and launch the documentary. We truly appreciate you considering helping us get there with a donation here at Kickstarter.com.
YOUR MONEY MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Pedal-Driven is a non-profit project, being created in association with the International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA), so every single dollar of profit it ever generates is earmarked for future sustainable trail building and land stewardship efforts. Your dollars now could mean thousands in future donations to sustainable trail-building projects. IMPORTANT POINT: Because this is non-profit, every donation is tax-deductible. COOL!
WHY THIS MOVIE?
Our population continues to grow, but our land-base does not. As our urban centers grow, making sure we have access to these precious natural spaces becomes ever more important to our quality of life. But as pressure on public lands increases, it becomes even more vital that we consider and implement sustainable land management practices. These lands must be preserved not just for ourselves, but for the generations to come. Pedal-Driven drives home this point with a hopeful message and real-life examples of places where it is working.
JOIN THE RIDE
We have had the great good fortune of some early sponsors committed to the work of conservation and mountain bike advocacy. Shimano, Specialized, Yakima and IMBA are but a few of the organizations who have helped bring this project along to date. Please consider joining the effort by making whatever donation is reasonable for you today.
Not only will you be part of the Pedal-Driven movement, you will get some very cool stuff in appreciation for your support. Pre-purchase the DVD, get an official movie T-shirt, tickets to the debut, one-of-a-kind mountain bike-inspired jewelry from artist Juliana Marquis - there are even bike frames contributed by Diamondback. Every dollar helps, and we'll do our best to show our gratitude.
FOR MORE infomation, visit www.pedaldriven.org or our company site at www.howellatthemoon.com. You can also feel free to call us directly with any questions or suggestions at (509) 888-2212. Thanks again. We look forward to bringing the Pedal-Driven message to the world!
Project location: Wenatchee, WA