Today I would like to share some information about the status of the fundraising of my Empathie Cycling Tour. What I experienced on the journey is summarised in my previous article: Journey Reflection.
A brief comment in advance: A few conversations taught me that I confused people with my project. It has also been criticised that it was not clear what precisely a donation would be used for.
I admit that I squeezed probably confusingly much into my project, which had pushed the fundraising campaign quite far into the background and made it unattractive for some people. Maybe also for you?
I know, that what makes sense to me doesn’t have to make sense to others. That was probably my most significant takeaway. That was also pointed out by a friend who did for fundraising a Camino de Santiago tour.
Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to thank for the feedback that I received so far. I consider this in future actions because even if the cycle tour is now over, for me, much has only begun with it. Also, how I want to involve myself more in society in the future.
Success, but a tender one
At the moment (28.08.2019) I don’t have any figures so far, how much was donated to the Chellington bursary. I haven’t been in contact with Scott yet and I don’t have access to the scholarship pot. However, I know that some people I spoke to donated small amounts. I want to point out one particular donation at this point.
I met a guy called Michael in Dunkerque when I waited for the ferry. We talked about my tour and the projects I support. He handed instantly £ 5 to support the idea – that I transferred immediately (picture).
Besides, through my initiative, the Chellington Centre has implemented a permanent donation button, that hopefully will be used often to fund the bursary. That alone is at least a little progress.
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Your Little Planet
Your Little Planet is a very small initiative in Berlin Lankwitz that is very committed to making education available in the field of sustainability. Nick and Kathi, who lead the initiative, have invested a lot of their own money and spend a lot of time on a project that is supposed to serve the common good.
At this point I want to explain to you why donations are not directly invested in certain projects, and why.
Current projects that are currently being realized by YLP:
- Game Biennial Aid for Environmental Education
- 1000 sqm flowering meadow in Lankwitz
- Citizen commitment to a controversial long-distance cycle route
- Blossom meadow with the degewo
- wild bee rescue
So far YLP receives only a few donations, and now it comes: The fees for their bank account for donations are at the moment even higher than the donations that are currently collected. This means that Nick and Kathi even pay on top of what they have already invested in time.
For YLP, there are two important cost areas that are not covered by funding:
- Account fees for the donation account with GLS, a sociological and ecologically acting bank in Germany. . (96 € p.a.).
- Costs for the administrative web page support, which is very important for the public work. (360 ? p.a.).
So can my action help to cover the costs for one year?
For Nick and Kathi, this is a decent sum of money because, for them, work for the common good is more important than a financially well-paid one. If the donation target of 456 € will be reached, then the expenses for the cost points above would be covered, which would create planning security for the small sympathetic initiative.
So far, 200 € is in the money pot (28.8.2019). A large part of it is profit from the VA.connect event.
After my tour, I had the first conversation with Nick to tell him about the current status. He is already very grateful for financial support, but I want the pot to remain open until 30.9.2019 with the goal to collect 256 €.