CascadiaNow! a 501(c)3, Breaks Fundraising Goal in 7 hours
Founding Membership Indiegogo generates over $11,000 with two weeks left
Cascadia, April 16, 2015: CascadiaNow!, a positive social movement for the Pacific Northwest, launched it’s Founding Membership drive on April 8th, 2015, reaching the original goal of $5,000 in 7 hours, and $10,000 in the first four days. The “CascadiaNow! Founding Membership” Indiegogo campaign ends on midnight, April 30th, and CN! is confident it will at least double the roughly already 172 inaugural members who have demonstrated such tremendous support for the non-profit.
Responding to the initial success of the campaign, founding director Brandon Letsinger stated:
“Cascadia is a bioregion, a social movement, and a vision for the Pacific Northwest. This campaign shows the amazing support that exists for an incredible place, organization and movement. Issues facing our region will not be solved by one voice in one room, but rather by thousands of conversations happening in rooms across the Northwest.”
On March 19th, 2015 CN! received the news that the organization was recognized by the federal government as a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, and on April 3rd, 2015, the Facebook page “CascadiaNow!” received it’s 10,000th Like. This recognition made all past and future donations to the non-profit tax deductible, as well as opened up eligibility for CN! to apply for the grant and foundation support it will use to further develop the Cascadia social movement., amplifying the reach of CN! and adding momentum to the Founding Membership drive that is now under way.
CascadiaNow! is a positive and inclusive social movement, serving as a organizing hub to protect the things members find special about the region, and to build healthier communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. In 2014, CN! hosted its first ever Cascadia Rainingman festival, sponsored the Northwest Poetry Festival, organized chapters in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver BC., and sent out more than 100,000 stickers in free sticker packs. The organization was featured in a wide range of publications, including Atlantic Monthly, Business Insider, Canadian Broadcasting Company, City Arts, Crosscut, Huffington Post, Humanosphere, KUOW/National Public Radio (Audio), National Journal, National Public Radio, Occupy Wall Street, Portland Mercury, Post Defiance, Seattle Globalist, Seattle Times, Slate, Swiss Public Broadcasting, USA Today, Vice,and the Washington Post.
Primary website: http://cascadianow.org
About the Indiegogo Campaign
Support from the Founding Membership drive will directly benefit chapters, groups and projects throughout the bioregion of Cascadia that align with the CN! mission of cultivating a resilient and inclusive Pacific Northwest community. CN! provides fiscal sponsorship to Cascadian communities in order to increase the amount of resources available, connect their efforts to the funding needed to be successful, and grow the rapidly expanding Cascadia social movement.
All donations are matched by several generous individuals at least 100% (for every dollar given, it is matched by another dollar).
Founding Members will receive limited edition merchandise exclusive to the Indiegogo fundraiser, including stickers, patches, tee shirts and hoodies. These items are tied to a specific giving tier, which ranges from $10 to the $650 Sasquatch Extreme package. For those who give over $35, a personalized Founding Membership card will be included. All Founding Members will receive discounts on events hosted by CN!, as well as on merchandise sold through the CN! online store. These are a token of thanks for the generous gifts of Founding Members, as well as for their willingness to significantly shape the future of CascadiaNow!