Folks down in Portland, Oregon are starting the Cascadian Flag Making Cooperative with the goal of producing locally made Cascadian flags! Alexander Baretich who is one of the founding members of this cooperative also the designed the Cascadian flag in 1995. How beautiful would it be for Cascadian Doug Flags to be made in region, upholding to all the principles and ideals of Cascadia, using locally sourced materials and a bioregional footprint?
370 contributors, 24 days, and more than $24,720!
Together, that's more than $1000 a day, and we couldn't have dreamed for a more successful Founding Membership, or a more wonderful group of people to share it with. With matching donations from a few very generous anonymous donors, as well as our founding director Brandon Letsinger, in total this campaign raised more than $50,000.
You all are incredible!
We had no baseline, no idea what kind of support to expect, and so the absolute success of this campaign has had a huge impact. Already we have set aside $5000 directly for sponsored projects, $5000 for chapters and groups, and we're excited that with this success not only are we funded through 2016, but will be able to expand our programming support and create a brand new part time position for a much needed volunteer and outreach coordinator to help us grow this positive movement throughout the Pacific Northwest.
For the swag, expect it in July. We have already begun creating it from our end and getting our bulk orders in, but some of this can be up to 6 weeks. Rest assured that we are working hard that all of this will be made in the US, and as much of it in the PNW as possible. As soon as it is here, we'll start shipping, and we're trying our hardest to get it to you as fast as possible! If you ordered a t-shirt or hoodie, we will either reach out with you individually, or set up a google form where people can list preferred sizes and colors.
Thank you for an amazing and wonderful founding membership experience. Don't forget to shoot any and all amazing pictures, thoughts or comments right at us @cascadianow on instagram, twitter, facebook, pinterest, or email or setup a time to chat via phone!
If any of you ever have ideas or projects somehow involving Cascadia, please just remember, our only purpose is to build an amazing, inclusive positive and kickass movement - and to support you! and all the other wonderful Cascadians out there doing amazing things.
Thank you all so much and we look forward to working with each of you to build a positive and healthier future here in the Pacific Northwest.
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!
We’re an official 501(c)3 non-profit, we’ve hit 10k followers on Facebook, and now it’s time to kick off our first ever Founding Membership drive on Indiegogo!
By signing up for one of our seven tiered membership packages, you will join the inaugural ranks of Cascadians working to build a brighter future for our bioregion. In addition to limited edition Founder’s swag, you will receive a 10% discount at the CN! online store as well as discounts on events like Rainingman.
Founding membership is special, and we want to thank all of our supporters who have stuck with us since the beginning in a special way. At our various levels you will find: Founding member patches, t-shirts, hoodies, short run stickers, Cascadia bioregion maps, postcards, flags, the first ever run of minted, pure silver Cascadia coins, as well as the ability to sponsor murals, which will be done commemoratively, with your input.
All donations made through our Founding Membership Campaign will be used to grow bioregional projects and connect with more Cascadians. We have official chapters of CascadiaNow! in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver BC, and will use these funds to encourage the creation of new chapters throughout the bioregion.
We want to kick off our membership drive right, and we chose to use Indiegogo because it allows our supporters the chance to help build an awesome organization from the roots up at a price that is right for each individual. You can sign up as a Founding member by following this link!