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A generous member has offered to match end-of-year contributions to KEA, dollar for dollar, up to $5000. For the next week, your donation goes twice as far. So here are the top ten reasons why you should click over to our nice new website and donate today.

1. Tubbs Hill and Cougar Bay. KEA is the leading defender of our local jewels. This past year we defended Tubbs Hill from unnecessary intrusion and we saved Cougar Bay for habitat and quiet wake-free recreation.

2. Who else will save the Dike Road Trees?

3. 40 years. We’re the oldest non-profit conservation organization in the State of Idaho. Next year, 2012, will mark our 40th anniversary. Help us kick off the next 40 years.

4. Tax deduction. We sometimes forget to remind people, but we are a charity organized under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code, which means your donations to KEA are tax deductible. And tax season is coming up.

5. Board and Staff. We got a truly talented and dedicated team, and we’re really good at what we do.

6. Who else is calling out the nonsense in Bonner County?

7. Community Roots. Our successful local food program is expanding every year. Our first-in-the-region charitable CSA, and our local food share system are delivering local fresh food to families who need it.

8. Effective and Efficient. We are, out of budget necessity, a scrappy, low-overhead, grassroots, volunteer-dependent organization. Very little of our budget earmarked for fundraising expenditures and we hope to keep it that way.

9. We do the work so you don’t have to. There are so many meetings, hearings, and events to attend. There is so much research to do, comments to write, and phone calls to make.  As the grassroots community voice for all things conservation in North Idaho, we are tireless, principled, and wholly dedicated to our mission “to conserve, protect and restore the environment in North Idaho.” Because that’s what you’d expect.

10.   Our community depends on us, but we depend on you. Our natural and scenic environment and our beautiful sense of community is what makes this such a great place. It is all very much worth defending.  As you consider your end-of-year contributions, consider giving generously to KEA.

 

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I’m pretty sure that if you’re reading this blog post, you’re doing so with a reasonably operable computer. (Or you know someone with a reasonably operable computer who prints out the KEA Blog posts for you.)

You can probably also guess that we are also using computers to write these posts and place them on the internets for your perusal. What you might not know, however, is that the computers in our KEA offices are increasingly less operable. Or, decreasingly operable, if you prefer. Either way, they’re making noises and giving us error messages that we don’t understand except to back up our work to “the cloud” every couple of minutes. We’re afraid that they’re one minor power surge away from being e-waste.

Anyway.  We’re letting you know this insider information in the off chance that you have a computer that is definitely operable that you could donate to KEA. We need to run office stuff and database stuff and internet stuff, so it needs to have some sufficiently modern amenities. If you don’t have a computer, we have set up a “buy KEA a new computer” account for online donations. Assuming, of course, we can still get online to process them.

While at least one of the computers is still working, here’s thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

 

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Korrine Kreilkamp, our Community Roots founder, organizer, and local-food all-around all-star has been invited to the prestigious Patagonia Tools for Grassroots Activists Conference this fall at Lake Tahoe, Nevada. The invitation-only conference is an extraordinary training opportunity for young grassroots organizers from across the country, and we’re incredibly proud that Korrine got an invitation. Patagonia – the great outdoors retailer, wonderful corporate citizen, and a very generous supporter of KEA in past years – picks up the tab for training and room and board, but we need to get Korrine to Tahoe.

This, of course, is the kind of opportunity that we didn’t budget for but that is also way too good to pass up. So we need your help. We’d like to raise about $500 to pay for airfare, travel expenses, and have a little left over so that we can implement whatever Korrine learns on her trip. An anonymous donor has offered to donate the final $100 if we raise the other $400 on-line.

So, help us send Korrine to camp! Click on the button to donate $10, $25, $50, $100 or more (pay pal or credit cards accepted through pay pal) toward this great investment.

UPDATE: 8/29 4:00 pm:  A great response, but still a ways to go

UPDATE: 8/30 9:00 am: More than half way to meeting the match!

UPDATE: 9/1 9:00 am: We made the match! Thanks everyone!

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Does it seem that every single non-profit in the entire world has sent you an email in the last week or two? And something in the mail? And maybe a fresh newsletter?  There’s a reason for that. Not to give away the trade secrets or anything, but non-profits need money to survive, and people give generously at this time of year.

In fact, according to an annual survey, more than 3 out of 4 Americans plan on giving money to charities in the last 6 weeks of the year. Many wait until the last three days of the year. Some $48.4 billion (that’s billion-with-a-B) will be donated this holiday season. Most people give to at least two or three charities with most donations under $100. With high-dollar donors included, the average total gift amount is $281. Donors are giving through many different channels these days, and on-line giving is expected to be at an all time high.

Anyway. We just bring this simple explanation to your attention as a public service. And if you feel so inclined, consider an end of year donation to your local grassroots non-profit conservation organization. Our official end-of-year email will go out later this week.

 

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