DARE TO DOODLE FUND: FINAL UPDATE

Kalamadoodlers,

With August behind us, we've officially concluded our first ever fundraising drive for the Kalamadoodle program. In 2016, we've worked harder than ever to show the power and potential of this community-building project. And with the launch of our fundraiser in May, we've tried to be as transparent as possible, by pulling back the curtains to reveal the limitations and realities of a small, volunteer-based program, and what it will take to remain sustainable and grow.

Overall, the enthusiasm for this project has been remarkable. We've become an important and valuable asset to Kalamazoo's craft and creative communities and take great pride in the growing attendance and positive atmosphere our culture provides. It warms our hearts to see strangers sit together for the first time, and by the end of the night, leave as friends. And we find tremendous joy in bringing our event experience to the digital page, where we can continue learning and sharing stories about the interesting people who attend these events and make them so exciting. Kalamadoodle has become something uniquely special, and we thank you, the Kalamazoo community, for making that possible.

As a project made up of only a few part-time volunteers, there are understandable obligations and demands (families, jobs, personal needs) that require full attention from our team members, often leaving Kalamadoodle with the small, yet powerful, amounts of energy and resources that are left over. With a fully funded campaign, our hope was to create our first paid position for a member of our local community to fill that could help manage and grow Kalamadoodle's capabilities and reach on a daily basis. But our fundraising effort fell short of that ambition, reaching a total of $1,865.00, or 25% of our total goal for another year of events.

This fall is going to be incredibly busy for our team members. Between personal and professional obligations, our time will be very limited, and this puts us in a difficult position deciding how to move forward in 2017. As we've mentioned before, the money raised will be put to good use on this project, and we can't begin to express our appreciation for anyone who chose to support us financially; thank you.

For now, there are no concrete answers about the future of this project and how it will continue next year. There are so many different ideas that have been discussed with family, friends, and community leaders, but several of our most exciting strategies will require enormous amounts of time, effort, and resources that we simply do not have to give. This Fall, we will be continuing our strategy and planning exploration and look forward to sharing that information with you as soon as possible. Until then, we may need to scale back the time and energy we dedicate towards this project, and hope you understand.

Having said all of that, we're still extremely excited about the line-up of events that we have happening this fall, starting with our September 21st event at Arcadia Brewing Company. We're also planning some special events for October and November and will be sharing those details through our social media channels and newsletter soon.

Thank you everyone, for your continued passion and support of this project. A caring and creative community like Kalamazoo is what makes Kalamadoodle possible.

Sincerely,

The Kalamadoodle Team

 

 

 

DARE TO DOODLE FUND: JULY UPDATE

Kalamadoodlers,

As we approach our Two Year Anniversary, I want to thank each and every one of you; whether you know it or not, you've played an important role in making these events possible. From our small, yet mighty, team of volunteers, to the breweries and organizations that continue to host us. And of course, the attendees and members of our community who share in our passion for spreading creativity, allowing us to have an extreme amount of fun and an incredibly fulfilling experience. Thank you, everyone, for two amazing years.

As I mentioned in our first post about the future of Kalamadoodle, we have events scheduled through the month of October and are now finalizing plans for the month of November. But to continue these monthly events, your help is still needed.

After the awesome event at Arcadia Brewing Company, as well as additional donations and purchases online, we closed out the month of July at $1,454.00, which brings us to just over 20% of our goal. At this point, reaching the $7,200 mark by August 31st is not likely, but we plan to continue using any funds raised to support the continuation of this community building project. This could mean reducing the events to every other month, or once a quarter; but in no way are we going to simply take the money and run. We're incredibly proud of what we've created; and want to continue developing Kalamazoo's creative community with all of you.

In addition to straight-forward donations, we've started to offer a limited amount of products and merchandise that can be purchased at our events and online. While we hope you feel that the events themselves are worth supporting with your dollar, we understand the interest in having something tangible that you can walk away with. These shirts were donated by Kalamazoo Sportswear & Regalia to help support this project, and we greatly appreciate their generosity. The message of Dare to Doodle speaks to our D.I.Y. roots, and the idea that simply enjoying the creative process, without structure or limitation, is its own reward. 

If you've been a part of Kalamadoodle and have enjoyed the positive message we're sharing, please consider donating to our cause. The money will be put to good use, providing supplies and resources for our small team to continue bringing you awesome events and experiences, just like we have for the past two years.

Please support the Dare to Doodle Fund today and become a bigger part of our growing community.

Sincerely,

Mike Klok and the Kalamadoodle Team

 

 

 

 

DARE TO DOODLE FUND: JUNE UPDATE

Kalamadoodlers,

We hope you had a safe and enjoyable 4th of July weekend! With June now behind us, I'd like to provide a recap on our current Dare to Doodle Fundraising efforts, and share a reminder about our upcoming events!

If you recall, we set a modest goal of $7,200 to help cover the time and materials it takes to organize and manage 12 monthly events. When we first launched our Dare to Doodle Fund in May, we saw a strong initial push and ended the month with $736 contributed towards Kalamadoodle's future.

During the month of June, we held a wonderful event in the Bell's Beer Garden. The warm sunshine and eccentric atmosphere was a true delight, and with an estimated 200 people participating throughout the night, it may have been our most successful event yet!

In the Beer Garden, many of you purchased our Dare to Doodle shirts; the first physical product we've offered to the general public. These shirts were printed and gifted to us by Kalamazoo Sportswear and Regalia, and we appreciate their generous support of this project. We also received a decent amount of donations in the jar that we keep on the sign-in table at every event. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

But overall, the month of June fell flat. The amount raised between the June event donations and online portal totaled $179, bringing our overall total to $915, or 13% of our goal.

This puts us behind schedule for reaching our goal of $7,200 by August 31st. I can't say with any absolute certainty what will happen if we don't reach the amount needed to help offset our costs and cover some of our time, but we'd like to avoid that road if at all possible. WE LOVE KALAMADOODLE, the creativity it inspires, and the community it brings together, and will do everything we can to keep it going; but to do so we need your help!

Please visit our Events page to stay informed about ways you can get involved and support this project. Next Wednesday, we have a screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey at Alamao Drafthouse, who has been kind enough to offer a portion of ticket sales to help support Kalamadoodle's future. It would be great to see you there!

Right now, the best way to contribute to Kalamadoodle is to donate via our online portal. Having this information online helps us keep track of who has supported our cause and will allow us to provide future gifts, high-fives, and, "thanks," accordingly. (We've seen a few attempts at donations, but card info (CVV, Address, etc) wasn't properly entered or verified. If you meant to donate once but it didn't process, please try again and let us know if you think there is an error!)

On the fence about donating? We've had several friends and community members phrase it this way: If you're willing to spend $10 (2 beers @ $5/ea) on beer at each brewery Kalamadoodle visits, please consider spending $120 ($10/event) or more to help sustain the event you've come to enjoy and love, and may be the reason you're there supporting that local brewery.

Thank you, Kalamazoo, for all of your love and support and for helping make these events possible. We appreciate your enthusiasm and encouragement more than you know, and are working incredibly hard to keep this going. Please consider a donation to the Dare to Doodle Fund, and become a bigger part of this growing community!

Sincerely,

Mike Klok and the Kalamadoodle Team

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