It has been just over two weeks since our last post, and what a two weeks it has been! We have not only managed to complete our Indiegogo fundraiser and reach our final goal, but we also have put together a benefit show for Global Youth Projects at a local gallery which will be going up later this week.
After 50 days of spreading the word about our project through emails, blog posts, Facebook posts, flyers and numerous meetings, we have officially completed our Indiegogo fundraising campaign. Thanks to all of the people who were able to donate and those who helped us keep spreading the word around, we were able to make it to our final goal at midnight last Tuesday. Here we would like to take a moment to extend a huge “Thank you” to the folks over at The Big Idea, a Santa Barbara based non-profit, for their support in helping us reach our final goal of $8,500. Amazing things can happen when you reach out to your community!
As the end of the fundraiser was approaching, we had already started brainstorming for our next community outreach project. As a result, we now have a benefit show in the works which will be opening this Thursday as a part of Downtown Santa Barbara’s “First Thursday” event, a monthly art-walk which aims to support and celebrate the community of artists in Santa Barbara through gallery exhibitions and performances.
Oliver & Espig, a jewelry store and art gallery located at 1108 State Street, has offered to be the host to Global Youth Projects’ “First Thursday” benefit show from 5-8pm on Thursday, August 1. The show will include numerous framed works and additional prints by Robb (many of which you can see in the “Photo Reel” section of our blog) as well as one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces by Oliver & Epig, and an information/donation table which will be set up to provide interested passersby with information about our project. A portion of proceeds from this event will go directly to Global Youth Projects to help fund future projects!
So, if you happen to be in the area, don’t hesitate to stop by the gallery! We’d love to see all of you.
-Kellie & Robb
After more than a month and a half of campaigning, our Indiegogo fundraiser for Global Youth Projects: Southeast Asia is now coming up on the final countdown with 9 days left to reach our final goal of $8,500.
Last week, Robb and I announced that we would match any donations that we receive for the rest of the campaign, which has already managed to have a great impact. As of now, we have managed to raise an amazing $6,400 with only $2,100 left to go. There is no way that we would have been able to get this far without all of your help, so once again, a huge thanks goes out to all of you!
With 9 days left to go, we are really relying upon the far reaching impact of “word of mouth”, so once again, tell anyone and everyone you can think of to check out our project and donate!
In addition to all of the fundraising efforts, there have also been a number of exciting developments occurring regarding the project itself, including our having the honor of being featured in an online column by the Santa Barbara Independent a few weeks ago. In preparation for our trip, we have already purchased our plane tickets and are currently in the process of applying for our visas to both Burma (Myanmar) and Thailand.
We have also continued to have meetings with a number of local businesses and nonprofits receiving a great amount of advice and enthusiasm for our project and its longterm goals. As we get closer to our departure (which is officially on the 24th of September!) we are continuing to work towards making as many contacts as possible in order to let people know about the work we are doing. So on this note, if any one has any contacts that they believe would have an interest in this work, please do not hesitate to let us know! We love having the opportunity to receive advice, ideas or even the potential for future collaboration.
Thanks again to everyone for your support, we could never have gotten this far without you!
Kellie & Robb