$20,000 fund raising challenge--did we make it?

Thanks to 36 generous donors who donated just over $20,000 with a challenge to the rest of MoBikeFed members and supporters to match that amount, we have been working on a year-end $20K fund raising challenge with a deadline of January 31st.

So now it is February 1st--did we make our goal? 

Missouri delegation at the National Bike Summit
Missouri delegation at the National Bike Summit

If you look at the $20,000 Challenge graph of the top of this page, it looks like we missed--rather badly.  We're at just over $7000 under $11,000 with our deadline passed.  So right now we are a whopping $13,000 $9000 short.

But . . . 

Most MoBikeFed members and supporters received an announcement about the $20K challenge in the mail about two weeks ago.  We know from past experience that most of our members and supporters prefer to respond by mail rather than donating or renewing online.

With the mailing in people's mailboxes only two weeks ago, there just hasn't been time for people to return their generous contribution or membership renewal, for it to work its way through the postal system to us, and for us to deposit and record the payments. That usually takes a good 4-6 weeks.

Based on the response of our generous members and supporters to previous similar mailings, I would guess that we will be very, very close to reaching our $20K goal by the time all those cards and letters reach us. We might be just on the cusp--right under or just over our goal.

Only time will tell! When we get final totals, we'll make another announcement here.

In the mean time, if you have been meaning to return that mailer we sent you, or join/renew/donate online, now would be a really great time . . . 

Thank you!

Many, many thanks to all of you, our generous donors and supporters--both the 36 who helped create the $20K Challenge and the more than 150 (so far!) who have put us a good part of the way towards matching that ambitious goal.

Bonus: We've seen 96 new/renewing members during our Challenge period so far.  Thank you, new and renewing members!

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