Dearest Windowfarms Sustainers,
Happy 2010 from the euphoric Windowfarms Team! We are back in New York and thrilled to be continuing our work. We are going to spend the next month improving our kit design (now that we have the money to do some more R&D!) and printing our "Look Books", so those of you who are expecting one of our "incentives" in the mail, fear not! They're on their way. Slowly, but surely :)
We've heard from a few of you that you've received notification that your payment to our project has been denied. This is not actually the case. Due to a minor banking delay on our end, Amazon is only releasing our funds to us in batches... so some of you have been charged, and some of you are "holding" (but may have received an automatic message that your payment did not go through). The folks at Kickstarter/Amazon assure us that your info is absolutely safe and that all the payments will go through in the next week. Please sit tight, and if there are further problems do not hesitate to contact us at email@example.com and/or get in touch with the Kickstarter folks.
Also, we now have the funding necessary to complete our 501c3 paperwork with the IRS. This is a notoriously long process (we've been told it may take as long as 10 months) but we will let all of our donors know when we have successfully filed, and you can retroactively deduct your donation (if you so choose) on your 2010 taxes.
All the very best in this new year and decade, and many many thanks to all of you for your support.
Britta, Maya and The Windowfarms Team.
Thank you all so much for making this possible. I'm sitting at my desk here on the first day at my new job as executive director of the windowfarms project! Maya and I are so grateful to all of you as we work on our plans for the upcoming year.
We will be in touch again soon.
If any of you were not able to contribute in time, the nonprofit will also be taking donations by check. Shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again.
Britta and Maya
The Windowfarms Project was just named one of the Top 5 Design Innovations of 2009 by Coolhunting!
With this great news comes the big challenge of LIVING UP TO THE HYPE.
Thanks to the faith of more than 200 new stakeholders, the Windowfarms Project is close to meeting the baseline budget for the first quarter of 2010. Only 4 days left to spread the word!
Let's bust out of survival mode and surpass the basic budget. Seed money from you and your friends will make the difference between this project being a short-lived FAD vs. A WELL-STRUCTURED, WELL-FUNDED MOVEMENT. In 2010, we want windowfarms to THRIVE, take over our cities' windows, develop a network with a deep personal understanding of hydroponic farming, and fill our homes with lush green crunchy vegetables farmed by our own hands!
Each $250 buys about one more day of work from a programmer, grantwriter, accountant, or from Maya for her help with the Educational initiatives. Your money goes directly to creating "green jobs" for a few people you can keep tabs on personally!
Each $500 will let the core team prototype a part for the windowfarm kits and simplify assembly for new windowfarmers. Thus, your cash has a multiplying effect, overcoming obstacles for hundreds more families to grow food at home year-round.
I am watching on Twitter as people across the country are rallying around grassroots projects at the end of this troubled year. Let's learn from the last two years and build communities of action in 2010!
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We've hit $20,298 on the Kickstarter campaign!! Just $4K shy of our 2010 pre-grant budget. Eleven days left.
You windowfarms supporters are a fascinating bunch from all over the world, including venture capitalists, industrial designers, gardening enthusiasts, grandmas who want a better world for the next generation, moms who want better nutrition, and at least one economist!
Britta is on a trip to California where she is researching manufacturing options for KITS!
In other news, we are up to 750 members on the our.windowfarms.org site and have topped 1000 downloads of the kit instructions worldwide!
pledged of $25,000 goal
seconds to go
Nov 27, 2009 - Jan 4, 2010
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive a handwritten postcard from the Windowfarms team.
Pledge $50 or more
Your will receive a postcard, plus, you will be entered in a raffle to win one of the first windowfarms kits produced. They will be hand-made and will come with a personal note from Britta Riley and Maya Nayak.
Pledge $100 or more
You will receive a digital copy of the Windowfarms "Lookbook," a self-published coffee table book chronicling the evolution of windowfarms designs and documenting windowfarms in homes, offices, museums and other public spaces.
Pledge $250 or more
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You will receive a print copy of the Windowfarms "Lookbook," a self-published coffee table book chronicling the evolution of windowfarms designs and documenting windowfarms in homes, offices, museums and other public spaces.
Pledge $500 or more
12 backers Limited (3 of 15 left)
You (or a giftee of your choosing) will receive a printed Lookbook, plus one of the first windowfarms kits when the first batch is produced. They will be hand-made and will come with a personal note from Britta Riley and Maya Nayak.
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
You will receive a Lookbook, one of the first kits, and the Windowfarms team will help you (or a friend of your choosing) build a windowfarm in an NYC apartment.
Pledge $7,500 or more
1 backer Limited (4 of 5 left)
You will receive a Lookbook, one of the first kits, and Britta and Maya will conduct a custom-designed workshop at a New York City school or organization of your choosing and help them build a community windowfarm from materials they source within their community.
Pledge $10,000 or more
You will receive a Lookbook, one of the first kits, an installation at an apartment or school, and you will be listed as a sponsor on our website.