It's time to create some exhibits. We've bumped our goal to $225K.
You pushed the Bears Ears Education passed $100k. Friends of Cedar Mesa can complete the purchase of the property. You sent us beyond $185k. That’s electricity and plumbing. We’ve got a building. We can renovate. That’s incredible.
Now it’s time to start funding the exhibits. Our goal with the education center has always been respectful visitation. This next round of funding will pay for the design, fabrication and audio visual components that will create the exhibits at the education center.
When the doors open, we will be ready to welcome people who want to learn about this incredible landscape, its history and its culture.
$185K Stretch Goal Ask
Bears Ears National Monument was reduced by 85 percent, so we are stretching our goal by 85 percent.
Let’s turn the lights on.
On December 4th, President Trump ordered that Bears Ears National Monument should be reduced by 85 percent. It was an undeniably bad day, but something special happened.
The community, people like you, responded. We hit our initial goal of $100k and then some to help purchase the Bears Ears Education Center. Outdoor brands have taken notice of the community’s passion and are donating directly to the cause.
When we started this, we weren’t sure whether we could even complete the purchase of the old bar in Bluff, Utah. Now, because of you and other large donors, Friends of Cedar Mesa can complete the purchase and go one step further -- start the renovation process. Before the doors can open, the building’s electricity and plumbing need to be updated. The interior needs to be built out. Exhibits created.
So we are stretching our goal to $185,000. Can you help turn the lights on in the Bears Ears Education Center?
Duct Tape Then Beer is running this grassroots campaign to raise $100K to contribute to creating a Bears Ears Education Center in Bluff, Utah. Josh Ewing, Bears Ears defender and Executive Director of the not-for-profit Friends of Cedar Mesa, is heading up the effort to purchase, create and staff this Center.
To buy the place, Friends of Cedar Mesa needs $310,000 by the end of 2017. Josh raised $230K almost immediately. We think that as a community we can raise $100,000 to help complete the purchase of the Bears Ears Education Center.
For the last year, visitors have flocked to the region to see one of the newest National Monuments. With increased visitation and recreational use, the best way to protect the cultural and ecological resources is to educate visitors and recreational users.
Any additional funding would go towards renovating, staffing and creation of the exhibits. Fundraising efforts will continue into 2018, but unless we close this gap by the end of the year, there won't be a place to create the visitor and education center.
Together as a community, we need to put our money and our time where our hashtags are. Together, let’s build something real.
A Sneak Peek
Friends of Cedar Mesa wants to purchase this former bar in Bluff, UT to be transformed into the Bears Ears Education Center.
The treasures of Bears Ears are endless.
Wide open mesas and slot canyons. Petroglyphs and splitter cracks.
Below, a few of the images available for prints at certain reward levels.
Donations of $25 or more are tax-deductible.
Friends of Cedar Mesa is a 1% for the Planet non-profit partner.
Risks and challenges
The capital campaign to create the Bears Ears Education Center is the largest fundraising effort Friends of Cedar Mesa has undertaken. However, we are optimistic donors and foundations will see the long-term value of preserving the unique cultural resources of Bears Ears and the importance of this embattled Monument.
Our first priority is to purchase and renovate the building. An unsuccessful campaign decreases the likelihood of purchasing the building. With strong initial support from the community, we believe we will attract additional donations needed to open and operate the Education Center in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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