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The Communities Directory catalogs groups around the world who are living in communities that model sustainability and cooperation.
The Communities Directory catalogs groups around the world who are living in communities that model sustainability and cooperation.
166 backers pledged $8,569 to help bring this project to life.

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We're setting a new goal!

Thank you to the 130 supporters have helped to create a new Communities Directory book! Supporting the Directory crowdfunding campaign also means seeing improvements to the online directory, which helps around 60,000 people each month to research, connect to, and build intentional communities around the world!

Your Donation will be DOUBLED!

Some supporters of FIC stepped forward to offer MATCHING FUNDS for the next $1,500 the campaign raises! So, for every dollar past the goal up to $7500 we raise will be matched.

Improve the Online Directory

We gathered feedback and identified more ways to improve the online directory - including new search and communication features, plus a refined look and feel. We also added a new section dedicated entirely to sustainability practices. Can you please help us to take this on?

Maximize the Potential

Please help us to receive all of the matching funds offered by reaching the goal of $7,500 by Friday January 15.

Anything you can contribute will help, and sharing this with your friends and loved ones is greatly appreciated as well.

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A more cooperative world is possible.

If we were to put the entire history of humankind into a 24-hour-day, it would only be in the past couple minutes that civilization has looked like this.

Pollution. Exploitation. Isolation. Disparity. Symptoms of a society out of control, and certainly not one that was designed to last.

But what if we could live differently?

It turns out, more than 100,000 people already are, in ecovillages, cohousing, communes, and communities of all kinds around the world. They’re working together to create fair, sustainable, and satisfying models of society.

How can you find intentional communities?

The answer is the Communities Directory -- an online and printed catalog of intentional communities in the US, and all over the planet.

For 25 years the Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC) has been building, innovating, and keeping this catalog fresh.

Now we need your help.

We are raising $6,000 in 60 days to produce a brand-new print and digital version of the Communities Directory.

A book to find the community that suits you!

In addition to profiling more than 1,000 communities, the book includes full-page maps showing where communities are located, charts that compare communities by more than 30 different qualities, and an easy index to find communities interested in specific pursuits.

Guide to Intentional Communities & Cooperative Living

This epic book includes tons of bonus content, including articles on how to start or join a community, the basics of group dynamics and decision-making, and countless resources and links to help your community thrive!

So help us to make this updated version a reality!

You can support this project by pre-ordering the new Communities Directory. You will receive not only our gratitude -- you'll also get solid educational materials on building communities.

Donate to pre-order your Communities Directory book!

Your donation will help us to update the directory, to enhance the catalog with new features and improvements, and to produce an awesome book that will help more people to live in and to create a better version of society.

Can you help us to reach $6,000 in 60 days?

Please -- help us however you can to raise $6,000 in 60 days. We can't wait to unleash this new book and enhanced website -- to connect even more people to communities that are making a difference in the world.

Thank you!

Risks and challenges

The Fellowship for Intentional Community is a nonprofit organization that has been in existence nearly 30 years. During this time FIC created a new edition of the Communities Directory book just about every 5 years.

FIC also produces "Communities" magazine on a quarterly basis, and recently put together a series of 15 books called "Best of Communities."

Based on our considerable experience in delivering solid publications in this field, we’re confident that we’ll be able to assemble an excellent book.

We have already started to put some of the pieces for the new Directory book in place. Our plan is to complete this work over the winter and to ship books in the spring. If there is any change to that timeline we’ll let supporters know right away.

Here is our budget for this project:

1,500 - Updating Directory Data & Improving Display
1,500 - Assembling the new Book (including all the bonuses!)
1,000 - Printing the first 100 Books
750 - Graphics
500 - Videographer
500 - Fundraising Fees
250 - Shipping Out Perks

6,000 Total

Thank you for your help in creating the new Communities Directory!

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    High Five! Thanks for your kind support! Every bit helps to create the new online and book version of the Communities Directory. You will receive lavish thanks via email from FIC's team!

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    Double High Five! Much appreciated! Please choose any digital issue of Communities magazine for free, and it will be emailed to you along with our thanks!

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    Communities Directory Book Pre-Order - Be one of the first to receive the brand new book before it even goes on sale! Free Shipping in the US!

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    Communities Directory Supporter - Reserve your Communities Directory in print and digital form, PLUS receive a year long subscription to Communities magazine ($25 value)!

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    Communities Directory Backer - In addition to all of the lovely benefits listed above, also receive two inspiring community focused films on DVD:

    'A New We: Ecological Communities and Ecovillages in Europe'

    'Within Reach - Journey for Sustainable Community' (An epic bike ride documentary to over 100 communities in the US!)

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    Communities Directory Supporter - Receive all of the amazing educational perks above, PLUS digital access to all 168 issues of Communities magazine!

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    Communities Directory Sponsor - All of the above, PLUS all 15 of the Best of Communities printed books, which are compilations of our best work around key topics.

    Also - your name, organization, or small business will be honored on a special thank you page in the digital and print book, and on the website!

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    Communities Directory Boosting Sponsor - Receive all of the incredible items above, PLUS the following 10 inspiring books from FIC's Community Bookstore:

    Living the Dream, Rebuilding Community in America, Abundant Community, Choosing a Sustainable Future, Living Green, Building United Judgment, A Manual for Group Facilitators, Community of the Ark, Circles of Strength, and The Best Investment: Land in a Loving Community

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    Communities Directory Co-Producer - Thank you for your outstanding support! In addition to the plethora of goods above, you, your organization, or company will be listed as a Co-Producer in the credits of the book!

    You will also be invited to contribute your ideas! (FIC has final Editorial discretion.) You will also be personally thanked via phone or video chat from the Executive Director of FIC, Sky Blue.

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