We've done it!
With a special thanks to the Swinburnson family whose very generous contribution put us over the top, we have achieved our total funding goal. We have the funds required to complete the full 501(c)(3) registration process, we have reduced our overhead by 5% and we are on our way. Thank you!
At this point we are now working on our stretch goal and that's the second tallest mountain we have to climb in this entire project. We now need to raise the funds required to secure a binding contract on the first parcel of rain forest we're seeking to protect -- roughly 3/4 of a square mile of primary rain forest. We're going to need to raise $300,000 to definitively lock the property up and avoid its commercial sale.
To that end, any and all proceeds raised over and above our full funding goal of $2500 will go toward that purchase: free and clear with no overhead (excluding the fixed cost of whatever perks are selected, if any).
We know we're not going to get to the stretch goal in this leg of the campaign, nor did we have any expectation we would, but we did want to make sure everyone was aware that from this point forward a full 100% of the cash funds raised (again, aside from the fixed cost of the perk you select) will be applied directly to the purchase of the first piece of property. The out-of-pocket expenses to date are being donated by us. There are no salaries, no office overhead, no expense reports and no bills to pay... we are providing all of that as our contribution and then some.
As an aside, we're also very proud to note that our campaign has made the front page at IndieGoGo -- we have you to thank for that! It is not easy to do as there are hundreds of campaigns competing for those front page spots and only the ones that are generating a buzz get there. We couldn't have made this a success without each and every one of you and for that we are eternally grateful.
We'll update you as we progress with the filing for our 501(c)(3) status! We'll also be getting everyone's perks ordered as soon as the campaign closes. We will be in touch with you to get the size/color/alignment details that are missing in the next few days.
One last comment: the campaign will close in juust over 30 hours from now. Once it closes, it will not be possible to obtain 'Donor' or 'Premium' membership status at nUIaddon.com until we get the non-profit set up and get the fund-raising under way for the land purchase. If you would like to get Donor status before time runs out, you'll need to click over to http://igg.eco-geeks.org now before the campaign closes. You have until roughly midnight Tuesday (eastern time -- GMT-5) to make your donation and upgrade your membership status... otherwise, it will likely be a month or two before you can upgrade to 'Donor' or 'Premium' status.