We've reached our initial goal, but you can still give here and get us closer to restoring Furthur.
To all those who helped the Furthur Down the Road Foundation reach our seed-funding goal of $10,000, thank you so much. This money will help us build furthurdowntheroad.org (slated for a June launch) and cover our initial startup costs, like incorporation fees and IRS tax-exempt filing fees.
Of course this is only the beginning. We're going FURTHUR, and immediately transitioning into the next stage of this exciting project. With the help of our new website and a team of dedicated volunteers and professionals, we'll soon begin more intensive outreach efforts to educate people about the bus and to seek additional donations. Ongoing funding campaigns will work toward funding the actual restoration, ongoing operations of the Foundation, and the creation of an endowment to ensure Furthur Down the Road is around to share the Furthur bus's magic with generations to come.
We're so grateful for your generous support. If you'd like to give more, you can still do that here. Please continue to spread the word and watch for more news about our journey down the road to restoring this amazing rolling work of art.
Hi, all. Just a note to say thank you to everyone who's donating and sharing this site. We have been wonderfully overwhelmed by the response and the many questions and comments coming in through email and Facebook. We'd love to answer everyone individually and we'll do our best to. Thanks for your patience as we try to get back to you.
The Furthur Bus is rusting away and needs to be saved and restored!
Any donation amount, no matter how small, will help us help Furthur.
Ken Kesey's Furthur Bus, featured in Tom Wolfe's popular 1968 book, Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, is one of the seminal cultural icons of the 20th Century and a project that Kesey considered one of his "best works," along with his novel One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest. The bus played a huge role as a symbol of the counterculture movement of the 1960s. It was the "prime mover" for Kesey's Merry Pranksters, and can even be said to have had a role in the launch of the Grateful Dead, perhaps the greatest band to have grown out of that era.
Founded by Stephanie Kesey, the Furthur Down the Road Foundation is an Oregon 501c3 nonprofit corporation established to "restore the original Furthur Bus to it's 1960s condition, and to promote and preserve the legacy of author Ken Kesey." The bus is currently rusting away and we're in danger of losing this important artifact forever.
The Foundation was founded in 2012 and is in need of seed funding to help with start-up costs so we can raise the money to tackle this huge project. It will take a great deal of money to restore the bus (how much I'll leave to the experts), pictured above, to it's original splendor by a team of artists, automotive restorers and other experts. We aim to involve the original Pranksters in the effort and have the support and involvement of the Kesey family, including Zane and Stephanie (Ken's son and daughter-in-law), Caleb (his grandson), and Faye (Ken's widow), who all have roles as officers or board members at Furthur Down the Road.
We've already completed our corporate filings, established our tax-exempt status with the IRS, and are building a website. These things cost money, but they're absolutely necessary to do this project right. Won't you help us raise this first $10,000 for this important effort and become one of the first "Neo-Pranksters" to get "on the bus"?
Even $5 will help us reach this first $10,000 goal to get things moving. Donate $25, $100, or $250 to get special recognition from Zane and the Foundation.
This is a donation for my brother Chad who passed away a few years ago. We'll be in Oregon spreading his ashes this next week. I remember Pill's stories of meeting Ken during his days in Eugene. This is a cause he'd love to support. He was a Merry Prankster at heart.
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