Charleston's Response to Challenge

$23,845 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 44 months
2041 Foundation - Charleston Charleston
for 2041 Foundation Incorporated (2041 Foundation)

This adventure will provide a platform from which our region can better understand global connectivity and the impacts of a changing climate, particularly as they relate to coastal communities. Our voyage will begin a dialogue around how we can craft a more resilient future for our region and our environment - both built and natural.


Robert Swan, OBE is a polar explorer of global renown, a working conversationalist and the first person to walk to both the North and South Pole. He is an exceptionally gifted communicator.
Click to see his 2041 Foundation  &  Ted Talk


In December 2015, Robert visited Charleston, delivering a profound and captivating message. Robert’s life work is built around the last great wilderness on Earth – Antarctica. The purpose of his Antarctic Expeditions is to engage and inspire the next generation of leaders to take responsibility for building resilient communities, and in doing so, preserve Antarctica.

Team Charleston is responding to Robert’s call to action and will serve as community ambassadors to the Antarctic.
Our goal: use the Expedition to ignite a conversation around local action with global impact. The conversation we begin at the bottom of the world will be brought back to the Lowcountry, and used to frame a strategy for outcome-oriented community engagement. As a result, our coastal city may serve as a model for future climate- stable coastal communities.
Charleston will be the first municipality in the 2041 Foundation’s history to send a team this large to Antarctica.

Team Charleston includes 10 residents with diverse backgrounds:
4 Business Professionals / 2 Public School Teachers / 1 Attorney / 1 Professional Musician
1 College Student / 1 Fifth Grader: one of the youngest to ever set foot on Antarctica!

We are taking a Charleston Ambassador with us in March to the Antarctic, alongside a wonderful girl and business owner from Afghanistan called Adila Wahdat. The cost to get someone down onto the ship, with flights, clothing, food and transport is $15,000.
The goal is to raise $30,000 for both candidates. We will keep you updated before, during and after the trip and will meet one year from now in Charleston as a group with Adela to address the progress we have made and set forth our new goals. 
Please see our Charleston Antarctic Website for more Expedition details:

We want you to know that 2041 Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization. This is exciting for many reasons, the first of which being that we can offer you tax benefits for supporting our organization.

You have an opportunity to change the world and make an incredible difference by supporting our mission.

With gratitude,

Kate & Ben Towill and the Charletson Antarctic Team
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Hello All -

We are coming to you live form Ushuaia, Argentina - known as "World's End" - the kicking off point to Antarctica. We have all arrived safe and sound and the Team Spirit is high.
We met Adila at the airport in tears and smiles.
We cannot thank everyone enough for their generous support and huge effort to get our Ambassador, Garrett & Adila to the bottom of the world to engage in this extraordinary place with 100 people from 30 nations.

Today we board the ship to Antarctica - The White Continent - also known as the "world's barometer".
In five hours, we will set off through the Beagle Channel and into the notorious Drake Passage, sea sick meds in hand.

As our Team Leaders shared with us this morning, we will have very little internet access on board, so we wanted to share the 2041 Foundation Expedition Blog link, as well as our Ship Tracker.
Sending lots of love and excitement from the end of the world!

-Team Charleston



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We've reached our goal, but our 2 fellow teammates have just a little further to go. If you wanted to donate and didn't have a chance, I know they would really appreciate the help in these final days of fundraising.
They are a father daughter team and so close. She's 11 (the youngest on the Expedition!) and plays the fiddle in his blues band.
Click here to Learn about Isabel and Jonathan...

Donate to Isabel's Polar Journey:
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We are ALL headed down to ice.

Thanks to these very generous donors not seen on the site, we are sending a BIG THANK YOU to...
David & Susan Dorman - $3,000.
Dan Newsom & Tracy Rosenthal Newsom - $1,000.
Alex Opoulos & Objectivity Squared Wealth Management - $5,000.

Thank You to everyone who has donated to get us here - we honestly could not have done this without you.

Follow our trip through photos on our website:
We will also be posting photos on the Basic Projects instagram - @basic_projects
We will report back with everyone upon our return.

Let the adventures begin...

Much love,
Team Charleston
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Sending a Big Thank You to Alex Opoulos and Objectivity Squared Wealth Management for their extremely generous contribution of $5,000
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$23,845 of $30,000 goal

Raised by 75 people in 44 months
Created December 9, 2015
Funds raised will benefit:
2041 Foundation Incorporated (2041 Foundation)
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Auburn, CA
EIN: 271681509
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Patti Dougherty
41 months ago
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Jos White
41 months ago

Have a great trip guys!

Francesca del Balzo
41 months ago

Good luck, and have an amazing time! See you on the flip side xoxo

Michael Minaudo
41 months ago
Charlie Gilkes
41 months ago

Guys this is fantastic. Sending lots of love and warmth. Say hi to Robert- he gave such an inspiring talk at Mr Fogg's. X Charlie and Annie

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Maureen Carmichael
41 months ago

I know you will all have an amazing trip. Enjoy! Can't wait to learn what you learned. Mo and Don

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