Door County Folk Fest Fundraiser

$9,501 of $7,500 goal

Raised by 96 people in 15 months

Greetings Friends of Ethnic Dance and Music:

I'm Paul Collins, director of the Door County Folk Festival (Door County, Wisconsin) - www.dcff.net, where our motto is "Get Your Foot in the Door!"

I've initiated this “Go Fund Me Campaign” for the Door County Folk Festival (DCFF) with the goal of making the Festival solvent now and moving forward. 

To do this we need to retire the remaining debt from the 2017 Festival and raise start-up funding for 2018 Festival planning activities, where we will institute changes to maintain solvency in the future.

It is indeed amazing that in just 5 weeks, 60+ donors have taken us to 82% of the fundraising goal!

(GoFundMe has recorded 60 donors, but some donors have been groups that contributed aggregate amounts).

We thank those of you who have donated.

We also thank the nearly 2,600 visitors to this GoFundMe page.

If you’ve not yet made a donation, please consider contributing generously (to the best of your ability) to help us meet or exceed our fundraising goal!

I continue to reach out to various communities who are passionate about honoring and sustaining America's diverse cultural heritages, including:

 * current and past Festival participants
 * other members of the IFD (International Folk Dance) community
 * lovers of ethnic/folk dancing, music and singing
 * members of ethnic communities who recognize and appreciate how the
    IFD Community honors, celebrates and preserves their ethnic cultures
    and traditions
 * others who have an interest in the success of participatory,
    hands-on festivals like this one

While we cannot offer a premium "thank you gift" to contributors at this time, we have set up contribution levels in a "premium-like" way, using a theme around our motto. Contributing at these suggested levels will help us attain our goal; however, you may donate any amount and it will be gratefully welcomed.

The Door County Folk Festival produces a very "user-friendly" and enjoyable extended weekend of dancing and camaraderie in July, offering options for people of all levels of dancing/singing ability, experience and interest. The Door County location itself (NE Wisconsin) offers many activities and experiences for non-dancing families, friends, significant others, etc.

The Festival maintains a congenial, relaxed community atmosphere where participants:

 * learn unusual and remarkable dancing and singing styles in workshops
 * celebrate and engage in a variety of ethnic heritage activities
 * socialize, connect and share experiences with old and new friends

Success in raising this funding will enable the Festival to:

 * remit fees due to vendors, instructors and musicians
 * get an earlier start to the overall planning and budgeting processes that will help
    the Festival to:
        * develop programs/activities of higher interest
           to our audience, in order to increase attendance
        * minimize or eliminate costs in programs/activities
           less relevant to our audience
        * improve our community service program that
           brings festival activities and entertainment to
           Door County Senior Citizens
        * enhance our cultural and creativity offerings
           provided to Door County Youth Activity programs
        * ensure our pricing model keeps the Festival
           affordable for participants while we improve how
           we factor in vendor charges, instructor/musician
           fees, travel expenses and contingencies for
           un-expected price increases
        * revamp the  way we fund and operate the
           work scholar program that enables students and
           others with limited means to participate,
           in exchange for on-site administrative work

 * prepare the Festival marketing team for an earlier start to 2018 outreach
    and publicity in order to:

        * develop/maintain stronger relationships with
           International Folk Dance (IFD) groups/leaders
           within our market
        * improve messaging/connections to our primary
           IFD audiences in the Midwest
        * strengthen our outreach to known IFD audiences
           outside of our immediate market
        * discover/reach out to other IFD audiences

We are extremely grateful that you have considered becoming a Festival contributor.

This Campaign began on August 18th and runs through September 30, 2017.

We ask you to:

     * make a generous donation to help us exceed our fundraising goal
     * leave a comment describing one of your most memorable experiences at DCFF
     * forward this request to a friend or colleague who might be interested in helping

I’d like to thank a close dancing friend and his sister (who prefer to remain anonymous) for suggesting this "crowdsourcing" method (GoFundMe) as a way to help the festival move towards a bright future.

If you prefer to Contribute Offline:  DCFF, P O Box 25548, Chicago, IL 60625

FYI: Next year's scheduled Festival dates are Wed-Sun, July 11-15, 2018.

Paul Collins

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Dear Contributors:

We thank you all so very much for your contributions to the Door County Folk Festival (DCFF) Go Fund Me Campaign!

This expression of support for DCFF has been an amazing experience!

Participation has been phenomenal in this campaign by: the DCFF Community, the International Folk Dance (IFD) Community, various ethnic communities and other interested parties. Your donations will enable the Festival to meet 2017 financial obligations due by the end of September.

We’ve received a number of inquiries and pledges from potential donors who asked if they would still be able to contribute next month, so we’ll keep the campaign open through the end of October.

In just six weeks, your online donations have met and exceeded the fundraising goal. The campaign is currently at 104% of its goal. Fees for using the online GoFundMe website have been nearly $650 resulting in a net of almost $7,100 raised online. The campaign has also received nearly $800 in offline donations for which no fees were charged. The campaign has had over 90 contributions with just under 3,000 visits to the DCFF GoFundMe webpage.

Please continue to share our campaign info with others in your network who you feel may be willing and able to contribute to this fund:
Online - https://www.gofundme.com/dcfolkfest
Offline – DCFF, P. O. Box 25548, Chicago, IL 60625

Happy Dancing!
Paul Collins
Fred Bear has attended DCFF since 1980!
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Dear Friends of the Festival:

We thank more than 40 donors who have contributed to our fundraising campaign.

The results are extremely encouraging, so we’re extending the campaign through September 30th.

In just under 30 days, we’ve received amazing contributions from the Folk Festival, International Folk Dance and Ethnic communities and have reached 61% of our fundraising goal.

GoFundMe has tallied 40+ contributors. However, several donations have come from groups or from anonymous donors so the number of contributors is greater.

We reach out to those of you who have “thought about it” to add your contributions to this campaign and to help us reach or exceed our fundraising goal.

Contribute online: www.gofundme.com/dcfolkfest

Prefer to contribute offline: DCFF, P O Box 25548, Chicago, IL 60625

As Duke Ellington used to say:

We Love You Madly,
Paul Collins
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Dear Folks:

Thank all of you very much for your contributions towards the DCFF Go Fund Me Campaign!

We are now more than half way towards our fundraising goal

We continue to reach out to people within the Door County Folk Festival network as well as to folks in the International Folk Dance community who may not (yet) have attended DCFF or who may not have participated in DCFF for several years, and also to folks in ethnic communities who have participated in IFD events.

We’ve have received significant contributions from unexpected sources and really appreciate this outstanding support for the Festival.

Please pass this on to others in your network whom you feel might be willing to contribute to this fund -

Happy Dancing!

Paul Collins

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Donations to DCFF's GoFundMe Campaign are impressive. Thanks to all who've contributed and visited www.gofundme.com/dcfolkfest
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