The Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger project

Crowdfunding project includes matching funds

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — The generous response to last month’s call for grassroots donations has encouraged us to tap into a great fundraising opportunity with Beacon, a cool new journalism incubator and crowdfunding platform.

More than 20 people, from California to Pennsylvania, responded with donation. We know there are more Summit Voice readers and subscribers ready to step up, and this could be the best time, with a generous sponsor willing to match every dollar you donate.

With your support, the Rocky Mountain Climate Rangers project will report on global warming in the Rocky Mountains through a series of road trips to meet scientists who have been documenting changes in wildflowers, snow cover, streamflows, wildlife and forests. We’re offering smart in-depth stories with great photography and social media interaction, and we’re looking for you support and input.

Most of all, we need your direct financial support. A modest $15 donation will let you read all the Rocky Mountain Climate Ranger stories, along with access to all the other great writers on Beacon. There are great perks available for readers who are willing to put some skin in the environmental reporting game.

Right  now, Beacon is supporting every donation dollar for dollar, which means your money doubles when you make a pledge, and we’re on a deadline to reach our $5,000 goal. Please read the project website and check out the intro video, produced by our16-year-old, Dylan, who will help tell our global warming stories to his generation via video and social media.

Most importantly, email the link to your friends — that’s the best path to fundraising success in the early stages of a campaign.

Supporting our journalism project on Beacon will also help strengthen the Summit Voice news feed with solid stories based on reporting from the field, not just phone or email interviews, and that means lots of great pics from around the Rockies.

Support the project with $100 or more and you’ll be part of a special free Harvest Dinner at the Sunshine Cafe in Dillon, where we’ll recap the trip and invite a special guest speaker to talk about global warming in the Rockies.If you have any questions, feel free to contact me with comment on this post, or via email (bberwyn(@)




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