October 23, 2017

Archives for May 2014

Climbing a Fundraising Mountain

A early-season image of The Grand captured by my friend and climbing partner Greg on his way into Jackson, WY a couple of weeks ago.

A early-season image of The Grand captured by my friend and BCM climbing partner Greg on his way into Jackson, WY a couple of weeks ago.

Over the past couple of months I have been working to achieve my fundraising goal of $5,000 to support the work of Big City Mountaineers (BCM).  Thanks to the generous gifts of many contributors, I have now surpassed that goal and am looking to raise even more money to help the young people that BCM serves.

As part of my fundraising campaign, I used variations of the following text to solicit contributions and I think that it accurately conveys my feelings on this worthwhile charity and my personal fundraising efforts—I have set it out below to encourage you to generously support BCM:

“I recently committed to joining Big City Mountaineers for a charity climb of the Grand Teton this summer (August 2014).  As I begin my specific preparation for the climb, I am also beginning my fundraising campaign.  I am kicking off the fundraising component with some personal e-mails to friends and associates.

Although the BCM fundraising model allows the “Summit for Someone” climbers to fundraise to cover the cost of their individual participation, I have elected to personally submit the entire cost of my place on the Grand Teton climb so that every penny that I raise will go to support the underprivileged urban youth that BCM serves.  To that end, know that I would be grateful for any contribution that you might deem appropriate to make to this worthwhile charity (please note that my association with BCM is new—my wife and I contributed financially to the BCM organization last year—and I will continue to vet the work of BCM as I increase my involvement in the organization and subsequently work as a volunteer mentor with the underprivileged urban youth that BCM serves).  Please know that BCM works directly with adolescents from the Denver metro area as well as those from five other major metropolitan areas across the country.  I have included a link to my personal fundraising page here.  Also know that soliciting contributions is not something that is within my “comfort zone”; however, I believe in the mission of BCM and, at the very least, wanted you to know what I am up to!  Thank you in advance for your consideration.

My Best, – Brian”