FAQs and Ways to CONTRIBUTE by debit or credit card, or by check

Short link to this page: https://bit.ly/GiveFAQs.

You may contribute via any of the three payment methods below. For FAQs, and why contribute, please scroll down.

1. Contribute via PayPal

Click “Donate” button below.

2. Contribute via crowdfunding platform Go Fund Me

Go to https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey.

3. Contribute by check

Send a check by postal mail.

Make check payable to “Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey.” Mail to Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey, PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA 93942-3041.


F A Q s 

Feel free to phone anytime if you have other questions.
  1. “May I view the total amount of money contributed, and who has contributed?” 
    YES. See the Financial Contributors page (click here).
  2. “May I contribute anonymously?”
    YES. When making your contribution, simply indicate that preference.

    If contributing via PayPal or Go Fund Me, they have an option to indicate your preference to be Anonymous. If contributing by check, or cash, simply include a note: “I prefer to be listed as an Anonymous contributor.”

  3. “May I specify how I’d like my contribution to be used?”
    YESContact Bicycling Monterey if you’d like it used for a specific Bicycling Monterey project.
  4. “What’s the best way to contribute so Bicycling Monterey receives the most benefit?”
    Although contributing by any method is appreciated, you may wish to consider, especially if making a large contribution:

    -Contributing by check means 100% of your contribution goes to the Bicycling Monterey work.

    -Contributing by PayPal means that a transaction fee of 2.9% plus 30 cents is charged to Bicycling Monterey. (No fee is charged to you as the contributor.)

    -Contributing via the crowdfunding platform Go Fund Me means that a transaction fee of 7.9% plus 30 cents is charged to Bicycling Monterey. (No fee is charged to you as the contributor.)

  5. “Will the amount of my individual contribution be displayed on the Bicycling Monterey website?”
    NO. Your individual contribution amount is simply included in the total contributions figure on the Bicycling Monterey website’s Financial Contributors page.

    (Only on the crowdfunding platform, Go Fund Me, are individual amounts displayed. If you make a contribution on GFM and prefer it, they have a box to check for indicating that your name is to be anonymous.)

  6. When was Go Fund Me added as a payment option?

    Ten women launched Bicycling Monterey’s first fundraising campaign on December 22, 2015, including Volunteering & Service Fundraising at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey [“Mari Lynch Dehmler, Bicycling Monterey Site & Projects”]. That crowdfunding platform continues to be one of the options for making a contribution.

  7. Will you send me a written acknowledgement of my contribution?

    If you provide your postal address, it’s a pleasure to send a written acknowledgement. If your email address is provided, an acknowledgement will be sent via email. In either case, your privacy is important, and your contact information will not be used for other purposes. Questions? Please phone Mari anytime.

  8. “May I set up an automatic monthly contribution?”
    YES. PayPal and Go Fund Me both have options for setting up an automatic monthly contribution. And you’ll be shouted-out  in a special way on Bicycling Monterey’s contributors page—as one of the 

Thank you, financial contributors!

Special thanks to Edith Frederick for being the first Pedal Pusher (the first person to set up an automatic monthly contribution).

For “Why contribute,” scroll down.


Why contribute to Bicycling Monterey?

To contribute project supplies or volunteer time, contact Bicycling Monterey.

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An optional rewards-for-contributors program ran from Feb 26-Dec 31, 2016. It was tried out as a way to help boost Bicycling Monterey’s first fundraising campaign. After 2016 it wasn’t continued, simply because it required far too many additional volunteer hours of Mari to be worthwhile. Nonetheless, the businesses that provided rewards in an effort to help were appreciated. To see who they were, click here.

Although the primary URL is bikemonterey.org (and there are some alternate domain names, such as bicyclingmonterey.com), the URL on most posts and pages is marilynch.com/blog. As Kera Abraham reported in the Monterey County Weekly’s first special bike issue, in 2011: “What started as Dehmler’s [Mari Lynch Dehmler’s] personal blog two years ago quickly evolved into an umbrella website for all things two-wheeled in Monterey County.” To prevent broken links, the original URL wasn’t changed. To learn more, see “Why is the root URL for Bicycling Monterey’s posts and pages marilynch.com/blog?”