CONTRIBUTE by Debit, Credit, or Check – via PayPal, Go Fund Me, or Postal Mail
Contributions in any amount are appreciated. For what people say about Bicycling Monterey, click here. Since launching Bicycling Monterey in May 2009—and still the case in May 2016—founder Mari Lynch provides the website and other Bicycling Monterey projects entirely as a volunteer.
For FAQs, please scroll down.
Contribute via PayPal
Click the PayPal “Donate” button to the right. You may contribute by using your bank account, debit card, or credit card.
No PayPal account is required. However, if you have a PayPal account, you also have the option of contributing using your PayPal account balance.
PayPal allows you to set up an automatic monthly contribution if you wish.
Contribute via Go Fund Me
Click the Go Fund Me image below, then click “Donate Now.” You may contribute using your bank account, debit card, or credit card.
Go Fund Me allows you to set up an automatic monthly contribution if you wish.
Contribute by check
Write check payable to “Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey.” Mail to Mari Lynch, Bicycling Monterey, PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA 93942-3041.
Contributing by check allows 100% of your contribution to go to the Bicycling Monterey work.
FAQs, Part I
“May I see the total amount of money contributed, and who has contributed?” Yes. Refer to the Financial Contributors page (click here).
“May I contribute anonymously?” Yes. Be sure to indicate that preference when making your contribution.
NOTE: If you don’t specify that you prefer to be anonymous, your name will be listed as a contributor on the Financial Contributors page. (To also be listed at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey, either contribute via Go Fund Me or see FAQ #1 in Part II below.)
“May I tell you how I’d like my contribution to be used?” Yes. If you wish, you may contact Mari and specify that your contribution be used toward the Bicycling Monterey website or for any of the additional Bicycling Monterey projects (click here for summary).
“Are there any rewards available, as a thank you to contributors?” Yes. If you’d like a reward, click here.
NOTE: It will be assumed that you prefer not to receive a reward unless you fill out the form on the bottom of the rewards page. (For people without Internet access, an alternative way to request a reward is to contact Mari by phone.)
History of the Rewards Option for Contributors: Just fyi, the rewards program was added February 26, 2016, with the first contributor reward provided March 5. Rewards were originally offered via the Go Fund Me campaign page. Beginning April 13, 2016, rewards are now offered only on the Bicycling Monterey website (here). Along with other advantages (e.g., more room to describe reward details), having the rewards here allows a more appropriate system for setting the required contribution amount for rewards. For example, all $50 gift certificates now require the same contribution amount, $50. With the GFM system, their tech limitations meant that it was necessary for all rewards to be valued at a different amount. That meant, for example, that all the $50 gift certificates had to be listed for $52, $51, $49, $48, etc., even though they were all worth the same amount, $50. Questions? Contact Mari.
FAQs, Part II
Bicycling Monterey’s 1st fundraising campaign was launched by ten women and ran from Dec 22, 2015 – May 31, 2016. As part of that campaign, a crowdfunding page was established at https://www.gofundme.com/bikemonterey, and you may continue to give there as one of three ways to contribute (the other two being via PayPal or by check).
Read the overview at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey to learn why these women launched a fundraising campaign. Please feel free to contact Mari with any questions.
“May I contribute by check or PayPal and still have my contribution included on the https://GoFundMe.com/bikemonterey page?” Yes. Go Fund Me allows that, and such contributions are referred to there as an “offline donation.” If you’d like to have your check or PayPal contribution included on the Go Fund Me page, contact Mari by phone or email.
“Will the amount of my individual contribution be displayed?”
- If you contribute by check or via PayPal, no, your individual contribution amount will not be displayed. Instead, the amount of your contribution is simply added to the total contributions figure listed on the Financial Contributors page. Exception: If you ask that your check or PayPal contribution be added to the Go Fund Me page, then your individual contribution amount will be displayed there.
- If you contribute via Go Fund Me, yes, the amount will be displayed. The amount of each individual contribution made via Go Fund Me is automatically displayed on the https://GoFundMe.com/bikemonterey page.
- Remember: no matter how you make your contribution, if you prefer, you may be listed as Anonymous (no name listed).
Of general interest to contributors…
There is not yet an official bicycle coalition for Monterey County, or for the Monterey Bay Tri-County region, as of May 2016. Monterey County has an increasingly strong and diverse bike community, and Bicycling Monterey helps bring these and other biking resources to the public’s attention.
Bicycling Monterey serves as an information hub available to Monterey County’s approximately 431,000 residents and its visitors, estimated at 8.4 million annually.
Bicycling Monterey provides information resources that are used by people who bike outside Monterey County too, such as the Spanish resources compilation; the riding skills, safety, and CA bike laws section; and more.
Are the Bicycling Monterey website and other Bicycling Monterey projects valuable? Read what tourists, locals, media, transportation professionals, municipal leaders, bike advocates, and others have to say about Bicycling Monterey; click here.
Thank you for your support
of the Bicycling Monterey work.
Image above © The Kimball Foundation. Used by permission.