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

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

For FAQs, please scroll down.

May 1, 2019 is the 10th anniversary of this volunteer effort: https://bit.ly/BikeDecade.

You may contribute via any of the 3 payment methods below.

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. “Is Bicycling Monterey a business?”

    From May 1, 2009 to May 1, 2019,the founder‘s ten years of work on this website and on all other Bicycling Monterey projects has been done as an entirely unpaid volunteer. You may also be interested in FAQ #10.

  2. “May I view the total amount of money contributed, and who has contributed?” 
    YES. See the Financial Contributors page (click here).
  3. “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.”

  4. “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.
  5. “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.)

  6. “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.)

  7. “When was Go Fund Me added as a payment option?”

    On December 22, 2015, ten women launched Bicycling Monterey’s first fundraising campaign, 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.

  8. “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.

  9. “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 a Pedal Pusher.
  10. “If Bicycling Monterey isn’t a business, why is the root URL for most post and pages marilynch.com/blog?”

    To prevent broken links, the original URL wasn’t changed. As Kera Abraham reported in the Monterey County Weekly in May 2011: “What started as Dehmler’s [Bicycling Monterey founder Mari Lynch Dehmler’s] personal blog two years ago quickly evolved into an umbrella website for all things two-wheeled in Monterey County.” For additional details, see “Why is the root URL for Bicycling Monterey’s posts and pages marilynch.com/blog?”

    When referring people to this site, simply refer them to the primary URL, bikemonterey.org (or if you prefer one of the alternate domain names, they are: bicyclingmonterey.com, bicyclingmonterey.org, and tipsfortourists.com).

Why contribute

to Bicycling Monterey?

Thank you, financial contributors!

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


You may also be curious about…

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.