After a whirlwind tour of the Canadian Maritimes, Bar Harbor, Me., seems almost familiar.
It’s still a little cold for June (pictured above are two sides of the denial — Aren in a winter jacket and Iden believing, hoping that it’s summer). Everywhere you turn, someone is trying to feed you lobster. And then there’s the tide, which can rise and fall up to 16 feet, exposing a bar that allows you to walk to Acadia National Park.
This bar raised by the lowering tides is a fitting metaphor for the advocacy I commit every day with your help. During the right conditions, you can do anything — you can almost literally walk across the water. If your timing is wrong, you have to swim.
And let me tell you, that water is cold.
Take our spring fundraiser. This morning, I had the joy of sending premiums to some of our lucky underwriters. (By the way, I still have car rental vouchers and airline tickets to give away, so if you become a supporter today you’ll qualify for the giveaway.)
Fundraising is a fine art. You have to balance the needs of the organization (in my case, various operational expenses, including a huge IT bill) with the needs of your members and corporate supporters.
Underwriting is important because it gives everyone a stake. It goes beyond words that say “I support this effort.” In effect, it lets you put your money where your mouth is.
I admit, my first fundraiser back in 2004 felt a little awkward. Shouldn’t the advocacy and journalism I do every day be free, I said to myself. But then a wise friend told me something I’ll never forget: If it’s free, how can it have any value?
As of today, dear friends, you’ve placed a value on the advocacy work I do: $8,035. Our goal is $10,000. We only have a few more days to reach that bar.
If you haven’t signed up as an underwriter yet, please consider doing so today. Here’s how.
This week’s stories
- Are outrageous airline fees going buh-bye? (USA Today)
- Three-hour lead time and luck are keys to avoiding TSA slowdowns this summer (Washington Post)
- Why Won’t T-Mobile Honor Its Upgrade Offer? (Problem Solved via Huffington Post)
- Customer played by the rules, so where’s the refund? (Travel Troubleshooter via Arizona Daily Star)
- Airbnb CEO Bans Racist Host Just As New Ad Campaign Launches (Fortune)
Coming up next
We’re starting our slow drive down the East Coast, via New York, Washington and Georgia. We’re bracing for all of the weather events we’re hearing about. With any luck we’ll be back home by the end of the month. We shall see …