Some non-profits receive more than 80% of their annual funding during the last 6 weeks of the year. Because of the tax-realities, this is the time when most people and organizations give, and it can make for a frantic end-of-year cycle for all parties involved.
I know this, mostly because I can see it in my own email inbox. A daily tide of requests for donations, sponsorships, memberships, etc. There are still quite a few out there that use the mail, just like the old days, but every year there are fewer. The same messages are everywhere on social media and online advertising, however, directed purposefully at our specific demographics.
With that in mind, here’s what the Ikkatsu Project has going on in 2019: There’s the ongoing Puyallup Watershed Microplastics Testing that works with Middle School students on freshwater sampling and analysis; the South Kuiu Cleanup will happen again in July, with volunteers returning to Cape Decision to do surveys and remote beach cleanups. (This year’s efforts removed more than a ton of debris from targeted beaches); “Decision,” is a festival-length film that is currently in production, examining society’s addiction to plastic from the vantage point of a pristine Alaskan wilderness; the second Tacoma Shoreline Survey will happen in May. (The 2018 survey, organized by the Ikkatsu Project, involved several local environmental organizations and 78 volunteers who collected almost 700 pounds of garbage.)
There’s more, but you get the point. These and other programs on the Ikkatsu calendar depend on financial support from people and organizations that feel the same way about plastic pollution. All donations are tax-deductible and every dollar that is received will go directly toward program funding.
Giving Tuesday is one week away… it’s one of the few times that a request like this is sent out. I hope it doesn’t get lost in the noise with all the others at this time of year, but I figured it was worth a try. Giving is as easy as clicking on this link on the Ikkatsu Project home page… Thank You for your generous support and I look forward to working together in 2019 and beyond!