Monday, February 25, 2008

How you can help

We've added a PayPal button on the right-hand side of this page to make it even easier for people to help us build more of what we all love—singletrack!

Simply click on the link if you prefer to donate electronically.

To make a tax-deductible donation, you can send a check to our our project partner, Alaska Trails Inc. a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. Make your check payable to Alaska Trails Inc., and mail it to Singletrack Advocates, P.O. Box 240574, Anchorage, AK 99524.

For more information contact info@singletrackadvocates.org.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

We need you

We have been hard at work over the past year to bring you Alaska’s first system of soft-surface, narrow trails sustainably built for mountain bikes and foot traffic to meet the need of users who enjoy the recreation opportunities provided by trails that retain more of the natural characteristics of the landscape. This is an update of our fund-raising efforts and a plea to our friends to pitch in and contribute to the project. Today I was notified that we will receive $50,000 from our Recreational Trails Program grant!

To date we have raised $191,571 through federal, state and private contributions. Our fund-raising goal is $264,000. Please consider this an official plea to help us reach our goal.

The Anchorage Park Foundation will match dollar-per-dollar, financial contributions, volunteer time and inkind support toward park projects, up to a maximum of $40,000. We are $72,429 short of meeting our goal. If we raise $40,000 as a group, the Park Foundation will kick in $40,000. Sounds like a good deal to me! I have not pushed hard for private contributions until now. With a good showing from the private community we will reach our goal and make our dream of building singletrack a reality. The Kincaid Project Group sent out a newsletter stating that the ski community steps up for snowmaking . . . NSAA members give generously . . . they have raised $36,000 from 191 members.

If your company participates in a matching gift program, you can leverage even more funds for this project. Your donation is tax-deductible when you contribute to us via our project partner, Alaska Trails, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization. Make checks payable to Alaska Trails Inc., and send to Singletrack Advocates, PO Box 240574, Anchorage, AK 99524

I’d like to thank the following contributors thus far:

Alaska Trails Initiative Grant: $91,571
Private contributions: $10,000
Slana Surveyors Inc.: $1,000
Arctic Bicycle Club: $
4,000
REI Inc.: $5,000
National Park Service, Challenge Cost Share Program: $30,000

State of Alaska Recreational Trails Program: $50,000

TOTAL: $1
91,571

You said you wanted to build singletrack! So let’s get 'er done!!!

Janice Tower
Chair, STA

Friday, February 15, 2008

Help us build trails!

Singletrack Advocates is seeking matching donations for an Anchorage Park Foundation Grant.

The Anchorage Park Foundation will award up to $40,000 to organizations seeking to improve parks and trails. The Rasmuson Foundation contributed $1 for every $1 raised in a campaign to stimulate philanthropy for Anchorage parks. The maximum matching award amount for a project will be $40,000. Singletrack Advocates will apply for funding to help build the Hillside Singletrack Trail.

STA needs to raise $40,000 through private contributions! Any amount of donation is appreciated, but please consider giving generously. Contributions are tax deductible when made payable to our partner organization, ALASKA TRAILS, INC., a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. For more information please contact Janice Tower at jtower@alaska.com.

Send contributions to: Singletrack Advocates, PO Box 240574, Anchorage, AK 99507

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Fund-raising update

We received the full amount of our request to the National Park Service, Challenge Cost Share Grant for $30,000! This money will pay for crews to do the hand-finish work on the trail system we're planning. The plan is to utilize a combination of Parks & Rec’s “Youth Employment in Parks” program (3 days of work) and the SAGA trail crew from Juneau (3 weeks of work). Thanks so much to Lisa Holzapfel with the National Park Service RTCA, our friends at Alaska Trails and Parks & Rec for their support!

Here’s the fund-raising tally thus far:

Alaska Trails Initiative Grant: $91,571*
Private contributions: $11,000
Arctic Bicycle Club donation: $2,000
REI Grant: $5,000
NPS, Challenge Cost Share: $30,000

TOTAL: $139,571


* We are waiting to hear a confirmation from the ORTAB board on whether we’ll actually get what they approved us for in the preliminary round.

We are also waiting to hear about the RTP grant from Alaska State Parks for $50,000. Also in the hopper is a grant from the American Hiking Society for $5,000, and Janice will be submitting an application for the Park Foundation for $40,000.