GoFundMe page aims to bring final funds needed for installation
The Florida Coastal Conservancy (FLCC) has established an online fundraising campaign for completion of Sea Turtle Fountain in Port St. Joe.
The FCC board of directors, recognizing that interest in the fountain project expands beyond the borders of Port St. Joe, decided to turn to the increasingly popular online form of fundraising known as “crowdsourcing.”
In recent years, the rise of social media and new technologies has made it easier to reach and engage wider audiences. In short, crowdsourcing is an online form of community engagement, and an opportunity that is attractive to the FCC.
“Every year, more and more visitors discover our work on behalf of the sea turtles, and they keep in touch on social media from all over the world,” said Jessica Swindall of the FCC. “We’re seeing increasing interest and outreach from travelers who want to participate in beach walks, adopt nests, and generally learn more about our efforts. With crowdsourcing, we can reach these supporters and hopefully, even more conservation-minded people worldwide.”
Utilizing the online service, Go Fund Me, the FLCC set up an online fundraising page, sharing information on the fountain project, and asking for donations in any amount. All donations are tax-deductible and donors will receive a receipt from the online service, just as they would by donating locally.
Construction of the sculpture has begun, and fundraising efforts are ongoing, including the opportunity for donors at the $100 and $200 levels to have a name or message engraved on a paver surrounding the fountain, as part of the permanent installation. Donations in any amount, however, are welcome.
“It is necessary to set a goal amount for the Go Fund Me effort,” Swindall said. “We’ve already raised enough money to begin construction of the sculpture, but site prep and other expenses will need to be met, so we set a goal of $10,000.”
The Florida Coastal Conservancy (FLCC) is a 501c3 that supports sea turtle conservation through the efforts of the St. Joseph Peninsula Turtle Patrol. It also focuses on conservation and education of other coastal wildlife, and habitat clean-up and restoration projects. Through focused environmental education efforts, the FLCC aims to provide current and future residents, visitors, and policy makers the information and resources necessary to both foster conservation and responsible land use and encourage economic development.
In addition to monitoring nesting activity on St. Joseph Peninsula, the SJP Turtle Patrol volunteers participate in a variety of public outreach events to inform the community and visitors about area sea turtles and research and conservation efforts, including the annual Forgotten Coast Sea Turtle Festival which is held each summer. The 3rd annual festival has been set for Sunday, July 1, 2o18 at George Core Park. Additionally, the FLCC is always eager to speak to interested volunteers.
The Sea Turtle Fountain will be a lasting visual reminder of the importance of the sea turtle to local history, and will lead visitors to further educational and volunteer opportunities at the Sea Turtle Center.
For more information, visit:
www.foridacc.org or www.gofundme.com/seaturtlefountain