We are pleased to announce that Wild Lens is now officially a federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) non-profit! Word just came in from the IRS today, and our pending status has been removed in place of official 501(c)(3) status. This means all those who have donated to Wild Lens since our inception in April 2011 can write off their donations on their tax returns. Thanks to everyone who helped us get to this point, and we look forward to being a 501(c)(3) organization for a long time to come. An exciting day!!
-The Wild Lens Team
Hello Wild Lens Followers!
We wanted to give everyone a quick update on how our fundraising campaign: “The Road to Festival Season” is coming along. Since the beginning of the campaign we have managed to raise a little over $20,000 towards our $40,000 goal. We are half way there! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated so far. The money is going directly to production costs in Los Angeles as the film is nearing completion. However, we still need to raise another $20,000 in the coming weeks to completely finish the film. We will be posting an update from our film crew in LA soon about how the film is progressing, so stay tuned!
Again, thanks to all who have given so far to help us complete this important film. We truly hope and think it will provide a lasting impact on the recovery of the California Condor. And to all those who have yet to donate, please consider giving a gift today! Donate Now!
The Wild Lens Fundraising Team
Wild Lens is in the final editing stages of our first feature film, “Scavenger Hunt.” With our president and vice president working in LA full time, the pressure is on to have the film completed before the film festival season begins at the end of September. Entering our film into such prestigious festivals as Sundance, Tribeca, Santa Barbara, Sonoma, and South-by-Southwest (among others) would allow us to more than triple our outreach efforts and have a much greater impact on condor and lead bullet education. It would also gain Wild Lens massive exposure that would have repercussions on all of our future projects.
We will not stop until we get there. We are down to the wire, but we still need an estimated $40,000 to fully finish editing of the film. Please join our cause by considering a contribution to Wild Lens today! Your support could not come at a more critically important time for us. See our website for details on donating, along with donor gift levels (Donate Now!). For example, with a donation of $10,000 you will gain a producer credit in the film, along with lots of other great gifts!
We are all grateful for your support and confidence in the work we are doing to raise awareness of underrepresented species through film.
Great news folks! We have fulfilled our Matching Gifts Challenge, raising over $5,000 ($10,000 total) in less than 48 hours! Thanks to everyone who participated. We are officially 1/5 of the way to reaching our ultimate goal of raising $50,000 before the Sundance Film Festival submission deadline. Thanks everyone, and keep it coming!
The Wild Lens Team
We currently have an anonymous donor who has pledged to match any new donations that we receive up to $5,000 from now until September 3rd! That means for the next two weeks, any gift you make to Wild Lens will be matched dollar for dollar. if you donate $1,000 the impact your gift will have is doubled to $2,000. Of course any dollar amount is appreciated, and will go a long way towards completion of the condor film. As some of you may know, our president and vice-president are currently in Los Angeles completing editing of the condor film so that we can enter it at this years Sundance Film Festival. The urgency to complete this film for the Sundance deadline is strong and this matching campaign could not have come at a better time for us. We will keep everyone posted on the progress of thecampaign, and thank everyone ahead of time for supporting Wild Lens!