This went out yesterday in our newsletter -- sign up to get it about monthly (or so) -- and I thought it was worth running here on our off day (we generally publish M, W and F).

We're at that time of year where we are preparing our tax returns. This is a first for us as 2011 was our first year as a 501(c)3, our first year where we had any revenue. 

Let me repeat that: 2011 was our first year with any financial support. 

Look at what we did in 2011 with a total budget of just $30,785.

  • We did Curbside Chats across the county. Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
  • We wrote the Curbside Chat booklet, a powerful communication tool explaining the relationship between our post-WW II development pattern and our tough economic times.
  • We reached tens of thousands with our blog (published three times a week) and our weekly podcast to deliver this powerful message.

In short, with pocket change we've started a national movement based around solid land use and economic principles communicated in a language accessible to everyone.

We're not asking for a donation because of what we've done. We're asking for your support because of what we want to do.

  • We have dozens of Curbside Chat requests from across the county, people that want to hear the Strong Towns message and share it with their community.
  • We're working on a Curbside Chat video to get this message to even more people.
  • Our next publication, Misunderstanding Mobility, is due out soon. It is designed to help local officials (and those that influence them) challenge the status quo and make difficult transportation decisions at the local level.
  • We are working on 4D Road and Street Standards, a practical and implementable approach to merging land use and transportation in a Strong Towns framework.
  • Ongoing outreach on the blog, podcast and -- coming very, very soon -- See It Differently TV, a chance to see the good, bad and the ugly in our everyday places through the eyes of Strong Towns.
  • And much, much more....

If you are in a position to help us out, please visit our website where we can accept credit card donations, Pay Pal and checks by mail.

If you are in a position to make a larger, supporting donation to help us reach the next level, email Chuck Marohn directly with your contact information. We're ready for that step.

Thanks for all you are doing to make your community a Strong Town.