Yes, we raised over $700 this week to achieve our fundraising goal! We're now at $5,073. Highlights and shout-outs for the week:
- Thank you so much to the Harasimowicz family (Rami, Beth, and kids) for pushing us across the goal line this week! Facebook and blog followers probably recognize the names - Rami is my partner-in-crime in most of my mountain biking photos. Rami and Beth are two of my oldest and dearest friends in Boise, and their "milestone" donation is very appreciated!
- I received my largest individual donation of the year last week! Not sure the donors would be comfortable with me calling them out here, but I'll just say - the donation was touching, and it really motivated me this weekend to work hard on my rides so that I can ride the maximum distance possible (175 miles) during Bike MS.
- Once again, my friend Doug Bierman stepped up to help with a donation. You may remember Doug and his family from the Wiseguy Pizza Pie fundraiser...
- And thank you to Matt & Julie Bell, and Wade & Coral Dorrell for the generous donations last week!
So...hitting the fundraising goal of $5,000 is tremendous, and really does take a lot of pressure off. But, I mentioned that we're just getting started...I believe that we can exceed last year's fundraising total of $7,745. This is not based on blind optimism, but is rooted in data. Here's why I think this is possible.
- Last year, I had a total of 91 donors
- This year, I have 54 donors so far
- If I were to equal last year's donor count, that tells me that I can expect 37 more donations to come in
- If those 37 donors each contribute this year's average donation amount of $89, that is an additional $3,293 - which would give me total of $8,366
- If those 27 donors each contribute this year's median donation amount of $50, that is an additional $1,850 - which would give me a total of $6,923
Having said all of that, if the conversion rate was 100%, we'd raise a whopping total of $12,181! Not realistic, I know, but something to aspire to!
Now, some reasonable questions would be - why didn't you just set your goal this year to be $7,745? Did you set your goal too low? Are you sand-bagging us, Parker? I did put a lot of thought into setting the goal this year - but I'm afraid I'm already losing you with all of this data talk - so if you'd like to know what went into this goal, shoot me a comment and I'll be happy to explain!
We're plugging away on training as well! Had a great week of climbing training - covering 155 miles with 17,000 feet of elevation gain. For some context - the Bike MS course covers 175 miles with 3,151 feet of elevation gain in two days. Last week's rides included the Wild Rockies Ride to Idaho City - and I'll be publishing an overview of that awesome ride later in the week.
|Rami and me on the ride from Idaho City to Boise|
As always, feel free to check out any of my rides by clicking on the Strava widget on the right-hand side of this blog.
Thanks for sharing this milestone week with me, and here's to a great last two weeks before Bike MS!