More than 260 donors have pledged a total of $12,604.00 in this 2012 campaign - thank you!
There is still time to Chip in!
Monarch Watch needs your help! If you are in a position to offer financial support to Monarch Watch (or if you know someone who might be), please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation of any amount during our 2012 "Chip in for Monarch Watch" fundraising campaign.
"In 1992 I had no idea how this small project would change my life nor did I envision Monarch Watch as it is today. It's fair to say that Monarch Watch continues to lead me into new areas of public education and lines of research I hadn't anticipated. Each year brings new adventures and connections that seem to arise simply because Monarch Watch exists." - Chip Taylor
If you haven't yet, we encourage you to spend a little time reading through the previous donor comments below - the connections that are facilitated by monarchs and Monarch Watch are truly extraordinary. Thank you for your continued support!
Spring has sprung, summer is fading, and the spectacular fall monarch migration will soon be upon us...
As many of you already know, this season also marks the arrival of another lesser-known yet still noteworthy annual event - the birthday of the father, so to speak, of Monarch Watch. Some introduce him as Dr. Orley R. Taylor, Professor Taylor, the Honeybee Guy, the Monarch Man, or the Director of Monarch Watch...but most of us know him as "Chip."
In response to our "Future of Monarch Watch" article (monarchwatch.org/future), several long-time Monarch Watchers suggested a fundraising campaign in honor of Chip and it seemed fitting to run it around his birthday, which happens to be at the end of August.
Not only does Chip draw no salary from Monarch Watch, he has also been the single largest financial contributor to the program over its twenty-one year history. It is no secret that Chip is passionate about monarchs and Monarch Watch - he is genuinely concerned about the future of the monarch migration and that of our program as well.
So, in 2009 we officially launched the now annual "Chip in for Monarch Watch" fundraising campaign in honor of Chip - a chance for Monarch Watchers, colleagues, friends, and family across the planet to show their support for Chip and the Monarch Watch program he brought to life more than two decades ago.
Last year's campaign was a huge success, raising more than $31,000 via nearly 500 donors - wow!
1. Make your fully tax-deductible donation to Monarch Watch via any of the methods listed below. All donations will be processed by the KU Endowment Association (100% of your donation goes to Monarch Watch) - however you donate, please make sure the gift is directed to Monarch Watch. $1, $10, $100 or more - any amount is greatly appreciated!
Additionally, to make a donation or ask questions about gift options, gift planning, endowed funds, employer matching programs, etc. you may contact:
2. (optional) Email your pledge, comments, and/or photos:
Your favorite photos (of Monarch Watch activities, monarchs, Chip, etc.) as well as any comments may be emailed to Jim at JLOVETT@KU.EDU and they will be added to the gallery or list below, as time permits. Please include "Chip in for Monarch Watch" in the "Subject" field of your message. If you send comments, please include your name as you would like it to appear online - full name, first name, initials, anonymous...pretty much whatever you want.
3. We will assemble a donor list, comments, and/or photos and present them to Chip at the end of the campaign. We'll also post updates, photos, etc. right here at monarchwatch.org/chip
Please spread the word to other monarch enthusiasts you know - it has also been suggested that donations could be collected from several individuals (friends, family, co-workers, club members, etc.) and then submitted as a single donation by any of the methods listed above - that's a great idea!
Donations are accepted at any time throughout the year, but if you would like to be included in this special "Chip in for Monarch Watch" campaign, please try to complete your contribution soon.
If you have any questions please feel free to drop us a line anytime - thank you for your continued support!
Click below to enjoy an album of photos of Chip and/or photos that have been submitted to him - we'll be adding more throughout the fundraising campaign and guarantee there will be lots that you have never seen before!
PREVIOUS DONOR COMMENTS - 2009-2011
We invite you to read through the comments left by donors during previous campaigns - we think you'll agree that the connections that are facilitated by monarchs and Monarch Watch are truly extraordinary...
DONOR COMMENTS - 2012
Comments displayed here may be abbreviated and/or edited for content. Updated 30 September 2012