Fundraising Cover Letter any comments / improvements are welcome

March 13, 2010

Big Island School
13-3385 Hookupu St
Pahoa, Hawaii 96778
(808) 854-5841 (808) 936-6347

Dear _____________,

This letter is a request for your assistance regarding the Big Island School, a local non-profit organization dedicated to Sustainable Living and Renewable Technology, which is producing a documentary video about the garbage situation on the Island. The proposed budget is $30,000 to $50,000. This Video is intended to be distributed and broadcast via network television, cable TV, throughout the Island’s school system, and on DVD.(See budget attached:

https://docs.google.com/Doc?docid=0AQ_l9WEEnPxqZGZrN3pmN18xM2M4Y2I5enFo&hl=en )
The finished presentation is intended to be a high-quality, professional, educational video about the present challenges and future solutions facing the garbage crisis on our Island.
The primary purpose of this project is to explore, document and implement viable solutions that will work now and in the future. This film is intended to be shocking in terms of what is happening and serve as a call for action to address the growing crisis.
This half-hour presentation will be shown in classrooms throughout the Island as well as delivered to key decision-makers in government and industry. It will also appear on Island-wide television and on Public Access. Highlights and out-takes will be posted to YouTube and other websites daily and weekly.
Presently we have four video segments online with several others in the process. From these video segments, we are extrapolating the best information and visuals for the final half-hour classroom presentations. The last step of the production process is a multi-chapter DVD showcasing the best of all that we have documented.
The process we have initiated and the video segments produced have already had beneficial effects beyond our expectations. For example, we discovered that 80% of all the cans and bottles consumed on Big Island are being recycled. RecycleHawaii.org informed us that they diverted more than 400 tons of electronic waste from the landfill in just one year (2009) alone.  We have also facilitated a major change in the Starbucks Company policy.  Hilo will serve as a pilot program to recycle the plastics for both Starbuck locations in Hilo town. If this venture is successful it will be implemented on a larger scale.
Please consider assisting us with this project for the benefit of the ecology of the Island and the education of its people. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and all proceeds are going to this project.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Respectfully,

David Lakota                                            Michael Hale
Director                                                     Director of Operations

Creators, Big Island Garbage video
(808) 854-5841    (808) 936-6347

BigIslandSchool@gmail.com mik3hal3@gmail.com
www.BigIslandSchool.com

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