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Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions about the Save Black Rock City community campaign. We have answers.

Why is Burning Man Project fundraising?
We will not make it to the next cycle of building Black Rock City without a financial bridge to get us there. This crisis is real and we need your help.

Our number one priority is to bring back Black Rock City in the future. This community campaign will help retain irreplaceable staff with critical institutional knowledge, ensure we maintain important infrastructure, and more.

Is it really possible we might not be able to go back to Black Rock City?
Sure is. Building Black Rock City is an incredibly complicated, expensive and time-consuming endeavor. If we’re not able to weather the COVID-19 fallout and retain irreplaceable staff who have critical institutional knowledge about how to do it, it will be extraordinarily difficult if not impossible to rebuild BRC again.
This is a lot of money! Will $1.5 million meet all of your needs?
It is a lot of money! It’s also not everything we need to save Burning Man. We’re aiming to raise $12 million to get us to ticket sales season in the spring, and this campaign is meant to engage our broader community who want to help us get back to Black Rock City however they can. Check out this page for more context on how this campaign fits into our current financial situation
How exactly is the money going to be spent?
  • Retention of critical staff who are working hard to bring Black Rock City back, more inclusive and more sustainable than ever before.
  • Maintenance of key infrastructure, especially our heavy equipment, needed to produce the event and support artists and art projects.
  • Ensuring the health and safety for our city, including consulting with epidemiologists, virologists, and medical practitioners to stay in front of best practices to help us gather safely in this new reality.
What else is Burning Man Project doing in a year without Black Rock City?
Facilitating a global cultural movement takes year-round engagement. We’ve built a world class staff with deep institutional knowledge over many, many years, and they’re hard at work preparing to bring back Black Rock City while advancing other key initiatives, including:

  • Sustainability, inclusivity and efficiency. We’re moving the sustainability roadmap forward faster, we’re working with community leaders to become more radically inclusive both on—and off—playa, and we’re implementing a new strategy to produce the event more cost effectively.
  • Nurturing our volunteer base and preserving Burning Man’s cultural ecosystem, including Burners Without Borders, Kindling, the Regional Network, and the Multiverses.
  • Maintaining Fly Ranch and our other Northern Nevada properties, which provide infrastructural support for Black Rock City and must be maintained throughout the year.
  • Continuing our work with the Bureau of Land Management, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, Washoe and Pershing Counties, Nevada Department of Health and Human Services as well as the citizens of Gerlach and Empire on permitting, event operations, stewardship, and economic development.
  • For more about what we’re up to in a year without Black Rock City, please see this post on the Burning Man Journal.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
How can I make a donation?
The easiest way to make your gift to the Save Black Rock City community campaign is using your credit card or PayPal. This includes international donors. If you prefer to make your gift by check, wire transfer, stock, or cryptocurrency, please contact the Philanthropic Engagement team at giving@burningman.org.
My camp/crew/friends set up a community campaign page. If I donate to that, where does the money go?
Members of our community have generously stepped up to host their own community campaign page to collect donations from their campmates, crew members, friends and family. All donations made to those campaigns are funneled into the main campaign.
I already gave Burning Man money during the 2020 DGS/FOMO Sale refund process. Should I give again?
First off, thank you so much for your generosity during the 2020 ticket season! Your contributions have helped us keep the lights on over the last few months, and we appreciate you deeply. We are now setting our sights on getting through the rest of the year and, hopefully, bringing Black Rock City back to the desert in 2021. If you’re able to give again and support us in this endeavor, please do! You’ll also help us by sharing this need with your friends and community. It’s an effort of many that will help us succeed.
I can't donate right now. How else can I help Burning Man Project?
We get it. We’ve had to make some very hard choices over the last few months — including salary cuts, reductions in seasonal and year-round staff, and slashing expenses — and we know that many of you are going through similar challenges in your own lives. If you can’t afford to donate, there are other ways to help. Please share this campaign with your community, family and friends so we can get the word out. Larger companies sometimes offer a nonprofit donation matching program … check that out? Maybe consider organizing a fundraiser with your camp? Our hope is that each and every member of our community will participate in some way to help Burning Man survive this challenging and yet transformational year.
What’s with the grilled cheese and old jalopy?
We hope you enjoy these flashbacks and references to our unique culture and the experiences many people share in Black Rock City. To be extra clear — since this is the FAQ after all — no, we are not planning to ship you an old jalopy or facilitate a grilled cheese sandwich showing up under glass in deep playa. But honestly, now that the possibility is out there, who knows? Weirder things have happened. And as with all things at Burning Man, you are responsible for the fulfillment of your own experience … just saying.

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Host a Save BRC Community Campaign!

We’ve made it super easy (see? super easy!) to host your own Save Black Rock City Campaign Page to collect donations from your campmates, crew, friends and fans. Fill out this form, hit submit, and then watch for an email with all the information you need to get rolling.

Donations to your page are funneled into the main campaign, allowing more participants the opportunity to engage in this Communal Effort to build Black Rock City (just like we do every year, only different). You have questions? We have answers.

 

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How to Create Your SaveBRC Community Campaign Page

Log In to Your Campaign Page

After you’ve requested to host a SaveBRC Campaign Page, you’ll receive an email from “Donate”.

  1. Click the link in that email.
  2. Click the “BURNING MAN PROFILES” button at the bottom.
  3. Log in with the same email address and password you use for your Burner Profile (NOTE: if you use multiple email addresses to log into your Burner Profile, use the one where you received our invitation to participate). Recover your password if you’ve forgotten it.
  4. Once logged in, fill out the form to create your page.
  5. To return to your page after you’ve logged out, log in at https://donate.burningman.org/wp-login.php.

Customize Your Campaign Page

Use the Create Campaign Page form to customize your Campaign Page as you wish (scroll down for an example). Address your crew and campmates, encouraging them to donate and share the campaign with their network. Get creative — share some stories from Burns past!

Add your custom information, including a campaign name, text, an image, a video (not required, but we recommend it!), and a personal image. Click the “Submit Your Content” button when you’re done, and your Campaign Page will be published. It’s that easy! (Don’t worry, you’ll be able to edit your page after you submit it.)

IMPORTANT: your Campaign Name cannot be changed after it’s created. It will be part of your URL, so choose it carefully! Make it short, distinctive, and identifiable to your crew, camp, or community, like: “Camp SparklePony” or “Rainbow Car” or “Dirt Hippies R-Us”. You can include spaces, but don’t use any special characters … they just screw things up.

Editing Your Campaign Page

To edit your page content, click the “Edit Content” button at the bottom of your Campaign Page, which will take you to the Campaign Edit page. (Note: the “Edit Content” button only shows up if you’re logged in). Update whatever content you wish, hit the “Submit” button, and you’re done.

Adding an Update Message to Your Campaign

You can add update messages to the Campaign Page to poke at your crew, keeping them up to date and inspired. It’s easy (seeing a trend here?). Scroll down the Campaign Page to the “Add an Update” section … add your text and a YouTube or Vimeo video URL (the URL, not the embed code!) if you’d like. Hit the “Submit update” button when you’re done, and your update will show up in reverse chronological order in the Updates section of your Campaign Page. Voila!

NOTE: You cannot delete updates, but if you really need one deleted, we can do it for you. Just email savebrc-p2p@burningman.org and tell us your page URL and which update you’d like deleted.

Closing Out Your Campaign

If you want to end your campaign at any time, email your request to savebrc-p2p@burningman.org, and we’ll remove it immediately. Otherwise, your campaign will end when the main campaign ends, currently scheduled for October 29, 2020.

Campaign Page Sample

sample p2p page

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Create Your Community Crowdfunding Campaign

Get us back to the dust! Simply enter the information and content requested then click “Submit your content” at the bottom to create your personal community crowdfunding page. (Don’t worry, you can always edit it after it’s submitted.) Email saveBRC-p2p@burningman.org with questions.

IMPORTANT: your Campaign Name cannot be changed after it’s created. It will be part of your URL, so choose it carefully! Make it short, distinctive, and identifiable to your crew, camp, or community, like: “Camp SparklePony” or “Rainbow Car” or “Dirt Hippies R-Us”. You can include spaces, but don’t use any special characters … they just screw things up.

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How will my cryptocurrency donation be used?

Similar to any other unrestricted donations, your cryptocurrency donation will be used to help support the mission of Burning Man Project to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into the larger world. This includes supporting our various program areas…

ARTS:
Global Art Grants
Big Art for Small Towns
Black Rock City Art

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT:
Civic Art Program
Burners without Borders
Grants for Community Initiatives

GLOBAL NETWORK OF EMERGING COMMUNITY LEADERS:
Regional Network of over 250 volunteer Regional Contacts on 5 continents
Global Leadership Conferences and Summits

EDUCATION:
Online Learning Portal
Skill sharing through trainings, workshops, lectures, conferences, and seminars

What is cryptocurrency?

Cryptocurrency (crypto) is a digital or virtual currency that is secured by coding called cryptography, which makes it nearly impossible to counterfeit or double-spend. The word ‘cryptocurrency’ is derived from the encryption techniques used to secure the network.

Here are some interesting facts, when compared to the US Dollar, about this unique digital currency that first appeared over a decade ago:

  • Cryptocurrency is a version of money printed using coding that’s set on a predetermined timeline (rather than arbitrarily printed), so there’s only so much of it, and each crypto has its own unique identifier.
  • Unlike many forms of currency, cryptocurrency is not made or controlled by the government, which makes it impossible for governments to print it. Thus, similar to gold, no one can make more of it. Also, no one can manufacture counterfeit cryptocurrency.
  • Crypto is trackable due to a unique preset code embedded in it. All transactions are tracked on an immutable ledger (blockchain), and no one (including banks or governments) can alter transaction records.
  • Since there’s no need for an intermediary or bank (middle person), individuals can quickly and confidently send cryptocurrency to one another within seconds.

Who can donate cryptocurrency? Can I donate from outside the United States?

Cryptocurrency is a global payment network that allows Burning Man Project to accept donations from anywhere in the world. The only requirements are that you have a digital wallet and an internet connection.

Are donors eligible for tax deductions when making a donation via cryptocurrency?

For donors in the US, donations via cryptocurrency offer compelling tax benefits. The IRS has issued guidance designating cryptocurrency as property for federal tax purposes. Donating appreciated property to charity allows donors to deduct donated property (crypto) that would otherwise be subject to capital gains tax. When you make your donation, you will receive an email receipt of the transaction. Donors should consult a tax advisor for proper recording of this donation on tax returns.

How much is cryptocurrency worth?

Similar to other currencies, the exchange rate varies daily. Here is an online cryptocurrency converter for its current exchange rate (to USD and international currencies).

How do I use cryptocurrency?

Getting started: When making a donation from the Burning Man Project donation page, you’ll see BitPay included as one of the options for making a payment. After selecting a donation amount and your desired cryptocurrency via BitPay, you’ll be presented with options to donate directly from your crypto wallet, donate from an account or scan a QR code that allows for donating via mobile cryptocurrency apps.

Donating: Once you initiate a contribution, you will be presented with a BitPay address and a 10-minute payment time limit. You will have 10 minutes in which to make your donation. During this time the crypto value is locked in. After 10 minutes, your cryptocurrency order will expire.

Finalizing the transaction: As soon as the recipient receives the payment (within the allotted time window), the transaction is complete and the donor will receive a confirmation email.

Burning Man Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Tax exempt ID# 45-2638273