Greetings everyone, this is a truly special post.
Two years ago, when I decided to leave my Counseling program at Cleveland State University, I had no idea where my journey would take me. Now I am planning to study people’s beliefs about jaguars in Guyana for my Master’s research. This is a remarkable development, but I need your help to make it happen.
My GoFundMe campaign is now live. For those who have not read my previous announcement, I am trying to fund as much of my field work as possible through donations from individuals like you. The reasons for this are both practical and idealistic.
First of all, I will have to leave for Guyana this summer: much earlier than I had realized. This leaves me with little time to apply for grants. Second, I want to explore lesser-used avenues for financing conservation research. I am not the first person to use crowdfunding for such purposes, but it is still an underutilized strategy. I would like to change that.
But most importantly, GoFundMe gives me the chance to include as many people as possible in my research. This is vital. While our attitudes can predict our behaviors, it is equally true that how we behave defines what we believe. This means that conservationists should strive to get the public involved in their work, in order to convince them to care about wildlife. Getting a large amount of people to act – by helping to fund my research – is one way I can do that.
My project’s estimated budget is listed on the campaign homepage. To summarize, I am setting my goal at $10,000. This will likely be more than I will need, but I want to make absolutely certain that I am prepared to handle unforeseen expenses. Every penny I do not use will be donated to NGOs in Guyana that are committed to ecological and/or social improvement. I will post proof of these donations both here and on my GoFundMe page.
Please visit my campaign page and consider making a donation. It would also be incredibly helpful if you could share it on social media. This campaign will only succeed if people know about it! So I implore you to help me spread the word.
I will be extremely grateful for your support: even if all you can contribute are your thoughts and prayers. This is a relatively new way to fund conservation research, and it will only work through a collective effort.