An Open Request to the San Diego Small Business Community

Dear Business Owner,

If you are reading this, then you probably have an interest in taking action and getting involved with San Diego’s fundraising efforts in light of the Boston Marathon events. When I first started this campaign, I reached out to my network of friends, family and co-workers and the response has been overwhelming! I want to thank everyone that donated, encouraged and helped out with the efforts. I believe that just as individuals were able to get together and contribute what they could (money, time, social capital), so can businesses! I’m writing an open letter to ALL San Diego (and California) small businesses to join us in our efforts to raise funds for two causes: the Red Cross and Mr. Jeff Bauman Jr., a victim of the Boston Marathon explosions that lost both limbs during the blasts.

As of 4/22 at 4:50PM, we have raised $1,071, or 21% of our fundraising goals. We know we can reach our final goal of $5000 and with the help of our friends in the business community, we can even exceed it. Many have wondered how they would know if the fundraiser was legitimate or not. Beyond my open letter on my personal blog, the constant updates on Twitter and Facebook, as well as the updates within the campaign itself, I can also say that we’ve received some local media coverage from the SD Union Tribune, the Daily Aztec, as well as the Boston Magazine in Boston. We are currently working with our fundraising partner, IndieGoGo, to identify the safest and most transparent way to disburse the money according to our fundraising goals. I started this fundraiser to raise buzz within my social network, but it quickly grew and even reached Ireland, where one woman not only donated, but also connected with me and sent me links to articles being published in the Daily Mail (UK). Our fundraising campaign can be found here, along with relevant links to media coverage and updates on our efforts!

What am I asking for?

To cut to the chase, I am looking toward the San Diego small business community to match some of the fundraising efforts we are working toward. I am asking businesses to match 100%, 75%, 50% or 25% of our end-balance at the end of the IndieGoGo fundraiser. If that may be too much, then perhaps match some percent of our current balance (which again, as of 4/22 at 4:50 PM was $1,071). San Diego is a flourishing and entrepreneurial business community with a sense for social justice and social enterprise. If you believe in our cause and want to get involved, I urge you to please consider our campaign and consider matching some of our donations. And if money is not something you can spare, we welcome any and all opportunities to share our efforts with the greater San Diego community. We may be far away from Boston, but we are all united and thinking of our brothers and sisters in Boston and around the world!

If you are willing to get involved in any way, please do not hesitate to contact me at any time at bogdan dot rau at gmail dot com. I welcome any inquiries and suggestions.

With Much Respect,

Bogdan Rau

Graduate Student

San Diego State University