ASCA fundraiser and Planet Granite a huge success!


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Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Original Post - Apr 29, 2011 - 02:23pm PT
The ASCA fundraiser and Planet Granite was a huge success!

About 300 people attended and we far exceeded our goal of $20,000...

We raised $30395.85!!
$10484 - from live auction at Planet Granite San Francisco April 27
$2240 in online donations before the event from directed from PG web site
$550 - misc donation checks
$7121.85 - ebay Outdoor Gear auction and PayPal donations between April 15 and 30
$10,000 - match from Planet Granite Gives Back Program

All this will fund bolt replacement for the ASCA for over a year and lead to 2000+ bolts being replaced!

Huge Thanks to Planet Granite for inspiring, organizing and presenting the event:
Jeff Ceccacci, Mick Petts, Renee DeAngelis, Stephanie Ko Pound, Patty Nowak, Justin Vitcov, Carolyn Link, and all the staff who helped out.

And, of course the Planet Granite matching contribution of $10,000 is HUGE! This is part of the Planet Granite Gives Back. For every member, $1 is donated per month to climbing, community and the environment.

Planet Granite also helped raise over $20,000 in 2009. So all told they have been by far the biggest force in continuing the ASCA's bolt replacement work. Thank you!

Many Thanks to all the Sponsors and Presenters at our event as well as everyone who came, bid and donated. and Johnathon Kressner were by far the biggest supporters of the event. Not only did they make a donation of $1000, but they also bid and won many of the biggest auction items. Check them out at

Alex Honnold
Big Up Productions
Bistro Liaison
Black Diamond
Bridges Rock Gym
Bruce Hildenbrand
Chateau Montelena
Dave and Mammoth Mountaineering
Dope Miller
GotIt Rentals South Lake Tahoe
Greg Barnes
Han's Florine
Hood River Coffee
Jerry Dodrill Photography
Jim Herson
Jim Thornburg
John Harrison Photography
Omega Pacific
Outback Adventures
Renan Ozturk
Sender Films
Singing Rock
Sports Basement
Steve Dawson
Super Topo
Tahoe Adventure Film Festival
Tarbuster - Roy McClenahan
Think Tank Photo
Tom Addison
Tommy Caldwell
Wild Country

If you would still like to help, you can donate here with a credit card or here with PayPal

Photo from Ed Hartouni

Ice climber
Ashland, Or
Apr 29, 2011 - 04:43pm PT
that's awesome, congrats and thank you!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 29, 2011 - 05:51pm PT
fantastic news, and I second the big THANK YOU! for all the ASCA does...
and Alex said, it is nice to clip those shiny big bolts!

Mountain climber
Queenstown, NZ
Apr 29, 2011 - 05:56pm PT
Community - it really is something special to be part of one.

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Apr 29, 2011 - 08:43pm PT
Thank You, Chris and Greg!
Glad the event was so successful.
xoxo Phyl

Trad climber
Apr 29, 2011 - 08:53pm PT

right here, right now
Apr 29, 2011 - 09:24pm PT
There are a lot of ratty bolts out there.
Thanks to all who organized and and helped to make this thing fly!
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - May 1, 2011 - 09:41pm PT
The latest tally put us at over $30,000!!!!
Captain...or Skully

or some such
May 1, 2011 - 09:55pm PT
Haha! I don't think Chris will be chartering jets to speaking engagements just yet.

Right on, Chris.
Clint Cummins

Trad climber
SF Bay area, CA
May 2, 2011 - 02:32am PT
haha, don't worry about Chris! There are many rebolters clambering for bolts and hangers. I think the $30K is already budgeted for replacing 2000 bolts this year, as Chris already stated.

If ASCA had raised $3 million, rebolters were being paid instead of volunteering, ... then there might be more reason to be concerned.

PG SF donated $10K of the $30K, and have donated for awhile. You can be sure they checked out the organization and its record.

Hmmm, one 60 Minutes hit piece, and now you are unsure about unrelated nonprofits?
Actually, to be more direct, the nonprofits probably make their financials public, including % administrative costs, so please investigate that and report back?
Chris McNamara

SuperTopo staff member
Topic Author's Reply - May 2, 2011 - 11:04am PT
You can see photos of the event here
Jerry Dodrill

Sebastopol, CA
May 2, 2011 - 11:06am PT
Fantastic Chris! I'm glad the event was such a success.
Greg Barnes

May 2, 2011 - 12:42pm PT
Yep, non-profit financials are publicly available. To save you the trouble, here is our total income past few years (not 2010 yet since I'm working on them now - due May 15th).
2005 25,916.35
2006 17,756.36
2007 26,599.56
2008 18,024.04
2009 38,903.84 (of which 10,223.35 was donated by Planet Granite! - matching their fundraiser and a bit more - so with all the individual donations at that Climb-a-Thon then 20K+ was due to PG's help!)

Here are some details:

Hardware - example 2009 - 17,714.32
Marketing budget: zero
Printing/publishing: zero
Shipping: quite a bit, bolts are heavy (but Flat Rate boxes save us a bundle!)
Membership renewal letters: zero (we don't do them)
T-shirts, etc - still on a 2009 batch that cost about 2K
employee costs (me) - I do get paid, $750 a month (before taxes), no benefits, no health insurance, no retirement, etc. I ran the ASCA 2000-2003 with no pay, then 2004-2007 or so at $500/month.
other employees/accountant/etc - zero, we don't have any
storage costs: zero, no storage unit, donated storage space (big shout out to Paul in Bishop, years and years of supporting the ASCA for free, we might not even exist anymore without his help!)
rental/office space costs - zero, donated

I could look up more details if you want, these details are from our 2009 return (which just happens to be sitting on my desk as I start the 2010 taxes).

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
May 3, 2011 - 12:30pm PT
hey greg,

thanks for living the frugal life! i'll have to ease up on the biking thing and get back to rebolting. miss it!

e. stefke

May 3, 2011 - 12:42pm PT
Chris and Greg, a fantastic job. Congrats. And especially thanks to both of you for sticking to job for so many years, actually decades. Chris, I can even remember when we incorporated ASCA. As Iíve said many times about the Access Fund, the greatest satisfaction is watching others take up what is your passion and make it their own. Greg did that very early on, and now it appears that many others are embracing ASCA. Well done.
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