This fundraiser is being conducted in partnership with Green Lents, the tax-exempt 501(c)(3) serving as The Belmont Goats' fiscal sponsor. US-based donors will receive an electronic receipt via FirstGiving which will reference Green Lents as the recipient.
Campaign video courtesy of Rachel Bracker.
Note on Timing
While this crowdfunder runs for 60 days, the first two weeks are the most important. The herd cannot be relocated until we've paid insurance (we have a quote), gotten the use permit (waiting on the insurance), and done construction on the new site. Our first payout from this campaign will be the middle of April, and we appreciate any help in making that payout a good one!
Originally residing at what became known on Foursquare as Goat Field and to the local development community as "the goat blocks", what’s come to be called The Belmont Goats were preceded by three summers of different (and rented) herds, an urban experiment pitched to developer Killian Pacific by landscape architect Brett Milligan. After those first three years, Creative Woodworking NW — whose shop stands directly across the street from the property, and who’d helped take care of the rented herds — arranged to have their own goats beginning in October 2012. That’s the herd which the Buckman neighborhood and the greater Portland community have come to know and love.
In late October 2013, after a year of uninterrupted residency but with an approaching deadline to move the goats to make way for a long-anticipated development project raising the possibility of the herd being split up, a handful of its volunteer caretakers purchased the herd in order to ensure that it remained intact, for the good of both the herd and the community — with the goal of finding a new publicly-accessible home. While the herd no longer will reside on SE Belmont Street, its new owners officially named them The Belmont Goats in recognition of the short but storied history of urban goats at Goat Field.
Now, in April 2014, the time at last has come to move. Portland Development Commission accepted our proposal as part of its initiative to bring temporary uses to property in and around Lents Town Center, but to make this happen in a way that best suits both the herd and the community, we need your help.
About the Herd
Eric Klein produced a great podcast about the herd and the experience of the past year, talking to the previous owner, current owners, regular visitors, and new visitors.
Alex Thornburg shot a short documentary last year before caretakers bought the herd. It's a good look at what the summer of 2013 was like.
If you'd like to go even deeper into the history of goats at the Belmont location, beginning with the rented herds and ending with ours, see this YouTube playlist of more than 30 videos, from passersby, herd owners, and local media.
In late February, PDC agreed to offer us our preferred location of SE 91st between Foster and Reedway — right next to the Lents International Farmers Market — and to provide up to $7,500 in grant money to fund design and construction.
But design and construction aren't the only costs involved in moving the herd from the so-called "goat blocks" to Lents Town Center.
The grant allows us to sidestep the need to fundraise site construction costs, but not the need to fundraise at all. We also have to cover things such as licenses and permits, the insurance required to make use of the land, and fees related to our own recently-incorporated nonprofit organization.
Our goal has been set to an amount which not only will cover these expenses, but allow us to hit the ground running with money already banked for the herd's ongoing and routine costs such as its supply of Timothy-grass, supplemental minerals, and veterinary care. Our goal also helps cover any unforeseen or unexpected expenses that might crop up after the move, without having to resort to any emergency fundraising.
We hope, through this relocation crowdfunder, to establish a firm foothold in our new Lents location and be able to focus on our mission of public access to the herd and outreach to specific communities without having to scramble on a weekly basis to fulfill the herd's basic needs.
The Belmont Goats is an all-volunteer organization, from herd owners to Board members to caretakers. No proceeds from this crowdfunder will benefit volunteer staff in the form of salaries or wages, although if available and warranted some funds might be utilized to help cover their travel or public transit costs when caring for the herd.
By contributing to this campaign, you are helping to launch The Belmont Goats on the next phase of their storied life, one which will see them in a new home where we can restore true public access to the herd.
This crowdfunder is being conducted in partnership with Green Lents, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. As such, contributions by US-based donors are tax deductible. Eligible donors will receive an electronic receipt from FirstGiving, payments processor for nonprofit campaigns on Indiegogo, which will reference Green Lents as the recipient.
About the Perks
All perks above the $15 level involve receiving some sort of physical thanks, be it a thank-you card and/or a bumper sticker. Donors can expect to receive these items by July 1, 2014. Note: that delivery timeframe is for physical items only. Experiential perks such as goat walks or early access can occur once we are on-site, easily expected to be prior to July 1.
INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING, IF ANY, IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF ANY PERK AND MUST BE PAID SEPARATELY.
The design of the bumper sticker (stickers?) is forthcoming and likely will include a choice for the donor.
In addition, because the crunch for time does not allow us to incorporate t-shirts into this crowdfunder, every perk of $25 or more includes a coupon good for $10 off our eventual t-shirt sales. We hope that our supporters view this as a workable compromise, as we know almost everyone want t-shirts, and we want to make t-shirts, but they were not logistically feasible for this crowdfunder given the various deadlines involved in our relocation.
"The goat field is the nexus of an unexpected and spontaneous community." — K. Reynolds
"They are teaching [my toddler] a great lesson on kindness and community, and fostering her love of animals." — Erica Borzy
"The world would be a better place if every neighborhood had a friendly, charming little herd that people could stop and pet, play with, observe, and care for." — Camellia Nieh
"They bring joy to everyone who interacts with them." — Amanda Englund
"They have created not only a bond with each other but they have also bonded with the humans who have spent time with them." — Alison Bingham
"They are a civic treasure!" — Tim Davis
"I changed my morning route into work so that I could see the goats as they put a smile on my face." — Lissa Woolstenhulme-Lee
"They’ve fostered a sense of community, brightened our days, and brought a sense of much-needed whimsy to our lives." — Regan Fisher