CONTRIBUTE TO BICYCLING MONTEREY— plus FAQs about contributing

Thank you for helping to support this public service. For FAQs, please scroll down.

Contribute via PayPal

Click donate button to contribute by debit card or credit card (it’s not necessary to have a PayPal account), or to contribute from a PayPal balance. Any amount is appreciated.
If you prefer to contribute by check, kindly refer to FAQ #8 below.



Thank you!

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F A Q s 

  1. “May I make a contribution in memory of someone?”
    YES. When making your contribution, simply indicate “in memory of” and the person’s name.
  2. “May I view the total amount of money contributed, and who has contributed?” 

    YES. See the Financial Contributors page (click here).
  3. “Can my contribution be listed as from Anonymous?” 
    YES. When making your contribution, simply indicate that preference.
  4. “Will you send me a written acknowledgement of my contribution?”

    YES, if you include a postal or email address with your contribution. It is a pleasure to send a written acknowledgement to contributors.
  5. “May I specify how I’d like my contribution to be used?”
YES. To do that, include a note saying which Bicycling Monterey project you’d like your contribution to help with, or give us a call.
6. “May I set up an automatic monthly contribution?”
YES. PayPal has an option for doing that. And on our contributors page, we refer to any monthly contributor as a Pedal Pusher.
7. “Will the amount of my individual contribution be displayed?
NO. Your individual contribution amount is simply included in the total contributions figure on Bicycling Monterey’s Financial Contributors page.
8. “May I contribute by check?” 
YES. Since March 19, 2020—due to the global pandemic—if convenient for the contributor, making a contribution by debit card, credit card, or PayPal balance is preferred. However, contributing by check is still an option and appreciated. Please make check payable to Mari Lynch and mail to Mari Lynch, Founder / Bicycling Monterey / PO Box 3041, Monterey, CA 93942-3041. 
9. “Is Bicycling Monterey a business?”
NO. Since founded in May 2009— still the case as Bicycling Monterey’s 13th year began, in May 2021—Bicycling Monterey’s founder, Monterey County resident Mari Lynch, has done the work of this website and all other Bicycling Monterey projects entirely as an unpaid volunteer. See a related comment from a Santa Cruz County bike advocacy leader
10. “Why was the original domain name marilynch.com/blog?”
As Kera Abraham reported in the Monterey County Weekly in May 2011: “What started as Dehmler’s [Bicycling Monterey founder Mari Lynch Dehmler’s] personal blog two years ago quickly evolved into an umbrella website for all things two-wheeled in Monterey County.” To learn more, click here.
11. Is my contribution to Bicycling Monterey tax-deductible?”
NO, not at this time. Among our current projects is advocating for bike-friendly legislation, and—just as is the case with the California Bicycle Coalition—contributions are not tax-deductible.
Feel free to phone anytime if you have other questions.

Why contribute to Bicycling Monterey?

Thank you, financial contributors!

For other ways to support this work (e.g., volunteering time or contributing project supplies), please refer to the About section’s portal page—or just phone us anytime.

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In case you’re curious, here’s an archived note about crowdfunding and the 2016 rewards program:

  • Crowdfunding: On December 22, 2015, ten women launched a crowdfunding effort, “Volunteer & Service Fundraiser for Mari Lynch Dehmler, Bicycling Monterey Site & Projects, organized by Laurel Thomsen” at https://gofundme.com/bikemonterey. Contributing via Go Fund Me incurred a platform fee of 5%, in addition to a transaction fee (2.9% plus 30 cents). We now recommend contributing via PayPal instead, which charges no platform fee.
  • 2016 rewards program: An optional rewards-for-contributors program ran from Feb 26-Dec 31, 2016. After 2016 the rewards program wasn’t continued, simply because it required far too many additional volunteer hours of Mari to be worthwhile. Nonetheless, the businesses that provided rewards in an effort to help were appreciated. If you’re curious who they were, see https://bikemonterey.org/about/financial-donations/fundraising-project-contributors-of-gift-certificates-or-other-rewards.