Zimfest 2019 fundraising has been off to a slow start, but we have a fantastic group of Zimbabweans coming to teach and perform that we need your help to support while at Zimfest. Here’s the challenge, if we hit 20 new donations by the end of May we would unlock a $500 gift. You can enter a one-time gift or choose the monthly recurring option at https://zimfest.org/about/support-zimfest/. Don’t forget about renewing your Zimfest membership if you haven’t done that yet for the year. The Zimfest Board thanks you for all your support.
Giving Tuesday is almost here and it’s also a good time to think about renewing your Zimfest membership. We welcome new members too! We don’t have auto-renewal available yet, but that is something we are working towards for the future.
We hope you are doing well and have found this year challenging as well as thought-provoking, given the many newsworthy events both in Zimbabwe and the USA! This will be our sixth year running the Zimfest Association’s Annual Campaign and Membership Drive. Thank you for your support in a very successful ZF 2018. While the festival itself provides some income to the association, these funds are simply insufficient to help sustain and grow the Association and the Festival. Last year the support from thirteen donors and members gave $1795 by the end of the year which is equivalent to providing all weekend meal plans and housing during Zimfest 2018 to only seven Zimbabwean guest teachers and performers. There are three ways you can help; by renewing your membership, becoming a new member and making a donation.
Our long term goal is to have the majority of Zimfest participants be members of the organization. We have seen an increase in previous years. It is our hope that a healthy dialogue about the festival and Association can emerge from a membership that feels a sense of ownership in the Zimfest Association. Membership covers the calendar year January 1st through December 31st. Membership dues are an essential part of keeping Zimfest alive and vibrant. From as little as $10.00 per year for our Youth/Student membership, there are membership categories to fit any budget and situation! Consider Regular, Family, Couple, Teacher, Lifetime, and Lifetime Family memberships. It’s also easy to add a donation to your membership payment. Members may choose to have their names published on the website and in the Festival Guide as a public display of support for Zimfest. Membership fees are 100% tax deductible, for now at least! Please refer to the membership page to renew or initiate a membership. Please write us at if you want to clarify your membership status. Join or renew now for 2019.
Thanks for all you do to help make Zimfest a success. It was great to see many of you at Zimfest!
Thank you for participating in the $1,000 matching challenge, from friends and relatives who really know nothing about Zimfest to our long-time loyal supporters. With all of your help we raised $1,500. A big thank you to our anonymous donors for this final Zimfest 2018 challenge. We have met and exceeded our $8,000 fundraising campaign goal for Zimfest 2018.
Just $10 from 21 people to almost reach the $211 to raise to reach $1,000. It costs $160 to house one Zimbabwean at Zimfest for the weekend. There are 3 more days in this $1000 matching challenge for Zimfest. No donation is too small.
Zimfest was amazing! We have a $1000 matching challenge coming out of Zimfest from Aug. 12 to 26 (extended). Thanks to some anonymous donors who want to continue to help with the fundraising efforts. We have raised $25 of $1000. No donation is too small.
SEVEN DAYS until Zimfest! We are at 71% of our $8,000 goal. Just over $2,300 remaining to bring in. Thank you to those who have contributed so far. If you have not sent in a gift, please consider donating to help towards the cost of transportation, room and board for the group of talented Zimbabwean teachers; implementing the new festival registration system; and purchasing marimbas to augment the supply of instruments at the festival. Any amount is appreciated.
The countdown continues: 17 days until we meet again in Monmouth! As you probably know, registration for Zimfest housing and dining has closed. Signup for workshops and volunteering will close on midnight August 1. At that time the Organizing Committee will put the final touches on plans and programming for Zimfest 2018 at Western Oregon University August 9-12.
We will be cancelling low-enrollment workshops (those with 0, 1 or 2 students) on July 26, so if there is something you have your eye on, be sure to sign up before then or it may disappear from the schedule! Did you know that Cultural Presentation workshops are only $10 per hour? We would hate to have to cancel any of these educational sessions, so please peruse what is available on the Cultural Presentations page and sign up to deepen your knowledge of Zimbabwean culture.
Mbira instruments needed for mbira workshops: if you have signed up for an mbira workshop, some instruments will be provided in the tuning called for in the workshop description. If you own or can borrow an instrument, do bring it to the workshop. Further, if you can lend mbira instruments in the following tunings, please bring them to the Registration desk, and we promise we’ll take good care of them: nyunga nyunga; mbira dzavadzimu/nhare – Magaya standard tuning, also G tuning.
Hosho are supplied for hosho workshops thanks to Craig LaFollette of Marimbaworks, but if you have a favorite pair of your own, bring them!
Mary Shales’s Gofundme campaign to raise money for a plane ticket for Patience Musandirire did well for the first few days, and Zimfest was able to advance the money to buy him a plane ticket! However, the campaign has stalled at $945, of which Gofundme will keep a high percentage. If the campaign reaches $1500, Patience will not need to sacrifice his workshop earnings to help pay for the ticket. If you wish to donate, this is the direct link is gf.me/u/jtysvt. Tatenda, Siyabonga!
Festival Coordinator Claire Jones
The Zimfest 2018 Organizing Committee
We have another member of the community who has generously pledged to match the next $500 the community raises from July 3rd-10th. 16 of you came through for our successful previous matching challenge. Sharing the message can also help make an impact. Please help us maximize this match towards our goal by making a donation to Zimfest. No donation is too small!! Here are some ways that your donations help.
Prices of Impact
$9.50 – Dinner at Zimfest for 1 Zimbabwean
$24.25 – Meals for a day for 1 Zimbabwean
$640.00 – Housing for 4 Zimbabweans during Zimfest
$1,513.00 – All weekend meal plan for 17 Zimbabwean teachers
End of $1000 match. Thanks to some of you, we brought in $1080 during this week’s challenge. A big thank you to our generous donor for challenging us to this match, for a total of $2080. We are now at 58% of our total goal, more than halfway there! We hope you have some lovely weather and music to enjoy! Thank you!
Thank you so much for your support, we have raised $2,532 towards our fundraising goal! In addition, a member of the community has generously pledged to match the next $1,000 the community raises from May 26th through June 2nd. Please help us maximize this match towards our goal by making a donation to Zimfest. No donation is too small – just $10 from 100 Zimbabwean music fans will help us get there. Let’s watch the conga get colored in! To donate, go to https://zimfest.org/about/support-zimfest/
Zimbabwean Independence Day is April 18th and Zimfest 2018 is only four months away. Help us keep Zimfest and the celebration of Zimbabwean culture strong and active into the future.
Our fundraising goal for this year is $8,000, and we’ve already raised $1,600! The remaining $6,400 could easily be met if each of our 400 participants contributed $16. See the various ways you can donate by visiting https://zimfest.org/about/support-zimfest/.
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