Happy New Year Everyone!
Are you one of those wondering where all that crazy amount of money we raised with this project?
I hope you do! Because it is the money you all helped raise!
One of the Totoro Project committee, Yukino went to attend this big 10th year anniversary of Totoro Forest Foundation in Japan back in last November.
And there did she present…
$185,221 to the foundation!
This is basically how much we allocated in our first installment to the foundation. (we are still waiting for the right timing to transfer the money since US dollar is so weak these days!)
There is obviously more with some small amount the books made and other donations. That’ll come in the second installment.
This is the total amount we raised from the artwork plus ticket sales minus the event expenses and the fee for Give2Asia(non profit that legally transfers our fund to Japan).
Quick run down of the expense
framing/exhibition walls/t-shirts/post cards/banner/misc auction materials $6264.62
Beverages (wine/beer/sake/tea/soft drinks) $2,780.00
Chairs/Glass/Linen rental Classic Party Rentals $5,531.34
This is less than 15% of the entire fund we raised which is, according to Give2Asia(non profit that oversaw this project), one of the most efficient fund raising events they have ever seen!
They said even professional fund raising events can’t be this efficient. Wow! All the hard work everyone put into paid off!
Even A BIGGER NEWS!
We GOT FOREST!
The Totoro No Furusato Fund sent us with these photos(attached)!
Yes! They bought 2 sections of Totoro Forest with the very money we donated! YAAAAAAAAY! It is OUR forest! Well… sorry.. we can’t claim the ownership obviously…..it is everyone’s forest that we helped buy!
These are pretty small forests(50 meters x 50 meters each……sigh…., real estate is expensive in Japan….) but they said these are some of the key sections in the forest they have been eying on. This will prevent some serious illegal dumping etc…
Yes. We made a difference. All of you, artists, donors, fans, bloggers, who supported this project in your own ways!
And they assured that there will be some signs to indicate Totoro Forest Project auction on the site.
Wouldn’t that be neat?
this post is getting long….
Just a few more things you might want to know
*We still receive tons and tons of inquiries about the second printing of the book. We are currently waiting to hear from the publisher who expressed interest. There are a few other possibilities and we are trying to get what makes most sense for the purpose of this project. It is really nice to know that so many many many people are wanting this book. I will say this honestly that we probably have 50/50 chance of reprinting this book.
*Now the first exhibition at Cartoon Art Museum is down, there is only one more month left for you to witness the original art of this extraordinary event. Please don’t miss the show at the Cartoon Art in San Francisco! They also is having a spectacular the Art of Coraline exhibit!(see one of Totoro artists, Tadahiro Uesugi’s first animation concept work!)