From the inception of the KTK-BELT project in 2014, it has been grassroots to grassroots. While traditional foundations and grants programs wanted to see more of a formal track record, it was ordinary people concerned about biodiversity loss, ecosystem collapse, and unprecedented levels of rural youth unempployment, that came forward to support the KTK-BELT project and the vision of the 'Vertical University.'
As we enter 2018, we are aiming to have 100 monthly donors commit whatever they can on a monthly basis to provide a stream of support to fund our BELT Youth Fellows Program, our amazing outdoor education program for 6th graders, and the plantations work we are carrying out in our Learning Grounds. Each of these core programs is critical to the Vertical Univeristy's success--and its longterm sustainability.
To respond to critical conservation threats and opportunities, we increasingly feel that having such funds is necessary.