Thanks to YOU, We’re That Much Closer to Black Rock City!


I got a call back in July about helping with this community crowdfunding campaign, and when I heard the goal I kinda gulped … $1.5M seemed like an impossibly steep hill to climb. ‘We ain’t gonna make that,’ I thought. 

As you know, Burning Man Project got smacked sideways by COVID, forcing the cancelation of Black Rock City 2020, and putting the future of the event at risk. In order to build a financial bridge to the next Black Rock City, we cut costs and staff, and triaged our operations. But when we needed to go even further, we looked to our community — and we are humbled to report that you’ve responded, demonstrating there’s nothing we can’t do when we work together. 

6,247 Burners generously donated (all or part of) their Burning Man 2020 tickets earlier this year, putting $3M back into the coffer. On top of that, our recently completed Community Campaign saw over 8,500 people donating an average of around $116 each, surpassing our goal before the campaign had even ended. In total, the campaign was shared over 6,000 times and garnered over $1.5M. 

Over 21,000 people contributed nearly $5M to keep Burning Man alive, which is staggering. Bottom line: HOLY WOW, YOU PEOPLE ARE AMAZING

Your donations will help us get closer to a Burning Man 2021 in Black Rock City — not all the way, mind you, there’s still a long way to go and a lot to do — but every bit makes a difference. For our part, we’ll continue to stretch every dollar as far as we can, and spend it to the greatest effect possible. We owe you that much.

If you’d like to dive deeper into the details of our situation, see our Big Picture page, which lays all this out. And we’ll remind you that we’re not there yet. We have a lot more financial bridge to build to get us to Black Rock City 2021 (and we’re trying our damndest to get there) — if you can, please donate … and if you know somebody who can, please share this with them.

Meantime, please know we have such incredible gratitude and appreciation — and, frankly, PRIDE — for YOU and what you’ve done to keep this grand experiment alive in the face of daunting challenges. We stand undaunted, and together, we will weather this dust storm. Black Rock City is not only our home, it provides us with valuable tools and resilience to survive and thrive in a dramatically changing world. It’s more important now than ever, and we can’t wait to get back there with you.


Cover photo of The Man by George Post (2019)

About the author: Will Chase

Will Chase

Will Chase is Burning Man's former Minister of Propaganda, working on global communications strategy. He was the editor-in-chief for the Jackrabbit Speaks newsletter and the Burning Man Journal, and content manager for Burning Man’s web properties. He also oversaw the ePlaya BBS and Burning Man’s social media presence. Will first attended Burning Man in 2001. He volunteered as the Operations Manager for the ARTery (Black Rock City’s art HQ) and was on the Burning Man Art Council from 2003-2008. He was Web Team Project Manager and Webmaster from 2004 until he transitioned to the Communications Department in 2009.

7 Comments on “Thanks to YOU, We’re That Much Closer to Black Rock City!

  • Brooke Wallace says:

    Thank you. It will be a most beautiful moment when we can join together again on the playa to support each other and continue the amazing support of the artist who give to us. BM is a movement like no other that reaches far beyond the dusty place we call home, and I could not be thankful enough to those that make it happen. See you in the dust not soon enough

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  • Guy with eyes says:

    You asked for 1.5, got 5 and still cant say that you are doing the event?
    They are NOT QUALIFIED

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  • Dusk Rider says:

    Any mention of Covid and possible pandemic protocols or contingencies is conspicuously absent from this message. Other big events are already announcing postponements until 2022.
    How about a clear and concise statement from the BMORG about this. Too much to ask?
    (I won’t even get into the lack of info regarding the pending and questionable BLM use permit)

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  • Scotch says:

    Quit begging for money and move the entire operation to the amazing Fly Ranch. Not only will you save a fortune in rent and salary, you will help a local community. Also, concentrate on the event and drop everything else. Pretty simple just requires sacrifice from the board.

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  • pearlsnaps says:

    Perhaps we could start putting up bounties on specific needs. e.g. 1.5M for down payment on portos.

    This could be a highly motivating checklist to know what has been paid for and checked off the list on the way to BRC rather than just a top line number.

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  • King jupiter says:

    Why don’t you buy finally a small Playa @ Black Rock Desert ⁉️⁉️⁉️

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