As many of you may know, the MakeSpace currently stands in need of funding to settle an electric bill and keep the sines waving. This is a matter that requires action. I’m probably not the best person to explain the exact details, but that, in short, is the situation. There are probably many ways to approach this problem. What follows is not a directive, and is not set in stone unless the group decides to go this way. It is merely my proposal.
It seems to me the best way forward is to run a campaign on [GoFundMe]. This site has the advantages of name recognition, secure donation capability, and (what sets it apart from indiegogo), we can make repeated withdrawals and thus pay the bill in installments. I’m open to suggestions for alternatives, but we will have to go with one rather quickly. This site will make it easy for us to collect donations from members and non-members near and far. They take 5% of donations, plus there was something about a 3% fee, so… 8%? Nobody will do it for free.
Given that we are a maker space, it makes sense that we can make things for various rewards. Here are the ideas from today’s meeting:
3D printed object - Possibly the MakeSpace logo. Open for ideas as to what these might be. Flat things ship easier.
Tee shirts - We apparently have some of the equipment for silk screening?
Stickers - we could possibly borrow the vinyl cutter at New Leaf.
Learn to solder electronics kits - we need brainstorming on this
Private lessons - figuring this out would involve people volunteering their skills and time. We would need a show of hands, who would be willing to donate how many lessons. This is a commitment people would have to take seriously.
The good news is that we would get a little delay in fulfilling the rewards. Maybe a month or two.
So, the current plan is:
- Get GoFundMe page up within the week, develop it on the fly. Awards can be added as we go.
- Figure out what rewards would be realistic. It would be really great if one person could take responsibility for one kind of reward (1 person 3D printing, 1 person t-shirts, etc). It would be good to know what kind of budget we would need for each so we don’t end up making promises we can’t keep.
- Work out tiers for rewards, formalize and finalize.
- Once the page is looking good, we’ll need to get the word out.
Again, this is a proposal. Feedback, suggestions, all of that, let’s have it.