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Volunteer(s) Needed - Find out the best way to collect donations
August 20, 2012
7:55 pm
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Things are progressing. We're working on our business plan, we've talked to a lawyer, we're going to talk to a CPA and we're looking at spaces to rent. So we need to start thinking about raising more funds.  One idea we've had is to have a "Founder's Club" (better name?). The first 100 people to donate $100 would get the right to call themselves a founding member. They would also get their name engraved on a plaque that would be permanently displayed in our maker space and they'll probably also receive a certificate of appreciation or some other memento.

We'd like to know what you think of that idea. 

We did a little checking and found out that there's a lot of different ways to collect donations (PayPal, Amazon, WePay and a bunch of Wordpress plugins).  So we're also looking for a volunteer or two who are willing to figure out what is best method for us and start setting it up. 

August 21, 2012
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I'm a fan of "Founding Funders" I also don't mind looking into taking donations online. In fact I know quite a few who have done it.

One thing I was thinking about is Kickstarter. There are plenty of projects that don't necessarily give away anything at the end. I'll take a closer look at it, talk to a few people and get back to you here. If it feels right I'll create an account and start working on content. Surely wouldn't hurt to get some help from the maker movement, whether local or not.

Before I go, is there something we could offer to donators? If you check the site out, it's sort of the premise, but it isn't absolutely necessary. Could tie into the funding founders idea though. Let me know what you think.

August 21, 2012
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Wyatt,

I'd like to give the "Founder's Club / Funders" a try first and save Kickstarter or other crowd funding sources for later.  I also want to seek donations from businesses and other but I think we need to create a space and build an organization that is worth donating to first.

Also, I appreciate your offer to work on this but you're already one of the hardest working volunteers we have.  Make certain you have time before you take on another project. 

Rob

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