[Noisebridge-discuss] Fundraiser is really moving along!

James Sundquist sundquistjames at gmail.com
Tue Mar 19 23:59:32 UTC 2013

Current state of the March 30th Fundraiser now includes a tentative events
schedule that is pretty solid.


What we still need:

More tables of people demonstrating cool hacks, etc!  Please simply notify
everyone of your table being added to the Hackitorium via nb-discuss.
Volunteers who can pre-commit for helping with 3pm Setup and/or 10pm
People who want to give quick talks between performances on anything
Food Prep
- Perhaps someone can help get ahold of Vegan Hackers
Tell your friends using word of mouth advertising!
Find Mike Kahn
- We could use his sheets to cover the member shelves

On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 2:57 PM, Danny O'Brien <danny at spesh.com> wrote:

> So it looks like I'm not going to be able to get back from Toronto in
> time for the meeting tonight, where we'll be consensing on the new
> officers; I mentioned last week my Secret Agenda if I'm consensed for
> treasurer:
> 1) Laziness -- I'm going to try and get as many people to help me work
> on the accounts as possible. I don't think the treasury job is really
> doable by one person, and so I'd like to commandeer help. I know we've
> had at least three people offer to be treasurer and work on the
> accounts, but for various reasons they've not felt confident or prepared
> to do it on their own. I feel the same way, but I am confident that
> together we can do it.
> 2) Impatience -- Kelly is an *awesome* treasurer, and has done a lot to
> improve our accounts and our systems. But she's also in Boston, and
> working hard on a Ph.D., and has to fit her treasurering between all
> that. I think we need to start getting more pro-active about
> understanding our finances (and being transparent and public about them)
> very quickly, because we're currently burning through money faster* than
> previously, and I think that means (again) more people working on the
> problem.
> 3) Hubris -- I got asked by a few people (including a journalist) about
> the tweet from the last week's meeting that we Noisebridge would be bust
> by August. This is technically true, because right now our average
> income is about $2K more than our average outgoings. But I believe
> that's not quite as horrifying as it sounds, because we traditionally
> don't cover our costs by our regular predicted income, and instead we
> top up our finances with the occasional high-value donation or
> fundraising run. Again, more info is useful!
> I'm pretty sure that the world isn't going to end, and that Noisebridge
> is loved enough by the hundreds of people who use it every month that we
> can not only get back to our $15K-$18K reserve (we're at $11K right
> now), but actually stabilise things so we don't have to panic about
> money every 18 months or so. We just need to be able to sort out the
> easiest ways of having people pay, and more opportunities for people to
> remember to donate. Kelly (and also Tom) have done an amazing job fixing
> one of our perennial problems, which is reconnecting with current
> members when they forget (or Paypal cancels) their donations. I just
> think we have to give more chances for others to give us their beautiful
> shiny dollars, pennies and shiny shiny bitcoins.
> Anyway, that's the theory. I think a lot of this can be done by me and
> others even without being treasurer, but it'd be useful to have access
> to all the stats.
> Best,
> d.
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