100 Founders Campaign
November 22, 2015
Make Nashville is seeking donors for its 100 Founders Campaign. The Tennessee-based nonprofit has launched the campaign on October 28, 2015 to create a community makerspace in Nashville, TN. The campaign will run through December 31, 2015.
Donors who give a $100 to the 100 Founders Campaign will be considered founders of the Make Nashville makerspace. A plaque in the entryway of the space will be created for each of the founders and an opening reception will be held for all donors to the campaign once the space is opened. More details about the campaign can be found at http://makenashville.org/100-founders/
Within the first three weeks of launching the campaign, over $3,000 in donations have been received. A local sponsor has offered to match the 100 Founders donations. When $4,000 in $100 donations are given, they will begin to be matched dollar-for-dollar. When the 100 donor mark is reached, the matched sponsorship will reach a cap of $10,000. Part of the matching funds are being granted toward creating a work space and programming for workshops for youth.
A space of approximately 5,000 sf warehouse/commercial space is being sought. It is to be located within Davidson County. Once the first $4,000 is donated, a building lease will be signed and the process of building-out and seeking permits for the space will begin.
About Make Nashville Membership –
The members involved with the group (Make Nashville Makers) are a diverse group of artists, craftsmen, engineers and tinkerers who gather monthly to show off their projects.
Anyone can become a member of Make Nashville. Meetups are posted on Meetup.com at http://www.meetup.com/Make-Nashville-Meetup/. The group meets weekly for strategic and event planning. Anyone who is interested in helping market and grow the group is welcome at the weekly planning meetings.
Monthly meetings is free of charge and open to makers of any age. Make Nashville has been producing the Nashville Mini Maker Faire with the Adventure Science Center for the past three years in September.
About the Make Nashville Makerspace –
The Make Nashville makerspace will host a variety of workshops, classes and seminars focused on fabrication techniques and design. They will focus on techniques such as CNC Routing, electronics and circuitry, 3D printing, laser cutting, costume design and sewing, virtual reality, projection mapping, creative coding, vacuum-forming, woodworking, welding and metalworking. Safety and introductory tool training will be required of anyone who uses the tools within the space.
Once the space is opened, a monthly fee will be charged to active members. The fee will be between $50 and $75. Workshops and classes will be offered on a regular basis. Scholarships and sponsorships will be available for unique project proposals and for low-income makers.
Make Nashville is a nonprofit organization that serves the intersection of engineering, design and art. The makerspace will be a hub for hobbyists and for small businesses who need basic tool access and who would like to be a part of a creative community.
For more information about the Make Nashville Makerspace, you can contact:
- Matt Kenigson (615) 624-4040
- Chris Lee (615) 491-8902
- Jennifer Deafenbaugh (614) 323-2123