[hackerspaces] Billboards for promoting hacker culture!

Jerry Isdale isdale at gmail.com
Thu Aug 4 01:11:36 CEST 2011

Thanks for update. Finances are tricky thing for spaces. It is good to hear
how others manage.

Jerry Isdale

On Aug 3, 2011 12:28 PM, "Danny O&apos;Brien" <danny at spesh.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 2, 2011 at 12:11 PM, Jerry Isdale <isdale at gmail.com> wrote:
>> According to the wiki page, the one bill board normally costs $30k/mo
>> with connections the owner only charged $7500 for three.
>> Thats pretty good deal.
>> It is also good to see that Noisebridge was able to contribute $1000+
>> (according to wiki).
>> They have obviously recovered from last fall's "We are going to have to
>> down in February" money hemorrhaging...
>> What was the turn around?
>> corporate/angel donations? getting people to pay their share? Cost
>> d) all of the above?
> NB was never hemorrhaging money -- the space has a fairly flat set of
> costs, and (usually) a fairly constant set of income from member
> donations and casual donations. Like anywhere else though, it was
> worrying when those two lines met at a point where time > the_present
> :)
> As for what of fixed it, lots of small things: Paypal had been
> spontaneously cancelling subscriptions without either the treasurer or
> the donor asking for or realising it, so simply plowing through those
> and catching up on backlogs brought in a fair bit, and corrected the
> future projected income upwards. Some non-members chose to switch from
> occasional donations to regular donations, and the fund-raising gave
> us a short-term spike too.
> Here's a profit & loss from Jan-May: http://nburl.net/pl_janmay11
> The pattern for things like the billboard and other one-time purchases
> are that Noisebridgers chip in for that separate from the main funds.
> Given the small amounts collected from a large number of NB users
> it's not that a problem it's run separately from NB and therefore not
> tax-deductible.
> Both noisebridge's laser-cutter and this billboard were funded that
> way, outside of our core financing.
>> Jerry Isdale
>> http://MauiMakers.com
>> http://www.mauimakers.com/blog/thursday-public-meeting/
>> On Aug 1, 2011, at 10:47 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
>> Oops, forgot the link to the full story, and larger images:
>> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Billboard
>> Mitch.
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