[hackerspaces] pay-what-you-can

Matt lehner mlehner at gmail.com
Tue May 17 21:05:02 CEST 2011

At Buffalo Lab we have a very low minimum payment ($20 /month)
supplemented by required work hours. Work hours being things to
improve the space: running a SIG group, working on a community
project, cleaning, building, etc. We also have a $60/month membership
that is not required to do the extra work hours. We encourage everyone
to pay as much as they can in excess of the $20 and about half of the
members pay more, in the range of $25 - $50/month. Between that and
donations solicited from SIG attendees we make our expenses.

On Tue, May 17, 2011 at 3:00 PM, Jeff Cotten <omegix at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Budgeting is difficult.  We ask that members choose an amount they're
> comfortable donating, and then pledge to make that donation every month.
> Members are allowed to change their pledged donation amount, but they have
> to make make a formal notification to the treasurer.
> That allows us to do some minimal budgeting.  Mostly we use those figures to
> determine if we're going to be short of our financial goal that month, and
> by how much.  That feedback to the membership inspires extra donations and
> fundraisers.
> Because budgeting is so critical, if members do not make their pledged
> amounts over three months we consider them inactive and they have to
> re-apply for membership.
> -----------
> This concept has been discussed at Syracuse Innovators Guild. However, no
> one was willing to cover our rent in the event of a shortage, so the idea
> was tabled until the group became independently wealthy.
> How does 256 handle budgeting?
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