Not Making Money Ain’t Cheap
March 15, 2013
Last January one of my friends, Bert Hartmann, approached me saying it was that it was time to finally found a Hackerspace in Hoboken. He’d already gathered a half dozen people and thought I should be in on it. Having been a long time admirer of hackerspaces without ever having one close enough to join I was in.
We met through the spring looking for how to do it, what to call it, where to put it, how long to wait,and how to do it legally.. There were a lot of options, the easiest of which would be to become a for profit company, that just doesn’t make any money–that would be really easy. We are not doing that, instead a year later and with the MakerBar well established we are filing to become a true, legally recognized, charitable educational organization. This will cost us about a thousand dollars in filing fees, but it’s the right thing to do legally and simplifies our future taxes and donations. Still this is a thousand dollars we’d rather spend on new kits, power tools, publicity, and other things that support our mission and what’s worse it’s a thousand dollars we need now–before the taxes are due.
So we’re having a fundraiser. We’ve teamed up with The Melting Pot in Hoboken to have a charity auction and happy hour. We’ll be selling some projects that we’ve treasured through the year and some that we build specially for this event, sharing our love of hacking with the community, and enjoying a chocolate fondues contributed by the Melting Pot.