[Noisebridge-announce] Noisebridge: Death and Taxes

Shannon Lee shannon at scatter.com
Mon Dec 20 17:39:49 PST 2010


Hi All,

We have a problem.

Actually, I think we have several problems, but we have one major
manifestation of our problem:  We are broke.  We are not going to be able to
pay February's rent at the current rate of input/output.  We're currently
taking in about $2500/month in dues & donations, and we're spending about
$5000 in rent and utilities and whatnot.  This is a dramatic drop-off from
this summer, when we were doing a little better than breaking even.

So, no joke, Noisebridge may close its doors in February, unless we can
solve our problem.  This is way past the time for "let's have a party and
charge money!" -- the thing we need is for people who don't want Noisebridge
to close to reach into their wallets and shell out some cash.  Some of you
will have noticed the new donation box with a sign that says "It costs $165
per day to keep us open" -- this is true, $165 per day is our burn rate;
this means we need roughly two full members, or four "starving hacker"
members, to pay for every day we're open; this works out to 60 "full"
members or 120 "starving hacker" members, or some combination thereof.

Ways to donate are spelled out on the wiki here:

https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/Donate_or_Pay_Dues

They come down to: we take cash, checks, paypal and straight up
bank-transfer.

If you are not sure about having a committed relationship with Noisebridge
(I know, commitment is scary) consider sponsoring a day:

https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/SponsorADay

For those of you who are confused about the membership process -- being a
member of Noisebridge costs $80 per month.  If you're a regular user of the
space, you should become a member.  Membership can be either formal (in
which case you have a voice in political processes) or informal (wherein you
simply donate money to the space, but don't participate in decision making);
if you are only interested in supporting the space, simply start donating
$80 per month; if you want to be a formal member, ask a member for details,
or attend a Tuesday meeting.

Please support us or we will be gone, and soon.

Thanks for your time,

--S

-- 
Shannon Lee
(503) 539-3700

"Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science."
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