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Guidelines for 501(c)3 spaces and politics

Our spaces play an increasingly visible and significant role in public and civil society. It is inevitable that questions about what board members, staff members, members, and spaces at large which are tax-exempt charitable organizations can and cannot do, especially in times of election. Here are some guidelines that will help guide the conversations you and your community might have:


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Need photos for a presentation

The Tallahassee makerspace seems to have found ourselves a home.  We're currently negotiating on a building and will be having an openhouse in the space for members and potential members.  Since the space is empty, we are building a presentation showing off other spaces around the country and the world.  If you have a photo or two that we could use, especially ones that show people working on projects, it would help us make awesome.

Hackerspace CRM Solutions

Quelab has finally grown to the point where a spreadsheet really isn't cutting it when it comes to managing our members.  So we've been looking about for a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solution to help us with that, plus simplifying our payment solutions as well. We're looking for something to track membership status, liability waiver status, and provide automatic membership renewal (for month-to-month members).

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Reminder: Monthly Space Federation Call this Wednesday, 9/19/12 at 8:00 pm CST

Please join us for this month's Space Federation call. Please spread the word!

James is currently reviewing/adding to the meeting agenda.

Call-in details:

(916) 209-4534     PIN: 2935470

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Monthly Financial Report: August 2012

I'm happy to report that the following spaces received cash donation in August, 2012:

  • LVL 1 received a $11,000 donation from the Brooke Brown Barzun Philanthropic Foundation for the purchase of 3D printers.
  • Quelab received a $2,500 donation from Intel Corporation for their Mini-Maker Faire in Albuquerque.

Congratulations to both spaces!

The Teachers Conference: Run an Unconference

Are you interested in facilitating education in your space? Want to bring in more teachers? Want to coach current members so they can lead new classes? Want to put on an unconference or three? Want to start a Maker Scouts tribe or build some other kid-centric program in your space? The Teachers Conference is a new (un)class for YOU!

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Jump starting the proccess of using the TechSoup group options?

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Tech Soup Shopping List

We have been looking into getting our flickr(photo sharing site) for our Hackerspace (Quelab),  and it looks like the non-profit licenses can only be bought through tech soup,  ultimately we would love to get this done possibly for a year or two pretty soon.

I found and filled out the shopping list, but how do we proceede from here? How do we find out about the status of such things.  how do we get the money up the river to you for it?


ToTally FabLab

ToTally FabLab

Greetings from the mosquito capital of the planet.  Here in the hills of North Florida (Tallahassee), we're working to establish a makerspace.  So far we have incorporated, got a set of bylaws and elected officers.  We're looking for space and are trying our best to convince the local economic development folks that a FabLab will be a good thing for our community.

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Reminder: Monthly Space Federation Call this Wednesday, 8/15/12 at 8:00 pm CST

Please join us for this month's Space Federation call. James is currently reviewing/adding to the meeting agenda. Please spread the word!

Call-in details:

(916) 209-4534     PIN: 2935470

I will also be sending out an email reminder to all the email addresses I have associated with each space.

We look forward to catching up with you on Wednesday!

Friendly Reminder: Monthly call on 7/18/12 at 8:00 pm CST

Hello Space Federation! I wanted to reach out and let you know that we are planning on hosting the monthly call tomorrow night. I look forward to learning more about each of you.

Our monthly calls take place the Third Wednesday of each month at 21:00 EST (18:00 PST).

We'll be on Skype @bucketworks, @meghan.koven1 and @willowbl00, or you can dial in to our conference bridge line at

(916) 209-4534     PIN: 2935470

I am in the process of putting together a meeting agenda, and will send out the link once James approves it.

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