Here at Story Story Night, we relish our role as a community forum for people to share their real life experiences, live on stage and without notes. You’ve told us so many of your stories, please allow us to tell ours.
Once upon a time, there was a little live storytelling event that decided it wanted to grow up and be a nonprofit and do really great things. Great things like file for 501(c)(3) exempt status and throw an awesome end of the year/world APOCALYPSE-themed New Years party. Great things like sell merchandise, including a best-of album, and get down and dirty with more Late Night shows in 2013. Great things like hold a fancy new event featuring local luminaries, STARRY STORY NiGHT. Also, redo its over-taxed website.
But the live storytelling event found itself in a real pickle. The show was barely making enough to cover costs, let alone accomplish all its big dreams. So, the little storytelling event went to its beloved community and asked for help.
Help us, beloved community, you're our only hope!
Story Story Night has been a labor of love. We create self-sustaining and affordable events with real live soul. But behind the scenes, our staff has gone without pay for months, and we have no funds to move forward with our ideas. All of us have other jobs or small businesses to run and are working for Story Story Night essentially as volunteers. We're hoping that by restructuring Story Story Night as a nonprofit, we can apply for grants, seek sponsorships and partnerships, and solicit donations, so that into 2013 and beyond, we have the structural support to really launch our storied vision.
What we need funds for:
Filing fee for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status: $850
APOCALYPSE party: $650
STARRY STORY NiGHT start-up costs: $1500+
Merchandise including best-of album: $1000+
Website redesign: $2000
If overfunded, what we could and would do. Sky = limit.
Learn more about our program and the story party that puts it on at www.storystorynight.org.
Risks and challenges
This new direction is going to be labor-intensive and time-consuming. To save money on a lawyer, we are filing our own 501(c)(3) paperwork, a 90+ hour task. This is a challenge because it is a complex and confusing process. We are being assisted by the Idaho Nonprofit Center and hope to complete the paperwork by December 2012.
One of our main challenges will be keeping our team motivated, and being able to pay for all our big plans, especially graphic design.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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