Greetings MADE donors!
We're kicking off our 24-hour game beating marathon at the MADE, tomorrow at 5 PM PT, and we'll continue streaming and beating games for a solid 24, at least. For every $1,000 donated during our Level 2 Fundraising campaign, we're going to beat 1 game.
The goal is to finish off our Level 2 fundraising drive, and meet our $20,000 target. We will run out of funds in June without additional donations. It costs $2500 a month to keep the MADE open.
You can help us continue this great work! You can donate now via PayPal at http://themade.org/node/84
Even if you cannot afford to donate, you can help us out by spreading the word, posting the link around the Web, and watching our live stream, which will begin tomorrow night at 5 PM PT and be linked both on our blog and on the fundraising page. When the stream begins, we'd be indebted to anyone who could get us on the front page of Reddit.
We've worked very hard to build the MADE into an excellent educational resource for Oakland. Given the funds to continue to pay rent, insurance and Internet fees, we'll be able to expand all of our programs, and fire up our forth-coming membership program. Said membership program will include check-out rights for duplicates in our inventory, free admission, and access to our game bar, where you can play any game in the collection on original hardware.
Everyone who donates $40 or more will receive a monthly membership to the museum per increment of $40. In addition, everyone who donates during this weekend's 24-hour game beating-marathon will receive one full month of membership, for any amount over $10. Thus, if you donate $40, you'll get 2 months membership.
Thank you for all of your support. We're indebted to all of your generosity for our existence. We continue to be stingy with your funds, and remain entirely volunteer run. No money has been spent on gaming equipment, save for $20 spent on some Sega Genesis joysticks and a few boxed games at a rummage sale. And even these funds were taken from our on-site donation jug, not from your donated funds.
We are going after grants and corporate funding, but such efforts proceed slowly by their very nature. With your help, we can bridge the gap between when our current funds run out in June, and when our more viscous sources of funds arrive this fall and winter.