We have finally managed to get all the donor names together and pasted online. They're on the front page of our Website, and at http://www.themade.org/content/donor-list Please let us know if we made any errors in your names. We're rounding up the final pieces of our gifts puzzle, in the form of around 20 more shirts needed to complete the orders. We expect to send out gifts within the next week.
The 3rd and Market St. tour was a lot of fun, and full of useful information for our volunteers. Photos are online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/vonguard/sets/72157626641098142/ . We have about a half-and-half volunteer division between the folks who think we can afford this space and make it work, and those who think we'll need to go somewhere else that's smaller and cheaper first, then go for this 3rd and Market space after we've established ourselves.
No matter what, we're going for the 3rd and Market St. space, however. We won't know if we can afford it until we finalize the plans and take it to large corporate and individual donors. If, after a few such meetings, we determine that this is too big too soon, we'll scale things back and look for somewhere smaller. Of course, we'll still plan on aiming for 3rd and Market eventually.
One thing is for sure, the 3rd and Market st. space will need a lot of work to get into Museum shape. But with the right volunteers and the right attitude, anything is possible. We estimate, right now, we would need between $40,000 and $80,000 in additional funds to move into 3rd and Market. That's a lot of money, and we fully understand that's a gargantuan task. But we're going to give it a shot. After all, raising $20,000 from friends and strangers is a pretty big feat in itself, and ya'll helped to make that happen already!
TL;DR: we're going for 3rd and Market, will try to raise additional funds, but if it looks like that won't happen, we'll scale back and find something smaller for a fall opening.