ellohay! West Michigan

What does ellohay! West Michigan do?

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Ellohay! West Michigan is built around three principle goals; Earn a Laptop, Technical Literacy, and Tech Support.

As participants make their way through the program, they will be provided a laptop donated to the organization by West Michigan businesses, loaded with Linux Ubuntu and other open-source software by volunteers.

In order to obtain ownership of the laptop, participants will participate in 8 hours of community service, as well as attend workshops to meet prearranged technical literacy benchmarks that they have created for themselves with an ellohay! Volunteer Counselor.

Eventually the hope is that the community service will continue beyond the program, and graduating individuals will share their new skills among homes and neighborhoods as a grass-roots line of tech support.

If you have a gently-used laptop to donate, please call (616) 446-3622, and we’ll pick it up. It will go to a good home and live a new life in West Michigan!

We also need sponsors for our upcoming pilot program with West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology (WMCAT) this Fall.

You, your group, or business can sponsor one student for three months for just $170. She’ll receive a laptop, hands-on workshops, a mentor, and technical support.

If you have questions, email me Marie-Claire at marie-claire (at) ellohay.org. Cheers!

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Thank you.

Posted in donations, fundraising, pilot, planning by forgr on May 4, 2008

So far, your contributions to the Start Up fundable account equal $40. The community thanks you and I thank you.

If you intend to contribute, you have until May 25, 2008 to do so.

Please tell your friends, co-workers, family or anyone you know that might be interested in supporting the project.

Thank you.

Your hard-earned dollars

Posted in discovery stages, donations, feedback, fundraising, support, Uncategorized by forgr on April 28, 2008

When you make donations to nonprofit organizations, what is the straw that breaks the camel’s back? What messages, promises, stories do they communicate that makes you want to give your hard-earned dollars to nonprofit organizations? Or, do you give without being asked?

Here’s another question for you, what would make you want to give to this particular project? What would we need to accomplish, for you as a citizen, to want to contribute your hard-earned dollars?

Why do I ask? About a month ago, I posted a fundable.com link asking readers of this blog to contribute a small amount of money to help with startup costs. Nobody gave.

I’m genuinely curious why you did not contribute. I’m not asking you to contribute now, no, this is not a tactic to guilt you into that… This is just a request to know what you thought when I posted that link.

Did you visit the link and change your mind once you saw nobody else giving their money?

Do you not trust the project’s intentions, or think that it has value?

Are you not able to give money at this time?

Would you feel more confident if we were an established 501 (c3)?

Did you not trust fundable.com?

Did it just turn you off?

Is this just not a cause that you want to give money to?

Did you just not see the post and request?

Would you rather give time rather than money?

Do you make contributions to other organizations instead?

Was it because it was not tax deductible?

Was it because you wanted to give to a specific program rather than a general start up fund?

… Or was it something else?

For your reference:

Nonprofit ((501 (c3)) organizations that I personally contribute my money and time to:

My Money: Heifer International, Michigan Public Radio, Goodwill, Changing the Present
My Time: Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, The American Red Cross of Greater Grand Rapids, Blandford Nature Center/Mixed Greens, The Race for the Cure, WMEAC

Pledge at fundable.com

Posted in donations, fundraising, pilot by forgr on March 25, 2008

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To get the “Digital Inclusion in Grand Rapids, MI/Forgr” Laptop Pilot Program off the ground, we need a small amount of money for materials. We’re hoping to present our project to the Mayor Heartwell (of Grand Rapids, MI), Governor Granholm, the Grand Rapids Public School Board, and the Community Media Center among others.

We estimate the cost of printing copies of the business plan, copies of supporting materials, postage, domain registration, and site hosting to cost approximately $240.

If you believe in this project, you have to power to see it bloom and grow. Pledge a little here at fundable.com (and you only pay if we get 100% of our pledges). If you can’t pledge, comment on a blog post, seriously (we need opinions too!).

Thank you to all of you who have helped us get to this point, your feedback has been so helpful in forming this program.

Marie-Claire

Benchmarks

Posted in benchmarks, bookmarks, discovery stages, research by forgr on February 4, 2008