The MADE is, as you know, a 501c3 non-profit. As you consider your holiday giving season options, please consider making a donation to the MADE. All donations are tax deductible, and all funds raised will be used for rent, Internet and insurance. That’s not going to be the case forever, you know. We’re getting to the point, now, where we are starting to define the role of an education director here at the MADE; someone who will expand our educational programs. Frankly, we’re very proud that we’ve reached this point 100% volunteer run, but the time is fast approaching where we need to consider a lot of our growth goals, such as paid staff, moving to a better location, and opening every day.
To meet those goals, however, we still need your help. We don’t expect this big changes to be taking place before the end of the year, or even during the first few months of the year. But the real point here is that we are now stable enough, and interesting enough to consider the next steps. We’ve accomplished all of our initial goals, a number of our short term goals, and now we’re actually looking at a situation where we can actually consider the farther future, instead of worrying about next month.
This is all thanks to your help. We’re extremely grateful to all of our donors. Remember, your money is basically being injected into the brains of the next generation of game developers, and it’s being used to preserve our collective history in a way that you can interact with. It’s not behind a locked door, consoles turned off, games hidden away.
We’re an open, living, breathing videogame museum, despite what some have said. Yes, this is still our first form. The Squirtle to our eventual Wartortle, if you will. But after one year we’ve already had quite a number of amazing successes. We’ve had visits from Al Alcorn, RJ Mical, Owen Rubin, and Kurt Larson. We’ve hosted tournaments and fight nights every Tuesday night, with a growing crowd of enthusiasts. We have held over 60 free classes for kids, some of whom had never tried to make a game before. We’ve hosted exhibits on all manner of topics, and seen articles written about them, and about the museum in general.
And now, we’re entering our second year looking to the future and planning our next moves. Won’t you please consider helping us reach our next goals?