The struggles of a non-profit organization in today’s world are innumerous. Funding, in particular, is the biggest question looming in the future. How do we keep our doors open for the people we serve without overtasking ourselves and our volunteers? Every little penny spent has a give and a take. And at Writespace, we’re big givers.
It’s always been a goal at Writespace to serve the community via scholarships. We hear from writers every week who can’t afford our workshops, even though they are some of the cheapest in the city. Even worse, we often get emails from counselors and parents who feel writing is what might help their young teen, but can’t afford the cost of a workshop. Facing our second year, we knew that accomplishing this goal would be one of our biggest challenges.
That’s part of the reason we launched our current Indiegogo fundraiser campaign. We’ve been lucky enough to receive book donations from amazing local authors, consultations from Writespace faculty members, and the offer of space from a local brewery, Fetching Lab. We’ve also seen Writespacers come together to contribute to Our Space: Shorts & Poetry from the Houston Community. While compiling this curated collection, we were amazed by the diversity of the writers involved, the variety of the pieces submitted, and the generosity that writers would commit to an entirely non-profit collection. Yes, we need to pay rent, pay our instructors, and keep the doors open, but more importantly, we want to give back to the community. Through the support of the Houston community, we are doing just that.
Last week we learned that a local foundation, the Edward and Helen Oppenheimer foundation, wanted to help us help Houston. With their support, we hope to double our goal:
We’re excited to announce that our Indiegogo campaign has received a matching grant up to $5,000 from the Edward and Helen Oppenheimer Foundation!
What does this mean? Thanks to your generous support, we’ve already raised $3,210. This means that all of that money, plus any additional funds we receive in June, up to $5,000 will be matched dollar for dollar. Your donations are doubled!
Help us meet our matching goal by donating today! If you’ve already contributed, consider sharing this update with your friends and family via Facebook and Twitter.
Here are a few of the perks still left:
- Book Bundles by local Houston authors: Andrea Barbosa, Dennis Calloway, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Stephanie Jaye Evans, Jennifer Mathieu, Thomas McNeely, John James Lynn, Joseph Payne, Joy Preble, Matthew Salesses, Judith Shields, Marian Szczepanski, D.L. Young
- Consultations with Writespace faculty: Katherine Shilcut, Sara Rolater.
- A curated collection of shorts and poems entitled “Our Space,” featuring writing from the Houston community: Layla Al-Bedawi, Andrea Barbosa, Andreana Binder, Kristin Bonilla, Jessica Capelle, Cassandra Rose Clarke, Tyler Darnell, Christina Escamilla, Christa Forster, Emily Sketch Haines, Carlos Hernandez, Karleen Koen, Thomas McNeely, Patty Flaherty Pagan, Joy Preble, Sara Rolater, K.J. Russell, Amir Safi, Matthew Salesses, Liana M. Silva, Emma Kate Tsai, Holly Walrath, Mary Wemple, Elizabeth White-Olsen.
- A writing retreat at Fetching Lab Brewery
- A writing retreat at Writespace
- Scholarships for writers
- and much more!
Thank you to our sponsors: