Maker Nexus Capital Campaign

We need your help to support the completion of our makerspace expansion and improvements.  We are still only 30% of the way there, so please contribute today.

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Maker Nexus is a non-profit community makerspace with a mission to increase the capacity of individuals in our community to make things by lowering the barriers to the life changing skills, tools, and relationships that drive our modern world. We provide to people of all ages, access to tools, equipment, and knowledge, for prototyping, wood and metal fabrications, textiles, electronics, laser cutting, 3D printing, and much more.  We believe that unleashing the innate innovation in people can make their lives better, can improve our community, and can even change the world.

 

Our inclusive, welcoming community brings makers together to share knowledge and expertise as we learn together, whether novice, expert, or anywhere in between.  And our subsidized pricing helps make our services available to all.

 

Makerspaces are at the heart of hands-on, project-based creativity, offering a workshop playground of tools, ideas, and support to solve problems and make the world a better place.  From a simple laser-cut holiday ornament to making and giving away over 85,000 face shields during the early days of the COVID pandemic, Maker Nexus has removed barriers and fostered creativity for thousands of children and adults in Silicon Valley and reinforced why makerspaces are vital for our communities.

 

New space.  New Opportunities to unleash potential. 

 

In March 2021, a local philanthropist who was aware of our success offered Maker Nexus significantly subsidized rent at a 28,000 square foot facility.  We opened the doors for limited services at the new site on September 1, however, we need to invest $1,000,000 in this larger space by April 30, 2022, to make it fully operational, expand access to our programs, and build for the future with modern safety and environmental infrastructure. 

A $1,000,000 investment in our children, our careers, and our community

Maker Nexus students have said, “This opened my eyes to all the possibilities of things I can now make. I think of myself as a true ‘Maker’ now.” and “This program has made my love for STEM even greater than it was and makes me want to pursue this field as a career rather than just a hobby.” By participating in this campaign, you are allowing thousands more students and adults to have that same opportunity within our larger facilities, with more classroom space, more machines and learning opportunities, and a more inclusive, accessible environment.

 

We have already raised over $300,000 towards our goal of $1,000,000, but we need your help today. Construction commenced on January 18, 2022 and we need to secure additional funds or pledges by April 30, 2022 to cover the costs of build-out leading up to the Grand Opening of our expanded facilities in May 2022. We’re seeking private and corporate donors to contribute directly or pledge support to this effort. Maker Nexus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so all donations are tax deductible. 

 

As kids, many of the founders of Maker Nexus had formative moments in shop classes at school: the drawings they’d made on paper would become a wooden TV table, or a plexiglass cookbook stand, or a metal coat hook.  This experience created confidence in problem solving, design, and making, and directly impacted the lives of those around them.  Today it’s challenging for kids to find similar experiences, yet demand for those creative skills are high as STEM jobs are rapidly growing and there are not enough people to serve that need.  Community makerspaces address this by providing a workshop playground of tools, ideas, and support -- building vital skills for today’s youth and adults.

 

The founders of Maker Nexus want to bring their shop class experiences to the future through the educational, practical, and community programs offered at Maker Nexus, ensuring this generation of children doesn’t miss out on obtaining vital skills needed to keep our economy strong.  Help us avoid “lost Einsteins” in our community who, without Maker Nexus, might never create those inventions that will change our world for the betterment of all. 

 

Therefore, we ask you today, to support this effort.  When completed, our new space will offer the tools for making anything possible, and the teaching of skills for creating anything imaginable.

#MNCapitalCampaign

$302,884 of $1,000,000 goal*

Raised by154 people.

(last updated Jan 26 at 6:00 pm)

Update 1/26: Construction of the metal shop is underway!  Access to the woodshop will be available throughout the remodel.

 

We are still seeking contributions to fund completion of the project and are particularly looking for corporate sponsors for multi-year pledges as well as branded sponsorships.  

 

Again, a huge thank you to all who contributed to our Giving Tuesday and Build-out fund campaigns in 2021!

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