Maker Nexus Capital Campaign

Our Capital Campaign has come to an end raising a total of $738,007!  Thank you, thank you, thank you, to all of our generous donors.

 

We are leaving this page up for now as a celebration of all we accomplished and so you can share in our joy. 

 

If you still feel inclinde to make a donation the button is still live and we will add any contributions to the final tally.  The total cost for Maker Nexus' buildout is around $1,000,000 so we can still use the support, but will be pursuing other long term channels such as corporate and foundational philanthropic funds to close out the gap

Once again, from all of us an Maker Nexus, THANK YOU!

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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 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 $665,000, but we need your help today. Construction commenced on January 18, 2022 and our Capital Campaign will come to a close on July 4, 2022. In addition to your generous donation, 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.

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$41,096 of $41,000 match raised

(last updated Jul 6 at 2:30 pm)

$738,007 Capital Campaign funds raised to date

Update 7/6: We did it!  An amazing generous donor came in at the last minute with a $30,000 gift and completed the $41,000 match amount.  With that amount the match is now fully committed and combined, our last push has raised a total of $82,096! 

 

With that we are wrapping up the Capital Campaign and our community has been simply amazing.  You have helped us raise over $738,000!!  For a young organization like Maker Nexus, this is truly remarkable and many nonprofit fundraising experts said we couldn't do it.

But you proved the experts wrong and we couldn't be more humbled or grateful.

 

We will leave this page up for a few more weeks in case any of you feel as inspired to give as our last donor was.

 

From all of us an Maker Nexus to each and every one of you who contributed, Thank You for supporting our Capital Campaign!

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