What to Do When Your Nonprofit Loses Funding
Burning Tiger Robotics
Seventeen years ago a Brighton, MA high school teacher, Elly-May O'Toole, realized her classroom had become an after school gathering place for kids who were looking for something to be a part of. O'Toole joined a group of these students to seek out funding to form a robotics team, and the Burning Tigers were born. The program grew and provided a wide variety of kids the opportunity to learn robotics and engineering, and most importantly be a part of a team. Unfortunately, as the team grew the funding did not, and the Burning Tigers were left wondering if they could continue competing.
A local makerspace came to the rescue and adopted the Burning Tigers Robotics team. The Makery provides O'Toole and the students a workshop three days a week as well as funding for travel and supplies. However, this comes at a price and the Makery and Burning Tigers needed to look to the community for additional support.
The Makery offered to host an event to give their online fundraising an extra boost. The Robotics Fun-Raiser drew a crowd of about 35 locals who gathered together to eat, listen to speakers and make donations. The event brought in $1,400 to support the kids. The Makery loved that the DipJars were branded with the Burning Tigers logo, making it extremely clear where the money was going. DipJar's pre-set dollar amounts helped to cut out the awkwardness donors often faced when asked to donate what they deem "appropriate." The $10 and $25 DipJars made for good starting points allowing donors to either dip once, or multiple times! It goes to show that DipJar can help even the smallest group of people make a big impact.
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