Edcampers are awesome! In just 5 days, the edcamp community came together to fully fund a campaign that was meant to last 30. The generosity is truly humbling and the message sent is loud and clear – “We believe in participant driven professional development. We deserve the right to determine our own learning.”
By funding this campaign, the edcamp community has moved the foundation significantly closer to becoming a fully realized 501©3. This matters because it legitimizes the movement for funders. No longer will they need to rely on faith when handing hundreds, sometimes thousands, of dollars over to a group of teachers. Once Non-profit status is achieved, it is the foundations hope to significantly increase funding, allowing us to expand both the range and value of the mini-grant program and also develop new innovations in professional learning for educators.
So what do we do for the 25 remaining days of our funding campaign? Set new goals, of course (and new perks!). From now until the end of the campaign, if we reach 150% of our original goal ($3000), we will send edcamp stickers to all individuals contributing $25 and greater. If we achieve 200% of our goal ($4000), then we will send Edcamp Foundation t-shirts to all supporters contributing $100 and greater.
All additional funds will be used to expand the mini-grant program in support of edcamps everywhere.
Thank you, everyone! Your passion and support is truly humbling. We are Edcamp!