I sent out emails to Bucketworks, Jigsaw Renaissance, and Pumping Station 1. I called Sector 67 directly because I saw on their live webcam that there were people in the space on Tuesday night.
phone number to the space: 608.241.4695
I spoke with sector 67 founder Chris Meyer on Tuesday 2 Aug 2011,
Chris has established Sector67 as an LLC and operates the organization by himself (meaning he, and only he, is in charge). His main comments were focused on knowing exactly what and why we need the Space Federation assistance. His advice was to figure out if this kind of help is worthwhile or not based on weighing the pros and cons. He mentioned that he has not used the group exemption and is in the process of applying for their own non-profit status. Chris also mentioned that there is a group called 501c3.org who will apply for the non-profit exemption for you and guarantee that you will get approval for $1000.
- (didn't seem very positive about the process in general)
- Communication problems from afar. He mentioned that it took him driving to the Space Federation's physical location to get a response from them.
- Long distance "relationship" is difficult even between Madison, WI and Milwaukee, WI. (note: Not sure if more miles makes it more difficult though)
- School factory is VERY YOUNG (<1 year old idea)
- They are trying to grow quickly and figure out what services they will offer and what to charge for them
phone number to the space: 414.305.1324, 1.888.773.5301
phone number to the space:
Pumping Station One:
phone number to the space:
comments from an email received 9 Aug 2011
I'll be frank because I assume that's what you wanted: the Space Federation/School Factory is a young organization still figuring things out. Where they want to go with it is fantastic, but they're not quite there yet.
If your main interest is getting 501c3 status quickly, it's absolutely doable with them, but you should know that we've had some communication difficulties on their end and that does sometimes hold things up. That said, once we solidly brought it to their attention, we haven't had any problems since (but we also haven't needed them much since).
For anything that doesn't require their attention, they've worked marvelously. For things that do (large donations, for example), it's sometimes takes a bit of hand-waving to direct them to it.
Most of the communication is relatively public: you can find some of it hereó http://atrium.schoolfactory.org/spacefed/ From what's been happening over there, I know there are a lot of inquiries, but I don't know who's solidly on board other than the spaces you listed (and LVL1, maybe?).
Hope this helps. If you want further details, please just let me know. Happy to talk on the phone further if you prefer, but tonight's all of our meetings for the space (board of directors, membership, plus an open-mic event we call 300 Seconds of Fame), so I'm pretty booked.
Good luck! Xxxxxx"