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== Questions about Membership ==
 
== Questions about Membership ==
  
 
=== Do I have to be a member to use the space? ===
 
=== Do I have to be a member to use the space? ===
[[The Space|83c]] is open to anyone to drop by and take a look around. Non-members are welcome to come byIf you use the space extensively, you are kindly asked to become a member.
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[[Getting_Here|Noisebridge]] is open to everyone. All are welcome to participate in activities and use the spaceWe do require that you follow our only rule -- to be excellent.
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Those who use the space extensively are encouraged to look into membership or otherwise make donations to support the continued operation of Noisebridge.
  
 
=== How does one become a member? What is the cost of membership? ===
 
=== How does one become a member? What is the cost of membership? ===
Please check out [[Noisebridge Membership]] for instructions on how to become a member. Membership dues are $80 per month; if $80 is a hardship, we have a special $40/month "starving hacker" rate.  We're funded entirely by dues and donations, so we encourage everyone to be a regular member if they can afford it.  Of course you can always donate additional funds if you're so inclined!
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Please check out [[Membership]] for instructions on how to become a member. Membership dues are $80 per month; if $80 is a hardship, we have a special $40/month "starving hacker" rate.  We're funded entirely by dues and donations, so we encourage everyone to be a regular member if they can afford it.  Of course you can always donate additional funds if you're so inclined!
  
 
=== What resources do members have access to? ===
 
=== What resources do members have access to? ===
 
* Participation in consensus decision making about issues and matters dealing with the space during our weekly meetings.
 
* Participation in consensus decision making about issues and matters dealing with the space during our weekly meetings.
* Storage in space for personal projects and tools.
 
 
* The gratitude of everyone who walks through the door for helping make such a cool place happen.
 
* The gratitude of everyone who walks through the door for helping make such a cool place happen.
  
 
=== Do I have to be a member to attend classes or workshops? ===
 
=== Do I have to be a member to attend classes or workshops? ===
No, classes and workshops are open to anyone who receives an invite or announce about it. Check out the [[Mailinglist]] page for information on how to join our announce list.
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No, classes and workshops are open to everyone. Check out the [[:Category:Events|events]] page to see upcoming events and classes.
  
=== How can I pay my membership dues? ===
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=== Do I have to be a member to support Noisebridge? ===
You can pay your monthly membership dues in any number of ways, including '''PayPal''' (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), '''writing a check''' to "Noisebridge", or '''giving cash'''.<br>
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Not at all! Lots of people don't want to become a full member, which can be a little long-winded, but still want to give something to Noisebridge and the community. You can set up a monthly donation for [https://www.paypal.com/subscriptions/business=treasurer@noisebridge.net&item_name=Noisebridge%20Monthly%20Donation%20%28Affiliate%20Member%29&cy_code=USD&a3=10&p3=1&t3=M&src=1 $10/mo] [https://www.paypal.com/subscriptions/business=treasurer@noisebridge.net&item_name=Noisebridge%20Monthly%20Donation%20%28Affiliate%20Member%29&cy_code=USD&a3=20&p3=1&t3=M&src=1 $20/mo][https://www.paypal.com/subscriptions/business=treasurer@noisebridge.net&item_name=Noisebridge%20Monthly%20Donation%20%28Affiliate%20Hacker%29&cy_code=USD&a3=40&p3=1&t3=M&src=1 $40/mo][https://www.paypal.com/subscriptions/business=treasurer@noisebridge.net&item_name=Noisebridge%20Monthly%20Donation%20%28Affiliate%29&cy_code=USD&a3=80&p3=1&t3=M&src=1 $80/mo] or [[Donate_or_Pay_Dues|any amount you like]].
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=== How can I pay my membership dues or donate? ===
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You can pay your monthly membership dues in any number of ways, including '''PayPal''' (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), '''writing a check''' to "Noisebridge", doing a '''direct wire transfer''' or '''giving cash'''.<br>
 
'''[[Donate or Pay Dues| Click here for more details]].'''
 
'''[[Donate or Pay Dues| Click here for more details]].'''
  
 
=== Are membership dues tax deductible? ===
 
=== Are membership dues tax deductible? ===
No, but donations (in excess of dues) will be!<br>
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It's complicated: maybe, but donations (in excess of dues) are!<br>
'''[[Donate or Pay Dues| Click here for more details]].'''
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'''[[Donate_or_Pay_Dues#Are_membership_dues_tax_deductible.3F| Click here for more details]].'''
  
== Questions about 83c ==
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== Questions about 2169 ==
  
 
=== When is Noisebridge open? ===
 
=== When is Noisebridge open? ===
Our space (83c Wiese) is open 24/7. Those who wish to visit the space and need access are advised to contact a member if there's any doubt as to whether or not anyone will be at the space.
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Our space (2169 Mission) is open 24/7. Those who wish to visit the space and need access are advised to contact an existing member, call our [[Payphone]] or check on [[IRC]] if there's any doubt as to whether or not anyone will be at the space.
  
 
=== Can I keep active projects in the space? ===
 
=== Can I keep active projects in the space? ===
Yes! Good standing members are allowed to keep projects and personal items within project boxes.
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Yes! If you have something that won't fit on your shelf, it's best to get the approval of the membership to bring it to the space. Common sense should apply here.
  
 
=== What happens if I bring my tools into the space? ===
 
=== What happens if I bring my tools into the space? ===
Members are allowed to keep personal tools and items within project boxes, which are kept separate from donated tools and items. Tools given to the space (not kept within project boxes) are considered to be a donation to the 501c3 nonprofit, accessible to any member at any time. Donations are not returnable or refundable.
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Members can keep personal tools and items on their shelves, which are kept separate from donated tools and items. Tools given to the space (not kept on shelves) are considered to be a donation to the 501(c)3 nonprofit, accessible to any member at any time. Donations are not returnable or refundable.
  
 
=== How do (junk) donations work? ===
 
=== How do (junk) donations work? ===
Only good standing members are allowed to donate items to the space (as to minimize clutter and junk accumulation). If you're not a member and have something big to donate please speak with a member to cosign on the donation.
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Junk donations are a problem in the space right now. If you want to bring something by the space, please check with members to get a general feel for whether or not it will be a good thing to hack.  There are better resources for getting rid of your junk.
  
 
=== How can I donate to Noisebridge? ===
 
=== How can I donate to Noisebridge? ===
You can donate to Noisebridge in any number of ways, including '''PayPal''' (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), '''writing a check''' to "Noisebridge", or '''giving cash'''.<br>
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You can donate to Noisebridge in any number of ways, including '''PayPal''' (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), '''writing a check''' to "Noisebridge", doing a '''direct wire transfer''', or '''giving cash'''.<br>
 
'''[[Donate or Pay Dues| Click here for more details]].'''
 
'''[[Donate or Pay Dues| Click here for more details]].'''
  
 
=== Are donations to Noisebridge tax deductible? ===
 
=== Are donations to Noisebridge tax deductible? ===
Noisebridge is an educational non-profit CA corporation for the public good, and we have applied for our 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Once we are approved for our tax exempt status, which should be within another month or two, all donations to Noisebridge are retroactively tax deductible.  (However, '''dues''' are not deductible due to IRS rules.)
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Noisebridge is an educational non-profit CA corporation for the public good, and we have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Donations and dues may be tax deductible, talk with a tax expert to have them see if the rules apply to your particular situation.

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Questions about Membership

Do I have to be a member to use the space?

Noisebridge is open to everyone. All are welcome to participate in activities and use the space. We do require that you follow our only rule -- to be excellent. Those who use the space extensively are encouraged to look into membership or otherwise make donations to support the continued operation of Noisebridge.

How does one become a member? What is the cost of membership?

Please check out Membership for instructions on how to become a member. Membership dues are $80 per month; if $80 is a hardship, we have a special $40/month "starving hacker" rate. We're funded entirely by dues and donations, so we encourage everyone to be a regular member if they can afford it. Of course you can always donate additional funds if you're so inclined!

What resources do members have access to?

  • Participation in consensus decision making about issues and matters dealing with the space during our weekly meetings.
  • The gratitude of everyone who walks through the door for helping make such a cool place happen.

Do I have to be a member to attend classes or workshops?

No, classes and workshops are open to everyone. Check out the events page to see upcoming events and classes.

Do I have to be a member to support Noisebridge?

Not at all! Lots of people don't want to become a full member, which can be a little long-winded, but still want to give something to Noisebridge and the community. You can set up a monthly donation for $10/mo $20/mo$40/mo$80/mo or any amount you like.

How can I pay my membership dues or donate?

You can pay your monthly membership dues in any number of ways, including PayPal (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), writing a check to "Noisebridge", doing a direct wire transfer or giving cash.
Click here for more details.

Are membership dues tax deductible?

It's complicated: maybe, but donations (in excess of dues) are!
Click here for more details.

Questions about 2169

When is Noisebridge open?

Our space (2169 Mission) is open 24/7. Those who wish to visit the space and need access are advised to contact an existing member, call our Payphone or check on IRC if there's any doubt as to whether or not anyone will be at the space.

Can I keep active projects in the space?

Yes! If you have something that won't fit on your shelf, it's best to get the approval of the membership to bring it to the space. Common sense should apply here.

What happens if I bring my tools into the space?

Members can keep personal tools and items on their shelves, which are kept separate from donated tools and items. Tools given to the space (not kept on shelves) are considered to be a donation to the 501(c)3 nonprofit, accessible to any member at any time. Donations are not returnable or refundable.

How do (junk) donations work?

Junk donations are a problem in the space right now. If you want to bring something by the space, please check with members to get a general feel for whether or not it will be a good thing to hack. There are better resources for getting rid of your junk.

How can I donate to Noisebridge?

You can donate to Noisebridge in any number of ways, including PayPal (which allows paying from a bank account or credit card), writing a check to "Noisebridge", doing a direct wire transfer, or giving cash.
Click here for more details.

Are donations to Noisebridge tax deductible?

Noisebridge is an educational non-profit CA corporation for the public good, and we have 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Donations and dues may be tax deductible, talk with a tax expert to have them see if the rules apply to your particular situation.

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