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Holy Crap

21 Aug 2015
by Alex Hillman

Just 3 days ago, I posted a message to our community that gave one of the first actionable steps we’re taking to prepare for upcoming changes: an option to pre-pay your membership.

This isn’t a long-term fix for our upcoming rent increase, but it does let us continue doing what we do best without having to make significant sacrifices. And it earns us some more time to put longer-term plans in place without rushing or losing sight of the big picture.

And the reason the title of this post is “Holy crap” is because this community has smashed any targets I initially had in mind for prepayments. In just 3 days, over $18,000 $19,000 in prepayments have been pledged, and more than half of that actually collected.

That’s amazing. I’m so thankful. I’m so impressed. These prepayments have literally bought me – and us – a bit of sanity in a situation where it’s not readily available. About 3 months of sanity, in fact. Thank you, truly.

Many people said something to the effect of, “this is what I can do, I wish I could do more.”

So here’s the thing I want to say out loud in front of this community: every pledge is equally significant in my eyes. That might be my favorite part about Indy Hall – we remember that the small contributions matter as much as the big ones. That’s just as true in our every day interactions as it is in situations like the one we’re working through.

In addition to the prepayment drive being a huge success, I’ve also gotten a very positive interest from potential sponsors of the Membership Scholarship Fund (I think this needs a better name), so that’s coming up very soon. If you’re interested, or have questions, shoot me a message on Slack or email.

I’m going to end this update here while it’s still relatively short and wish everyone an awesome weekend ahead!

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Alex Hillman I am always thinking about the intersection of people, relationships, trust and business. I founded Indy Hall in 2006, making us one of oldest fully independent coworking communities in the world. This site is packed with the lessons and examples I’ve learned along the way. You can find me on Twitter, too! 🐦 Say hi.