I’m a lurking but enthusiastic fan/supporter of Snowdrift.coop. Even though I don’t anticipate posting here that much, I still wanted to introduce myself and let y’all know I appreciate this vital work you’re doing!
I like structure so I’m going to use the suggested questions.
How did you find out about Snowdrift.coop? What brings you to this forum?
I volunteer my time with an organization that is focused on providing resources, technology, and organizing capacity to worker cooperatives and other solidarity economy/dual power initiatives.
We had a successful fundraising drive a few months ago thanks to our social media presence, but I was on the search for a more sustainable method of funding.
I figured there had to be some kind of platform that combined the idea of donation matching and recurring donations. To my surprise I couldn’t find any mainstream platforms doing that. Eventually my search led me to Snowdrift.coop’s Other Crowdfunding / Fundraising Services wiki page (which is an amazing resource btw ).
What are your overall personal backgrounds, career(s), and/or passions?
I have degrees in Biology and Psychology. In proper millennial form, I’m not using those degrees in my job at all (well maybe psychology). I work for a small tech company as a customer support programmer/engineer of sorts. I have fundraising experience from my time working for nonprofits.
My passions/interests are:
Self-sustainability and homesteading
Open source building and hardware (shoutout: Open Source Ecology)
Building tools to help people with the above
Figuring out how to stop working 40 hours a week so I can focus more on the above things…
Where are you in the world? What’s your native language?
Midwest United States! I work remotely so my partner and I have been traveling around the U.S. via housesitting for the past few years. We’ve been itching to finally set some roots though so we’ll be headed to Vermont this year !
Are you engaged in public goods and/or FLO funding already? (as patron or creator or otherwise?)
I would consider myself a creator of a public good since the organization I’m working with is primarily focused on high-quality educational resources and technology related to cooperative institutions. I’m one of the creators of our online tools/resources.
What sorts of projects do you most want to see funded through Snowdrift.coop?
I hope projects providing FLO resources other than software can be funded through Snowdrift.coop.
I hope I have the opportunity to get more involved with Snowdrift.coop in the future!