Updated 06.01.20 at 16:10 PST
How to donate
Update on 6/1/20: we previously had a local non-profit fiscal sponsor, but that organization has had to focus it’s efforts elsewhere and has stepped down as our sponsor. We are returning to taking donations directly.
Recommended donation amounts
If you would like your donation to cover a given quantity of PPE, you can calculate your donation given the following production costs:
- Sewn masks: $10 each
- Sewn mask inserts: $2 per set
- Medical face shield with visor: $10 each
- Medical face shield with loupe extension: $20 each
- Medical face shield without visor: $8 each
- Non-medical face shield: $5 each
Donate via check
To donate via check, make checks out to: Seattle Makers
Where donations go
For the last 3 years, we have been delighted and honored to serve the Seattle Maker community, and are now one of only a couple makerspaces left in the area. Since closing to the public due to Covid-19, we no longer receive income from events, certifications, machine time, or team building events. Some members have stayed on, maintaining their membership as a way to help support us as we respond to Covid-19. However, many people have understandably had to cancel their memberships.
The majority of our Covid-19 response is based on donations. In order to provide our products where they’re needed most as quickly as we can, we offer them for free. To make this possible, we’ve trimmed the salaries of our two staff members and taken on significant volunteer support. We also collect and donate products that are donated to us from our Maker community and network. We’re only able to continue to donate our products because of the generous support of our larger community.
We are raising funds to keep the makerspace open and to cover the costs of the PPE we’re giving away. Having met our milestone for the prototyping of a handwashing station, we are not raising funds to produce 10 of these stations. In addition to funding these stations, your donations will go towards materials and fabrication of personal protective equipment that we are providing to the community for free. Your donations will also support the running of the makerspace, development of additional makerspaces, and scholarships for makers so we can continue to develop and support this community.
With your help, we have distributed hundreds of masks to Virginia Mason, Valley Medical, Emergency Dental Clinics, Children’s Hospital. We have also shipped to Eastern Washington, New York, Puerto Rico, Arizona, and beyond!
Check out the map (made by Ana Garcia) of local places to which we have donated protective equipment.
Please help us meet the health and safety needs of our medical community, other front-line workers and our most vulnerable neighbors, by donating to support the ongoing requests for products that we’re working hard to fill. To stay up to date on how your donations are helping, sign up to be added to our mailing list, and/or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.