WE DID IT! YOU DID IT! THANK YOU for making The Show Go On for our YOUTH and community!
We will send out perks and proper thank you's very soon not just to our contributors here, but also all our inkind donors. I'm deeply touched, especially to know as the Founder, that BAYCAT's goodwill and reputation is so solidly supported by a large and diverse committed group of stakeholders, locally, nationally and internationally. On behalf of the BAYCAT Board, team, youth and our community, we are deeply grateful.
We <3 U!
The San Francisco Foundation is offering us a grant that matches every dollar raised on the campaign to replace our stolen laptops up to $20,000!
Please help us reach our goal in these final HOURS! THANK YOU!!
BAYCAT is a Bay Area nonprofit social enterprise that educates, empowers and employs underserved youth in the digital media arts. On Thursday, July 12th, 2012 our space was burglarized, and all of our student laptops were stolen. Beyond the cost of this equipment, which is substantial for a relatively small non-profit like us, the most devastating loss was five weeks of students’ work. Whole comic books, first cuts of short films, and other projects were lost.
We have been so inspired by the many stories of resilence and bravery that have come out of the past few weeks. Omari, one of the students effected by the theft stepped forward to share his personal story and his gratitude for supporters. Valerie, our young-adult Intern and Teaching Assistant, rose to the challenge of mentoring students who lost their work, helping them recreate their lost comics from scratch. Our filmmaking instructor Zara, helped provide a safe place for youth, so they were empowered to express themselves, despite the inital sense of insecurity the robbery created. So many others have come together to show that together, we can overcome anything. All of these stories are inspiring, but the reality is, our program cannot continue as planned without replacing the stolen laptops. For this we need your help!
Help us show that a positive community is more powerful than the negativity that’s caused by one selfish act, by making a TAX-DEDUCTIBLE* DONATION to replace our laptops to make sure our youth’s Show Must Go On!
What We Need & What You Get
With all the laptops missing, we don’t have enough computers to continue our program. Unfortunately, this large and unexpected cost is not within our budget. Although our insurance will help us recuperate some of the cost, it will fall far short of the actual expense to re-build our lab. So with the encouragement of our students, we decided to reach out and ask you to help us recover from this loss, by raising money to buy new laptops to replace those that were taken in time for our the start of our fall-semester classes in September.
At BAYCAT we believe that environment shapes people’s lives. By giving our students access to industry-level equipment, we show that we trust them, we view them as professionals, and we allow them to learn the technologies that help them become more employable in the future. In order to replace the stolen laptops and equip them with all of the software necessary for our classes, we need to raise $50,000 in 50 days.
Your tax-deductible* gift will help us buy:
- 15 15” Mac Book Pros ($33,000 value)
- Adobe Master Suite Software Licenses ($12,000 value)
- External hard drives (to backup student’s work to ensure we never lose five weeks of work again) ($1,800 value)
- Laptop vault to secure our new laptops ($2,000 value)
- Microsoft Office Suite Software Licenses ($750 value)
- Other laptop accessories, such as mice, jump drives for students, extra memory, and other educational software ($450 value)
We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the many local businesses in our community who have come together in support of this campaign, allowing us to offer you some great perks for giving.
All the money raised during this campaign will pay for upgrading the technology that’s available to our students and instructors. We need to raise a minimum of $50,000 to recuperate the laptops which were taken.
- Any money we raise above our goal will be used to upgrade all of our systems, and buy other equipment that has been on our program and students’ wish list.
- If we do not meet our goal (don’t let this happen!), the money raised will be used to replace as many Mac Book Pros and software licenses as we can.
Ripping off a nonprofit is just wrong. These laptops belonged to the community and supported students like Jayraj, who are passionate filmmakers who don’t have computers at home. Each laptop we’re able to purchase creates access for underserved students to education and employment opportunities in digital media.
Help Us Make The Show Go On!
Teens love computers but those living in poverty do not own them. Although encouraged to be consumers of technology, they are not empowered to be the creators. BAYCAT is one of the few venues that helps to bridge the digital divide, by giving youth the tools and the skills necessary to succeed. With your help we can continue to empower our students.
Since opening our doors in 2004, BAYCAT has been a resource for everyone in the San Francisco, Bay Area community, and particularly families in Bayview Hunters Point.
- We have educated over 2,000 youth and employed over 50 young BAYCAT graduates in our hands-on professional Studio BAYCAT internship program.
- Our BAYCAT on-the-go programs have empowered and trained over 250 teachers to better integrate digital media arts instruction into their curriculums.
- BAYCAT student-produced media has been featured in over 20 film festivals worldwide, and is featured on public and cable channels and on the Oakland Children’s Hospital closed-circuit TV network, reaching an audience in the millions.
BAYCAT’s free arts education programs increase access to creative opportunities for underserved youth. We use industry leading equipment and software that our youth would not otherwise have access to, and provide a creative space with supportive mentors so they can be empowered to tell their stories and create digital media art that reflects their experience to a local and worldwide audience.
Your tax-deductible* gift will not only allow these wonderful activities to continue, but you will show our students and a worldwide audience how a negative event can be turned into a positive community building force when people work together.
5 Ways You Can Help
We understand that some people just can’t contribute, but you can still help our $50k in 50 days THE SHOW MUST GO ON campaign:
- MAKE SOME NOISE about our campaign! Indiegogo has easy share tools, where you can GET THE WORD OUT to your friends and networks.
- LIKE US on Facebook, and get your friends to JOIN our community!
- FOLLOW US on Twitter, and RETWEET our messages about getting back our students’ laptops! Use the #baycatsf to share our story!
- LEARN about us through BAYCAT's Blog or CEO's Blog.
- COME TO OUR PARTY! Join us for an evening of free food, Happy Hour drink specials, raffles, music and fun at our final Show Must Go On Campaign Fundraiser! Tuesday, August 28th from 5:30-8:00pm at Cigar Bar and Grill. Bring your friends! For more details or to RSVP go here: http://anyvite.com/gq5scbpgqt
* BAYCAT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and contributions made qualify for tax deductions according to the Federal tax laws. Generally, contributions are tax-deductible minus the fair market value of any perks you receive. To receive the full value of your contribution, you may choose not to receive the perk. For questions about tax deductibility, you should contact your tax advisor. BAYCAT will provide the value of any goods/services received in your acknowledgement letter.