Where to begin. In 2014, we were blown away when we raised $3612, over seven times our initial goal. This year, Richard and I talked about it in December and we thought that we could probably double that total if we actually put in the time to plan and prepare properly. We set up a soft goal of $1500 (because setting a goal that you're not 100% sure you can achieve is a rookie crowdfunding mistake), but our real goal was the utterly ridiculous prospect of trebling last year's total, paired with the equally ridiculous prospect of paying for the hugely-expensive scans of the elusive Copenhagen Fabris manuscript (Ms. GKS 1868/r).
And then you, gentle readers, strolled up and with utter—even contemptuous—ease you shattered that goal over your collective knee.
Our fundraising total as of this afternoon is the truly remarkable sum of $22,710. This puts us in competition with the Pro-Gauntlet for being the second highest-grossing crowdfunding project in our little community's history (Guy Windsor's Audatia game being the untouchably high number one).
Needless to say, this sum far exceeds anything that I planned for or even hoped for. Even so, let me give you some idea of what will happen with it.
First, of course, $1500 will be set aside to cover our server costs. A reserve fund equal to one year's expenses will also be set aside for a rainy day.
Second, we'll be creating and distributing swag. That's approximately 325 patches, 150 t-shirts, 80 print books, and innumerable scans and e-books. I sort of forgot to include shipping costs in our calculations initially, but with this fundraising total I'm sure we can make it work. The anticipated time-frames were listed in the campaign pitch, and range across the next three months. The swag should come out to between a quarter and a third of the fundraising total (plus shipping).
Third, we'll begin purchasing the scans from our stretch goals. The Scott Library got back to me and said they wouldn't scan the Glasgow Fechtbuch for us, and I expect the same answer from the Morgan Library, so Unannounced Projects I & II default to Stretch Goal 9 changing from Choose Your Own Adventure to All of the Above. Here's our list:
At the beginning of the year, the scans worked out to cost about $6000. We'll try to get the scans from institutions in the eurozone purchased as soon as possible to take advantage of the weak Euro, and the others we'll get as soon as may be. It will, however, probably take me the better part of the year to prepare the scans for release online.
Fourth, the HEMA Alliance general council wants to use some of the funds to send me to events and spread the good word of manual research. There are lots of rules about what non-profits can and can't pay for, but they have a few ideas figured out. If you run an event and have or wish you had presentations about treatises, drop me a line this year—I have a several that are pretty polished at this point.
Fifth… I don't have a fifth yet. Really, this is more funding than we ever thought we'd have. I promise that none of it will go into the HEMAA Zeppelin fund, and we'll try to use it as wisely as possible to continue bringing the treatises to the masses. Doubtless new treatises will come to light over the next year and new scans will become available, and we'll be there to take full advantage when that happens.
Thank you very much for all your generosity in helping us keep the Wiktenauer going, and to keep it growing. Insquequo omnes gratuiti sint.
- Michael Chidester (Contact)
HEMA Alliance, WMAC
17:26, 21 February 2015 (UTC)