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Bonfire Media

$10,485 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 157 people in 13 months
Created June 24, 2018
Bonfire Media
on behalf of Maddie Taterka

Donate today to help to launch Bonfire Media Collective. We are a worker-owned business that tells stories to celebrate our shared communities, visions, and victories. We do video, photography, graphic design, social media campaigns, trainings, and communications strategy, and we’ve worked with dozens of clients in the Philadelphia area. After two years of being incubated by the Media Mobilizing Project, we’re ready to become an independent business.

We’re excited to work with you as Bonfire Media Collective, but we also need your help. Starting a business is expensive, and none of us has the funds to bankroll our expenses out of pocket. That’s why we’re counting on you to help us get off the ground.

Our goal is to raise $10,000 to help cover our costs to start up, from legal fees, to software and equipment, to rent and utilities. Can you help us get there?

We are filmmakers, writers, communicators, strategists, organizers, educators, musicians and artists with deep roots in this region. Many of us came together for the first time as collaborators on Media Mobilizing Project’s community media productions.

We’ve been working together as a collective for the last two years with clients including the Mural Arts Program, Head Start PA, Philadelphia Writing Project, Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, Rutgers University AFT-AAUP, Food Moxie, and more. Last year we brought in $60,000 in revenue, and we think we can grow quickly, but most businesses lose money in their first year, which is why we need your help. Donate today.

We started Bonfire as a worker-owned business to create a means to ensure fair pay and respectful working conditions in an industry that is plagued by low wages and long hours. As worker-owners, we’re taking on the responsibilities, risks, and rewards of owning a business together.

We’re doing this because we believe in community. We’re living our values in the stories we tell, and in the way we run our business. Today we’re calling on you as part of our community to help us make our vision a reality. When you make a donation, you’re telling us we can count on you to have our backs as we become business owners for the first time.

Make a donation today to help us get to our goal of $10,000. 

You can also help us out by sharing this campaign on your social media and spreading the word about Bonfire.

If you’re interested in hiring us, or even if you just want to explore the possibility, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Any advice, words of encouragement, client leads, or any other kind of help are much appreciated!

With love,
Josh Graupera, Aleks Martray, Sheila Quintana, Maddie Taterka, Milena Velis, Alex Wiles, and Emily Zeitlyn
Bonfire Media Collective Worker-Owners
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Thanks to community support, we successfully launched Bonfire Media Collective this summer and raised over $10k for start up costs in just a few weeks. We are deeply humbled and encouraged by the outpouring of support and interest for this project, and we want to celebrate with you!

Join us on Friday, October 12th at 7 pm at The Cedar Works in West Philadelphia to see what we are up to. Come enjoy delicious cider, food, community and a sneak peak of our work!

RSVP here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrate-the-launch-of-bonfire-media-collective-with-us-tickets-50446988300

We're excited to celebrate with you!

With love and gratitude,

The Bonfire Media Collective

Josh Graupera, Aleks Martray, Sheila Quintana, Maddie Taterka, Milena Velis, Alex Wiles, and Emily Zeitlyn
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We've spent the past week talking with new clients and strategizing about building our presence in Philadelphia and beyond! We're excited to share what we have in the works soon.

Do you want to stay in touch with Bonfire and hear about our latest projects and upcoming events? Please subscribe to our newsletter on MailChimp here: http://eepurl.com/dABy1v

Cheers,
All of us at Bonfire
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Dear friends, family, community,

We did it! With all of your help, we hit our goal of raising $10,000 in grassroots fundraising for our startup costs. We are so grateful for your support and enthusiasm for our work and our vision. Thank you.

If you haven't already, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @BonfireMediaCo to keep track of what we're up to. We're also going to be having an event later this year to celebrate everyone who has helped us build Bonfire! Stay tuned for details. :)

With gratitude,
Bonfire Media Collective
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Thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting us as we launch this new venture! We are so grateful to be able to count on you.

There's one more thing you can do to help us get to our goal - share this campaign with your networks, and help us spread the word. We have until July 10th to get to our goal of $10,000.

Lots of love,
The Bonfire Media Collective
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Raised by 157 people in 13 months
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on behalf of Maddie Taterka
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