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DonateWC: Getting People to WordCamp

One of the first addons for HeroPress I ever thought of was sending people to WordCamp who might have a hard time getting there. HeroPress started out to be a voice for people on the fringe of WordPress, and being outside the ability to go to WordCamp practically defines the fringe.

I never could figure out the logistics of how to make it work. How is money handled? International law? So the idea languished.

On the other side of the world, Ines van Essen had the same idea. She’s far more clever than I though, and she’s making it happen. She’s starting a new organization called DonateWC, specifically to help people get to WordCamp.  Not just local WordCamps, but the large ones like WordCamp Europe and WordCamp US. Trips that can cost multiple months, or even a years salary.

I am so so so excited that this is happening, Ines is my hero.

How You Can Help

To get things really rolling Ines needs some funds.  I mentioned logistics earlier; if this isn’t handled properly a tax agent somewhere is going to come investigating. A non-profit org needs to be created, a logo needs to be created, a site needs to be built, a board needs to be formed, etc. Getting started costs money.

So there’s a GoFundMe page for DonateWC. All things considered she’s not looking for very much money right now, we can DO THIS.

If we can make this thing work it’s going to really change lives. Please help out if you can, and keep an eye on the project. The first person to get sent to WordCamp is going to make history.

3 comments

  1. Miroslav Glavic says:

    Why can I just put up a contest on my own website and do it myself? I bought tickets in the past few years (not all) for my local WordCamp (Toronto), Under $50.

    If I was doing same for other WordCamps, I can just buy the ticket(s) in the winner’s name.

    If I the winner lives, let’s say Phoenix, the WC is in Los Angeles, I can just get the WCLA ticket(s), order a hotel for the winner, get bus/train ticket(s). Voila.

    There are many people/groups that will do this, and usually it is just the ticket for the event (and that is usually the cheapest component)

    • Ines says:

      Hey Miroslav! Totally fair question – and one I suspect we’ll hear more often. The main reason for doing this through a non-profit is to make sure we reach groups that normally would slip under the radar. But also because of this: I am loving the fact that you’re willing to bear the cost of someone’s hotel stay and WordCamp ticket, but not everyone is capable of doing this. Crowdfunding sponsorships means we have a bigger reach, and (hopefully) more funds to work with. You are of course more than welcome to sponsor individually, but I hope this clears up the reasoning behind doing a global fund.

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