Maker District Inc

Sparking Creativity. Changing the World.

aka Maker District   |   Grapevine, TX   |  http://www.makerdistrictdfw.com

Mission

Our mission is to put tools and technology in the hands of the community and to make starting a creative business accessible to everyone. Our vision is to inspire and support making as a positive force that enriches the community. Our dream is to help foster the spark, that creative force in people so that they can then project it and put their ideas into the world.

Notes from the nonprofit

Maker District will be opened to our creative community second quarter, 2021. We are focusing on fundraising right now to aide in making this space a reality. Presently, we have the support of many cities, community leaders and community members in our area.

Ruling year info

2020

Founder and CEO

Mrs. Amanda Clark

Main address

1251 William D Tate Avenue #3667

Grapevine, TX 76099 USA

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EIN

84-5095747

NTEE code info

Urban, Community (S31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

As a maker, nothing is worse than having an idea be condemned to the pages of a notebook because you don’t have the tools, resources, space, knowledge or collaborators you need to turn that idea into a reality. Likewise, as an entrepreneur, nothing is worse than not being able to start your business due to high start-up costs and expensive monthly overhead. There is a large demand for trade skills, but a decrease in the availability of trade training and affordable trade training. Likewise, over the years, trade classes for kids like wood shop, metal shop, and home economics have been reduced or removed from schools creating a huge gap in STEM education. This gap is decreasing the potential workforce needed for STEM careers. Maker District aims to be a solution to these all too common problems our creative community is facing.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Makerspace

Providing access to tools, equipment, technology and supplies for making to the community.

Population(s) Served
Age groups

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Community access to tools, equipment, technology, working space, collaborators, education and training.

We are securing as much funding as we can to offer a wide array of tools, technology and equipment so that every maker, young or old, has everything they would ever need to create their dreams.

Maker District will be housed in a 32,000 sq.ft. building owned by Carroll Independent School District. In this building we will offer:

-Wood Shop (2,500 sq. ft. with a private loading door)
-Metal Shop (2,500 sq. ft. with a private loading door)
-Digital Fabrication Shop (CNCs and laser cutters)
-Digital Media (Resin and Filament 3D printers, vinyl cutter and large format printers)
-Electronics/RC/Robotics 
-Sewing/Textiles/Cosplay 
-Audio/Video/Photography Studio
-Recording Studio (Professionally built for quality recording)
-2 Youth STEM/STEAM Spaces for Children Ages 5-17
-92 Micro-Studios, Private Offices and Band Rehearsal Spaces
-Storage Lockers & Storage Spaces
-Virtual Office Service (Business address, mail service and answering service)
-7 Classrooms/Meeting Rooms
-Computer Lab (Loaded with design software)
-Community Dining Area (With fresh food options replenished frequently, coffee, tea, etc.)
-Huge Parking Lot for Large Community Events/Competitions
-Shop Specific (101) Training Classes (Required safety classes to use equipment)
-Large Variety of Classes (This further benefits our community as we will be contracting local creators/teachers for classes)
-24 hours a day/365 days a year access (COVID permitting)
& so much more

We have accomplished a lot so far including:

-Building a relationship with the City of Grapevine and developing a partnership and incentive plan
-Building a relationship with GCISD and other ISDs, private schools, charter schools and homeschool chapters in the area
-Building a relationship with the City of Southlake and other surrounding cities
-Joining the Grapevine Chamber of Commerce and building relationships with local businesses and organizations
-Overall establishing of ourselves within the community and building awareness of our project
-Letter of Intent on Building
-Fundraising

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Maker District Inc

Board of directors
as of 2/11/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs. Amanda Townsend

Oncor

Term: 2020 - 2023


Board co-chair

Mrs. Sallie Wells

The Clariden School

Term: 2020 - 2023

Breon Dennis

RoughRiders Foundation

DeLibra Wesley

Delta Staffing Company

Gifty Aryeetey

Goldman Sachs

Collin Day

Granite Financial Group

Jon Clark

Coldwell Banker Realty

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/12/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/12/2020

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.