All too often, we focus on raising money for our teams - after all, we need to pay for registration, travel, and robot parts, to name some of the biggest costs for teams. But I’m wondering what some of the biggest, non-monetary (ie in-kind) donations teams have gotten. To start us off, my team’s top 3 in-kind donations are:
- A brand new trailer (bought for us by a single donor, maybe 10 years ago)
- A Makerbot 2X 3D printer (bought for us by a single, different, donor back in the fall of 2013)
- And just this week, a significant donation of equipment from Milwaukee Tool
Some smaller donations also come from in-kind donations - for example, we get a good % off at Fastenal for most of our purchases there, and we’ve received some useful parts from suppliers for beta testing/evaluation purposes.
And there are the donations that we don’t even think about - like the continuing use of the build space at the school, which is probably larger than all the others put together.
What have you gotten from sponsors/donors other than cash?