I would be interested in raising money for this project, I’m just not sure if that would take over your project, @JoshData .
I am a rather honest person, but anyone can say that. If I were to start up an LLC in my state for Mail-in-a-box, I would want some sort of accountability to the funds, to the people, to the project, and some sort of due process for handling operations and decisions. It doesn’t have to be me, it probably should be someone else.
Would there happen to be anyone who is willing to step forward and be on some sort of “committee” or “council” or something?
If just anyone were to setup a funding/donation mechanism, even if they were honest people, would it be up to a single person to decide where the money goes? If they make the wrong decisions, even in good faith, the money wouldn’t go to good use, and the PR of the project would get bad, I would imagine. I just don’t think accepting donations half-cocked is a good idea. Would anyone be willing to either be a part of a “voting/advising” group and/or write up ideas on rules/procedures for handling money?
EDIT: I felt like I should add:
Even if we can’t find professionals to do work for the project, or get existing contributors to increase contributions on a paid basis, I think money could still be put to good use. For example, it could pay for advertisements for more people to come and use this project (or privacy awareness, or general awareness that this project exists), or to make the website sexier.
With the right script/scene/scenario/props thought out, a person could easily make an effective YouTube advertisement in a few hours and make a large impact on people. Google’s display network doesn’t have a minimum spending limit either, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money. YouTube’s cost per full 30 second view of an advertisement is $0.02. Of course, anyone can spend crazy money on Google. There’s also keeping up Facebook and stuff to upkeep general awareness of what we want.
What I’m trying to say here is that there are ways to spend money in beneficial areas if we cannot get what we want in the beginning, which then could lead into more money to then pay people, or more people interested in giving to the project because more people recognize it exists.