The Chattery Needs Space

We're creating a space that's for the community, by the community. Join us!

The Chattery
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Project Ends on April 21, 2019

Project Description

Meaningful connection as adults is hard. Between working, parenting, paying bills, pretending to workout and trying to meet basic needs, we rarely have time for in-person socializing and fun. Adults need an outlet that’s not related to their day-to-day and a little time for social connection.

Enter The Chattery.

We solve this problem by providing a fun and safe space for creative adulting. We’re a Chattanooga-based nonprofit that provides fun, affordable and creative learning experiences for adults. Our classes bring like minded strangers together to form relationships over the simple act of learning something new.

After popping up in over 50 spaces throughout Chattanooga, The Chattery is now looking for a permanent home and we need your help as we grow!


The Chattery is heavily reliant upon our community to attend, teach and suggest classes. Without a permanent home, it's becoming difficult to maintain and cultivate our community. We'd like The Chattery to be a learning hub where we learn together, network, and most of all, promote collaboration. Our classroom and event space would give us the flexibility to host more classes and events. This space will allow us to host more socially-driven events where our community can meet and learn from each other. We work with lots of small business owners who have great products - this space would allow us to partner with those folks to showcase their products in our space and show off how awesome our learning community is!

Jennifer & Shawanda, Co-Founders of The Chattery


WHAT WE OFFER

The Chattery is a fun and safe space for adult learning. From budgeting for retirement to mixing a classic cocktail to mastering Excel, The Chattery offers a diverse course selection. We listen to the community's needs and interests, and we collaborate with other like-minded organizations. Since our startup in 2014, The Chattery has conducted over 500 learning experiences taught by over 150 community members in over 50 venues throughout Chattanooga. More than 5,800 adults have come through our classes, and we continue to grow every day.
 


THE SPACE

The Chattery is creating a physical space where adults can learn, connect and grow together. Amenities will include:

  • Room for private parties, classes, and more

  • A small kitchen with coffee, water, beverages, and snacks

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • Killer A/V system

  • Flexible & comfortable furnishings for work and play
     

Please note: these photos are our dreams. Please help us make them our reality!


PROGRAMS

The Chattery cultivates and fosters a community of learners and teachers through fun, affordable and accessible learning experiences throughout Chattanooga. The Chattery is different than typical education systems. As colleges and universities are placing less emphasis on their public continuing education programs, we fill a vital role in the importance of lifelong learning without earning a degree.

Our key programs include:

  • Classes on arts and culture, professional development, and self-help, taught by artists, small business owners, and creative Chattanoogans.

  • Partnering with like-minded organizations to provide free lectures and workshops on topics ranging from civics to childbirth.

  • Documentary film series, Cinematics, which explores important topics through the art of film.

  • Open Mic Storytelling Night, encouraging Chattanoogans to learn from each other, share and gain community.

  • The Great Adult Egg Hunt, which promotes artists and community collaboration.

  • Adulting Summer Camp, a weeklong learning experience breaking down typical “adult” topics into fun ways to learn.

 

 

SERVICES

In addition to educational programming The Chattery already runs, we will expand to include the following:

  • Rental space for one-on-one meetings and events

  • Membership packages for freelancers, solopreneurs, and lifelong learners

  • An area dedicated to selling our teachers’ products!

 

Please note: these photos are our dreams. Please help us make them our reality!


WHY CROWDFUNDING?

As a community-based organization, we’ve explored various forms of fundraising. What was missing from our efforts? You, our community.  Our philosophy is for the community, by the community. Money from our iFundWomen campaign will go toward building our physical space, which allows us to do more of what we love: building community. We chose iFundWomen because we believe in women owned businesses, and we love that they support women!

FOUNDERS

The Chattery was founded by women who met as adults and were new-ish to a city. Though we were aware of traditional methods of meeting new people, we felt like Chattanooga was missing something. We were missing a place where we could connect with adults and grow as humans.
 

OVERALL

If you’re a curious and adventurous adult who is eager to learn, The Chattery is the perfect place for you. The Chattery has existed for five years now and it’s working. We’ve watched numerous people forge relationships over the simple act of learning something new!


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

Thank you for supporting our community of curious and adventurous learners. Together we’re redesigning connection by breaking down barriers and making learning less intimidating and more accessible. 

Updates

The Project FAQs

 

 

Moore Family
03/21/2019
You're Very Important
$100
Keri Randolph
03/21/2019
Listen to Local Music
$25
03/21/2019
Get Your Swag On
$40
Stacy Martin
03/21/2019
Members Only
$250
Lacy Gifford
03/21/2019
Get Your Swag On
$40
Maura Fields
03/21/2019
Listen to Local Music
$25
Emily Thompson
03/20/2019
You're Very Important
$100
03/20/2019
Wall of Fame
$1,000
Meagan Shinn
03/19/2019
Pay It Forward
$50
03/19/2019
Listen to Local Music
$25
Monetary Contribution

Give what you can to support The Chattery. Your contribution will help us make our space fun, accessible and bad ass.

[Please note: All contributions are tax deductible.]

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$15
Newsletter Shoutout

Pledge $15 and we'll send you a giant THANK YOU in our newsletter!

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$25
Listen to Local Music

Pledge $25 and we'll send you our exclusive Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + (obvi) a newsletter shoutout!

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$35
Learn from Us!

 

Pledge $35 and receive a link to an exclusive webinar on how The Chattery co-founders work together. This video will help you on your entrepreneurial journey, especially if you are planning to start a business with a friend. You'll also receive a newsletter shoutout.

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$40
Get Your Swag On

Pledge $40 and receive a The Chattery tote bag, sticker and pen, with the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + a newsletter shoutout.

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$50
Kombucha Kickstarter

Pledge $50 and receive SCOBY (a starter) for jun (the champagne of kombucha) and the directions on how to use the SCOBY to make your own jun from our friend Danielle Shelton of Fermdamentals. You'll get the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout also.

[Sorry, locals only. Jun doesn't travel every well.]

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$50
Pay It Forward

Pledge $50 and send a stranger to a class! We're creating a scholarship program, and this level is geared toward helping us provide more opportunities for learning. You'll also get the Spotify playlist + a newsletter shoutout!

7 Supporters
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$100
You're Very Important

Pledge $100 and receive (2) Tickets to VIP Preview Party for our new space (with dranks of course), a tote bag, and the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

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$150
Happy Hour with a Founder

Pledge $150 and we'll treat you to a Happy Hour with one of our founders and you'll receive (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

4 Supporters
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$250
Members Only

Pledge $250 and become a Founding Member of The Chattery. Official membership rollout won't begin for a few months, but you'll get an exclusive deal to become one of the first members. Founding Members will receive 15% off all classes for a year, and obviously, the Spotify Playlist of Chattanooga Artists, a newsletter shoutout + (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party.

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$250
I Need Space

Pledge $250 and receive a space rental for whatever you want (that is legal) for 2 hours and you'll receive (2) Tickets to VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

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$500
Dranks with Frands

Pledge $500 and receive a private cocktail class for you and five friends from our friend Kaleena Goldsworthy of The Bitter Bottle, and you'll receive (2) Tickets to VIP Preview Party + the the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

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$600
I'm with the DJ

Pledge $600 and you'll receive DJ MCPRO for a private party for 2 hours (Sorry, no weddings. He'll kill us.), and you'll receive (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

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$750
The Gift of Learning!

Pledge $750 to go towards our scholarship fund and give the gift of learning.

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$1,000
Wall of Fame

Pledge $1,000 and get your name or logo on our wall for a year, and your name or business promoted all over our social media, and you'll receive (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout!

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$3,500
Party Down

We're experts in this area, and we can make your party* happen! (Value $5000) You'll receive (4) Tickets to VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout. 

*Sorry, no weddings!

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Rewards

Monetary Contribution

Give what you can to support The Chattery. Your contribution will help us make our space fun, accessible and bad ass.

[Please note: All contributions are tax deductible.]

11 Supporters
Contribute
$15
Newsletter Shoutout

Pledge $15 and we'll send you a giant THANK YOU in our newsletter!

298 Left
2 Supporters
Select this reward
$25
Listen to Local Music

Pledge $25 and we'll send you our exclusive Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + (obvi) a newsletter shoutout!

293 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$35
Learn from Us!

 

Pledge $35 and receive a link to an exclusive webinar on how The Chattery co-founders work together. This video will help you on your entrepreneurial journey, especially if you are planning to start a business with a friend. You'll also receive a newsletter shoutout.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$40
Get Your Swag On

Pledge $40 and receive a The Chattery tote bag, sticker and pen, with the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + a newsletter shoutout.

93 Left
7 Supporters
Select this reward
$50
Kombucha Kickstarter

Pledge $50 and receive SCOBY (a starter) for jun (the champagne of kombucha) and the directions on how to use the SCOBY to make your own jun from our friend Danielle Shelton of Fermdamentals. You'll get the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout also.

[Sorry, locals only. Jun doesn't travel every well.]

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$50
Pay It Forward

Pledge $50 and send a stranger to a class! We're creating a scholarship program, and this level is geared toward helping us provide more opportunities for learning. You'll also get the Spotify playlist + a newsletter shoutout!

7 Supporters
Select this reward
$100
You're Very Important

Pledge $100 and receive (2) Tickets to VIP Preview Party for our new space (with dranks of course), a tote bag, and the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

11 Left
9 Supporters
Select this reward
$150
Happy Hour with a Founder

Pledge $150 and we'll treat you to a Happy Hour with one of our founders and you'll receive (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

4 Supporters
None available
$250
Members Only

Pledge $250 and become a Founding Member of The Chattery. Official membership rollout won't begin for a few months, but you'll get an exclusive deal to become one of the first members. Founding Members will receive 15% off all classes for a year, and obviously, the Spotify Playlist of Chattanooga Artists, a newsletter shoutout + (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party.

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$250
I Need Space

Pledge $250 and receive a space rental for whatever you want (that is legal) for 2 hours and you'll receive (2) Tickets to VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$500
Dranks with Frands

Pledge $500 and receive a private cocktail class for you and five friends from our friend Kaleena Goldsworthy of The Bitter Bottle, and you'll receive (2) Tickets to VIP Preview Party + the the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

4 Left
0 Supporters
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$600
I'm with the DJ

Pledge $600 and you'll receive DJ MCPRO for a private party for 2 hours (Sorry, no weddings. He'll kill us.), and you'll receive (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout.

2 Left
0 Supporters
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$750
The Gift of Learning!

Pledge $750 to go towards our scholarship fund and give the gift of learning.

0 Supporters
Select this reward
$1,000
Wall of Fame

Pledge $1,000 and get your name or logo on our wall for a year, and your name or business promoted all over our social media, and you'll receive (2) Tickets to the VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout!

9 Left
1 Supporter
Select this reward
$3,500
Party Down

We're experts in this area, and we can make your party* happen! (Value $5000) You'll receive (4) Tickets to VIP Preview Party + the Spotify Playlist with local Chattanooga Artists + newsletter shoutout. 

*Sorry, no weddings!

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