Honorarium Proposal


Revise Honorarium Rules (B. Davis)[edit]

Problem:Honorarium payments have been increasing rapidly, and are now consuming almost 1/3 of our total revenue. At this rate, we will be forced to take action soon to prevent spending more than we take in. Many of the classes have nothing to do with Making, are of low quality, and have very small class sizes. While the program has been very successful as a whole, we need to fine tune our rules to limit growth in paid classes to teaching making, and ensure classes taught are worth taking. Improving the quality of our classes, is a far better way to limit growth than capping payments.

Solution: Revise the rules, to improve the quality of teaching, ensure that the membership receives appropriate value for it’s investment. Repeal existing rules and Adopt the following rules respecting the payment of honorarium:

Honorarium Rules
Honorariums are paid by the Dallas Makerspace to promote structured education about making. These rules are intended to encourage teaching topics which directly relate to making, including learning tools, software, methods, and techniques needed to make something. Honorariums are not intended to encourage the teaching of classes which have nothing to do with making, including subjects which are better learned through public schools or institutions of higher learning. Members may teach non-making classes, however these classes will not be eligible for honorarium, and, Makery classes will have priority over the use of any given space at DMS, where 2 classes conflict.


  1. Persons wishing to collect honorariums for classes must provide a fully completed and signed W9 to DMS prior to receipt of any honorarium, without exception.

  2. To be approved for honorarium, a class must be submitted at least 240 hours prior to the beginning of the event.

  3. All classes requesting honorarium are subject to scrutiny where subject matter is vague, potentially unrelated to making, or instruction time is less than 90 minutes to ensure quality of material and value to the DMS and members.

  4. Instructors must provide a syllabus or detailed outline of the class to be eligible.

  5. If an instructor donates his/her portion of the Honorarium to a Committee, then a W9 shall not be required.

  6. Only a single honorarium may be paid for any class.

  7. Honorarium can be forgone by the hosting member and designated to a committee

  8. Honorarium Auditors cannot discuss their own honorarium requests except through channels available to non-Honorarium Auditors

Minimum Class Sizes

  1. For requirements classes (those listed in the tool matrix or required by committees or DMS prior to allowing a member to use a tool or resource), 3 attendees are required to receive honorarium.
  2. For eligible non-requirements classes, 5 students are required to receive honorarium. However, upon an advance request of the Honorarium Auditors this number may be reduced to no fewer than three students, where a class requires hands-on instruction such that more students would create difficulty supervising, or an unsafe condition.
  3. Honorarium auditors have the responsibility for enforcing these rules, however, their judgements may be appealed to the Board of Directors at the next available meeting.

Relevance: Educating makers is a principal goal of the Dallas Makerspace.