When I first started the PTBO Game Jam, and was talking with different levels of government about funding they gave me some interesting advice. They indicated that I should formalize the event as a non-profit, and pay myself a salary. While still not something I want to do, because the idea of the PTBO Game Jam is still about giving back to the Peterborough community, it does make sense. While most of my volunteers estimate their hours outside of the event around 15-20 hours, I’m still conservatively putting in the 250+ hours per event. With the event aggressively positioning itself as a tech leader in the Peterborough community, that position comes with a significant cost of my time.
I still think its worth it, and will continue to donate my time.