What does Fundred mean?
Fundred is a play on words which combines the words “Fun,” “Fund,” and “Hundred.”

Can I share the Fundred Dollar Bill Project with others?
Yes, please do! Click here.

What is "Operation Paydirt"?
When artist Mel Chin conceived of the Fundreds, he imagined the Fundreds as part of interconnected actions between scientists, policy makers, community leaders and artists. The whole "operation" would be "Operation Paydirt." You'll see the name Operation Paydirt referenced in some of our materials and videos.  Chin used the word "Paydirt" in reference to a gold mining term from 1873 that meant success or profit. With Operation Paydirt, we mine the value of democracy through a creative collective action with hopes to a strike it rich, in this case, with a healthier environment and future for us all.

Who can participate?
Everyone! There is no age limit. The only requirement is that participants are motivated to contribute.

Can we make more than one Fundred Dollar Bill per person?
Only one Fundred Dollar Bill per person because each Fundred represents our unique individual expression. That said, you can practice … but be sure to send your favorite one!

Once I have a number of Fundred Dollar Bills from my friends what do I do with them? 
Please bundle Fundreds with the Fundred Bundle Bands. Label the Band with the number of Fundreds in the bundle, your school/organization, and your city and state.  Then place in an envelope with the proper postage and mail to an official Collection Center.

Where do I send completed Fundred Dollar Bills?
The Philadelphia Fundred Mint
1214 Arch Street
Philidelphia, PA 19107

Can the bills be copied in black & white on a standard copy machine?
We would prefer if Fundred templates were printed in color however we understand that may not always be an option. In the end, no Fundred will be refused, and each is precious!

Why color copies?
To maintain artistic integrity and coherence of the huge collection of Fundred Dollar Bills, the templates should be consistent. By working with the color template made available by the project it will provide a uniform canvas for everyone’s creativity. In addition, the experience of drawing on a heavier weight paper, printed in color, reinforces that you are working on a precious object!

I’m having trouble aligning the front and back of the template on my printer, any advice?
When you send the files to your printer, make sure that the setting for “scale to printer” or “scale document to fit printer margins” box is NOT checked. Also be sure that the document is NOT set to auto-rotate and center. These settings are the default on many printers, so you will have to manually un-check.

Here's an even easier option: We can provide color templates for you. Click here.

What if I can’t afford the printing costs for the templates?
We print templates in big batches and offer them at cost including shipping. Click here to order. If you can’t afford color printing, please simply use black & white. If that is not an option, please contact us and we may be able to provide free templates.

What drawing supplies are appropriate to draw our Fundreds?
You can work with pens, markers, colored pencils, collage; anything that does not smear and get messy will work.

Are there deadlines for us to send our Fundreds?
Send your Fundred Bills NOW to be counted! The project is ongoing and we will announce any major deadlines. 

What will happen with the Fundred artworks after the delivery to Washington D.C.?
We are discussing a donation of the Fundred collection with a number of museums in Washington. Our intent is that all of the Fundreds stay together and are viewed as one big artwork.

Who invented this idea?
The instigator of the project is an artist named Mel Chin. Many of his projects are collaborative and he often works with students. He sees this concept as a collective art project where every contribution is valuable and celebrated.

Where can I learn more about Mel Chin?
You can find out more about him here.

Do the Fundred guards have real guns?
Referencing ‘swords into plowshares,’ a real antique Mauser rifle, used in past wars, is transformed into a functional shovel to serve humanity. With lead in the home, in the air and in the soil, the shovel gun became an Operation Paydirt symbol as a protective and creative work tool for the big effort ahead. Guards protecting the Fundreds have an artist tool, emblematic of protecting the valuable currency of the people, a reminder of the work to be done to benefit human health and the eventual "paydirt" of collective action. I hope people "dig it".

Who else is contributing to the Fundred Dollar Bill Project?
Anyone can contribute. Children and adults, from every region of the United States, are drawing Fundred Dollar Bills and sending them in. See Participating Schools, click here.