Reminder: Con or Bust will be accepting requests for assistance from fans of color/non-white fans to attend SFF cons through Wednesday, November 25. (Requests must be timestamped on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern; I may or may not be awake to turn the form off.)
People have asked whether assistance is available for fans of color/non-white fans attending ICFA, the International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts. After gathering information, it appears to me that ICFA is principally an academic conference, which is outside Con or Bust’s scope, but that it contains a smaller but distinct SFF convention portion. Therefore, Con or Bust assistance is potentially available to fans of color/non-white fans planning to attend ICFA who are not presenting a paper there. The usual procedure will be followed for determining whether any particular request for assistance can be granted; please see the Request Assistance page for more information.
Assistance can be requested through November 25, 2015 for all upcoming SFF cons; the next assistance-request period is February 15-25, 2016.
Fans of color/non-white fans who can get to Toronto this weekend:
Four free memberships are available to SFContario 6, November 20-22, 2016, Toronto, ON, Canada. SFContario is a general-interest con with a literary focus; this year, its Guests of Honor are Saladin Ahmed, Peter Watts, and Tom Smith. The memberships have been donated by the con. Please check it out and spread the word!
The following free SFF con memberships are now available to fans of color/non-white fans:
JordanCon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, which must be claimed by March 27, 2016.
GeekGirlCon has donated ten passes to Con or Bust.
See the Request Assistance page for information on how to request these memberships, or to request other assistance from Con or Bust (now through November 25!). Thanks, and please spread the word!
From now through Novmember 25, 2015, Con or Bust is accepting requests from fans of color/non-white fans to attend upcoming SFF cons. Here’s how to request assistance; here’s the full list of upcoming cons for which specific assistance is available.
Please spread the word!
Fans of color/non-white fans: Con or Bust will be taking requests for monetary assistance to attend cons, plus free memberships to cons, from November 15 through November 25, 2015. To learn how to request assistance, see the Request Assistance page. For the most up-to-date list of cons to which assistance is available, see the Upcoming Cons page. Please mark your calendars and spread the word!
Con or Bust has the following memberships available free, first-come first-served, for fans of color/non-white fans:
SFContario has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
Arisia has donated six memberships and two hotel rooms (double beds, available Friday through Monday) to Con or Bust.
Farpoint has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
Boskone has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.
In addition, multiple memberships will be available during the next request assistance period, which is November 15-25. The full list is available at the Upcoming Cons page, but here are two new cons for your information:
FOGcon has donated two memberships to Con or Bust, and an individual has donated a third.
WisCon has donated four memberships to Con or Bust, of which three remain.
To request memberships for the immediately-available cons, or to learn to how request monetary assistance and memberships to later cons during November 15-25, please see the Request Assistance page. And please spread the word!
I administer Con or Bust as a project of the Carl Brandon Society, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Questions about the Carl Brandon Society’s tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) status with the IRS were recently brought to my attention.
The Carl Brandon Society’s tax-exempt status was automatically revoked in August 2013; the CBS has today published an apology and an explanation on its blog. I apologize as well for inadvertently misleading donors to Con or Bust. I strive to run Con or Bust in as transparent and accountable a manner as possible, and I would never have represented that the CBS was a current 501(c)(3) organization if I had known that its status had been revoked.
As the CBS says in its statement, it will be applying for retroactive reinstatement soon and expects to be reinstated with no difficulty. Retroactive reinstatement means, effectively, that an organization will be considered to have been a tax-exempt organization all along, with no break in its status.
What does this mean for Con or Bust donors? If you’ve donated money to Con or Bust since August 2013, and you would like to be updated on the Carl Brandon Society’s reinstatement application, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with “tax status” in the Subject. I will add you to a mailing list that has the sole purpose of updating people on the CBS’s tax status. (No spam!) You can also keep an eye on the CBS’s website. So that future donors are aware, I am updating Con or Bust’s website with this information and will provide it in the thank-you emails to donors from now on. Unfortunately, if you’ve listed contributions to the Carl Brandon Society as itemized deductions on your tax returns in the past, either because you donated to Con or Bust or donated to support one of the CBS’s other projects, I cannot advise you on what, if any, steps you should take; please consult an appropriate professional.
Finally, I want to assure all donors that 100% of their donations are provided directly to fans of color/non-white fans to help them attend SFF cons. All administrative expenses are donated by me (principally web hosting, domain name, and postage) or the Carl Brandon Society (principally PayPal fees and postage), and everyone who helps with Con or Bust volunteers their time. I’m grateful for, and humbled by, all the support Con or Bust has received over the years, particularly the most recent outpouring of support thanks to John Scalzi’s donation drive, and I will continue to do everything I can to run Con or Bust in a manner worthy of that support.
As John Scalzi has just announced, if a total of $2,500 is donated to Con or Bust between now and 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) Sunday, August 30, 2015 (here’s a countdown), he will make an audio version of John Scalzi Is Not A Very Popular Author And I Myself Am Quite Popular: How SJWs Always Lie About Our Comparative Popularity Levels, which is a parody of another book that we shall not link to here. John will also match the first $500 in donations.
To donate, click the big yellow-orange button below. You can use either a credit card or a PayPal account; to use a credit card, after you click the button below, click “Continue” on the left side of the screen, above the credit card logos.
The Carl Brandon Society, Con or Bust’s financial agent, is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, and therefore donations to Con or Bust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. All donations will help fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons.
If you can’t donate right now, please consider spreading the word—not only about this donation drive, but about the many upcoming cons to which free memberships are available this very minute! And thanks for your help and support.