This page lists the ways you can support Con or Bust: spread the word; participate in the auction; donate money; shop at Amazon; donate con memberships or other non-monetary support; or buy a T-shirt. Con or Bust is a tax-exempt not-for-profit corporation that does its utmost to minimize its administrative expenses (more information).
The simplest thing you can do to support Con or Bust is to tell people that it exists, that it helps fans of color/non-white fans attend SFF cons, and that it’s funded solely through donations and its annual online auction. Links to the about page are terrific.
If it’s April or May, you can participate in the annual online auction by submitting something to be auctioned or by bidding.
Con or Bust takes donations online, via credit card or PayPal account, or by mail.
For online donations, you can either follow this link to the PayPal Giving Fund and have 100% of your donation go directly to Con or Bust, or you can use the button below and have your donation reduced by a PayPal fee (a lower charity rate of 2.2% + $0.30). What’s the difference between the two methods?
- If you need to use a credit card rather than a PayPal account, you must use the button (you may need to click “continue” on the bottom left, above the credit card logos).
- If you are paying for an auction item or a T-shirt, you can use either method. However, if you use the button, you can let us know what your payment is for directly from the button (see below). If you use the PayPal Giving Fund, you must then forward your acknowledgment email only to firstname.lastname@example.org with the information. (Please do not send money directly to that address!) The Giving Fund doesn’t allow you to leave notes with your donation and doesn’t notify us immediately that your donation has been made.
Please don’t hesitate to use whatever method is most convenient.
On the “review your donation” screen, please click “Add special instructions” (in small letters underneath “Purpose” and “Con or Bust”) and indicate whether this is a donation, payment for an auction item, or payment for a T-shirt. If it’s an auction item, also specify the seller & item.
You can also mail a donation (but please contact me before paying for an auction item by check):
Con or Bust, Inc.
P.O. Box 9432
Niskayuna, NY 12309
If you shop at Amazon, you can have Amazon automatically donate a portion of your purchases to Con or Bust.
If you click on the above banner or go to Con or Bust’s Amazon Smile page and then log in, Amazon will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase you make to Con or Bust–as long as you start shopping at smile.amazon.com. (After you log in, it’ll give you some suggestions for doing that automatically, and also remind you from the website itself if you’re logged in.)
And at any time, you can donate con memberships or other non-monetary support, either as an individual or on behalf of a con. Please email email@example.com with the following information:
- The con you are donating memberships to, or other support for;
- What information you need about the recipients to register them; and
- When you need that information by.
Please note that all assistance provided by Con or Bust is confidential, and therefore you should be prepared to minimize the number of people who know the identity of those receiving donated assistance.
A note on gaming cons, workshops, etc.: unfortunately, at this time Con or Bust doesn’t have the resources to expand beyond SFF cons. If there’s a question about whether your event falls into this category, please ask! But if you’re a gaming con, our friends at I Need Diverse Games (also a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization) are delighted to accept donated memberships to gaming cons to distribute to POC/LGBTQIA/Disabled/other marginalized people, so please check out their assistance page for details!
Finally, you can buy a T-shirt by mail. Shirts are now $15 each with US shipping included (please email me to arrange shipping elsewhere). Please be sure to note the size, color, and any mailing instructions in the “Add special instructions to the seller” field in PayPal.
V-neck fitted T-shirts are available in purple in sizes M-2XL (size information):
Con or Bust, Inc., is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, which means that donations to Con or Bust are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Here’s the IRS determination letter; you can also search the IRS’s online database for our name or our EIN, which is 81-2141738.
Con or Bust pays no compensation to its Directors or volunteers; its current by-laws and conflict of interest policy are available via the About page. Its ongoing administrative expenses are minimal and fall into three categories.
- Financial. We have chosen our bank accounts to minimize the fees that will be incurred, but we cannot avoid all bank fees. Further, PayPal charges us a fee to process donations through our website (a discounted rate of 2.2% + 0.30 per transaction because we’re a charity); people may also donate fee-free through PayPal’s Giving Fund, as discussed above.
- Web hosting and domain name registration.
- Rental of a P.O. Box.
Donations to Con or Bust made before April 2016 were made via the Carl Brandon Society, another not-for-profit organization. In August 2015, as discussed in more detail in this blog post, I learned that the Carl Brandon Society’s tax-exempt (501(c)(3)) status with the IRS had been automatically revoked as of August 2013. I apologize unreservedly for inadvertently misleading donors to Con or Bust. The Carl Brandon Society has filed the tax returns necessary for its re-application for tax exempt status. If its application is granted, this means that the Carl Brandon Society will be considered to have been a tax-exempt organization all along, with no break in its status. Until then, if you need advice about how to treat donations to Con or Bust specifically or the Carl Brandon Society generally during that time, please consult an appropriate professional.
Last updated October 2, 2016.