This page lists the ways you can support Con or Bust: spread the word; participate in the auction; donate money; donate con memberships or other non-monetary support; or buy a T-shirt. Con or Bust is a not-for-profit corporation that does its utmost to minimize its administrative expenses; for information on expenses and tax-deductibility of donations to Con or Bust, please see the bottom of this page.
Spread the Word
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.
Participate in the Auction
If it’s April or May, you can participate in the annual online auction by submitting something to be auctioned or by bidding.
At any time, you can donate money, either as a simple donation or to pay for an auction item. 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.
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 something else. 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
Donate Con Memberships etc.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 a not-for-profit corporation. It pays no compensation to its Directors or volunteers; its current by-laws and conflict of interest policy are available via the About page.
Con or Bust’s 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 a fee to process donations (2.9% + 0.30 per transaction); once the IRS confirms our tax-exempt status, we will request a reduced or eliminated fee under PayPal’s existing programs for charities.
- Web hosting and domain name registration.
- Rental of a P.O. Box.
Con or Bust, Inc., applied for federal tax-exempt status on April 17, 2016. If approved, the status will be retroactive to Con or Bust, Inc.’s creation (April 6, 2016), and all donations made since then will be tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
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 is filing the tax returns necessary for its re-application for tax exempt status, and looks forward to having that in place later in 2016. 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 April 20, 2016.