Update: Send Patrick McCollum to Awakened World 2012

With just 12 days left to go, the campaign to raise funds so that Pagan chaplain and activist Patrick McCollum  can attend Awakened World 2012 in Rome, Italy as a facilitator and representative of modern Pagan faiths has raised nearly $3000 dollars towards its $3,500 goal. We're in the home stretch! I believe we can collectively raise another $590 dollars to hit this goal before the deadline, and send one of our hardest-working and worthy activists and voices to this international gathering of religious leaders.Here are some testimonials from those who know Patrick and his work: "Hopefully by now many of you will have heard of Patrick before, but if not, he is one of the greatest int … [Read more...]

How to Support Pagan Community (and Infrastructure)

Over at Llewellyn Wordlwide's official blog, Elysia Gallo, Senior Acquisitions Editor for Witchcraft, Wicca, Pagan, and magickal books, lists seven ways in which you can support Pagan community. I heartily agree with all her recommendations. "So now, as we pull into the harvest season, let’s start thinking about ways to give back to our vibrant and wide-reaching community. I have a few brilliant ideas (as usual!), some of which will hit you up for cash, others of which only take some time and mindfulness." Among her suggestions, Elysia lists supporting the New Alexandrian Library's fundraising effort (more on that here), helping to send Patrick McCollum to the Awakened World Conference in I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: The New Alexandrian Library and Building Real Pagan Infrastructure

[The following is a guest post from Michael Smith. Michael Smith, Gwydion Stormcrow, has been practicing Wicca, Magick, and various esoteric disciplines since 1989. He has been active in the pagan community since 1993 when he became a member of the Assembly of the Sacred Wheel (ASW), a Wiccan organization in the Mid-Atlantic region. He is an Elder of the ASW and is currently serving as High Priest of Coven of the Rowan Star, a coven in that Tradition. He is also involved with the Tradition's New Alexandrian Library.](Skimmers, the bold is for you! ;-) )The New Alexandrian Library (an Indigogo fundraising drive) is a project that has been in process since 2000, when the idea was first … [Read more...]

Pagan Fundraising Initiatives: Patrick McCollum, New Alexandrian Library, Orpheus Pagan Chamber Choir

A bright and ongoing success story in the Pagan community has been the utilization of crowd-funding sites like IndieGoGo and Kickstarter to collectively raise funds for important projects. Starhawk raised over $75,000 dollars to help fund a pitch-reel in order get a feature film based on her book "The Fifth Sacred Thing" made. Peter Dybing helped raise $30,000 dollars for Doctors Without Borders in the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami. Pagan singer-songwriter SJ Tucker was amazed when a Kickstarter campaign for Tricky Pixie's European tour more than doubled their initial goal in a matter of hours (and kept on growing). In addition, several smaller initiatives have managed to coll … [Read more...]