Skepticon is a conference for, frankly, everybody – and that includes the poor. So many times we thought “If we just charge $10 to get in, that’s $10,000 or more! That would help so much!” But we never did it, because the fact remains that some people simply don’t have $10 to spare, and they need to be able to attend too. There must be one event that dissolves the various financial classes and allows all atheists to come together. That was what we dreamed Skepticon would be, and it became more than we could’ve ever hoped for.
But absent the income from charging admission, the Skepticon organizers must scramble to raise even more money. Here’s an infographic Lauren Lane made. It shows how the budget for Skepticon works. Upon clicking it and doing some math, you might say “Hey, does this mean that Skepticon costs $39,100 to put on?” Yes. Yes it does.
And since I’m back on the board of directors for Skepticon, I can tell you that the event doesn’t have nearly that much money raised. So please help out if you can. If you want to inspire new activists with your money, this is the place to do it. Young people, high schoolers, college students, and people who have never been able to afford to go to a conference, this is where they meet PZ Myers and Seth Andrews and the rest of their heroes. I cannot tell you how many emails I’ve gotten from people telling me that after Skepticon they decided to try to change the world.
It’s a noble idea that is being put together by a team of very competent people (Lauren Lane is back to being the lead organizer). They will do wonders with the money, but they can’t produce money out of thin air.
Even if you don’t plan on attending, consider donating for all the good this event does.
There are a couple fundraisers running right now. The first is the Shelley Segal song-writing fundraiser.
I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Shelley has agreed to come play at Skepticon this year. But, did you know that to fly from Australia to Springfield costs about as much as 2,000 dollar menu breakfast burritos?
To help cover the costs of all these burrito–er plane tickets, Shelley has graciously agreed to do a songwriting fundraiser with us!
Here’s how it works: There are 3 song options, Skepticon, Unicorn, and Dinosaur. Whichever category that raises the most funds by August 31st at 9pm CST WINS and Shelly will write a song about that topic and perform it at Skepticon 6!
BUT WAIT! There’s more!
The donor that gives the largest donation overall wins the opportunity to be serenaded on stage by Shelley as she sings the chosen song at our event this year*. All of your fanperson dreams can come true!
Below are the buttons for each of the songs, remember to choose wisely and be sure to share the one that you want to win!
The Dogma Debate podcast is also raising money for Skepticon:
$200 - Aron Ra will debate Rachel Brown on evolution: but Aron has to defend the Creationist position.$400 - David Smalley will use a recorded line to call a healing ministry and request a refund, or “extra prayers” because “the pain came back.”$600 – Aron Ra will give his Skepticon talk dressed as a Jedi Knight
$800- Rachel Brown will shoot 6 rounds from a 12g shot gun. (on video)
$1,000 – Producer, Trent Brusky will open-air preach in Florida using crazy bible verses about not eating shrimp, wearing mixed fabrics, working on the Sabbath, etc. (on video)
$2,000 – David Smalley will get a tattoo of the Human Rights Campaign logo (=) (on video)
Please consider making a donation, even if it’s just $5. A few thousand people (Hey! This blog has quite a a few thousand readers!) all donating $5 is still a handsome sum. It would go a long way. And even if you can’t donate, you can still help by spreading the word. Link this post on all your social media, tell your friends.
Thanks everybody. *hug*