We are making AMAZING progress on our work to #SaveWisCon, thanks to your help!
- We have now raised just over $32,000 in donations of which $30,000 will be matched, for a total of $62,000 raised to support WisCon! This is absolutely incredible, and we are so grateful for everyone who contributed and helped spread the word.
- 70 people have completed our Volunteer Interest Form to help out with pre-con volunteering. Thank you all!
- We’ve gained 252 new email newsletter subscribers since November, which is helping us make sure everyone gets the latest con news and updates. Not getting the newsletter? You can sign up here.
- We have a total of 418 registrations (in-person and online). Our goal is 1,000! Please register and tell your friends about WisCon, too.
PLUS we are receiving a total of $5,500 in grants from:
- The Alamo Literary Arts Maintenance Organization (ALAMO)
- The Carl Brandon Society
- SFWA (The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, soon to be the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association)
- The Speculative Literature Foundation
We deeply appreciate their support and encourage everyone to learn more about these excellent organizations.
Thanks to your donations and these grants, we’re at roughly $67,000 in total funds raised!
Is this the end of #SaveWisCon fundraising? Are we just done now, forever?
Well…probably not, y’all, for a couple of reasons:
- It is basically impossible that we can book enough rooms to meet our hotel contract, so we are going to owe the Concourse a lot of money. This is just how things are because of the pandemic: we want people who feel comfortable to attend WisCon in person to attend, but we recognize that in-person events are a significant risk for many people.
- My initial $70k-ish fundraising goal assumed that we would sell 500 online memberships (half of what WisCONline sold in 2020). We’re currently at a small fraction of that, and I don’t know how likely it is we’ll be able to get close to 500. So that’s revenue we were hoping to have that we may not have.
That said: This is a HUGE step towards making sure WisCon continues happening in the future!