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.
Written By: JT Eberhardcontinue to source article at patheos.com