Ursa Major Awards get matching donations from Anthrocon, help wanted from other cons.
by Patch O'Furr
For 15 years, the Ursa Major Awards lacked resources. Costs came from organizer pockets. This year they tried a GoFundMe, and it’s getting close to the goal!
- It’s not there yet and still needs your help. Please see the fundraiser here.
- Don’t forget to vote for the awards!
Here’s some good news courtesy of Fred Patten.
At a recent Anthrocon Board of Directors meeting, it was approved for Anthrocon to match up to $350 in donations received in the UMA’s GoFundMe campaign to cover trophy manufacturing and costs.
The donation is viewed as a way to support writers. Many publishers release new works at Anthrocon, and the con has a substantial writing track which doesn’t cost much to run. Anthrocon spends a lot to support fursuiters (they can get special souvenir tags, for example), but the writing track has never asked for more.
During the discussion, it was noticed that the ALAA hasn’t gotten other cons to donate yet. It was suggested the ALAA use this opportunity to ask other cons to match a portion of GoFundMe donations too.
There was discussion of making Anthrocon’s donation regular annually – if other cons donate regularly Anthrocon is likely to join in, probably matching their amounts. Now is the time to step up and help.
AnthrOhio has agreed to host the 2019 UMA presentations, and Biggest Little Fur Con the 2020 presentations.
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