Why We Give to GeekGirlCon

GeekGirlCon 2018 at Washington State Conference Center in Seattle, Washington, on Sunday, October 28, 2018. Photo by Sayed Alamy. More info at geekgirlcon.com

We are officially less than one week away from GiveBIG! Mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 8th, or schedule your gift ahead of time here!

For those of you who aren’t familiar, GiveBIG is an annual day of giving, hosted by 501 commons, that benefits local nonprofits like GeekGirlCon. The support generated by GiveBIG helps us at GeekGirlCon create the most inclusive, accessible convention possible, bringing you (our incredible supporters and community members!) more exceptional panelists, exhibitors, featured contributors, workshops, meetups, and so much more each year.

For all of us at GeekGirlCon, this kind of support is personal. As volunteers, we each have our own unique story of why we give and what GeekGirlCon means to us. Read on to hear our stories, and be sure to add your own. This GiveBIG, let us know what the GeekGirlCon community means to you and share your support for our mission.

Alyssa Jones | Director of Interactive Programming

I support GeekGirlCon because…

It’s important to support ALL WOMEN!

Geeks come in every shape, color, orientation, ability, and gender identity

There aren’t enough safe spaces for marginalized geek

And cause it’s a DAMN FUN WEEKEND

Kalyna Durbak | Copywriter

I support GeekGirlCon because I wish such an organization existed when I was younger. GeekGirlCon sends a message to the world that everyone of ALL ages, gender identities, sexual orientations, sizes, abilities, ethnicities, nationalities, races, creeds, religions, familial statuses, physical and mental abilities, alien species, earth species, education levels, science specializations, fandoms, etc., deserve a safe place to be a geekno minimal “Geek Cred” required!

Allison Borngesser | Senior Designer

Because it’s important to hold space for geeks of marginalized spaces, so they can find community, share their stories and feel seen and heard. Watching all our attendees having a good time, learning, and interacting is the most rewarding feeling when putting in volunteer time and working behind the scenes. 

Bonnie Barcellos | Human Resources Manager

I was not encouraged to enjoy geeky things as a child because I was a girl. My parents are amazing, loving people but they held strong views of what girls should do/like and what boys should do/like. I have a memory of my dad and brothers watching a movie – I popped in the room, was told I wouldn’t like it because it was a boys’ movie, and so I left. That movie was Star Wars. Luckily I rebelled as a teen and inhaled fantasy & sci-books, discovered the amazingness of Star Wars and so many other films, and never looked back. GGC celebrates inclusivity and the love of all things geek in such a wonderful way. We provide a safe space for people to unabashedly be who they are, learn new things, and meet awesome people with similar interests. 

I also love our focus on STEM careers for women. Again, that wasn’t an option provided to me. I’m happy in my current career – but if I had gotten more exposure/encouragement in math and science, I would have pursued a career as an economist. I want to provide information and opportunities to women that I didn’t have. GGC does that so well, and it’s an important part of our mission.

Teal Christensen | Copywriter

Something I believe in very strongly is that while virtual spaces can be wildly important, especially to folks of marginalized identities, huge and important parts of our lives still have to happen irl. In order for that reality to be safe and accessible and equitable, we have to do the work to hold space for ourselves and our communities in the physical world. That’s what I think of as the work of GeekGirlCon, and that’s why I support it.

Thank you for supporting GeekGirlCon during GiveBIG, and adding your story to our community of supporters!

Hanna Hupp
“Rock On!”

GiveBIG to GeekGirlCon May 8th

For the last few years GeekGirlCon has participated in GiveBIG, an annual day of giving in Seattle. Hosted this year by 501 Commons, GiveBIG is a single-day online fundraiser for local non-profit organizations. Starting today, April 23rd, you can schedule your gift to GeekGirlCon before GiveBIG happens in two weeks on May 8th!

As a volunteer-run organization, everyone at GeekGirlCon is extremely passionate about our mission: to create a safe and encouraging space for all people regardless of color, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Our staff embodies this message and we strive make sure that our community is welcoming to all. Everyone at GeekGirlCon has a unique perspective, and we all support this organization because we believe that the world can do better. From STEM to gaming, the arts and popular culture, no one should go without their story being told. Whether you’re a fan, creator, scientist, or a gamer, we can all come together to celebrate our common interests while also celebrating what makes us unique. No two geeks are alike, after all.

But, beyond the dedication of our staff we couldn’t host the convention each year without your support. Individual donations by our community and sponsors give us the ability to organize the best possible event that we can. Your support allows us to bring more panels, events, Featured Contributors, exhibitors, and so much more to the con each year.  

This November, we’ll be hosting our biggest convention to date and we simply could not do this without you.

Over the next couple of weeks stay tuned as we ramp up for the big day. We want to tell you our story—and we want to hear yours, too! Why do you support GeekGirlCon?

Schedule your gift today by visiting us at https://www.givebig2019.org/geekgirlcon, and join us May 8th for a day of community and giving.

Indigo Boock
“Rock On!”

Do It for the Geeks: The GGC Holiday Wish List

While the next GeekGirlCon is almost a full year away (November 16 and 17, 2019!), we’re already getting the ball rolling, and we’d love your help! We’ve compiled an Amazon Wish List of items that will help us make the con a success. If you’d like to support our mission, please take a look and consider donating an item or two to the cause.

Source: Giphy. Description: An overhead shot of many people putting their hands into a pile as a celebration of teamwork. The last

Source: Giphy. Description: An overhead shot of many people putting their hands into a pile as a celebration of teamwork. The last “hand” is a dog paw.

Each item on the wish list is labeled with the area of the con it will help support, so you can contribute directly to the experiences that have had an impact on you.

Love our panels and featured contributors? Consider donating a Southwest Airlines gift card to help us bring in more panelists from more places around the country.

Appreciate our accessibility efforts? You may want to donate a pack of writing pads to support that mission.

Consider our cosplay contests the highlight of GeekGirlCon? Our wish list is full items we’d love to offer as fabulous prizes for contest winners. (Pro tip: if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the geeks in your life, I’d highly recommend scrolling through our list.)

Source: Giphy. Description: a trio of people dressed as Santa's elves wrapping a present.

Source: Giphy. Description: a trio of people dressed as Santa’s elves wrapping a present.

Whatever you love about GeekGirlCon, our Amazon Wish List is a great, inexpensive way to have a tangible impact on next year’s con. We appreciate your support and can’t wait to show you what we have in store for the upcoming year!

Caitlin Foskey
“Rock On!”

Give to #GivingTuesday, For Science!

Image description: a young attendee colors in with crayons at the Science Zone at GeekGirlCon.

After a week of feasting, hanging out with family, fighting lines at stores, and shopping online, Giving Tuesday is upon us!

#GivingTuesday is a movement–it even has its own hashtag–that’s set right in the middle of all your holiday shopping as a day to give back to nonprofit organizations so that we can keep doing things that you love. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, GeekGirlCon is entirely volunteer-powered and rely on donations to fulfil our mission to support, empower, and celebrate women and girls in all areas of geekdom.

Donate for her.
Image description: a young attendee in a Wonder Woman costume does a science experiment with beads and cups at the DIY Science Zone.

Today from 5am PST, PayPal and Facebook are partnering to match 100% of donations made for Giving Tuesday, up to a total of $7 million. This means that every dollar that you donate to GeekGirlCon today will be matched so that your donation will go twice as far. Since donation matching will continue until the $7m runs out, the earlier you donate in the day, the better!

Our focus this year is on raising funds for our famed DIY Science Zone! What better way to foster a love of science in the next generation of geeks than to do all the science with them? Funding the DIYSciZone allows us to invite more scientists, do bigger experiments, and grow the Zone, all for the love of science!

Image description: A young attendee pets a  spotted spider in the DIY Science Zone.

Click here to donate on Facebook today. Or, you can even go further and make your own GeekGirlCon fundraiser! Your generosity will not only go directly to helping us put on the convention, but it will also give us the following powerups, to name a few:

  • Year-round activities, such as our Board Game Nights at Wayward Coffeehouse.
  • Outreach in the Greater Seattle Area, such as Atomic Comicon or the PAX Diversity Lounge.
  • Programming, such as featured contributors, speakers, and workshops at the convention.

Regardless of how you contribute, your donation will make an impact, and we truly appreciate the strength, kindness, and generosity of our community. We truly wouldn’t be able to do it without you!

<3 GeekGirlCon

JC Lau
“Rock On!”

Trivia at Mox Boarding House on September 9!

Calling all geeks (AKA every person reading this post)! Join GeekGirlCon Sunday, September 9 for an afternoon of trivia fun at Mox Boarding House in Bellevue!

If you’re unfamiliar with Mox Boarding House, here’s what you need to know:

  • Mox is a gathering place for gamers and geeks of ALL AGES.
  • However, they also serve beer and wine and other food-type goodies.
  • The Bellevue location is at 13310 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue, WA 98005.
  • It’s a really cool space, and coming to our event would be the perfect opportunity to check it out!

If that all sounds good, here’s what you need to know about our trivia night:

  • It’s on Sunday, September 9 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • To participate, there’s a $7 per-person ticket price. 
  • We’re capping teams at 6 people. Feel free to either come with a team or on your own. There will be tons of folks to join up with once you’re there.
  • While trivia will be the main event, we’ll also have other activities going on.
  • We’ll be selling passes to GeekGirlCon ’18!
  • We’ll be nerding out in Mox’s big tournament room, and there will be servers around to take food and drink orders (there’s a full restaurant!).

Finally, know that by coming out, you’ll be supporting GeekGirlCon or, as I like to call it, your favorite geeky org and the best weekend of the year!

 

[Image Description: Ron Swanson grinning. The caption reads, “The Moment You Realise It’s Trivia Night.”] Source: Amino

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Celebrating Five Years of DIY Science

At GeekGirlCon, accessibility is everything. Putting together a packed weekend of accessible and inclusive geeky programming is fundamental to GeekGirlCon’s mission. One event that reflects this commitment is our DIY Science Zone. The DIY Science Zone is one of GeekGirlCon’s most unique bits of programming, and this year we’re celebrating its fifth anniversary. Equally as exciting for both kids and adults, the DIY Science Zone brings together scientists, science educators, and science enthusiasts alike to participate in hands-on activities and experiments, chat about various scientific fields, and celebrate accessible learning.

Teal Christensen
“Rock On!”

Join us for GiveBIG 2017!

Written by Jenn Schooley, GeekGirlCon Individual Sponsorship Manager

We’re excited to participate for a second year in Seattle’s GiveBIG and now, more than ever, we need your help!

Just what is GiveBIG?

GiveBIG, sponsored by the Seattle Foundation, is an online fundraising event designed to help Seattle area nonprofits create momentum and excitement about community philanthropy. Now in its seventh year, the program has helped participating nonprofits raise more than $75 million.

How does it work?

This 24-hour giving marathon takes place on May 10 from 12:00am to 11:59pm. Starting now, donors can pre-schedule gifts to their favorite participating nonprofits (including GeekGirlCon). Gifts won’t be charged until the morning of May 10, but it’s a great way to get your donations scheduled in advance without having to worry about it later!

Guest Contributor
“Rock On!”

Thank you for giving BIG!

Despite huge technical difficulties, we couldn’t have asked for such amazing donors this year. In GeekGirlCon’s first year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program, we raised over $12,000 with 115 donors!

As a 100% volunteer-run, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, these dollars are crucial and we can’t wait to give back to all our supporters at GeekGirlCon’16 on October 9th and 10th!

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

Celebrate GiveBIG with us!

[Extraordinary update: Despite huge technical difficulties, we couldn’t have asked for such amazing donors this year. In GeekGirlCon’s first year of teaming up with Seattle Foundation for its GiveBIG program, we raised over $12,000 with 115 donors! Read more about it in this blog post!]

From Wednesday:

Happy GiveBIG, part two!

GeekGirlCon currently has 79 ‪#‎GiveBIG‬ donors so far. That’s almost 30 more than our original goal!

If we can make it to 100 donors our Board of Directors will donate an additional $500. Will you accept the challenge? Every donation counts, and helps GeekGirlCon ‪#‎GiveBACK‬ more to you!

On Tuesday, GiveBIG’s website had some technical issues with donations. So the Seattle Foundation says it is extending GiveBIG through midnight tomorrow, Wednesday, May 4.

A quick recap of GiveBIG:

  • GiveBIG is a one-day, online charitable giving event with the goal to invest $20 million in community nonprofits.
  • In addition to the money we raise today, we get an additional percentage of funds from the Seattle Foundation.
  • With the extra funds, you can help GeekGirlCon (a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization), incelebrating every geek and promoting women in science, tech, gaming, comics, and all other geekdoms at a variety of events throughout the year and at our annual Con.
  • You can donate here until midnight.

Our goal is 50 donations. Be one of our fabulous 50 donors and #GiveBIG!

We celebrated at Wayward Coffeehouse on Tuesday to track live results.

We will not be at Wayward on Wednesday, but the party continues online! Mention us on Twitter at @GeekGirlCon using the hashtag #GiveBig. You can see some of our tweets throughout the day, in the box below.

GeekGirlCon is 100% volunteer-run. With this additional funding, we can add even more diverse guests and options to our programming, promoting the role of women in geek culture.

Exhibit A

We hope you join us in this adventure! Questions? Tweet us @GeekGirlCon or email us at info@geekgirlcon.com.

Ashli Blow
“Rock On!”

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