Charities

#lep42 has donated two memberships to Con or Bust.  Con or Bust helps people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. It is administered by Kate Nepveu as a project of the Carl Brandon Society, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to increase racial and ethnic diversity in the production of and audience for speculative fiction. Con or Bust isn’t a scholarship and isn’t limited by geography, type of con-goer, or con; its goal is simply to help fans of color go to SFF cons and be their own awesome selves.

Con or Bust is funded through donations and an online auction held annually. One hundred percent of all donations to Con or Bust are provided directly to fans of color to help then go to SFF cons; all administrative expenses are donated, and everyone working on Con or Bust volunteers their time.  Con or Bust assists people of color who might not be able to afford all of the costs associated with attending a convention: specifically general memberships (but not membership add-ons), travel (plus travel insurance if needed), lodging, and/or food.


In the lead up to our convention at the end of June, we will be on a promotional tour for our convention. At each event we will have a donation box to accept new art supplies for the patient playrooms at Phoenix Childrens’ Hospital. Our next scheduled events are:

Please show your support by donating. A list of the art supplies that the hospital likes to receive and of which it is always in need is listed below (as well as on the collection box). We really appreciate your time and efforts in supporting PCH!

  • Duct tape (all colors)
  • Glitter glue
  • Tacky glue
  • Elmer’s glue (by gallon)
  • Mod Podge
  • Paint brushes (cheap small 1 inch foam brushes)
  • Paint brushes (nice variety packs with different bristle sizes)
  • Acrylic paint (red, blue, green, purple, yellow, orange, pink, brown, black, white)
  • Water color paints
  • Finger paints (all colors)
  • Tempera paints (glitter paint)
  • Fabric markers and paints
  • Permanent markers (all colors)
  • Dot paint markers Window markers
  • Crayons
  • Felt
  • Large rolls of paper (more rolls of white than colored)
  • Tissue paper (colored and patterned)
  • Construction paper (all colors)
  • Poster board (especially white)
  • Fuzzy posters
  • Foam sheets/stickers
  • Rhinestones
  • Google eyes (all sizes)
  • Pom poms (all sizes)
  • Cotton balls
  • Q-Tips
  • Pipe cleaners (all colors)
  • Fuse beads
  • Ceramic figurines
  • Models
  • Wood craft kits
  • Wood painting kits (frames, cars, et cetera)
  • Paint by number kits
  • Scissors (all sizes and lefties)
  • Cornstarch
  • Shaving cream
  • Food coloring
  • Rice and Beans (big bags)
  • Buttons (all colors)
  • Beading kits
  • Friendship bracelet floss
  • Yarn (all colors) and string (all colors)
  • Playdoh
  • Playdoh tools & machines
  • Self drying clay
  • Band-Aids (different characters and designs)
  • Ribbon (all different color and sizes)
  • Curling ribbon
  • Paper bag sacks
  • Paper plates (thin & white in large and small sizes)
  • Paper plates (sturdy)
  • Foil
  • Wax paper
  • Canvas pillows, flags, and banners
  • Plain pillow cases
  • Stretched canvas
  • Bottles of bubbles
  • Stickers
  • Medicine cups
  • Popsicle sticks (large & small sizes)
  • Squirt bottles/spray bottles
  • Styrofoam balls (all sizes)
  • Clay pots (small sizes)
  • Key rings
  • Light switch plates
  • Bags of feathers