I’ve stumbled into a pretty fortunate position. Earlier this year, while organizing Skepchicamp here in Chicago, we ran into the unbelievable situation of having raised so much money, we had to register with the state as a nonprofit organization. So I asked my fellow organizers what they wanted to do. We could keep things the way they were and keep doing a Skepchicamp. Or we could use this opportunity to keep doing Skepchicamp, but also form a 501c3 and save the fucking world. By now, you know what we chose.
And now, saving the world is catching on. It’s not just the Skepchicks who are doing it. We’reÂ getting emails daily asking us how people can start their own vaccine clinic where they are. One guy has already gotten the ball rolling at his school. The Hug Me campaign is off to an amazing start and it hasn’t even launched yet! The website isn’t even up. Half our materials are still at the printer. And the vaccines are the newest and hottest meme going! It feels good.
Behind the scenes, the Skepchicks are bursting with pride. And Maria and I, along with our graphic design goddess Beth, are stressed out but in the awesomest way possible. (But seriously, that Beth hasn’t punched me in the face with bears over this project is proof that she is the girl-Job of skepticism.)
If you found yourself suddenly and unexpectedly founding and running a nonprofit, and you had the funds, what would you do to save the world?
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