Table of Contents
- What Is The Charity This Year?
- What is the Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?
- What Is The Background Of The Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?
- How Can I Help?
- What Else Do I Need To Know About Donating Items?
- What Will Happen To My Donation At Anthrocon?
- Do You Have Any Written Rules For The Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?
- Are There Any Deadlines?
- Will The Convention Handle The Charity Auction's Proceeds?
- Is This Affiliated With The Anthrocon Art Auction?
- Who Is Arranging The Convention And Auction?
- What If I would Just Like To Make a Cash Donation?
- Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
- How Are Charities Selected Each Year?
What Is The Charity This Year?
Anthrocon 2018 raised $42,051 for South Hills Pet Rescue!
The following is a summary from South Hills Pet Rescue that summarizes their mission and efforts:
Nick Ferraro ran South Hills Pet Resort, a boarding and training facility, and purchased it in 2012. Ashley Rittle was having a hard time with her dog, and called Nick to request his training services. Little did they know the adventure ahead; they were married in June 2013, and that August, they were asked to help a local animal rescue that had been overwhelmed with dogs pulled from high-kill shelters set to be euthanized for behavioral issues. They agreed to take 13 dogs, but 62 dogs were dropped off at their door filling all of the Resort’s boarding kennels. Nick and Ashley cared for all 62 of these dogs in need, rehabilitating them before finding each dog a forever home. Ashley will tell you this is the moment they knew what they had to do. The plan was to dedicate ten of the Resort’s boarding kennels to dog rescue, but as we all know, plans often change.
Today, South Hills Pet Rescue (SHPR), an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, houses an average of 50 rescue dogs at all times. Apart from three part-time staff members who care for the dogs onsite, SHPR is run by volunteers. Your support of SHPR directly helps dogs in need!
What is the Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?
The Anthrocon Charity Auction is an event on Sunday afternoon of the convention that offers items and products unique to the convention to bidders to raise money for a charity, chosen annually by the convention. The Raffle has the same purpose, but is a ticket-driven event over Friday and Saturday that accepts non-unique items and merchandise, with all winning ticket numbers presented during Sunday's Dealers' Room hours. Higher value donations are sold at the auction. Lower value items are raffled at the charity's Dealers' Room table.
What Is The Background Of The Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?
The Charity Auction at Anthrocon started when the convention began back in 1997. Over the years, Anthrocon has raised over $350,000 for various charities. Anthrocon's Charity Auction has consistently been among the highest performing fandom Charity events by dollar amount annually. In 2009, a raffle was added.
How Can I Help?
If you are interested in donating to the Anthrocon Charity Auction or Raffle, send an email to charity(at)anthrocon.org stating what you are donating, your name, your preferred email address if it's different, and details on the donation (what is it, medium, artist/donor, etc.). Your information will be recorded for the convention. This information is for approval purposes only - details should be provided with the required information card at the convention.
What Else Do I Need To Know About Donating Items?
If you are donating an item (artwork, sculpture, animation cel, etc), it must be G to PG rated (PG13- or R-rated items accepted only with prior permission). You may either bring it to Anthrocon if you are attending or you may send it via postal mail. Write to charity(at)anthrocon.org to receive the address that postal mail items should be sent to. If delivered by mail, the item must include a 3x5 card with pertinent, legible information such as the donor, artist, medium, and any other important information a bidder or ticket-holder should know so that the item may be properly auctioned or raffled. If delivered at the convention, please do so at the charity's Dealers' Room table during Dealers' Room Setup hours on Friday. You will be required to fill out a 3x5 card with the aforementioned information for display and/or auction purposes. Items donated for the auction must be unique - they cannot be available anywhere else at the convention. And please: we appreciate your generosity, but do not donate multiple copies of the same item!
What Will Happen To My Donation At Anthrocon?
Your donation will be on public display at the charity's Dealers' Room table. Less-expensive items will be raffled, with drawing results displayed on Sunday. High-value items will be auctioned one at a time at Sunday's auction event. Once the convention is over, you will be emailed with the price your item sold for if you have provided an email address.
Do You Have Any Written Rules For The Anthrocon Charity Auction/Raffle?
The new, revised rules are available on our website. They cover many small details of the Auction and Raffle that are not covered in this FAQ.
Are There Any Deadlines?
We will need all mailed donations to arrive not less than two full weeks before the convention (no later than June 17th). Any donations sent after that date may be returned to you unsold. If you plan to bring your donation to the convention, you may drop it off at the charity's Dealers' Room table during Dealers' Room Setup hours on Friday.
Will The Convention Handle The Charity Auction's Proceeds?
Except for cash donations sent before the convention date, no. Unless the Charity is unable to attend the convention, a representative from the Charity will be present at the Charity Auction and their Dealers' Room table and will collect the funds as the items, services, and tickets are purchased. The proceeds will, at no time, be in the possession of Anthrocon staff.
Is This Affiliated With The Anthrocon Art Auction?
Only in that it is at the same convention. The Art Show auctions will feature only items entered in the Art Show. The Charity Auction/Raffle items on display are being solicited and auctioned with no affiliation to the Art Show. You may submit art to the Art Show and merchandise to the Charity Auction/Raffle independently.
Who Is Arranging The Convention And Auction?
The convention is run by its Board of Directors.
Brian Harris arranges the Charity Auction/Raffle, and any questions involving the Charity Auction/Raffle at Anthrocon should be directed to charity(at)anthrocon.org.
What If I would Just Like To Make a Cash Donation?
If you would like to donate to the charity before or after the convention, please visit their website for instructions. If you wish to make a cash donation at the convention, the Charity will be present in the Dealers' Room during scheduled hours.
Is My Donation Tax Deductible?
If you have made a donation that has a cash value, it may be. Please contact the charity's representative at the email address specified above for the tax-exempt information.
How Are Charities Selected Each Year?
In order to support local nonprofits in a way that best relates to the convention's overall theme, the following criteria are required for an organization to be added to Anthrocon's list of candidates for consideration:
- A currently valid 501(c)3.
- An organization related to or associated with helping animals.
- Parent organization headquartered within 60 miles of the Pittsburgh metro area.
- Incorporated in the state of Pennsylvania.
To be considered, simply contact charity(at)anthrocon.org expressing interest. Candidacy means that the organization has been added to the list of available options for consideration in any given future year, as long as the organization remains active. The convention's Board considers candidates in December and makes a selection in January. Anthrocon's charity staff representatives make a site visit to the selected charity in February/March to validate legitimacy.
If you have any further questions, have no hesitation about contacting us and you will receive a quick reply. If you know anyone else who would like to donate to the Anthrocon Charity Auction, please pass this information on. Thank you for helping us constructively help others, assist our community, and provide an enjoyable convention.
- Brian Harris
Anthrocon Charity Director