Well, everyone, we made it to 2017!
This is probably going to be a pretty challenging year, but we made it here together.
The end of last year went remarkably well: As of December 22, 2016, The Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity, Inc., is officially incorporated as a not-for-profit!
I was already pretty excited to share that news with you, but just this past week, something even more amazing happened: we got a bank account.
An actual bank account.
As I write this, I'm sitting here with a debit card that says "KIT STUBBS / THE EFFING FOUNDATION" on it. It's been less than a week since we opened the account, and I can still hardly even.
"Kit, what's the big deal? Nonprofits incorporate and get bank accounts all the time," you may be thinking.
This is true! But most nonprofits aren't eventually planning to give grants to make (ethical, feminist) porn, and the combination of money and anything-related-to-sex doesn't usually go over well with folks in finance.* Amazingly, Cambridge Savings Bank has given their fully informed, enthusiastic consent to work with us, and I could not be more grateful.
Applying for 501(c)(3) status with the IRS before January 20 is still my top priority, to be followed by a whole host of other exciting tasks that will keep us moving forward, including assembling our Advisory Council and identifying our first potential grant projects. (Asking you for money is on the list, too.) I'll keep you posted!
If you're looking for a couple of good reads, this month I recommend:
- How to Make Ethical Porn in an Industry Built on Racism and Fetishization by Minnie Scarlet
- Finding Feminist Submission: How I’m Pushing Back Against Non-Consensual Misogyny in BDSM by Elizabeth Coulson on The Mary Sue
The Foundation feels closer to reality now than it ever has. Thank you again, as always, for your support and encouragement!
~Kit Stubbs, Ph.D.
The first bank account I tried to open for my sex-positive work was shut down within 30 minutes.
2. The financial sector generally makes life miserable for sex workers and the government has made things worse (piece by Tina Horn). I expect to see even more of this under the next administration.
- Credit card companies have more control over what porn you have access to than the government does.