Welcome to April!
Every time I sit down to write you, I can hardly believe another month has passed. I told you last month that I had been sick in February -- and then it dragged on through most of March. I'm now slowly digging myself out from two months' worth of email and trying to make headway on building the Foundation as I can.
The good news is that we've heard back from the IRS with questions about our 501(c)(3) application, and our tax attorney Jon helped us formulate a response. The questions the IRS has for us mainly revolve around the fact that we plan to (eventually) give grants to sex-positive artists and educators outside the US, and they want to make sure that we have policies in place to make sure we're not funding terrorism or non-charitable activities.
We've sent in our reply, and Jon says it's likely we'll receive our 501(c)(3) determination in just two to four weeks! We might actually hear back from the IRS before we hear back about our charity registration with Massachusetts, which we submitted in early March.
Our St. Patrick's Day teasecraft kinky maker meetup was a blast! If you're interested in using sensors and microcontrollers for orgasm detection and/or denial, check out the Nogasm. Rhobot has generously made his slides and source code available.
In keeping with the crafty theme this month, you might also enjoy:
"How To Make A Star Trek Vibrator from a Toy Phaser", a visual guide by Polyjuiced, whom I had the pleasure of meeting last fall.
"Making the World's First Male Sex Doll", a video report by Karley Sciortino (CW: NSFW, cisheteronormative). Realistic sex dolls may not be my thing, but I was impressed by the engineering and creative skills of the Sinthetics team.
Boston-area folks: As I mentioned last month, on May 19, we're having a party/potluck to celebrate teasecraft's fifth birthday (?!) and the progress of the Effing Foundation! I would love to meet you and share updates with you in person. More information & RSVPs via FetLife (login required) and Facebook (no login required).
Thank you again for all of your support and encouragement! I'll be in touch next month.