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Join our Campaign to Save In Other Words

October 14, 2014

Dear Feminist Communities,

Thank you for your feedback and compassionate response to our most recent newsletter and social media communications.  We heard you loud and clear.  In Other Words faces closure and absolutely none of us want that to happen.

Please continue to ask your friends to sign up to volunteer by emailing us at volunteer@inotherwords.org and please continue encouraging all of the passionate and committed feminist leaders you know to apply to join our board of directors at humanresources@inotherwords.org

WE STARTED AN INDIEGOGO CAMPAIGN FOR FUNDRAISING. WOULD YOU MIND CLICKING HERE TO CONTRIBUTE TODAY, AND SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS?

In Other Words is a non-profit, volunteer-run, feminist community center in Portland, Oregon. Our mission is to support, enrich, and empower our feminist communities through literature, art, and educational and cultural events. We have a storefront that serves as a book store, a lending library, and a venue for feminist events and community organizing.

In Other Words is facing closure

Most years, October is a month of joy and gratitude as we celebrate our birthday.  This year, the month of our 21st birthday, felt bittersweet as we held an urgent community meeting on October 5th to talk about our capacity deficits and the fact that we are seriously considering closing our doors.  We heard your voices loud and clear that you don’t want this to happen and that you are committed to having In Other Words around for years to come.  We gave ourselves until the end of the month to increase our capacity.  At the next public community meeting on November 8th, we will determine whether we have built enough capacity (re)commit to In Other Words so that we don’t have to go out of business.

That said, now comes the hard part.  It is time to walk the walk.  We are in need of serious funding, and a serious increase in our volunteer capacity and our board of directors membership.  Part of increasing our volunteer leadership and board leadership includes asking YOU to help us lead In Other Words towards becoming the open and affirming feminist community organizing space we all crave and desire.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email us at volunteer@inotherwords.org; please email us at humanresources@inotherwords.org to express interest in joining the board of directors.

In addition to our critical need of increasing our volunteer base and developing our board of directors, we hope to raise at least $20,000 in order to keep our doors open, and ideally need to meet our annual goal of $60,000 in order to remain sustainable.  It costs us a bare minimum $5,000 per month in order just to squeak by, and we need all the support you can give in order for us to stay open into the year 2015.

We need to do some serious fundraising in the form of financial donations, and serious “friendraising” in the form of recruiting new volunteers and new board members.We have four weeks in order to build up our capacity in terms of new volunteers, new board members, and new donations.  If we haven’t met our capacity goals by November 8th, we will need to close our doors.  Please contribute to this campaign to help us ensure that is not the case!

The question we get most often is, “but don’t you make zillions of dollars off of the TV show Portlandia?!” The short answer is:  NOPE.  Far from it.  Unfortunately, the fact that the TV show Portlandia features a regular feminist bookstore parody does not provide us with any substantial revenue flow and Portlandia-related donations are far from enough to pay our bills.  We aren’t rolling in money from Portlandia, but we do have a great time meeting local celebrities Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, and enjoy chatting with them about feminism and community organizing in between shoots. Here’s a photo of us with Carrie and Fred:

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Please help us increase our volunteer and board leadership, and please make generous financial gifts if you are able, in order to help In Other Words continue to grow in to the passionate, committed, brave, resilient feminist community organizing space we all need and want.

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