Your support is needed now more than ever.
We went into 2020 knowing this was going to be a tough fundraising year - election years always are. Nonprofits see a decline in giving every four years as people’s priorities (and resources) shift to focus on getting their candidate elected. It’s not great, but it’s something we can anticipate happening.
What we couldn’t anticipate, was that 3 months into the year we would lose nearly 20% of our revenue overnight.
You see, the money that comes in between February and May - through Spring Study Sex College Tour bookings, therapy sessions through our Clinical Program, and annual Curiosities event - accounts for almost half of The CSPH’s revenue for the year.
When colleges across the country began shutting down in March, the Spring semester of the Study Sex College Tour was effectively cancelled and the money earned through speaking fees disappeared. Simultaneously, we made the decision to postpone our annual Curiosities event, and while we were able to raise some money through our online auction, it paled in comparison to what we have raised in years prior and what we had projected in our budget. Our Clinical Program was the least impacted as we transitioned to offer therapy sessions through telehealth, though that too has experienced a loss.
There is no other way to say this: there is a very real chance The CSPH will not survive through the end of this summer.
So now is the time to start pulling out all the stops. Between now and the end of our fiscal year (June 30), we need you to help us raise as much as possible to try to bridge the gap so we can make it to the Fall.
We understand supporting your favorite non-profits might not be at the top of your priority list right now. We are feeling it too. But small, grassroots non-profit organizations, like The CSPH, need your help now more than ever. If you are making beyond your basic needs, now is the time to redistribute those funds to organizations like The CSPH who need the resources to weather these next few months.
There are a lot of things we don’t know, but we do know this: in spite of a global pandemic, the need for LGBTQ+ affirming, medically accurate, and pleasure-guided care and sex education persists - and your support is crucial to ensuring we will continue to be able to meet this need.
Thank you for keeping us in mind during these times.