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Thanks so much to the people who started off the community contributions to our Stipend Fund over Christmas – they really made a difference and spread a lot of joy. We’ll be continuing into the future to reach out in the field with materials gifts, to purchase work directly from artists, and we will be offering collaboration, community, and financial stipends for people who contributed to our books and/or have a tradition of working hard to share knowledge freely with the beading community.
CGB is a part of the UnLAB (our science team) and we are an IRS 501(c)(3) corporation, so donations from US citizens are potentially tax-deductible. If your employer has a donation-matching program, it’s quite likely we qualify, as we do research for the public good. I’ll also be personally matching donations to this fund with my own share of the book royalties.
We must support the arts and our artists right now, because help is not on the way this winter or any winter afterward. Because the need now is so great, I’m re-opening pre-orders for our new books, please, all are welcome to order. I always try not to take in any more funds through pre-order than it costs to print the books, but this is a special circumstance and I think re-opening the book revenue will make a real difference in what we can do to help. (Book purchases are not tax-deductible).
Click here to order books. Remember we don’t really know when we will be allowed to gather again to ship – it takes a whole team to pull it off. (Sorry for the bad link earlier, it’s fixed now.)
After the American pandemic and election settle down we will be able to re-gather our team, ship books, make new ideas, hug each other, have classes, and bead in joy. And we just can’t wait. It will probably be summer, and this is really hard to accept. But (thanks entirely to the free sharing of virus DNA by scientists) we have three vaccines now and we can always hope for Spring.
I hope you have a garden to work in, a kitten to hug, a dog to walk, dreams to tend, books to read, a library to visit, a walk you love to take, a nice view from your window, some positive things to keep your spirits up as we wait, furled.
Hugs to you all. Please stay in touch, keep me posted on how you are doing.