VCON is run by fans for fans and the majority of our funding comes from the memberships purchased by those who attend the conference. Unfortunately, the money that comes in from that channel often falls short of the AWESOME mark – the amount that would allow us to bump up the VCON experience from the merely great to truly AWESOME! With this in mind, we invite you to consider supporting the convention with a monetary donation towards VCON operating expenses.
As we want to properly recognize the generosity of all our supporters (because we have oodles and oodles of LOVE for them all), everyone who donates will get a formal acknowledgement of their support here and in the VCON Program book. In addition, larger donations will result in various gifts of appreciation and even other special considerations as described below on this page. To see a list of our current supporting patrons, visit our Sponsors & Patrons page.
Even small donations are welcome and appreciated, so please feel free to donate any amount of $10 or more that fits your budget.
Businesses or organizations that would like to become official VCON corporate sponsors should visit the Corporate Sponsor page.
Businesses or organizations looking to support VCON through advertising should visit our Advertising page.
VCON Patron Levels
We have created a tiered set of patron levels that allow us to properly recognize the generosity of individual donors. The levels and the associated benefits awarded to a patron donating at that level are listed below.
||Everything at the Jupiter level, plus
- Upgrade to six (6) weekend memberships to the upcoming VCON
- Invitation to attend the VCON ConCom’s Guests of Honour Reception at the upcoming VCON now includes you and up to five (5) guests plus the convention will cover any costs for you and all your guests.
||Everything at the Saturn level, plus
- Upgrade to four (4) weekend memberships to the upcoming VCON.
- The convention will now cover any costs for you and your guest at the Thursday evening VCON ConCom’s Guests of Honor Event
- Your name even more prominently displayed on the VCON website.
- Your photo optionally added to the Program Book for the upcoming VCON.†
- Your photo optionally added to on-site signage for the upcoming VCON.‡
||Everything at the Neptune level, plus
- Upgrade to two (2) weekend memberships to the upcoming VCON
- Invitation to attend the Thursday evening VCON ConCom’s Guests of Honour Event at the upcoming VCON is now for you and one (1) guest. ♦
- Upgrade to One (1) promotional poster for the upcoming VCON, signed by the Guests of Honour
- Personalized, Limited Edition, VCON Art Coffee Mug for the upcoming VCON.
- A certificate of appreciation for your donation.
||Everything at the Venus level, plus:
- One weekend membership to the upcoming VCON.
- Invitation to attend the Thursday evening VCON ConCom’s Guests of Honour Event at the upcoming VCON. ♦
- One (1) promotional poster for the upcoming VCON
- Reserved seating at the following sessions at the upcoming VCON:
- Opening and Closing ceremonies
- Each Guest of Honor solo panel
- Multi-Author Book Launch
- Costume Contest
- Your name identified as a VCON Patron in on-site signage for the upcoming VCON.‡
||Everything at the Mercury level, plus
- One Limited Edition “VCON Trinket” for the upcoming VCON.
- Upgrade to one (1) small and one (1) medium item of VCON merchandise
- Your name more prominently displayed on the VCON website.
- Your name more prominently displayed in the Program Book for the upcoming VCON.†
||Everything at the Moon Level, plus
- One (1) complimentary T-shirt for the upcoming VCON
- Upgrade to one (1) medium size item of VCON merchandise (e.g. a poster, a mug, a beer stein)
- Membership in the West Coast Science Fiction Association, VCON’s parent non-profit association
- Your name listed as a Patron on the VCON Website.
- Your name listed on the VCON Patrons page in the Program Book for the upcoming VCON.†
- One (1) small item of VCON merchandise (e.g., a bookmark, a pin button, a fridge magnet).
|† Due to the publication print schedule, we can only guarantee your name will be included in the VCON program book if your donation is received by September 1st.
‡ Due to the signage print schedule, we can only guarantee that your name will be included on signage if your donation is received by September 15.
♦ This is an invitation only. If the event is a dinner held at a restaurant, as is the case for all attendees other than the Guests of Honor and their +1, the Patron will be required to pay for their own meal.