GetEqual Explains $250,000 Donation
Congratulations are in order for the GetEqual activist org on securing a $250,000 contribution from gay businessman and philanthropist Jonathan Lewis. Kip Williams, co-founder of the org, shared some info about the donation on his Facebook page recently, and I sent him and his colleague Robin McGehee a few questions.
They replied with more details about their operation, and I am sharing our exchange. Also, follow up questions went back to Kip and Robin, and when they reply, I'll share that exchange.
I must say I've been impressed with their protests at the White House fence, in Congressional offices and hitting other targets, and think they're doing much good to change the Gay Inc business as usual approach that I find so stifling. Nice to see they are receiving serious money to continue their activism.
Here's our exchange:
Q: Is the check related to getequal or other gay-related matters?
Q: Who cut the check?
A: The check is from Jonathan Lewis, who has helped incubate GetEQUAL over the past six months.
Q: Are you compensated for getequal work, and if so, how much?
A: Yes, both founding directors make less than $90K per year (we were offered the opportunity to work on this project and take sabbaticals from our regular jobs - Robin must decide if she will be going back to teach at College of the Sequoias in the Fall). And we are proud of the fact that we have spent less than $135K overall since December 2009 to create and launch GetEQUAL (that does not include about $45K we spent on the Highlander activist retreat we did in January).
Q: Who makes the decisions about how the money is spent?
A: We are putting in place a very diverse board of directors, between them, our staff mentioned below, the community of volunteers and the Co-Founding Directors we usually come to agreement.
Q: Is anyone else being paid expenses or other compensation for work they’re doing?
A: We have three other staff to help with direct actions, outreach, planning and implementation, but everyone else is a volunteer—no one who has participated in an action that either risked arrest or were arrested were paid for their participation.
Q: Will you disclose the donation(s) on the getequal site?
A: We have a planning retreat in June where we will make decisions concerning transparency—but are open to suggestions.