The NatCon is a non-profit event, and as such, any proceeds from the convention are donated to charity. But as an ongoing organisation, Au Contraire has to operate a little differently than other NatCons. Half of funds remaining after all our bills for 2013 have been paid will be donated to charity, and the rest kept as a seed fund for the next convention. In the long run, all proceeds will be going to charity; this just gives us a bit of a buffer.
Au Contraire 2013 has chosen the Wellington Women's Refuge as our primary charity. They will receive the proceeds from our charity auction, plus a share of the proceeds. Another share will be donated to SFFANZ.
The Women's Refuge is an organisation for women and their children that works to help prevent domestic violence in New Zealand. It provides advice, safe houses, education, and advocacy for women experiencing any form of abuse in their family or relationship. The Wellington Women's Refuge is a member of the National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges. For more information, see their website.
The Science Fiction and Fanstasy Association of New Zealand is a national body independent from, but working with, other science fiction and fantasy clubs and organisations around the country. As such, it hopes to be a major part of the structure of New Zealand fandom, enhancing liaisons between existing fan groups, providing support for events which transcend normal club structures (such as the annual national convention), and providing a national voice for fandom.
SFFANZ contributes to the promotion of science fiction, fantasy, and fandom in New Zealand by encouraging communication between fan groups, encouraging the creation of new fan groups, providing a contact point for media, and increasing public awareness of local fan groups and activities. SFFANZ also organises the national science fiction and fantasy awards, the Sir Julius Vogel awards.