The History & Vision for Babyfur Con®
Babyfur Con® was originally started by Nacho and Kago in May of 2019 at BLFC, a furry convention in Reno, NV. It started with a babyfur room party as well as two 18+ public Con Panels – Babyfur Meet & Greet as well as Diaper Twister. These events were paid for out of pocket by the organizers and received a generous donation of 8 cases of adult diapers from ABU which we gave out as prizes to attendees. It was super well received with over 150 attendees at the Meet & Greet.
From there in late 2019 we learned there may not be Con space the following year, and we looked into renting a massive suite for $2,000 a night to run programming out of but realized for only $7,500 a night we could rent an entire 73 room hotel in Las Vegas with a 24-hour bar, pool, restaurant, and complete freedom to be little – wear onesies, rompers, shortalls, PJ’s or simply nothing but a diaper and t-shirt all over the hotel property without judgment or breaking con rules.The dream was born! A Con entirely for Babyfurs and ABDL’s in Sin City – Las Vegas Baby!
In 2020 the Global Pandemic hit – COVID-19. That put a stop to our con planning, and instead, we pivoted. We came up with an online convention concept that was interactive, and mimicked an in-person con as best we could with multiple simultaneous events, educational panels, happy hours, and attendee participation. The idea that we would have everyone dress up in their little’s gear and diapers, and turn on their webcams. We predicted about 50 participants, and made it a cost of $20 so we could fundraise some money towards future events.
April 25th, 2020 saw 400+ Babyfurs from 20+ countries across the globe attend our paid event BFC® #1, with 1/3 of tickets donated to those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 or other financial hardships. Our team of volunteers spent hundreds of hours manually vetting every participant, as well we created our own custom platform that ran on top of Zoom bringing an online schedule, and password-less linking of multiple Zoom rooms, and security features so that links could be revoked in real-time, and personal data wasn’t shared with Zoom. In all it was over 400+ hours of programming, and 300+ hours of convention organizing. All volunteers donated time.
From BFC® #1 we were able to raise roughly $4500. We used those funds to hire a lawyer, form a non-profit corporation, apply for and receive 501(c)3 status with the IRS, permits from the State of California and the State of Nevada to fundraise, file for trademarks (we had one an attendee love our con so much he went little nuts and claimed to be a founder and organize some unsafe non-affiliated events under our name without permission, so we layered up and got advised to protect our intellectual property for the good of our community) – Babyfur Con® and BFC® are legally protected and fully granted trademarks by the USPTO. We have a dedicated board of directors, and written into our public bylaws is that no one in our organization is to be paid or given a stipend – we are 100% volunteer organized.
Looking ahead our goal is to raise $35,000 as an operating fund in order to produce our convention in Las Vegas. This is to cover the cost of buying out an entire hotel (so we can run around in little’s gear all weekend), security, insurance, signage, props, decor, (some adult-sized big wheel tricycles might be fun!) transportation (one board member has offered the use of a 14,000 ball 10′ x 10′ adult-sized ball pit, another an Adult Crib and High Chair for example) and then enough funds to cover emergencies, or to cover refunds on every room should the con have to get canceled due to C19 or other ‘acts of god’. Basically, we want to be able to run our first con with enough funds in the bank that we don’t put anyone or a small group of unpaid volunteers into financial hardship should bad things happen.
Our current plan to raise funds is to create online ticketed events, ask for donations from sponsors, hold an art auction, and get individual donations from the community. We are a registered charity – IRS 501(c)3 and can issue tax receipts.
In 2020 we raised over $14,000 towards this goal.