This Has Been Amazing
First, thank you to everyone who donated to our fundraiser, shared a post, sent an email, or told someone about our fundraiser! We couldn't have done this without each and every one of you. When we needed you; you were right there for us, and you stepped up big for us. We went big and asked for five times more than we ever have before: $50,000, and you and our corporate partners have delivered. We are overwhelmed by the support you have shown.
For the first time, we have reached out directly to many companies to help us. CakeDC, Github, Digital Ocean, and Laravel have become our first corporate partners. CakeDC has gone above and beyond by designating a monthly $1,000 commitment for 12 months to go directly to Ed's salary. These companies are a huge reason we have been able to announce founder Ed Finkler will be going full time with OSMI as his day job.
Your support has never been needed more as we transition to having Ed full time.
We're Just Getting Started
We'll be doing more outreach, more fundraising, and more speaking to help fight the stigma against mental health in tech.
We've started a podcast! We've released the first two episodes featuring guests such as Eli White and Lindsey Kopacz, with much more to come. Each episode is an interview with someone from the tech community that has been impacted by mental health issues.
We're going to be at the Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing conference in October! Our volunteers will be moderating an hour-long panel on mental health in tech. We will also be helping our volunteers get to conferences this fall to speak about mental health in tech. We can't announce which yet, it's not public, but we're incredibly excited!
Our 2017 Mental Health in Tech survey is coming! We'll need you to help share and take our survey once we publish it.
We're increasing our outreach to mental health professionals. Mental health professionals play an important role in advising and providing insight into our handbooks and online resources;we want to continue reaching out to and receiving input from them.
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