CSPC Request for Proposals

The Center for Sex Positive Culture is soliciting proposals from people interested in carrying forward our vision. If you can put together a group of qualified people and a solid plan, please read through the following Request For Proposals and submit something by July 3rd at 5 pm. CSPC Request for Proposals 2017 05 17  Please contact rfpquestions@thecspc.org if you have any questions.

As many of you are aware, the move to the new building was unsuccessful and depleted much of our financial reserves. We have laid off our paid staff, and are reducing our ongoing costs to a minimum. A fresh start is needed, with people willing to take ownership and work very hard, toward an amazing and worthwhile goal. The CSPC emerged from the end of other groups, and went so much further than they ever could have. Either with a new organization or new governance of this one, we’re looking forward to seeing what comes next.

Russell Harmon
Center for Sex Positive Culture Board President

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Update from the CSPC President

We have agreed on a tentative settlement with our landlord to terminate the lease for the new building. Part of that settlement is having the building ready for potential new tenants by the end of May. We’ve got a lot of work to do to get there – if you’re available to help please contact vc@thecspc.org.

This organization cannot continue the way it has been. By the middle of next week, the board is going to issue a Request For Proposals. If you have an idea for how to provide sex-positive event space in the Seattle area, this is an opportunity for you to make that happen.

Details and requirements will be in the Request For Proposals (RFP). The short version: if you have at least three people with a viable business plan, either taking over governance of the CSPC or creating a new nonprofit corporation and transferring assets, start getting ready to tell us about it. We will evaluate proposals received before July 3, and expect to make a decision at the board meeting on July 12.

Please hold your questions about the RFP process until after we announce the full details on or before May 17th, we’re still developing them. Other questions or comments, please contact cbm@thecspc.org

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A Letter From the CSPC President

I have some very unfortunate news; our new building is no longer viable, due to the cost of required seismic improvements. We are negotiating with the landlord to find a way out from under the lease. Conversations about how we want to move forward from here are ongoing.

We knew this building would require a lot of work, and we budgeted for that plus a healthy margin. Before we signed the lease in November, we had a structural engineer give us a preliminary seismic assessment of what it would take to bring the building up to code. Based on that professional assessment, we decided to move forward with the lease. In the middle of March, they came back to us with a surprising update of several times their initial estimate. We were unable to reach an agreement with the building owner to share or assist with financing those projected costs, or find any other way to mitigate them.

The time, rent, and construction expenses for this process have used a lot of our reserves. Given the long timeline for construction permits, we have no way to continue with paid staff until a future buildout is finished – for the foreseeable future, the organization will have to be entirely volunteer driven. At her own recommendation Jeanette, the Managing Director, will be laid off after helping us get out of the new space and other ongoing costs. She is not at fault in this set of events, she’s done an amazing job in an incredibly difficult situation and has earned our gratitude.

I can’t begin to describe how personally upsetting this is to me, and the rest of the board. The Wet Spot, then The Sex Positive Community Center, then the Center for Sex Positive Culture, have been the social core of seventeen years of my adult life. So many people have put so much into this, and to have a setback of this magnitude is disheartening to all of us. This organization has had tremendous positive impact on countless lives, and we still hope to find a way to further the goal of a sex positive space in years to come.

As we know more, we will keep you updated. The next board meeting is 7pm on May 10, at 1514 NW 46th St. Comments and questions in the meantime can be directed to Elizabeth, our Community Board Member, at cbm@thecspc.org.

Russell Harmon
Center for Sex Positive Culture Board President
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Build a new home with us

Leave your mark on our new home!

The Foundation and Center for Sex Positive Culture are offering you the opportunity to have your personal message or name on a Legacy Wall. This wall of polished black granite tiles, engraved in gold, will be prominently displayed in our new home. Each tile is 4”x8” with up to 20 spaces per line on a maximum of 3 lines.

Available sizes

The purchase of a commemorative donor tile is a direct donation to the construction and furnishing of the new home of the Foundation and Center for Sex Positive Culture located at 1514 NW 46th Street. These black granite tiles will be laid out in a checkerboard pattern on an interior wall, in one of the central areas of the new Center. The basic tile size will 4” tall by 8” wide. Those who purchase two tiles will have the option of two 4”x8” tiles or one
8”x 8” tile.

Tile sample

The text on your tile will be engraved in gold Dolphin font. You can choose to have a saying or names, or combination. 4”x8” tiles can contain up to 20 spaces per line with a maximum of 3 lines. 8”x 8” tiles can contain up to 20 spaces per line with a maximum of 6 lines. We ask that if you are purchasing a tile in a third party’s name, that you have their consent. Any tiles that are discovered before, during or after installation to have been created without the consent of the person named will

be removed at named person’s request.

All text must be approved by the CSPC Managing Director.

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