Leather List combines online funding and local service to support practice, research, education, protection and care for today’s diverse Leather-identified lives and cultures.
All Leather-identified people will have the means to guide a strong community building effort, unified in support of Leather’s freedom and diversity.
Governance: The Core of Leather List
Transparent, inclusive, locally oriented governance; Leather List, a Federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation, has By-Laws that require it to act in all three ways. Review L L policies below.
The L L Board will have a maximum of eleven (11) members: four (4) officers and seven (7) Directors.
In addition to racial, ethnic and regional identities, today’s Leather includes the widest range of sexual and gender diversity. L L’s Board of Directors seeks the widest possible diversity of leadership at every level of operation.
By-Laws require that two of the seven Directors are selected from local Leather leadership. Either or both of these two Directors are eligible to sit on the Executive Committee.
Executive: President, Treasurer, Secretary, plus two Directors from local Leather leaders
Advisory: (Ex-officio, drawn from both Leather & NPO leadership, non-Board members)
Raven Kellough; Richard Sprott
Operations: Website operations and development; NPO nominations/approval process
Marketing: Marketing L L; promotions; social media
Nominating: Robert Ehnat, Chair. Search & nomination of new Board members
Volunteers: Connecting with, recruiting and organizaing volunteers
Assistant SecretaryGary has been involved in the Seattle Leather community since the early 1990s. He was a founding member & officer for The Triskeli Guild. From 2001-2006, he helped produce and run In The Woods kinky campouts. Current activities include: Seattle Men in Leather – member, Webmaster; Seattle boys of Leather – Treasurer; Everett Leather Alliance – Clerk
Acting TreasurerI have supported and contributed to Leather List since its inception, with particular focus on the Resources pages. With experience as an executive director of a successful nonprofit organization, I will faithfully monitor, maintain and report on Leather List’s financial status
Chair, Nominating CommitteeI come from a family tradition of service and have held service and leadership roles in volunteer organizations both in the public and kink communities that I’ve been involved with for over 30 years. I’m active in MAsT and served as a co-director of a local chapter. Currently, I serve my community through mentoring, serving as a member of the Leather Reign event team and program committee and hosting a bi-monthly munch that offers newcomers a safe space to enter the larger kink community.
Leather List does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and job termination, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services.
L L is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors and vendors. It is committed to fighting racism, sexism, gender bias and all other forms of stereotyping, profiling, discrimination and prejudice directed at fellow human beings.
L L must receive from PayPal a record of each contribution made on LeatherList.org. This includes any contributions made to Leather List itself. These records do not contain the credit/debit account numbers of contributors. The online security of contributions made on LeatherList.org, and customer service functions, are provided by PayPal.
Tax Deductibility Statement
Leather List supports NPOs, and your contribution(s) are eligible for Federal tax deductibility. However, Leather List cannot legally claim that your contribution to any Leather List NPO (including Leather List itself) is tax-deductible.
[Excerpted from IRS Publication 526]: “Your deduction for charitable contributions generally can’t be more than 50% of your adjusted gross income (AGI), but in some cases 20% and 30% limits may apply. In addition, the total of your charitable contributions deduction and certain other itemized deductions may be limited.”
LeatherList.org was built, and will operate, using web-based management tools.
- Leather List requires that Board members register with Slack, which creates organized channels of Board member communication.
- Board meetings will be videoconferenced.
- Annual corporate schedule, financial & operational data will be shared through the blog (LSTC Journal), with links to social media,