Editor’s note: This post was originally made on June 9th. On July 17th, The National At-Home Dad Network announced the decision to postpone HomeDadCon 2020 until 2021. That post can be read here.

Fathers, Families and Friends of The National At-Home Dad Network,

Since my last letter reflecting on the impacts of Covid-19, we have been working to maintain the business of serving the fathers and families of the NAHDN and larger community, because we know how important our community is to your understanding of your roles and to be better parents. 

We have been doing weekly virtual socials to keep us all connected in our physically disconnected lives, and I know for myself that it has been a welcome relief from the daily grinds that we are now all experiencing. Webinars are still being developed to keep education rolling. Our online community is still ticking upwards – with nearly 3,000 members in the private group, nearly 14,000 followers on our Facebook page, plus over 10,000 followers on Twitter. Our reach is growing, due in no small part to you and your families.

Without question, our biggest impact is HomeDadCon. We are still committed to having it in Cincinnati for our 25th anniversary and plans are still in the works. We are closely watching the developments in Kentucky, as the hotel is just across the river from Cincinnati. We are also committed to your safety and hear your concerns and will be making the appropriate decisions on what is best for HomeDadCon and the future of the NAHDN. We are discussing a number of possibilities including a virtual convention, a hybrid live and virtual convention, or possibly postponing HomeDadCon until 2021. 

Regardless of our decision, we have a financial commitment to Embassy Suites of almost $20,000 this year, regardless of what the state of Kentucky decides regarding public safety in October. The convention relies on ticket sales to be able to cover the cost of holding the event, no matter where or when it is. Every year, as a matter of practice, our organization has developed the convention starting with $0 in the budget. We have generated cost efficient contracts with our hotels over the last several years, and ticket prices are based on what we have contracted for with our venue. But without funding, the organization could be in jeopardy.

We know many are facing significant financial hardship due to the pandemic or were struggling even before this all began. If you are able to make a donation, no matter how big or small, in support of our efforts it would be deeply appreciated. As The National At-Home Dad Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit (EIN 20-2352065), all donations are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.  

Financial contributions keep this organization running but there are also other important ways to contribute. If this organization has helped you and your family, please tell us about your positive experiences! If we can use your words to inform and encourage other dads, we can continue to grow this community and positively impact the lives of our families and children. 

The three ways The National At-Home Dad Network can accept donations without processing fees are as follows:

PayPal: https://paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1412535

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/donate/571164577127130/?create_outro&fundraiser_source=after_creation

Making a check out to The National At-Home Dad Network and mailing it to our Treasurer: NAHDN c/o Frank Kyper, PO Box 140804, Denver, CO 80214

We are also open to suggestions for group sponsors.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Jonathan Heisey-Grove

President, The National At-Home Dad Network