Charities in Honor of Stu Shiffman

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featured stuStu Shiffman a long time fan, fan artist, fanzine editor/writer and Brooklyn Fandom refugee (see Mike Glyer’s excellent obituary here) passed away recently.

Tom Whitmore has been posting on CaringBridge on Andi Schecter’s (Stu’s long time partner and wife) behalf.  He recently put up a list of recommended charities to donate to in honor of Stu, which we reproduce below:

From The Caring Bridge: Andi sent me the following as a guide for those who wish to make donations in Stu’s honor. Feel free to pick another charity if you want, using the reasons here as guidance for finding something Stu would have valued.
Charities:

Treehouse: This nonprofit supports foster kids in Washington state, providing academic support, free tickets to great events, support for extracurricular activities, including sports, music and dance and more.  Stu started supporting this great organization years ago.  We have our own webpage:

http://treehouse.kintera.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1055101&lis=0&kntae1055101=5C6861E663F24830A4112DA0685FE42E&supId=416387221

One small sample of Stu's fine work - the cover of Mimosa.  Meta and funny!
One small sample of Stu’s fine work – the cover of Mimosa. Meta and funny!

Harborview Hospital’s Mission of Caring Fund:  From the minute Stu was brought into Harborview’s Emergency Department in 2012, this amazing trauma hospital treated him very well.  Andi believes that they saved his life, from his initial stay in the ICU for 60 days to his evaluations for rehab, cardiac care, the shunt, all the tests and support he received, as well as the emotional and moral support they provided to her in every aspect of Stu’s care.  As the webpage about this program states “UW Medicine physicians and staff who work at Harborview provide the best in care for everyone who walks through the medical center’s doors, whether or not they can afford to pay. This fund supports programs and services that help medically underserved patients.”  Stu had no insurance when he had his stroke in 2012.  We wish to pay forward for the next person who might benefit.

The donation goes through the University of Washington Foundation. Online at  http://depts.washington.edu/givemed/give/?page=make&source=hcmiss.  You can also send a check to the UW Foundation, indicate”Mission of Caring Fund” in memory of Stu Shiffman, and mail it to UW Medicine Advancement, Box 358045, Seattle, WA 98195-8045.

These two organizations will provide Andi with regular updates on donations.

If you’d rather choose another way to honor Stu, a number of progressive causes would be appropriate. These might include the ACLU, (https://www.aclu.org/donate/join-renew-give?ms=web_menu_gift) or Southern Poverty Law Center which currently has a program to match donations (through December 31). https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463
>Or by mail at Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104

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