The money goes to help offset the time I dedicate to the group. I personally spend time organizing our networking events, educational events, researching topics to share with the group on topics like social media and technology, and advocating for our community. I also sometimes need help with our events and have outside costs that I have to cover (food, photography, etc). As the group grows, my hope is to turn it into a non-profit which is focused on community action and education for mental health in Texas.
In 2014 we added advocacy to our mix of things we did for the group. We are working with legislators and other non-profits to help sculpt the future of mental health. In 2015 this will grow as an initiative. As of 2015, our networking events give a couple dollars from each drink sold to help a mental health organizations in Austin. The hope is that the events will allow us to meet one another, network, and have fun while doing good! If you have any more questions, please let me know.