This is the FAQ for the Worldbuilder's fundraiser. If you have a question, please check to see f the answer is here before sending me a message.
If you want details about the fundraiser, click HERE.
- "When does the Fundraiser end?"
- "I love that you're doing this. Can I post about this on my blog?"
That said, I would prefer if you would link to my blog, rather than trying to copy-and-paste my post. That page gets updated whenever we get new prizes or something changes, so it's best if people go there to get the newest information.
- "How can I be a Worldbuilders sponsor like Subterranean Press?"
- "What's our current donation total?"
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- "I plan on donating to Heifer Int'l this year as a gift to my parents. In the past, donating directly, I received a card verifying the donation. If I donate through your page will I still receive the same type of gift card/verification?"
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Heifer has sent me a bunch of the gift cards. If you've donated on my page and you want one of the cards. Drop me an e-mail at paperback.contest [squigly atsign thinger] gmail.com and I'll mail one (or more) out to you.
- "Can I donate to Heifer International using paypal?"
- "I don't have a credit card. If I mail you a check will you enter me in the lottery and match my donation?"
- "Can I send you cash?"
Um.... Wait. No. You really shouldn't. It's just risky all around.
However, if you don't have a checking account or a credit card, you could get a money order and send that to me. I'll enter you in the lottery, and double your donation.
- "If your name goes into the lottery hat multiple times, can you win multiple prizes? The first prize your name is drawn for? The Coolest prize your name is drawn for? How will that work?"
Say you donate 120 dollars, enough for a goat.
Your name would go into the final drawing 12 times. Then, if we draw your name out of the hat and you win a signed book, your name is still in there 11 times for the rest of the drawing.
That means you could, conceivably, win 12 prizes.
- "Is the donation that I make on YOUR HEIFER PAGE tax deductible?"
- "I have something I'd like to donate to your lottery option. Where can I send it?"
It's not that I don't appreciate your generosity, and it's not that I have anything against macrame. Or owls. It's just that right now we kind of have a tight focus of things we're giving away as prizes. It's mostly SFF books with a little associated music. For now, I think it might be best if we keep that focus.
- "How come you didn't invite me to donate a book to your fundraiser? Isn't my book good enough for you?"
The other possibility is that I lost your e-mail, or that it just slipped my mind. I do have a new baby in the house, and things are kinda Chaotic around here.
But if you've got a book or an ARC you think would fit in into the mix, I'd love to include it. Send it to:
P.O BOX 186
Stevens Point, WI 54481
- "How come you're only matching 50% of the donations this year? Last year you matched everything dollar for dollar."
Because of some foreign sales (Thanks Germany!) I managed to pay my taxes and put some more money in the bank. But I worry that if the fundraiser takes off again this year, I'll have to sell my house or something to match all the donations.
Plus I have a baby now. I've got to be a little bit of a grown-up and save some money on Oot's behalf.
- "Can I do some fundraising of my own, then donate it and have you match it?"
But make sure you get it in by January 15th. And make sure you donate through THE PAGE I SET UP. That's the only way I can track donations.
- "I can buy chicks on your page, but not baby ducks!"
Yeah. They don't offer all the different options on the donor pages. The cost of a flock of ducks is the same as for the chicks: $20.
"How much of my donation to Heifer goes to actually helping people?"This is a fair question. A lot of so-called charities are actually just scams that collect money, then use a very small amount of it for the intended purpose.
But trust me that I've done my research. Heifer is an award-winning charity for a reason. They've been doing good works for over 60 years.
Heifer keeps all its financial records available to the public, and 75% of everything it collects go directly toward helping people.
Here's a nice visual breakdown from Heifer's site.
You can see here that less than seven percent of their money goes toward administration. That's exceptional.
- "I love that you're willing to donate to charity. Would you match my donation to [insert name of charity here] instead?"
Someone contacted me asking about animal shelters, another about diabetes. A third person posted a comment on the blog, arguing that people living in the US shouldn't give money to charities that support causes outside the US. I erased the post because it was harshing my groove, then I felt guilty about it because the person was very polite in making their point.
But here's what I'm getting at. I think it's important not to go all Bruce Wayne in these situations.
Follow along with me on this. Bruce Wayne's folks were killed by criminals, so he grows up and becomes Batman in order to fight crime. Because he hates crime. Because his parents were killed by crime.
Now I like Batman as much as the next guy. Good stories. Batarangs. Men in tights. He's probably my favorite superhero.
But the fact is, his whole Batman deal is pretty self-indulgent.
Think about it. Dude is a multi-billionaire. If he wanted to make the world a better place, he could create a foundation 100 times bigger than Heifer International. He could build shelters for battered women, schools in low-income neighborhoods. Sustainable agriculture. Renewable energy.
What does he do with his money? He builds super-gadgets so he can fight crime. Drives a rocket car.
Yes I know that Bruce Wayne is also a philanthropist. Don't quibble. He does a tiny bit of charity, and a whole big shitload of being Batman.
Why? Well... because it wouldn't be much of a comic if he didn't. But the other answer is, he fights crime because it makes him feel good. Not because it does good. There's a difference.
Cancer got my mom not too long ago, and it took a good hard swing at my dad, too. That means that I should be raising money for cancer research because I hate cancer, right?
Well.... no. Do I hate cancer? Of course. But if I just focused on fighting cancer for the rest of my life, I'd kind of be doing it for selfish reasons. Instead, I'd rather focus on making people's lives better. I'd like to focus on doing good, then let the feeling good be the side effect.
That's why I'm focusing on Heifer. They help people all over the world, not just here in the US. Why? Because people all over the world have it really shitty and they need help. To say that some people deserve my help more just because they're from the same country.... Nah. That's not my game. I'm playing for team human, not team USA.
Does that make sense? Wait.... What was the question again?
Oh. Yeah. Will I match donations somewhere else instead of Heifer? Respectfully, I'll pass. I'm not saying you should stop loving your charity. But I've put some thought into this, and I'm going to stick with Heifer for now.
If you have questions that aren't answered here, post them in the comments below and I'll answer them as soon as I'm able...
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Labels: Worldbuilders 2009
posted by Pat at 2:01 AM