A Fandom Auction to help Haiti recover

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heidi8 wrote in help_haiti
We've added the numbers. We've checked them all twice.

Not quite half of the pledges have been confirmed yet, and we still have a few more pages to check through in the Lightning Round, but at this point, we can state that over $50,000 has already been donated to various relief organizations to help Haiti rebuild.

And if all the pledges are kept and the sums donated, help_haiti will have raised nearly $115,000.00.

Nearly one hundred and fifteen thousand dollars.

I want to use sparkly text and fireworks and a very large font, but for the sake of decorum, I won't. You can in the comments section, though!

And that doesn't even include the "on the side" donations that so many of us have done in thanks for the wonderful Offerors who've gone above and beyond their offer to write additional stories, create additional art, bake extra cookies, etc. Nor does it include all the rounding up people are doing - donating ten when their total was seven, or a hundred dollars when their total was eighty eight bucks.

As of now, there are 40 pages of confirmed donations - the sum of the confirmed donations is $43142.82.

As of now, the total confirmed as donated from the Lightning Round is just about $7,000.

Yes, that is over fifty thousand dollars in confirmed donations - plus we know at least three thousand additional dollars have been donated through people rounding up and our wonderful Anon who donated $1500 to UNICEF.

We haven't tallied the totals from the Requests yet, but we are sure they will be lovely, glorious and spectacular.


Where do we go from here

Sometimes you have to quote "Once More With Feeling".

We are going to close the Lightning Round late in the day on Sunday. We'll set it so posts going forward are screened, which will allow Offerors and Bidders to communicate, but will block people from adding new offers.

We had been planning on waiting until February to do another Lightning Round, but LiveJournal's Help Haiti V-Gift Drive next week seems to call our for drabbles and drawbles. So from Thursday, January 28th through Saturday, January 30th, we'll have a whirlwind Lightning Round, and we'll encourage you to make your donations in the form of v-gifts to your friends.

The Requests thread will stay open until February 1, and then all future posts will be screened as well. We will set up a new Requests thread when the next full auction goes live.

And yes, we will have another full auction - it will start sometime in February but the exact dates are still to be determined, in part because the mods - especially the amazing team members who stayed up into the wee hours notifying winning bidders and offerors - need to bank their sleep.

Plus, we have to finish confirming donations. Remember, you can send your confirmation to the Offeror, or the Mods, or both - but when you do, please include the URL for the item that you won. If you've already sent in your confirmation, we will let the Offeror know by tomorrow evening (EST). Going forward, expect the turnaround to be about 24 hours.


If you're looking for another way to donate this weekend, check out the amazing pan-fandom telethon that's being hosted by the HP Alliance. Rooted in the Harry Potter community, and representing many fan communities (including Heroes, Lost, True Blood, The Wire and Firefly), this group of podcasters, musicians, artists and activists will put on a four-hour show that includes entertainment, performance, interviews, news and a lot more. We will laugh, talk and listen while we raise money for Partners in Health, an organization helping those hardest hit by the tragedy.Help Haiti Heal logo

If you donate to Partners in Health via the telethon or through the evening of January 30, you'll be eligible for one of the thank-you gifts donated by amazing people like Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, the cast of The Guild and even J.K. Rowling, who donated a signed set of the Harry Potter books. Visit the site for more information about the fundraiser.

I'll be one of the hosts for the second hour - probably starting at about 3:30 PM EST - and I'm going to talk about help_haiti . I'd love to be able to quote some of you who've participated as Offerors, bidders (even if you didn't win!), supporters, pluggers, etc. If there's something you'd like me to read during my show, please post it as a comment. I'm still trying to figure out a way to include audio clips, so please keep an eye on the comm if you're interested in contributing that way.

Speaking of contributing - special thanks and love to djinnj , drvsilla , glendaglamazon , jiggery_pokery , jlh , memphis86 , musikologie , oulangi , rane_ab , meggitymeg , stinaleigh and tresa_cho for their amazing work in notifying Offerors and Winning Bidders - you've probably seen at least one of their names in your in-box this week. Collectively, they worked around the clock, dealing with the LJ captcha system, our Google Spreadsheet of D00M and various quantities of caffeine, and I doff my cap to each of them.
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Thanks to all of you for setting this up! It's been great taking part and I can't believe how much money was raised.

YAY! Congratulations, everyone -- you all ROCK!

You are, all of you, amazing. The world is better with you in it. Thank you.

And if all the pledges are kept and the sums donated, [info]help_haiti will have raised nearly $115,000.00.

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SERIOUSLY, GUYS. WOW. WAY TO BE AWESOME.

Thank you all for the hard work - I can't even tell you what it meant to me to be a part of such an effort!

I love fandom so much right now. And I love y'all most of all.

Thanks so much for doing all this. I can't imagine the time and effort involved, and I'm boggled by how successful this turned out!

I'm a bit confused by this:
"Not quite half of the pledges have been confirmed yet, and we still have a few more pages to check through in the Lightning Round, but at this point, we can state that over $50,000 has already been donated to various relief organizations to help Haiti rebuild."

Does this mean you've gone through all donation confirmations you received, except lightning round ones? Because I sent mine the day the auction closed, and haven't heard back yet... Should I send it again? (

I completely understand if it's just that you have so many you're still going through them, of course, I just want to make sure mine didn't get lost. :) )

No, we haven't. We've done about half of them, but we aren't finished yet. I plan to plow through a bunch more tonight and be caught up by tomorrow afternoon. Also, we aren't always replying to the winning bidders - somewhere after 11 last night I forgot to click reply to say THANK YOU... But what we are doing for every one is notifying the offerors by replying to the original offer, so you can check there to see if we've processed it yet.

I am in awe of what has been achieved here and I feel honoured to of been able to take part. I want to say thank you so much to all the mods for their hard work and dedication, this has been so efficiently run and a pleasure to take part in.
I feel ridiculously proud of this community and every single member, you're all amazing. ♥

Holy flying mother of a duck! Fantastic!! :D

I've had my donator confirmed, so I'll be getting on her fic. This is so cool! Great job to everyone who contributed and the mods for their super-f*&king-awesomeness!!

Whee, posted! :D And I wanted to say, earlier in the chat (but didn't, because I'm scatterbrained like that), that none of this would have happened without you taking on the organisation of this, so double love to you for caring, for your motivation, for everything that you've done for this. <3

It's been an absolute pleasure and honor to participate in this. I'll continue to do so in February and however long it goes on!

Thank you all for everything you do.

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Holy crap, $115,000?



I am pretty much speechless now, so for everyone who bid, who offered their goods and services and time, for everyone who spent so much time putting those numbers and this community together, I can only say you are

I'm still waiting to here back about a fanartist I bid on? I'm pretty sure I won, but I don't know if I should go ahead and donate or wait...

If you haven't heard from either your offeror or a mod, it is likely you did not win. Go check the post where you made your bid, and you should see some confirmation from the offeror or a mod to the winner. If you don't see anything, come back here and let us know (and please give us the URL of the offering post). :)

This is fantastic! Thank you so much for running this and letting us all be a part of something so amazing!

This has been amazing to be a part of and to witness. Thank you, mods, for organizing and wrangling and doing the fifty bajillion things necessary to keep everything running.

So that you can (probably) add it in -- my $87 donation to Sanctuary For Kids through this (they're passing all donations til Feb 12 directly to the Haiti relief effort) is being doubled by the Canadian government, so you can add another $87 if that works :)

Heidi, I, too, want to thank you for taking this thing on. It has been a pleasure and a delight (an exhausting pleasure and delight, to be sure *g*) working with this team!

And go, fandom! $115,000! That is so ridiculously awesome, I can't even comprehend! :D

This is FABULOUS!!!! Thank you to everyone!

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