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A Fandom Auction to help Haiti recover

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Our running total shows that between the standard auction and the Lightning Round, over $76,000 in pledges have already been donated.

Once all the sums pledged have been donated, help_haiti will have raised over $115,000.00 - and that's excluding people rounding-up and matching fund programs.

If you have any questions about the comm, please ask them here. The mods can also be reached at helphaiti.lj [at] gmail.com - please put QUESTION in the subject so it's easy for us to find.

Our first auction and the Lightning Round are closed; a new auction will take place towards the end of February.

How can you help Haiti recover from Hurricane Matthew?

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_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
Hi! How are you? We hope you're well! What have you been up to?

We've been watching as fan-created and fan-supportive pages, communities, tumblrs, sites, projects, events and more have assisted people around the world, inspired people of all ages and done so much good for so many. (In other words, we've been busy!)

While it's been generally known for a while, we want to make it explicit that all Help_Haiti info can be used for other (noncommercial) purposes. In the next few days, we're going to go through all the informational/rules/setup pages here on help_haiti and explicitly state that the text can be used for noncommercial purposes (including any and all auctions/projects in support of individuals, communities, websites, charities, organizations and schools) under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

You can also now use http://fans.care to access help_haiti, and we'll be adding more tools and links to other projects over the next few months, and let you know how you can participate in making http://fans.care an important resource for all sorts of fans to get and share information about supportive projects.

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It's been a year. Haiti still needs our help.
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti

Earlier this week, MSNBC posted a list of charities still involved in Haitian earthquake recovery efforts, compiled by the American Institute of Philanthropy, a leading charity watchdog. AIP issues letter grade (A+ to F) ratings of nonprofit groups; the following charities involved in Haiti relief received an “A” or “B” grade based on the portion of their budget going to program services and their fundraising efficiency.

Last year, most donations via this comm went to UNICEF, Partners in Health, The Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, with substantial donations going to the Clinton/Bush project, Yele, Heifer International and Oxfam as well.

We are sharing the urls and phone numbers with you in case you can do something in 2011 to help Haiti.

And just as a reminder, help_chile still has links to organizations rebuilding after Chile's earthquake last year, and help_pakistan has links to organizations rebuilding after their massive floods. If you have a link to a comm that is fundraising to help those currently suffering in Australia, or to help with their eventual rebuilding, please share them in the comments. ETA: We've been told that fandom_flood_ap is coming soon, and , qldfloodauction, waltzmatildah and owemebreakfast are already fundraising as well, to help Australians recover from those floods. More links may be added overnight, but I'm going to sleep and will add them tomorrow....

To all of you, thank you for all you've done to help those around the world, and may you have a safe and beautiful 2011.

Accion International 617-625-7080

Action Against Hunger 877-777-1420

American Friends Service Committee 215-241-7000

American Jewish World Service 212-792-2900

American Red Cross 800-733-2767

American Refugee Committee 612-872-7060

Brother's Brother Foundation 412-321-3160

CARE 800-521-2273

Catholic Relief Services 800-736-3467

ChildFund International (formerly Christian Children's Fund) 800-776-6767

Children Incorporated 800-538-5381

Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation 800-225-0292

Church World Service 800-297-1516

Compassion International 800-336-7676

Doctors Without Borders – USA 888-392-0392

Food for the Hungry 800-248-6437

Freedom from Hunger 800-708-2555

Gifts in Kind International 703-299-7532

Habitat for Humanity International – N.O. 800-422-4828

Heifer Project International 800-422-0474

International Medical Corps 800-481-4462

International Rescue Committee 877-733-8433

Lutheran World Relief 800-597-5972

Medical Teams International 800-959-4325

Mennonite Central Committee 888-563-4676

Mercy Corps 888-256-1900

Operation USA 800-678-7255

Oxfam-America 800-776-9326

Partners in Health 617-432-5298

Plan USA 800-556-7918

Project Concern International 858-279-9690

Salvation Army 800-725-2769

Save the Children 800-728-3843

UMCOR (United Methodist Committee on Relief) 800-554-8583

William J. Clinton Foundation 501-748-0471

World Concern (Program of Crista Ministries) 800-755-5022

World Neighbors 800-242-6387

World Vision 888-511-6548

The Y (formerly YMCA of the United States) – N.O. 800-872-9622

T - Love wins
Hi everyone!

This post is just to let you know that we haven't forgotten about you. We're still working on the logistics of putting together a big pinch-hitters post, or perhaps doing several smaller posts per category. Whichever it is, the post(s) will most likely go up next week, so we'd be really grateful if you could keep an eye on this comm. I was definitely overwhelmed at the answers we got to the last post, and people's willingness to help. ♥

To the people who have offered to pinch-hit on the previous post: if you haven't received an answer yet, that's probably because we haven't received an answer from the bidder in question. There is definitely an amount of mea culpa there - RL got in the way, and I apologise to the people who had to wait for an answer! But mostly, though, the previous post involved offerers who were kind enough to let us know they were defaulting - and it took us a bit to manage contacting the bidders in question.

In that light, I would like to point out we keep getting messages from people that either e-mails or PM notifications land in their junk mail (I have personal experience with the former, at least), so it might be a good idea to check your junk mail regularly, however you're involved in this auction, or in anything else, really. Also, if you don't receive an answer from me in 48 hours, feel free to send a reminder, or a comment somewhere in case I didn't receive your original message.

As for people who reported defaults on the appropriate post: I'm finishing contacting the handful of offerers left tonight - I'm not contacting each of the people reporting separately simply because we don't have anything to say until we receive a reply (in which case we will contact you asap), but we're definitely working through them.

Thank you so much for your patience, everyone. We really appreciate the support we've received so far! You're all wonderful.

(Feel free to leave your questions here!)

Update and first pinch-hits
T - Love wins
Hi everyone!

This post is mostly an update since we can't answer screened comments without temporarily unscreening them, and inform each of you personally.

At this point, we have contacted all of the offerers mentioned in the comments by PM and e-mail when both were available. Comments that have been posted in the past week were treated today, so we're obviously still waiting for some offerers to get back to us; answers from offerers we've contacted shortly after the previous post keep trickling in, as well, so you'll only find a short list with confirmed defaults below right now. We'll be posting a much longer list including the offers for which the offerers have not got back to us in about a week.

We're also up to date with the messages we have been sent - if an offerer got back to us (and thank you to everyone who did so quickly!), we've informed the bidder about the status of the offer. Because we've been told by so many people that e-mails and even PMs got lost, I've made a point of answering all incoming messages - unless they were a reply to a reply and everything was settled - so if you've sent us an e-mail or PM and have not received an answer, please do let us know so we can double-check that we have received it.

Without further ado, here is the brief list of confirmed defaults we have so far:Collapse )

If you are able to help fulfil any of these requests, that would be absolutely wonderful. The offerers who have had to default did so with good reason, but it would be great if we could still give the generous bidders something in return for their donations. Some offers were intended for several bidders; if you can complete the offer for all of them, that's great, but we are just as grateful if you can help just one of the bidders. Hopefully, together, we can get all the offers filled.

If you can fulfil any of the offers, please let us know by replying to this post, and by which date you think you can complete it (we were thinking a month to six weeks seemed reasonable, but it might depend on the offer). A big thank you to everyone who has already contacted us to offer their services, and to anyone who can help! If you'd like to help but are unable to fulfil any of the above requests, there will be a much greater diversity of offers in need of pinch-hits in our next post.

Any questions/remarks/concerns are welcome as well!

ETA: We have a question! Does anyone have any experience mailing off baked goods? How would one go about that?

Defaulting offerors
T - Love wins
Hi everyone!

We’ve been contacted by a number of people whose offerors either haven’t contacted them at all, or haven’t contacted them for several weeks while they’ve missed the mid-February deadline. We know we have a bit of a backlog in getting back to people, and would like to apologize for that, but unfortunately the final procedures turned out to take more time than we anticipated (this should be solved in the next round) and RL got the better of us, as well. Apologies to anyone who had to wait for answers, and thank you all for your patience! Moving on to solving the issues, here's the procedure we'd like you to follow:

  • Bidders:

    Here’s what we’d like you to do:

    Please leave a comment here saying you haven’t heard from your offeror at all or that they’ve exceeded the deadline without contacting you, using the following format (comments are screened, and since we can't answer them without unscreening them, please include your e-mail if you happen to not be reachable by PM, in case we need to contact you):

    [Example of linking to a thread – please link to the offer, not your bid. This may seem random – and it is – but it’s the way we’ve saved the offers in our big file of doom, and it makes our lives a lot easier if you could stick to that.]

    Please, if you hear from your offeror after contacting us, let us know on this post, so we can remove you from our list.

    Here’s what we’ll do:

    We’ll send a PM/e-mail/both if we have them to your offeror. We know that a lot of offerors are late with their offers, but aren’t necessarily defaulting, so we hope that the offeror will be more inclined to reply to us, and will be able to contact either us or you to set a new date for the offer, and that we will be able to resolve it this way.

  • Offerors:

    Here’s what we’d like you to do:

    We know that a lot of offerors are late with their offers, so please don’t be embarrassed if you are. Believe us when we say we’d much rather know you’ll deliver late than that you won’t deliver at all. Actually, we’d rather hear you won’t deliver at all than that you don’t reply to us. We know RL has funny ways of intervening, and we won’t hold it against you whatever your answer is, but would be thankful if you could let us know either way so we can try and come up with alternative compensations. If you are late/defaulting, we’d love it if you could answer to this post, using the following format (comments are screened):

    Here’s what we’ll do:

    We’d love it if you could contact both us and your offeror. However, we also understand that you may not be comfortable doing the latter, so if you would prefer to only contact us, we’d be grateful if you could do that, and we’ll contact your bidder with further information. Please tell us which of these options you’re going for in your reply, so we know what to do as well. Remember that we prefer any reply to no reply, so we know whether we need to undertake further action.

    ETA: If you've already contacted your bidder(s) and have agreed on a later date, you don't need to contact us, though you are of course welcome to! If you do comment, do please always let us know whether your winning bidder is aware that your offer is going to be late, or whether we should contact them. Thank you!

  • Final actions:

    Once we know which offerors will definitely default, we’ll put up a post asking for pinch-hitters. This will include offers for food, artistry and miscellaneous offers, so we’ll need any help we can get.

    Bidders, we may not be able to get you exactly what you bid for, but we’ll do our best to get you something you’ll appreciate, at least, if you offeror finds themselves unable to deliver on their offer.

    Potential pinch-hitters, we’d all be thankful if you can find the time to complete an offer that would otherwise not be filled. This is pretty much the most selfless role anyone can take in the whole process, and we wish we could compensate you in some material way, but know that we appreciate any help we get. We understand that some offers might be difficult to replace, but hope to come to some compromise between pinch-hitter and bidder that will make everyone happy.

We’d like to thank everyone for their participation/generosity, whether it be for their time or material donations, because people who need it are being helped thanks to you.

Please direct any questions/comments, etc, not relevant to this post to the questions post. Thank you!

ETA: Sorry, I haven't got a clue where the spacing on this entry went, all of a sudden. Nothing I do seems to fix it.

Our New Affiliate
Palms by echoe69
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February ends tomorrow
Palms by echoe69
And we are not going to host another full auction this month. The original thought way back in January had been to start another auction this weekend but the auction closing and confirmation procedures turned out to be a lot more cumbersome and time-consuming than we'd originally thought, and we need a different way to do it next time.

We're still working out the details, but halcyon_shift is in the process of creating a version of the Sweet Charity system that will be more efficient for Offerors, Bidders and the admins, and we expect to take it live sometime this month. The Lightning Round will stay on LJ entirely, and the new system will work on OpenID so you'll be able to use your LJ username on it.

Sorry about the delay, but we want this to work well for everyone, and Haiti will still need help for months and years to come.

Thanks for your patience.

New V-Gifts & Defaults
_Help Haiti 2, _Help Haiti 3
In other words, this is a good news/bad news post.

First, the biggest good news. We have confirmed at least 85% of the donations! Unfortunately, that means that about $10,000 in donations are still outstanding. But we have broken the $100,000 line! Yay, all of you! \o/

Today is Default Day. That means that if you have not confirmed your donation yet, you are technically in default of the auction and:

a. You will not be permitted to offer items or bid in the next auction unless you get in contact with the mods via helphaiti.lj[at]gmail.com or by replying publicly to this post to explain why you fell into default. As someone who ended up in the hospital for emergency surgery almost exactly a year ago, I definitely understand that randomly unexpected and problematic things happen, and if there is a reason for why you weren't able to make your donation, or confirm it, on a timely basis, we will be understanding. If you do email us or reply here, please put EXPLANATION in the subject so it's easy for us to find.

We are aware that some people have emailed the help_haiti.lj email address but we have not confirmed their donation. Email is not perfect so if this has happened to you, we may need to work directly with you to come up with a different way for you to get your confirmation to us. Please comment to this post with EMAIL ISSUE in the subject so we can handle the situation. We don't want anyone to be deemed in default accidentally or inadvertently. Remember, we did not email everyone who confirmed a donation back - if we were cc-ed along with a list of the Offerors, we expected the Offerors to handle the confirmations. We did make a notation in our Database, though, so you are marked as Confirmed. If you're still concerned, though, please reply to this post and explain the situation.

b. On Sunday or Monday - once we get finished processing the confirmations that came in yesterday and overnight and while I am typing this post, and dealing with those with email issues - we will start to notify those who came in second place that they have the option to be the auction winner. We know many people bid on other items when they were outbid on something, so the second-place people are not obligated to take on the mantle of Winning Bidder, but they do have the option. The reply-to-your-bid will inform you of the next steps to take so you can become the winner if you want, and let you know how you can say no, thanks! instead.

Since it's going to take us a few days to finalize the confirmation-notifications, if you are currently in default but manage to donate today and send in your confirmation, it will be considered accepted and timely. You have at least twelve hours to manage that - but it might be as many as 36.

Offerors whose winning bidders have defaulted: I am among you! The winning bidder on one of my items hasn't been heard from - or posted in her LJ, or confirmed the other eight things she won. And it's frustrating and a little saddening. But we still love you and appreciate you and thank you!

If for some reason the person in second place isn't able to take on the Winning Bidder mantle, we would greatly appreciate it if you would re-offer the item in the next auction, which will begin later this month.

Offerors whose winning bidders have confirmed but haven't contacted you yet: Next week, we will put up a post so you can let us know. But it's possible that they are offline, busy, or just haven't had a chance to get back to you yet (I personally apologize to my lovely Offerors, and promise to get back to you next week!). It is possible that they won't, even after we remind them, and if that's the case, there's really nothing we can do to, except shower you with love and appreciation.

Winning Bidders whose Offerors haven't contacted you yet: Technically, they have until February 14 to create or ship whatever you won, so they are not in default yet. After February 14, we'll ask you to let us know if the Winning Bidder hasn't contacted you, and we'll get a Pinch Hitter to make good on whatever you won sometime this spring. And we'll shower you with love and appreciation.

Now, after the potentially-stressful bits, the good news. As news reported yesterday, LiveJournal has expanded its charity v-gift offerings to include two new Help_Haiti v-gifts, priced at 9.99 each. The designs are by comm member foxestacado, and 100% of all proceeds from the purchase of those v-gifts goes to Partners in Health. Also, the recipient of the v-gift gets an extra gift of two months paid time (unless they have a permanent account)!

Thank you, Team LJ!

And lastly, there has been some confusion about when and where Offerors can post their Creations. Technically, it's up to the Winning Bidder if their won item will be made public, but generally, Winning Bidders do allow the Offeror to post/share what he or she created. Prior auctions on LiveJournal usually result in the Offeror posting the item(s) on his or her LiveJournal - and in this case, linking to it from the helped_haiti community. If the item is done, you don't have to wait for February 14 - you can post it any time. If the Offeror and Winning Bidder agree that the deadline can be pushed to a mutually agreed-upon date - we're inspired by Douglas Adams, who once said, "I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by."

Questions? Explanations?

Push it!
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We are only about $700 way from hitting $100,000 in confirmed donations!

So if you haven't donated, or haven't confirmed with your Offeror or the help_haiti mods at helphaiti.lj [@] gmail.com, today is the day to do it!

Also, helped_haiti is looking for some help in collating their daily posts of fics, art, vids, graphics, crafts and photos of people thrilled to open the City Grab Bags they're getting in the mail. If you're interested, comment to this post and let us know the two best days of the week for you to help through February, and any days that are impossible for you. It would be terrific to have more than one person per day, so don't not sign up just because someone's already claimed your favorite day of the week.

Lightning Round 2: V-Gift Boogaloo Update
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ETA on Monday, February 1: Lightning Round II: V-Gift Boogaloo is closed to new offers. As of Thursday, February 4, all poss to this comm will be screened.

Thanks so much to everyone who's offered something nifty in the current Lightning Round, and all those making pledges!

Even though LJ's V-Gift-a-Thon ends at 7PM Eastern Standard Time - that's about eight hours from now - we are going to leave the Lightning Round open for new offers through the end of the day on Sunday, Pacific Standard Time, since you can donate via LJ's Help_Haiti v-gift, or by a direct donation to any of the charities listed in this post.

We're also working on an alpha-test (it's not quite in beta yet) of a searchable database (by fandom/celeb name) and we'd love your feedback, so give it a try and let us know your thoughts.

And there's a new colelction for fics created in Lightning Round 2 over at An Archive of Our Own - it's empty now, so please fill it up! If you need an account at AOOO, ask thefannishwaldo a she has some to give.

We'll be posting on Monday about (a) date possibilities for the next full auction,(b) what to do if you won an item and the Offeror hasn't contacted you yet, or you offered something and the winning bidder hasn't contacted you, and (c) a new V-Gift thingy.

Again, thanks so much to all of you for all you've done to help Haiti.

Lightning Round II: V-Gift Boogaloo
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Two weeks ago, we raised nearly $7,000 in our first help_haiti Lightning Round - thank you so much to everyone who offered creative works, and everyone who donated.

We're going to do this Lightning Round very similarly - but there is one significant difference.

It would be ideal for donations to be made in V-Gifts!

Why? Because as of 4 PM today Pacific Standard Time, through Saturday, January 30th, 3:59pm, PST, LiveJournal has pledged to donate 100 percent of the proceeds from all vgift sales to CARE and UNICEF (we'll cover the credit card processing fees). And, remember, for each $10 you receive in vgifts during a two-week period, you'll get two months of paid account time.

Any V-Gift you send - whether to the Offeror, help_haiti or someone else - means that 100% of the amount you've spent on the V-Gift goes to UNICEF and CARE.

Yes, many of the v-gifts are $_.99 - for the sake of everyone's sanity, we are going to consider everything above X dollars and fifty cents to be rounded up to the next dollar.

(Just a side-note - you can also use V-Gifts throughout the V-Gift-a-Thon as a way to pay off any still-outstanding pledge from the regular auction; remember that pledges need to be paid and confirmed by February 5. Over 1700 bids have been confirmed so far!]

How does the Lightning Round work?

If you want to create drabbles or drawbles for the first X number of people who donate Y dollars (or the equivalent of your choice, directly to a charity or via V-Gifts) to one of the entities listed here, this is the place to offer your creativity!

How to Offer
Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the Subject to your post.

Paste the following into the Comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.

Here's an example:

User Name: Fandomy Person
Email address: myname at gmail dot com
You can see things I've created at: Link to my personal LJ comm which has all my stuff at it
I am offering: Ficlets of approximately 100 words
Fandoms: Doctor Who, The Magicians, Tomorrow People, Spider Man (recent films), Sherlock Holmes (current movie), Avatar (the Cameron film, not the cartoon)
Additional Info (optional): If you ask for Doctor Who, I can only write New Who fics; interspecies fic is ok, especially in Avatar, but not in Holmes.
Number of Items Offered/Donation Minimum: Offering 5 drabbles/$3 minimum

How can I confirm a donation?

It worked remarkably well last time, so again, it is going to be up to the person making the offer to decide how he or she wants to confirm that the "donation minimum" has been, er, donated. If someone donates directly to a charity, the donor should forward to the Offeror a screencap with their address and portions of their name (such as everything but the first letter of their first and last name) blocked out, or forward a redacted version of their donation-confirming email, or a photo of the confirming text message; if someone donates in the form of V-Gifts , they can either send the v-gifts to the Offeror, or send the Offeror a link to the profile page of the person who you sent the V-Gifts to.

You said something earlier this week about donating anonymously. How can I do this?

Anon commenting will be turned on in this comm through January 31. If you want to pledge a donation anonymously in exchange for something offered, here's how you do it (with thanks to hh_kink for coming up with the how-to:

1. Go to the virtual gift store.
2. Click the "ADD" button over the Help Haiti V-gift (the giant red heart).
3. Enter either the Offeror's LJ username or help_haiti in the "To" field; we can't track things otherwise.
4. In the comment box, link to the thread for which you are donating. You must do this for each individual V-gift, even if you are donating multiple gifts for the same thing.
NB: If your thread url does not contain the string "?thread=(number)#t(number)" then you have the wrong url and we will not be able to match your donation. Go back to the thread for your prompt & click "THREAD" or "LINK" on the first comment. Copy that url. Then paste it into the browser.
5. Check 'send anonymously' (or not, if you prefer!)
6. If you send the V-Gift to the help_haiti comm, within 24 hours of the mods receiving notification of the V-gift, we will post a reply to the Offeror to let him or her know.

To make searching for offers easier, we're about to launch a nifty database, and you can also utilize the wonderfully tagged del.icio.us lists, too!

As always, Let us know here if you have any questions - or if you've made any icons or banners that say "Help_Haiti" and "Lightning Round 2: V-Gift Boogaloo"! Please do not post any questions as comments to this post.

A few days on, we have an update!
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
Do you want to know the total for confirmed donations?

Will you forgive me for using sparkly text in the post this time?

Sparklee.com - http://www.sparklee.com

That's 73,680 in confirmed donations, as of about midnight Eastern Standard Time on January 26, 2010. We added the $7000 confirmed from the first Lightning Round, $1500 donated by an anon via our UNICEF page and the $65,180 confirmed in the Donation Confirmation Station.

It does not include any sums confirmed via email to the Comm Mods - we are entering that information into our spreadsheet, and we will know that total on February 5, which is the last day for winning bidders to confirm their donations to their Offeror or the Comm Mods (or they'll get a You Defaulted letter from us). We know that the total of those confirmations is thousands of dollars, but it's hard to determine at this stage if there's any overlap.

But that means that there's still about $30,000 in donations that're still outstanding. Don't worry yet if you haven't made your donation - we know there are people waiting for paydays this week, and some of us haven't had time yet - I have to get confirmations out to two of the Offerors regarding items I won - promise to do it today! Just remember that you need to notify your Offeror or the Comm Mods by February 5.

What's Up With the Next Lightning Round?

It starts on Thursday!

It will use a format/template that's very similar to the one we used before.

Winners are enouraged to donate in the form of V-Gifts to take advantage of LJ's V-Gift Donation-a-Thon, where 100% of the proceeds from the sale of V-Gifts (as explained on news) will go to UNICEF and CARE - LJ is even underwriting the credit card/paypal fees. Plus, for every $10 of V-Gifts you receive in a two week period, LJ will give you two months of paid time - a nice little thank-you for every V-Gift recipient.

We've figured out a way for V-Gifts to be sent anonymously!

What else can I do to share in the amazing community spirit that's come out of this Comm and others like it?

Join helped_haiti! We're putting up a friending meme, and there's a poll on how the community wants people to share the amazing fic, art, graphics, vids, baskets, crafts and more that they've created in/for help_haiti.

Add your fic to the help_haiti collection at An Archive Of Our Own

Visit hh_kink, who have probably one of the most brilliant taglines: With great porn comes great responsibility. They've set up an anon kink meme-style system, with all donations via LJ's Help Haiti V-Gift, and yes, they're the ones who figured out how to send V-Gifts as payment, anonymously.

One question: We've been asked to find a US-based charity that already has started work on an action plan to help with rebuilding schools - and restocking them with books for students. It needs to be well-rated (4*, ideally) on CharityNavigator, and it must be a 501(c)(3) with a low portion of its donations going to administrative costs. You can email us at helphaiti.lj at gmail.com or just post a comment here if there's a charity you want to recommend, or that you think we should look into.

Drive-by note to US taxpayers
Mister President
Our government may not be matching donations like Canada's is, but they are doing something to support US taxpayers who are donating to help Haiti:

President Obama Signs Legislation Providing Immediate Tax Deductions for Haiti Charitable Contributions

In the days since the earthquake in Haiti, Americans have shown their generosity with millions of dollars in donations. Tonight, President Obama signed a bill into law that makes it easier to give. This legislation will allow taxpayers to receive the tax benefit from donations made to the Haiti effort in this tax season, rather than having to wait until they file their 2010 tax returns next year. Specifically, cash donations to charities for the Haitian relief effort given after January 11 and before March 1 of this year may be treated as if the contribution was made on December 31 of last year so that the contribution can be deducted from 2009 income. This measure applies to monetary donations, not goods or services.

From the White House's blog

Amazing + What You Can Do Next Week + LR Update
_Help Haiti, 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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Where are we now?
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
The Mods are still plowing through the winning bids, and notifying winners and Offerors - we had over 3000 Offers, so it's taking a little longer than we had originally expected when we started work on this last week.

Thanks so much to everyone who's confirming their donations - at this point, the mathamagicians who've been adding up the pages at the Donation Confirmation Station tell us that we have about $25,000 in confirmed donations to date, and that's not even including the amount confirmed in the Lightning Round, which is now somewhere north of $5,000 (we need to add it up again).

Since that only covers about 1/4 of the total donations we expect and hope for, we are wondering if the total could possibly hit six figures, once the various matching funds from people's offices, colleges and countries are factored in.

We've also learned that Starbucks in the UK is reportedly taking donations in cash in their shops around the country- if you donate that way, you can confirm that you've donated using the proess here.

Just a reminder - if you email the mods at helphaiti.lj [at] gmail.com with your donation confirmation, please include the URL for the item(s) you bid on and put CONFIRMATION in the subject, to save us a few steps in notifying the Offeror.

ETA: news included a report on help_haiti - and made an announcement that will impact the donation process here:
We were so inspired by your compassion that we've decided to run a two-day charitable vgift drive. Beginning next week, from Thursday, January 28th, 4pm, through Saturday, January 30th, 3:59pm, PST, we'll donate 100 percent of the proceeds from all vgift sales to CARE and UNICEF (we'll cover the credit card processing fees). And, remember, for each $10 you receive in vgifts during a two-week period, you'll get two months of paid account time. For more info, read this FAQ.

Thank you, LiveJournal, for all your support of this comm - it's greatly appreciated, and will make a significant difference!

If you're interested in doing more to support Haitian recovery and rebuilding this weekend, there's two telethons to keep your eye on:

1. Helping Haiti Heal. It started out among Harry Potter fandomers, but it's grown to include podcasts and sites from fandoms like Heroes, Lost, True Blood, The Wire and Firefly.

Help spread the word by Tweeting the following:

We're Helping Haiti Heal - learn about a huge fandom event happening Sat. from 2pm to 6pm ET! http://bit.ly/5603s6 #hhh

2. George Clooney and Wyclef Jean are hosting a telethon that will air globally tomorrow night. Among the performers are Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Bono, Bruce Springsteen, Dave matthews, Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna and Shakira.

The two-hour program will air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT on Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also air on PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment Network, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, Centric, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, Epix, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health and Planet Green, as well as Canada's CTV, CBC Television, Global Television and MuchMusic. It will also air internationally on BET International, CNN International, National Geographic and MTV Networks International, as well as Mtv China. Performances will be downloadable the next day on iTunes around the world.

Donations will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF, Wyclef's Yele Haiti Foundation and the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Programme; proceeds will be split evenly among each organization's individual Haiti relief funds, according to an Mtv release.

If you know of anything else going on online this weekend or next week to support the rebuilding and recovery in Haiti, let us know!

It's been a long day!
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
Over $8000 has been donated to our UNICEF page thus far!

We've had over 300 Offerors confirm donations!

And, um, we're only about half done notifying winning bidders. It's taking a while, but we want to do it right, so thank you all for your patience! It does save us time when (a) the Offerors notify the winners and (b) the Winning Bidders include the URL for the offer they won in their confirming email (but it's still workable if you didn't, because we have a wonderful Spreadsheet of Doom - don't send it twice, please).

If someone is able to go through this post and tally up the dollar figure for confirmed donations and post it here, that would be terrific. If you're going to do it, claim it there - or divide the pages up amongst a few people - and then do a separate reply with the total, and the username of the last person whose confirmation is included in said total.

Again, thanks so much to all of you, especially the amazing Notification Team!

ETA at 7AM on Thursday, January 21: Thanks to our Confirmation Tabulators, we now know that over $15,000 in donations have been confirmed by Offerors - and that doesn't include the $1,500 donated by our lovely anon to UNICEF or the donations confirmed by the Mods.

Notifications still in progress...
they call me a cock-eyed optimist
We're still going through posts and commenting to auction winners (and probably will for hours yet), but two posts are done, and we'd like to update you all. Thanks to your generosity on the Audio and Food posts alone, we've raised over $7,600. That's astounding. You all are astounding.

As donations are starting to trickle in, a note: if you are sending your donation confirmation to the mods, please send it to: helphaiti.lj@gmail.com. Also, if you PM one of the mods, please make sure you can receive PMs, or you won't get our answer!

Just getting started....
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
We're barely one twentieth done with the confirmations - although that's not including the confirmations that Offerors have posted, which looks like over 100 more validations - but I'm thrilled to note that the first 35 Confirmed Donations total over $1500 in donations. Also, our UNICEF page is now well over $3000 (yes, there is some overlap). And we have two dozen Help Haiti v-gifts here at our comm already - and thanks to those who've donated paid time for the comm!

Offerors, please confirm the winning bid(s) following the instructions here, as it will speed the process for everyone.

The auction is closed to new bids.
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
We have screened all comments in the community. We will be opening the non-auction posts to comments shortly, and will begin to notify winning bidders within the hour.

But really?

You are all winners - the Offerors, Bidders, Pluggers, Cheer Squad, Betas - everyone who helped make this community what it has become.

More info about ongoing fandom efforts to help rebuild Haiti will be coming soon.

For now...

Thank you from the help_haiti Mods.

A Question about the Lightning Round and the Requests Post
Palms by echoe69

Should the Lightning Round and the Requests Post stay open at least through the next auction in February?

Yes, both should!
Yes, the Lightning Round should, but the Requests post should be closed to new requests.
Yes, the Requests post should remain open but the Lightning Round should be closed.
Neither should remain open to new requests.
Something else that I will discuss in the comments.

Feel free to discuss in the comments!

Auction Closing Procedures - PLEASE READ
This post contains information about auction closing procedures, confirmations of winning bids, the donation process, donation confirmation and thoughts on sharing the wonderful works created as part of help_haiti

Please read the entire post before asking questions. If you have any questions about any of the topics in this post, other than questions concerning the charities selected, feel free to ask them in a comment to this post; if you have questions about the charities, please read the post here and ask your question there.

Note: None of the information below will apply to the Lightning Round or the Requests posts; all confirmations of donations in those posts are being done by the Offeror or the person filling the request(s).

What's the quick and dirty version of the closing/notification/donation/confirmation/creation process?Collapse )

The auction will close at noon Eastern Standard Time on January 20, 2010. About half an hour later, we will post to the comm and on our Twitter that Offerors can start notifying the winning bidder using the template below. In the afternoon of January 20 (EST) comm mods will also start notifying winning bidders - you can tell we're official by the shiny "You've won!" icons we will have!

Once you've been notified that you won, you can donate to any of the charities listed in heidi8's post here; if you wish to donate to one of the charities discussed in the comments, or to any other charity, you can do so if it is alright with the Offeror, but the Offeror will have to confirm your donation, as explained below.

Once you've made your donation, either confirm it directly with the Offeror or with the Comm Mods here, and the process of fulfilling your bid can begin. Offerors who are confirming donations will need to post here. In the case of Mod-confirmed donations, the Offerors will be informed so they can create/send/work on your winning item.

That's great! Nice plan! Now can we think this through?

(That's from Legally Blonde: The Musical.) Sure! Here's the longer and more meandering explanation of all that:

When the clock strikes noon, what will happen?Collapse )

All comments/replies in this comm will be screened for approximately thirty minutes; this means that any bids placed after noon will not be visible, and will never be unscreened as they will not count.

After thirty minutes (although it may be as much as an hour), we will switch the settings so only comments on the Offering posts are screened and comments on posts like the Lightning Round and Charities will be visible when posted; we will unscreen any screened comments on the Lightning Round and Requests posts as quickly as possible.


This gives us a chance to shut down bidding rapidly. But because of the quirks of LJ, comments will be sent out even though they are screened; therefore, if you are an Offeror and get notification of a "bid" on your item that was made after noon, please disregard it.

How do I know whether I won?Collapse )

Just after noon on the 20th, you can go back to the items you've bid on and determine whether you won based on these factors:
A. If the post offers just one item and you're the highest bidder, you've won.
B. If the post has more than one of the same item and your bid is in the top number of bids - eg. in the top three for a post with three items - you've won.
C. For posts with multiple items but more identical bids than the number of items, preference is given to earlier bids.

Note: We can tell whether bids have been edited; we will look to the time at which the post was edited to determine the time of bid.

How are you going to let winners know they've won?Collapse )

There are two methods that we are going to use.

Either the Offeror can let the Winning Bidder know as explained below, or the Comm Mods will let the Winning Bidder know.

It is going to take the Comm Mods about 30 or so hours to get through all the winning bids - we'll comment to let you know you've won, remind you to donate if you haven't already, and tell you how to confirm your donation. But Offerors can help out and cut that time down considerably by notifying their Winning Bidder themselves.

If the Offeror wants to notify the Winning Bidder, the Offeror must reply to the comment by the Winning Bidder that contains the winning bid and incorporate this template (although you can say more, too):

If a Mod has already notified your winning bidder, it's okay to also reply with any sort of informal communication, such as:

"Hi Awesome Winner, please drop me an email/PM/comment on my LJ with your chosen fandom(s), pairing(s) and/or prompts so I can start writing your fic!' etc."

...or whatever fits the situation, as opposed to also replying with a templated notice - although you can use the template if you wish.

If the Offeror notifies at the same time as a Mod - don't freak out! There's nothing wrong with a double-notification, and it's fine if there's accidentally more than one. But please do not try to notify the Winning Bidder by replying to a Comm Mod's reply as the Winning Bidder may not see it.

I won! How do I donate?Collapse )

You can donate via any of the links in the post here. As it says there, we will confirm donations to any national or local Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Magen David, OXFAM, UNICEF and/or Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, as well as any donations made to Yéle Haiti, or by purchasing the Help Haiti virtual gift sold by LiveJournal will be Confirmable, or made at Starbucks in North America (Starbucks takes cash for donations, and no purchase is necessary).

If you're in the US or Canada you can walk into a Starbucks and donate up to $249.99; you can use cash and they will give you a receipt like the kind you get with any purchase

If you're in the UK, you can donate to the Disasters Emergency Committee at any high street bank; again, you can use cash.

If you have a PayPal account, you can donate by purchasing Help Haiti virtual gifts sold by LiveJournal to the amount of your donation (rounded up) - in other words, if you are to donate fifteen dollars, you can purchase five Help Haiti virtual gifts. You can send them to the help_haiti comm or to anyone you wish.

Please use Google or the search engine of your choice, or visit Charity Navigator if you're in the US, to research any charity/agency/organization you are considering donating to, so you can be fully informed about their practices and policies.

When do I have to donate by?
By The Time heidi8 Awakens On February 5, 2010, which is probably around 7:00 AM (EST). Of course, the sooner you donate, the better, as the Offeror isn't supposed to start work on it or ship it until the donation confirmation is in.

OMG! I donated before bidding closed! Does it count?
If you didn't use that donation receipt as confirmation for something else, it will count as long as you donated after January 12, 2010.

Squee! I won multiple things! Do I have to donate for each separately?
No, you can do one donation to cover everything if you want to - you don't have to! If you cc any of the Offerors whose items are covered by Winning Bids donated on the same receipt, you have to cc all of the Offerors whose items are covered by Winning Bids donated on the same receipt. But if your winning bid's receipt doesn't include certain Offerors because they were, say, covered by v-gift donations, they do not need to be cc-ed. you must cc all of the Offerors whose items you won, as well as the Mods at helphaiti.lj at gmail.com. If you have an concern with this process, we can work around it - just email the Mods.

I've donated! How do I confirm that I've donated?Collapse )

When you donate you must get a receipt. If you donate electronically, it should be emailed to you; you can screencap the on-screen confirmation or the one that is emailed to you. If you donate in person, get a written receipt; if you have a written receipt please write your LJ username and/or email address on it, then scan or photograph it. If you donated via text messaging, confirmation should be in your online phone management system; please screencap the confirmation.

You can confirm your donation by forwarding the screencap, scan or photo.

a. If you don't wish your offerer to have access to any of the unblanked information on your confirmation (eg. initials, part of RL name, etc.), please confirm to the Comm Mods.
b. if you wish to pay for multiple bids with one donation, please confirm to the Comm Mods AND the Offerers if you're comfortable confirming to them,
c. if you're donating to a charity approved by your Offerer but not on the Comm Mods' list, please only confirm to the Offerer,
d. if you're confirming a single payment that covers a single winning bid, and are comfortable with your Offerer seeing all non-blanked info on the confirmation, please confirm to the Offerer.

In your confirmation, please include the URL(s) for you winning bid(s) and the amount(s) of the winning bid(s).

We are expecting a big influx of confirmations in the first few days after the Auction closes, so don't be surprised if the help_haiti mods don't reply to your confirmation for a day or two. If we haven't replied after three days, please send it again, and put RESEND in the subject.

If you confirm to the Offeror, he or she can start as soon as they get the confirmation - but we would really appreciate it if she or he would let us know here that the donation has been confirmed.

I'm concerned about personally identifying information! Can I redact anything on my electronic receipt?

Definitely. If it's an electronic receipt, we need to be able to see the name of the entity you donated to and their address, the date/time of donation, the amount donated, a confirmation number and either (a) the first letter of your first and last name, or (b) your entire first name. Instructions on how to redact or black out personally identifying information can be found here.

WHEW! Lots of information, we know. But everyone has been wonderufully self-organized so far, and we just need to get past these little complexities to end this first round of the help_haiti auction successfully.

THANK YOU ALL so much for all your help, your offers, your bids and your support!


Donation Confirmation Station
Squee 3
All Offerors whose works/gifts/misc were bid on (other than Lighting Round or Requests) - this post is for you!

The Winning Bidder on your item(s) will confirm their donation by notifying the help_haiti mods at helphaiti.lj at gmail.com, or by notifying you as explained here.

If they confirm their donation to the help_haiti mods, the Offeror doesn't have to do anything here. A help_haiti mod will get in touch with you to let you know that the donation's been confirmed. We hope to get all notifications out within 48 hours.

If they confirm their donation to you, the Offeror, you need to reply to this post using the template provided below, so we can keep track of the donation. If you had more than one item up for auction, please use a separate template for each item; you can put multiple templates into one post.

ETA: If your bidder ended up donating more specifically for your offer, could you leave a note to that effect? Otherwise we will wonder whether it is a lump sum for several offers. Thank you!

Again, thanks so much for all your participation and your wonderful offers. This auction only exists because of you!

If you have any questions, please ask them here.

Remember - you don't have to post about Lightning Round offerings!

Bid Dispute Issues
ORLY?, Zach.
This post will open just after noon on January 20, 2010 to resolve any disputes about bids. Comments will initially be screened, but may become public during the process because LJ automatically unscreens comments when someone replies.

We hope nobody will use it, but we are putting it here as a just-in-case. Comments are turned off for now, and will be turned on just after noon on January 20, 2010.

Please make sure you have comment notifications turned on.
evil 2, Rule, texting 3
Bidding closes at noon (Eastern Standard Time) on January 20, 2010

Click here to see how many minutes remain!

We will be confirming the winning bidders by replying to the comment with the winning bid; if you do not have comment notifications turned on, you may miss learning that you've won a fantastic Offering!

You can learn more about comment notifications and settings here; you can either get notifications emailed directly to you, or have them sent only to your LiveJournal inbox.

We hope to send out all confirmations within 36 hours of the close of the Auction (i.e. 6 PM Eastern Standard Time on Thursday, January 21) so if you need to turn off Notifications then, it won't be as problematic, although you might want to keep an eye on threads where you've won the item, just in case.

Confirmation process/info will be posted in the next few hours. I think we're done testing things! Confirmation will still be manual, and might take a number of hours, but we will get it done.

And really, I'm much happier spending a lot of time confirming donations than I would be if we could do it all in an hour, because it means that we will have what looks like at least a thousand Offerings and donations to confirm.

Which is just amazing. Kudos and credit to all of you!

Today would be...
No Actual Spoilers, Deathly Hallows, DH Archive, Ready, Neo
A terrific day to scroll through the various Offering threads and bid on something that has no bids yet. There are some fantastic Offerings on random pages that may've been overlooked, or perhaps you've been outbid on something and haven't had a chance to page back through the Offerings to see if something terrific catches your eye.

But this round of the Auction closes in just over 24 hours, so it's the perfect time to bid on a shiny, generously donated Offering.

: imaginarycircus has created a list of Offerings in all the categories (other than Misc.) that would love to have bids (or at least, that was their status as of about 4 PM today...)!

Word Offerings Compilation Help Needed!
DW | TARDIS | Old School Funky Planet
As you may have noticed, a few of us have been going through and indexing the three word offering posts - you can see the results thus far here, where it is much easier to search by fandom or author for that fic you're just dying to bid on. Unfortunately, we're falling behind, and since the end of the auction looms, we'd love to have some help compiling these lists!

All that's required is the ability to copy-paste into a Google Doc, and to stare at a screen for some time without going cross-eyed. ;) Drop me a PM and I'll set you up with a page of comments to work on, as well as the links to the Google Docs so that you can edit them. Let me know when you finish your page, and, if you're feeling adventurous, I'll assign you another. Simple as that!

Thank you so much, everyone. This is an amazing undertaking. ♥

Please note that general questions should be directed to the question post here!

A few people have offered beta reading services for anyone writing a fic (original or fanfic) for help_haiti, and others have offered icons or banners for specific fandoms for those Offering or Bidding. So we set up this thread for you!

No bidding allowed. :D

How to Offer
Please list the type of item and fandom (if relevant) in the Subject to your post.

Paste the following into the Comment window and fill in the non-optional spaces.

If you want to claim something, make sure you comment to the Offering post, not to any of the other comments.

Questions? Ask them here!

Update on the Auction Closing Procedures
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
We haven't figured them all out yet - and nothing below applies to the Lightning Round. We are still testing some processes and procedures but we do know a few things:

1. Donations to any national or local Red Cross, Red Crescent, Red Magen David, OXFAM, UNICEF and/or Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres, as well as any donations made to Yéle Haiti, or by purchasing the Help Haiti virtual gift sold by LiveJournal will be Confirmable, or made at Starbucks in North America (Starbucks takes cash for donations, and no purchase is necessary).

2. Donations to certain other entities/charities/organizations will also be accepted, but we have not yet finalized the list of said entities/charities/organizations.

3. Any entities/charities/organizations requested by the Offeror whose item(s) for which you are the Winning Bidder will be Confirmable by the Offeror, even if said entities/charities/organizations are not listed on the comm's Confirmable list. In other words, if the Offeror has asked for donations to a specific charity, the Winning Bidder can donate to that charity, or to any of the Listed entities/charities/organizations.

4. You will be able to confirm your bid to the help_haiti mods if you donate to one of the Confirmable entities/charities/organizations. You can also confirm to the Offeror if the Offeror is okay with that, and we will ask that you confirm to the Offeror if you donate to an entity/charity/organization that is not on the Confirmable list.

5. We will have instructions tomorrow on how to mask your personally identifying information. We ask that if you confirm a donation made online to the help_haiti mods, you not mask your country, your email address or LJ username/OpenID, and either (a) the first letter of your first and last name or (b) your entire first name. Please do not use the "blur" feature, as it reportedly can be un-blurred; striking through your information with a rectangle or pen tool is not as reversible.

5b. We note that Starbucks in North America is facilitating donations to Yele and the American Red Cross; donations can be made in cash. To confirm donations via Starbucks, all you'll need is a scan or photo of your receipt with your email address written on it in ink.

6. Please do not list new offers after midnight Eastern Standard Time (US) on Wednesday, January 20. We understand that we initially said that we would not accept new threads after 6 AM that day and we will not block new offers made in that six hour period, but it would be a lot easier on us if people did not post new offers then. We will be hosting another auction in February, so if you didn't get to Offer something this time, you definitely can then! Plus, our UNICEF page will be open for donations at least through the spring.

7. [Added at 5:00 PM EST on January 18, 2010] If you've won multiple auctions, you will be able to donate in one lump sum to one charity/organization/entity if you want to; you will be able to confirm your donation by notifying the Comm Mods who will then notify the Offerors, or you will be able to confirm your donation by notifying all of the Offerors whose items are covered by the donation in one email that is cc-ed to each of the relevant Offerors, or via a GoogleWave that is visible by each of the relevant Offerors.

We know that many of you will probably have questions about the auction closing/bid confirmation procedures, so please feel free to ask them here! We are still working out the details and testing some technical things, though, so not every answer is, as yet, known.

Also, please note that winning bidders will be notified on January 20 and 21 - we have to do this manually, so it is going to take some time. If you haven't been notified by 8:00 AM Greenwich Mean Time on January 22, you can let us know, but please do not ask if you're the winner before that time.

Awesome fandom continues to be awesome
Okay everyone, AMAZING and WOW news to share!

We already have donations at over $3500 from the Lightning Round, and we have $570 visibly donated via the UNICEF page. Which is so AMAZING by itself.

Here's where the WOW comes in. A very generous soul has stepped up and is going to MATCH THE FIRST $1500 CONTRIBUTED at the help-haiti's UNICEF page [clickity-click]! So that's $570 x 2 already, and will continue to double until we've hit $1500. Like I said, WOW.

They wish to remain anon, but please, give them a little k-kick and \o/ and gold star in thanks.


03:30PM EST → $700 [$1400 T]
03:45PM EST → $715 [$1430 T]
05:00PM EST → $730 [$1460 T]
06:00PM EST → $735 [$1470 T]
06:45PM EST → $745 [$1490 T]
08:00PM EST → $790 [$1580 T]
11:00PM EST → $850 [$1700 T]
11:30PM EST → $855 [$1710 T]
12:30AM EST → $865 [$1730 T]
02:30AM EST → $915 [$1830 T]
06:30AM EST → $920 [$1840 T]
06:40AM EST → $940 [$1880 T]
12:00PM EST → $950 [$1900 T]
12:30PM EST → $960 [$1920 T]
06:15PM EST → $1030 [$2060 T]
07:15PM EST → $1045 [$2090 T]
07:45PM EST → $1065 [$2130 T]
08:30PM EST → $1075 [$2150 T]
09:00PM EST → $1090 [$2180 T]
11:30PM EST → $1110 [$2220 T]
08:00AM EST → $1117 [$2234 T]
10:00AM EST → $1300 [$2600 T]
12:00PM EST → $1600 [$3100 T] ← GOAL! \o/
06:00PM EST → 4184!!!