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A few days on, we have an update!
_Help Haiti, Help Haiti
heidi8 wrote in 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.

My jaw is so open that I am attracting flies.

We are all awesome! And special thanks to you mods!

The only post I'm seeing to helped_haiti is the poll, even though I joined. Am I missing something?

No, it'll be up later today...

This is completely and utterly A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.!!!! I am speechless.....

This just rocks.

Plain and simple.

Quick question. If I sent an email confirmation to the mods of my contribution and have not heard back from you, should I resubmit somehow? I've already made the contributions, but I just want to make sure that they are counted.

Thanks! And great job, btw. You guys are awesome!

I second this question - so far I assumed my email confirmations to the mods had simply not been processed yet, but this post is making me wonder whether I should resubmit. Have all received confirmations now been processed?

Also: WOW. :-))) Seriously awesome.

First of all: WOOT! *happy dance* Kicking ass and writing checks. THAT'S HOW WE ROLL.

Secondly, I want to recommend the American Jewish World Service. Very liberal, very committed to human and civil rights worldwide. Not pushing a religious agenda, but rather pursuing global social justice. Charity Navigator gives them four stars and administrative expenses represent 10.3% of the budget.

I have a question if it's okay to ask :) Can you pay in cash when you win a bid? And if so, where? (I'm in the UK if it makes a difference)...

Supposedly, Starbucks are taking cash donations in the UK but I am not 100% sure who it goes to. OXFAM offices are also taking it in cash, as are many high street banks. You need to get a receipt, ideally one that gives the name of the charity and your name - but you can black out your last name with a pen and photograph it or scan it.

If I emailed my donation to my Offeror, do I need to email you guys as well? I wasn't quite sure about that.

This is awesome!

Umm... for reporting purposes, do you want to know if the donations we make are being matched? I didn't think to mention that when I donated, however as a Canadian the government matched and so did my work place turning my $120 donation into $360.

You can note it, but it isn't required. My husband's office did matching funds for our donations, too, but I didn't include it, as I don't have a formal confirmation for it.

I'm proud to have been involved in this marvelous effort.

That is so wonderful, wow! :D

Fandom is awesome!

It's so incredible to see fandoms rise to the occasion like this with such positive energy and outpouring of generosity. So often you see or experience such negative things in fandoms, but this is beyond amazing. AND IT's ONLY THE FIRST ROUND!

Congratulations to everyone involved. I am so incredibly proud to have played a small part.