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Redux Retro Question - member or children

Poll ended at Thu Dec 15, 2016 7:48 am

terryfox.org
2
15%
childrenshospital.ab.ca
0
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vch.ca
0
No votes
member
11
85%
 
Total votes : 13
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RB '16 Recipient redux

by Anapan Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:48 am

I've consulted the members who've participated in the charity and are the only members invested thus-far (please PM if notification wasn't received - time is short and participation is low).
A consensus among donors was requested and verified to hold another vote.

I'm Canadian Eh? so a selection of children's charities was gathered from my government's list of the best, as ranked by the percentage of donation transferred to recipients. They are all the best my leaders came up with, and are ranked by the percentage of collected funds that is transferred to donors.

#1 : Terry Fox foundation - I know I ran every year for my entire education for a good reason.
#2 : Alberta Children's Hospital foundation. I have a couple of co-workers who have had kids treated there. The kids are happy now.
#3 : Vancouver Coastal Health. From their site: Our hospital foundations raise millions of dollars every year to help pay for specialized equipment, support medical research and improve patient care.
#4 : Still can't publicly say anymore. It isn't me, and 100% will be transferred to recipient via Paypal.

I encourage anyone to let us (or me via PM, if necessary) know what you think of this redux vote.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by jp1 Sat Dec 10, 2016 9:08 am

Switched it up and voted member. I have faith that nobody would have been nominated without their knowledge for anything but the best of reasons.

Expect something via pm from me today or tomorrow. No idea what just yet, but I'll purchase something if need be.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by ElkinFencer10 Sat Dec 10, 2016 11:39 am

jp1 wrote:Switched it up and voted member. I have faith that nobody would have been nominated without their knowledge for anything but the best of reasons.

Agreed. If there's a legitimate need on this board, I vote that we help that person. We're a family, after all.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by marurun Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:34 pm

I may be the odd-man-out, but I really wish I knew SOMETHING more about this RB member who needs assistance. I understand wanting privacy, but I'm considering throwing in something this year (will have them sorted out this weekend), and I'd like to participate with just a little more confidence.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by jp1 Sat Dec 10, 2016 7:50 pm

marurun wrote:I may be the odd-man-out, but I really wish I knew SOMETHING more about this RB member who needs assistance. I understand wanting privacy, but I'm considering throwing in something this year (will have them sorted out this weekend), and I'd like to participate with just a little more confidence.


I was feeling like this a little, but knowing that Anapan is a good dude I decided to trust his judgement on the matter. He always plays a substantial role in the auction, and as such, I believe his motives for choosing said member would be justified.

Hell, if it helps someone get back on their feet after hard times...that's good enough for me.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by 8bit Sun Dec 11, 2016 12:34 pm

I voted member as well. If we can help one of our own in need I am all for it.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by isiolia Mon Dec 12, 2016 12:22 pm

I voted for a member as well, since it's a community here, and a lot of established charities will have far more potential sources for donations.

At the same time, of course, it has a bit more potential to be awkward. If not this year, then in subsequent ones. Some folks may not feel comfortable accepting donations, and others might feel slighted that they didn't, etc. Things that aren't really an issue with established charities.

Again though, personally, I'm more in favor of a direct approach. Similarly, I'd just rather give money directly, rather than use it to pay for shipping on items I'd just as soon keep. :? So, assuming that we do go with a member, I will donate, just probably not via auction items this time.
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Re: RB '16 Recipient redux

by Anapan Sat Dec 17, 2016 4:28 am

I'm actually relieved that there were some votes the other way; There's no guarantee that member would accept anyway.
I always have unneeded and unused hardware, and I found that the charity is the perfect format to reduce clutter. I prepare for it every year; When I see a good deal on a console that I already have, I consider an upgrade/uptrade based on the condition - I gotta have good hardware hooked up. I always have extra games - dupes or duds whatever - I buy more than I play, and I only have room for the best. I like that the stuff goes back to the community, whether for resell or personal use is irrelevant. At least it all goes to my favorite online community.
The way I see it, if something sells for less than market value - good! I've always gotten a good deal in the forum marketplace - especially when requesting games or hardware, and our charity auction should be the same.
If something gets in a bidding war, also good - charity gets more.
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