Archive for the ‘charity’ Category

Biking without logos

Monday, July 1st, 2013

I really want to start, or better yet, since I’m lazy, find, a bicycling group that has a strict no-logo policy for group rides.  I have zero interest in riding with people who are OK with wearing a bunch of spandex advertising.  It is possible to bike for fun, without having to whore yourself out, nor look like a douche without any sense of personal style.  And I definitely don’t want to be with a group of people that get off on the pathetic ‘elitism’ that comes from having paid to race against a bunch of amateurs.  The fake charity ride you participated in should be a badge of shame, not pride.  You helped a bunch of scam artists use your hobby to enrich themselves, with the fake beard of ‘helping others’, but you and I both know that 99% of the money you paid go to the race organizers, and you want to share that with everyone else?  Go nuts, but I still think you are a loser.


Feeding the hungry, while they bury the Iron Lady

Wednesday, April 17th, 2013

In an appropriate twist of fate, I’m off to spend a day volunteering at Northwest Harvest, while half a world away, the rich mourn the death of someone who arguably left a lot of hungry people in her wake.

Charitable giving made easy

Monday, August 13th, 2012

I got an unexpected letter from the SeaFair Foundation, while I was in Disneyworld (update coming next), thanking me for coming, and letting me know what percentage of my gift is tax deductible. I hadn’t realized all the SeaFair festivities were non-profit-y enough to qualify for tax deduction status, but it turns out they do. It makes me wonder what other kinds of events I could get both a VIP experience, and a tax break, out of.

Charity Season

Friday, June 1st, 2012

It’s finally that time of year again, where I’m ready to dole out my charity dollars for the year. Last year, the big winners were local dance and theater groups. They probably will be again, but maybe also a little towards something that directly affects my neighborhood.

Nancy Brinker does NOT care about women

Friday, May 25th, 2012

That is the only conclusion I can draw from her insistence that paying her the obscene amount of over $300,000 per year, is worth more than the future of the entire organization she claims to lead. Let’s suspend our disbelief that the Planned Parenthood decision wasn’t an intentional action on her part, that still gives her no excuse for continuing to siphon of valuable funds from the national organization, as it falls apart. She has single handedly cost thousands of women the help they so badly need, at their most vulnerable time, for no reason than her own greed and pride.

Thank goodness there are organizations led by people with integrity and honesty, who actually do care about helping people, that we can all donate to instead. I most look forward to the day that the Susan G Komen foundation announces they have fired Nancy Brinker, stripped her of any and all perks and pension, and have refocused themselves on research and care, instead of self-sustainment. If that day will never come, my next hope is to see the day the Susan G Komen foundation has to close it’s doors. The women of the world will be better of either way.

Doorman X

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

‘They’ say one of the ways to avoid the single-at-valentine’s-day-blues is to volunteer, so I offered myself up to the Fremont Abbey, and worked the door for their special Valentines’ Day edition of “The Round”. Once a month, they have some musicians play and talk, a poet or two, and some painters (they are at either side of the stage, and paint a single piece each, over the course of the evening).

During my instructions, the house manager mentions that I should say something like “tickets are 8 dollars, but you are welcome to donate more”, and my inside-eyes were rolling 100 rpm, but it turns out, people really do give more when simply asked. Guys paying for their dates were the most likely to pitch in their whole change, but there was one single guy who paid gave a whole $20.

I got to check out a little of the actual show, and was surprised to find that one of the evenings performers, I recognized from his opening for Clem Snide. I didn’t stay upstairs long; not my ideal eve for listening to love songs. There was some female singer in the elfin-waif-crooner style, who was quite good. There was a gay poet, who had a nice piece about his boyfriend.

Most annoying part of the eve was waiting for the bus. It was very cold, and the buses were still running behind, from an accident on the highway at noon, 10 hours earlier.

Nancy Brinker (still) is a terrible person

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

CEO of the Susan G Komen foundation, she has chosen to destroy the charity she created, by crashing it headlong onto the rocks of the abortion debate. Choosing cowardice and self-hate, she caved to Republican pressure to cut off funding to Planned Parenthood, and showed that she is willing to sacrifice the lives of millions of women.

But she isn’t just a terrible human being, she’s also a failure. Her pathetic decision has resulted in more donations for Planned Parenthood in the last two days, than they got from Susan G Komen in an entire year.

So, screw you Nancy Brinker, or rather, thank you for reminding me to donate to any cause that you oppose. And doubly screw you for what you have done to all the women with breast cancer, who will now have to find new resources, or face the moral dilemma of accepting help from the devil.

UPDATE: The Komen foundation has released a rather weasel worded change of heart, that makes it clear that they are only sorry they got caught, not that they regret trying to take away healthcare options from women. The more you learn about the Susan G Komen foundation (less than 21% of their money is spent on actual research), the more it seems like a bit of close attention to what they are actually all about, is in the best interest of everyone. I can only imagine how many people’s live would be improved if they spent even $300,000 less on Nancy Brinker’s unearned salary of $495,000. She would still be wealthy beyond the dreams of most American women, and might have some sort of ethical leg to stand on. As is, she just seems like a heartless woman who exploited the death of her sister for her own gain.

Give What I Can

Friday, November 11th, 2011

I can’t give blood, ’cause I’ve had sex before, but at least I can give the company blood drive it’s Thanksgiving catchphrase, “don’t let cranberries be the only red stuff you share this Thanksgiving”.

Date a Winner

Monday, June 20th, 2011

I ended up winning one of the ‘date with a sounder’ charity auctions. I’m not sure how date-ish they expect things to get, when the prize package is tickets for 4, but we do get to meet Brad Evans (one of my invitees says, “he’s my 3rd favorite sounder!”) after the game. I am slightly tempted to rent a super-fast lens, but will see what I can do with what I’ve got, and restrain myself. Should be an interesting experience.

Magic Flute @ Seattle Opera follow up

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

I have been meaning to write up a review of Saturday night’s Opening Night performance, covering my delight and realizing two of my favorite songs from the Amadeus soundtrack are part of this opera, my annoyance at the people who snuck into the box seating area during intermission with a noisy kid who nearly dropped stuff over the edge (instead he dropped it on me), the amusement of seeing Razor scooters on stage, etc etc. Then I got a phone call last night, trying to sell me more tickets. I could have sworn that at the point in the check-out process where they asked for a phone number, they assured me it was not going to be used for marketing purposes, but looking at their printed Privacy Policy, I see that they saw “We will not trade or sell your phone number or e-mail address to any other business or organization”, leaving themselves open to misuse your information for their own benefit. But then I saw that in the section on how to opt-out of that usage of your information, they imply that the above statement is actually a hollow promise, that doesn’t include “your mailing information traded to other arts or non-profit organizations.”

Now I’m conflicted. Part of me feels strongly that any business that uses cold calling sales should be punished for their arrogance and anti-customer attitude, but I like the opera and want to go again. I think the best I can do is continue to buy single-show tickets to operas I want to see, while purchasing a subscription to some other arts group, and sending the receipt of said purchase to the marketing director of the Seattle Opera, along with an explanatory note of why I will not be making a direct contribution to them, nor letting them benefit from the 100% matching my employer would make.