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Thursday, April 14, 2011

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Betony

SL fashion designers are really knocking themselves out, putting out fabulous products for Project FUR and the Japan relief effort. I am constantly impressed with the creativity and quality of the SL artists and designers, and no less with the generous spirit of SL residents.

AskyLoo

While I applaud the spirit in which a fundraiser like this is done, I beg to ask, who does the oversight of the money raised and why isn't there a publicly available list of who is doing what? Transparency matters in cases of charitable donations.

I only bring this up because of past events for charity in which the people running them pocketed the money. (this is widely known and no, I am not going to name names, but you know who you are and you should be ashamed)

Japan is in dire straits and dire need. Please, give your money directly to a charity in real life, not waste it on some virtual knick knack with no money trail.


Iris Ophelia

@AskyLoo Thankfully, most SL charity events now keep blogs and post periodic donation receipts during and/or after the event. Here's one of ProjectFUR's: http://projectfurjapan.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/we-have-made-our-first-donation-to-jears-1486-76-usd-yay/

I've made both direct and indirect donations to the cause, and I've found that donating through SL content sort of facilitates me spending more than I would otherwise. Likewise, SL events like this in the past have gotten me to donate to charities I wouldn't really have otherwise been aware of or even all that interested in. SL charity events shouldn't ever be the only way to donate to a cause, but when responsibly managed they're an incredible asset both in terms of actual fundraising and publicity for the cause itself.

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