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Wednesday, May 03, 2017


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Linda Lloyd

I think other charities should be given the opportunity. As it is I do not attend the RFL functions.

RFL has been there forever and after some of the reports on the Susan G Komen Foundation, I think there are better charities to support. I personally support the American Heart Association because everyone is is affected by heart disease either through hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, stroke, heart attack, sudden death, etc. Charities like this do not receive the help they deserve. I would return to the events if the American Heart Association was supported. As a heart attack survivor I am more interested in research to prolong my life obviously. One thing about heart disease, the next one might be the last one. The American Heart Association has a great track record. GoRed for Women is one of their biggest events. Along with FAST.

Maybe feature a different charity every year? Or quarter? (It seems likes RFL is year round now.) Or have a fair and let the vendors choose the charity they want to support.

That's my 2 cents. A different charity gets my vote and my Linden $. I am a hundred percent in favor a different charity.

Amanda Dallin

ACS had $440,934,404 in fund raising according to Charity Navigator. Komen had $91,635,043 in the same year. The amount the ACS spent o fund raising just might be paying off for them. The old saying "You have to spend money to make money" also applies to charity. It's a matter of scale. There are several breast cancer charities that rank higher than Komen but they also only raise a fraction of the amount of money.

Their both good organizations with good causes.


You cherry picked the statistics. If you go to the actual website, you can see where every cent goes from relaying. This is not just a "American" charity, it is world wide. Something this big takes funds to run and maintain. Go read the full financial statement and you will see that there is more actually going to the programs than your little pasted picture. Relay is an important event. I am a cancer survivor and it was programs like these that helped research to a cure for my cancer. Think about that before you tear apart an organization that does good. Not only this, but Charity Navigator gave them a 79% score and a 97% transparency rating. I would rather trust that than this blog.

Desmond Shang

Not everything is measured in money.

Consider that pretty much all cancer charities, at very least, encourage people to think about risk factors and get screening. It's impossible to quantify easily, but yes there is probably an unknowable, but real 'actual lives saved' stat associated with various charities. Say a charity only pulled in $100k dollars, blew 90% of it on advertising, and only saved one life a year (in real terms) simply because one person a year took a crummy banner ad seriously and went to get a checkup. Wouldn't that still be worth it?

That's not to say we shouldn't consider where money is best spent. Of course we should! It's quite possible that donating to one, will save more lives than donating to another. But it's all various degrees of 'generally good' unless the charity is an outright scam. I think it's great that there are a lot of medical charities and choices.

Patchouli Woollahra

RFL's value proposition cannot be valued merely in terms of how much of what is donated goes on to directly affect its intended recepients. The efforts of the group to get that money to its recepients and the resulting remuneration/reimbursement must be taken into account as well.
If you have a CEO or staff who still take modest salaries for making this effort take up all their waking working hours, you have traded a core based on well-meaning but irregular amateurism for one being held to higher standards of professionalism. If you see that professionalism fit your desired standards, where is the problem? All we ask is that those costs do not approach the levels seen in some efforts such as Sydney-based AppCo Group (Seriously, a charity should not be asked to fork over 80% of its fundraising to a company however competent that company is at raising the funds...)

RFL also has the benefit of bringing together groups of people in common cause in whatever worlds it is run in. I can't put a price tag on getting people to work on something together, however small or large that group is.

I can understand if you choose not to participate in SLRFL (lord knows I don't), but let's not pour slime all over people with good (if occasionally bumbly) intentions.


John Seffrin, CEO, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA - $2.1 million
As head of the American Cancer Society, the world’s largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer, since 1992, Seffrin currently serves on a White House public health advisory group. He holds a PhD in health education from Purdue University, and was formerly the president of the Union for International Cancer Control. He’s paid handsomely for his duties, making a base salary of $587,477 in 2010 on top of nearly $1.5 million in deferred compensation.

Just who is this charity for ???????? That is his yearly salary ....

Tim King

It seems there is no comparison between American Heart Association and this other charity. The American Heart Association is by far the best choice - especially given the criticism against Komen pulling funding for Planned Parenthood. The Komen Foundation must be controlled by a very conservative group of people. Not the kind of organization I would donate to.

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Kat Alderson

I'm late to the party, finding this article when searching for totals for RFL of SL 2018, which I still haven't found.

Based on experience, I think it's time for SL and RFL to part ways. I am sure in the beginning, it was a mutually beneficial relationship, but I don't believe it is, anymore, and hasn't been for a few years. It's more of a we give, they take, and leave drama in their wake. (The rhyme should be eliminated, I am not much of a writer,)

As a cancer survivor diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer at the age of 31 (17 years ago), I think cancer awareness and research are fine things to support. While RFL is the biggest non-profit supporting awareness and research, it's not the only one.

As a Second Life resident, I participated in various RFL events from 2008 to 2014, including participating with various teams in team events, captaining a team one year, and organizing two mega-events in 2014, after which I ceased my association with RFL of SL.

I saw a lot of drama, and a lot of bullying of residents willing to participate, and had overlooked them because of my own experience battling cancer. I'd also seen a lot of EULA/copyright violations of both first and Second Life artists' work. I tried, mostly unsuccessfully, to provide solutions to the problems, but in the end was not successful in any measurable way: I received pushback from the highest level organizers in SL.

In 2014 I introduced strict participation standards for both mega-events I organized. I was taken to task when I ousted an exhibitor for rampant disregard of the terms she agreed to when applying to participate. Yet, some of the violations were being perpetrated by RFL of SL staff. When I brought this to the attention of that year's chair, I was met with the argument "well, it's for charity."

The same argument was made to me when I reported sexually predatory behavior by an RFL of SL staff member toward myself and an exhibitor. (And to those readers who think that is not a thing because you can "just X out of the game", it is still annoying, and insulting, and highly inappropriate behavior.) I no longer participate in anything to do with RFL.

Second Life residents are generous, and the merchants of Second Life are exceedingly generous and already participate in a number of charity-based events.

Hair Fair supports Wigs for Kids, is well organized, and is my personal favorite. The Spoonful of Sugar Festivals benefit Doctors Without Borders, and I am certain to think of another five or six the minute I hit "Post". I know there is an annual donation drive for Toys for Tots, an annual fundraiser for ALS, and an annual, or bi-annual, drive for UNICEF.

Fundraising and giving are always in style, and shouldn't require huge mega-events endless seasons, and endless drama. I would love to see more short-duration, boutique style events like the ones listed above.

As a merchant willing to participate in donation-based events, and as an avid shopper, I look for events which have an official association with a charity/non-profit, and a way of posting financials at the end of the event. It doesn't have to be my pet charity, just one that is going to do good things with my donations, and not be disrespectful or dismissive of SL residents and their hard work and concerns.

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