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Do you have any feedback about Fandom Gives? Do you have any suggestions for relevant charities we could include in this drive (international suggestions are particularly welcome!)?

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Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:04 am (UTC)
Do you know if any of the listed charities accept PayPal? Could a PayPal account be set up for Fandom Gives, that could be distributed to the individual charities? (Either equally, or by direction at time of payment.)
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
RAINN certainly does. We started this with the idea of collecting a lump sum and donating it to RAINN, but fandom has a long and problematic history with charity foundations going horribly wrong -- at this point, we've decided to go with the smoothest, most transparent process for both donating and documenting donations we could think of. It saves us having to consult lawyers, and it saves the fen from worrying if we're gonna pack up their money and run off to Bali together to sip fruity drinks with brightly colored umbrellas.

I hope that explains it a bit better.
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Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:21 am (UTC)
Also, most charities have ways for volunteers to help. I haven't finished checking those you have listed, but that would be an additional way for fandom to give.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
This looks to be the best and easiest, as well as the only that could be done by people in remote locations. I haven't completely read over it, but it seems worth looking into.

Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:03 am (UTC)
I don't know if there are any specific charities in New Zealand for paedophilia/child molesting victims, but Barnados is a well-known one that helps neglected and abused kids in general. Here is the donation page.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:17 am (UTC)
Thank you so much! I am adding it now as I update.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 05:32 am (UTC)
The Smith Family are a good Australian charity. I've benefited from their programs and I have nothing but good things to say.


I've donated.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 04:37 am (UTC)
I agree. They're very hard working.
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Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:39 am (UTC)
Would it be possible to get some Canadian Charities to donate too??
Jun. 2nd, 2007 11:47 am (UTC)
Sure, just point us towards some relevant ones! I'll be revising the main list of charities later today and posting an update to the community, so if you have any suggestions for reputable and effective Canadian charities working for the protection of children against sexual assault or other abuse, or to help victims of rape and incest, I'd be delighted to take a look at them and add them to the list.
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Jun. 2nd, 2007 06:47 am (UTC)

For where the money goes, from the site HDN has raised $120,000 for Doctors Without Borders and the International Rescue Committee. These organizations supply food, medicine, and other supplies to victims of the genocide in Darfur. HDN has also contributed to the Save Darfur Coalition for awareness raising.

When our chapters raise money, they send it to Help Darfur Now and we send it to the organizations mentioned above. We have made arrangements with these organizations so that the money is specially earmarked for Darfur.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 11:42 am (UTC)
For this drive, considering the present topical issue, we're trying to focus on charities that work to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault against children. However, before we launched, bookshop and tropes and I were discussing the future of fandom_gives, and we're considering very strongly the idea of holding a 'themed' donation drive every few months, and this would be an excellent charity to add to any drive we organised in support of human rights or the alleviation of poverty. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Oh, a world of "Yay!" I am so pleased you have done this because I think it's a brilliant idea. I was honestly contemplating doing it myself and I would not have been any good at organising it. But now there is obviously no need.

Back in the comments of one of the news posts, I said that LJ should make a corporate donation to such groups to show that they really did care about these issues beyond PR appearances. That was what got me thinking about the possibility that fandom could just up and get on with doing so anyway -- if only 1% of the people who signed up to fandom_counts chucked in just $10 then we've got over $3000 right there. But I hope that this comm will be very successful and its success will shame LJ into matching the funds or something.

Have pimped in my little-read LJ.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:56 pm (UTC)
I think this is a lovely idea, but I'm not entirely sure I'm comfortable w/ posting exactly how much I donated with my lj-name. That's probably silly, since almost none of you know me in real life, but if I were to make a donation, and list it anonymously in your tracking poll, would that be OK, or do you need a specific name attached?

Also, in light of the Darfur comment above, there is someone else doing a deletion related Darfur donation journal, over here. I figured I'd mention it in case you guys were interested in cross advertising, or maybe getting in touch w/ her if you do a theme thing in the future.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 01:08 pm (UTC)
Filling in the tracking poll anonymously would be absolutely and one hundred percent okay, yes - and thanks so much for donating!
Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:57 pm (UTC)
Will be pimping as part of a flopsyfest this evening.

One suggestion -- I appreciate that the theme is to combat domestic violence, rape, and child exploitation, but domestic violence is not limited to heterosexual relationships. Given the size of slash fandom, would it be appropriate to include some LGBT (particularly gay male) domestic-violence charities? I know of one in Boston, I can find the link if you need it.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 01:07 pm (UTC)
We would love to have a link to that, Sam. It's sometimes really hard to google stuff like this if you don't have the proper keywords to use. Thank you.
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Jun. 2nd, 2007 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm donating to either or both of these Icelandic charities:

Blátt Áfram
This organization works to educate people about child sexual abuse as a means to prevent it. They've ran campaigns educating children, teenagers and adults.

Stígamót is an information and a counseling center for the survivors of sexual violence.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
A suggestion for Israeli charity:

Elem (the foundation for at risk youth).

Their (English language) donation page is here, but seems to be down at the moment. This is their "About Us" page in English. They do amazing work and have really saved lives and turned lives around for many.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
How about we do it in honor of Livejournal & use their address? Or something similar, so they know where their money goes now.

Also, I wanted to donate my perm account money to RAINN, but it goes from 100 to 500 quickly, and even forty-three bucks isn't fifty. Bibbles. I'll do 100 to RAINN and 50 to my next favorite, I guess.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC)
Hmm.. Dunno about that. We aren't exactly honoring livejournal here. We want any resulting positive press to be ours, so livejournal knows how the fans stick together. Not so that SixApart can use it to shine up their own image for the press.

In a way, donating because of fandom_gives, and from yourself is probably a good idea, because there's a constant reminder that we had to form this community because of strikeout 2007.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 04:53 pm (UTC)
I think this is a great idea, but I'm not totally comfortable with the bit in the main post about 'combating [i fixd ur typo] violence, abuse, and exploitation towards women and children'. Could you not add some support links for male survivors - such as http://www.mankinduk.co.uk/ , http://www.mensaid.com/ , http://www.malesurvivor.org ? Sexual abuse of men is massively under-reported, and it would be good to avoid compounding that problem here.
Jun. 2nd, 2007 10:12 pm (UTC)
Excellent! I've just fired off an e-mail to Mankind UK, and will share back any information on donations that they provide.
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Jun. 3rd, 2007 01:19 am (UTC)
Could we have an Australian charity of some sort? I'm not quite sure what, but perhaps Kid's Help Line? It deals with issues of rape as well as other problems of kids.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:04 am (UTC)
I am adding it now -- thanks for the tip!
Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:01 am (UTC)
for Germany I would like to suggest
Dunkelziffer e.V.
Dunkelziffer e.V. kämpft seit 1993 gegen sexuellen Missbrauch von Kindern und gegen Kinderpornographie, mit Therapie, Beratung, Prävention und Fortbildung. Mit unseren Projekten unterstützen wir Opfer, ihre Vertrauenspersonen und alle, die beruflich oder privat mit dem Thema in Berührung kommen.

Der Verein setzt sich seit langem für einen besseren Opferschutz und härtere Strafen ein, sowie für die Enttabuisierung des Themas durch Medienarbeit und eine umfassende Aufklärung der Öffentlichkeit.

short summary in English: against child abuse and child pornography. They do therapy, advice/consulting, prevention and education.
They fight for better protection of the victims, harder punishments and part of their mission to make the topic less of a taboo in public debate

I have heard good things about them before.
Unfortunately I don't know about any fact-checking sites like the ones you suggested for Germany. ... So you might wanna get a second opinion on that?
Whether or not it adds to their credibility that they were part of a fundraiser by one of the major TV stations over here, I let you decide.

I have found a ton of charities that do work in that sector. But I have no idea where to begin any kind of comparison.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:29 am (UTC)
Re: Germany
I'm just gonna add it till I hear otherwise, and get my friend who's fluent in German to check it out when she's available tomorrow.

Thank you so much!
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Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:32 am (UTC)
Specifically for kids, and as this whole debacle was about kids, child pornography and abuse, I would like to recommend Kids Helpline here in Australia.
Kids Help Line is Australia's only free, confidential and anonymous, telephone and online counselling service specifically for young people aged between 5 and 25.
Their website is here and for any Australians who don't know who to call, 1800 55 1800
Jun. 3rd, 2007 05:02 am (UTC)
Re: Australia
Thank you so much. I'm editing the stickypost now.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 04:22 am (UTC)

They seem to check out alright- I havent seen anything past their web site though

Mission Australia is a hiogh profile quite good one- http://www.missionaustralia.com.au

Not specifically child abuse centered but still runs alot of youth initiatives and helps families get on thier feet

Hope this helps. :D
Jun. 3rd, 2007 04:55 am (UTC)
Re: Australia?
Thank you so much for the links -- I don't know that they'll be as helpful this time around since we have a narrow focus, but I'm starting a bookmark folder with all of these charities in mind for the next time we raise money.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 12:36 pm (UTC)
Another Israeli Charity is the Association of the Rape Crisis Centers.

Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:19 pm (UTC)
Riverkids, a Singapore-based charitable trust run by a member of fandom aiming to prevent child trafficking in Cambodia.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 04:47 pm (UTC)
The sexual abuse of women and children in human trafficking is extremely common, and as slavery is one of my hot-button issues I wanted to share some of the stuff I've learned as it's relevant and global.

Free The Slaves is an abolitionist organization that works with a variety of organizations, taking donations for them.

Some of these groups include Limye Lavi which combats domestic child slavery in Haiti, which often involves sexual abuse; Shakti Samuha which was is an organization run by Nepali women who were forced prostitutes in India, and have opened a shelter and awareness programs to help combat the forced prostitution of Nepalese women and children; GMSP, another Nepalese organization with the goal of preventing prostitution and offering counseling and recovery to the victims; WOSCC which is aimed at stopping domestic abuse in Nepal and convicting traffickers of their human crimes. (Donation page here, and they accept paypal.)

Stop the Traffik has many projects devoted to ending sexual trafficking in China, India, Cambodia, the Philippines, Nepal, Estonia, Nigeria, and Ghana (page links to the individual projects). People in the UK can donate by text message or paypal (individual projects have their own donation pages).

This is an amazing thing you've got going here, I really hope fandom can come together on this topic.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:37 pm (UTC)
I found something really lovely on Barnardo's website. It was the blog of a young carer. I thought I'd share a little bit.

When I first became a young carer I was always in trouble in school. On reflection I think the break up of my family and becoming a young carer was too much for me. My mum tried to commit suicide and had a lot of fits.

The thing that helped me cope with the situation and get back on track was reading. The book was called ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone’. I felt connected to Harry because of his life.

Jun. 3rd, 2007 09:38 pm (UTC)
I have a suggestion for people who want to donate to RAINN, but don't have $25 to give. In the 'Buy RAINN Gear,' you can buy various items and 100% of the proceeds will go directly to RAINN. For example, you can sponsor a hotline call for $1. So, you can sponser x number of hotline calls if you only have $x to give, and all that will still go to RAINN.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)

I was wondering if we could add another charity to the NZ list. It's called Youthline. It's basically a free service that kids can call up and talk to someone about what ever's bothering them and they know it's all confidential.

The page about it is here: http://www.youthline.co.nz/

and the link for donations is: http://www.youthline.co.nz/Donations_291.aspx


Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
Ha, second that. I saw you'd donated to them and thought it was a great idea.
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Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:08 pm (UTC)
Another way I'm trying to help...
Hi! Besides posting the links in my lj I also issued this challenge over in the lj News posting. And I'll keep listing it until we get some type of response:

Mr. Berkowitz,

I don't know what the truth of the IPO rumor is, unless you decide to make a statement addressing it, I doubt we'll ever know.

I hope that you'll continue to look at the harm that this has caused within the Livejournal community. That you'll make amends with all of those fans and communities you deleted and unfairly tarred with the label of pedophile. There should be not only individual apologies given but they should also have some type of financial recompense. Perhaps in the form of additional Paid time?

Fandom has already come up with a method of turning things around for the good. fandom_gives has been created as a means for Livejournal Fandom to use our energy to celebrate fandom while supporting worthwhile charities. This drive is Fandom Gives: Strikeback. It will be two weeks of intense pimping, and intense donating, commencing at 00:01am EST, June 2nd 2007 and ending at 11:59pm EST, June 15th directed at charities such as RAINN, the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network. There will be other worthwhile Children's and Survivor Charities targeted as well during this period.

You say that you took these actions in a misguided effort to 'Protect the Children'. If this is truly the case, if it wasn't simply a 'bottom line' action of trying to clean up LJ to make it more appealing to potential investors then it's time to put your money where your mouth is.

Fandom will be keeping track of what's given to the various charities during this time period at fandom_gives. My challenge to you, the Livejournal staff and Six Apart is to do the same and then match us, dollar for dollar, in monies donated. Please, let something positive come out of this enormous mess that you've created. Let's take this huge negative and turn it into an amazing positive. It's all up to you.
Jun. 3rd, 2007 11:56 pm (UTC)
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