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James Patten

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Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« on: November 21, 2017, 11:08:45 PM »
Giving Tuesday is next week, on November 28.  Giving Tuesday is global day of giving.  Many of the websites that donate from purchases will be partaking by increasing their match.  Keep an eye on places that you frequent for that kind of thing.

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Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2017, 12:16:40 AM »
And a reminder, for all your shopping needs, use these links to get donations directed to the WW&F at no cost to you:
http://www.igive.com
http://www.goodshop.com
http://givingassistant.org
http://smile.amazon.com
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Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2017, 02:57:30 PM »
Just a reminder - today is Giving Tuesday!

I read somewhere about donations through Facebook getting matched from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - but I don't know any details beyond that.

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Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2017, 07:48:33 PM »
I started a fundraiser page today on facebook, only to find out that we had already missed out on the match chance. :/ Oh well I guess.

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Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2017, 10:08:10 PM »
This was in my email today, from Giving Assistant:

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It’s here! For the next 6 days, your supporters’ donations will be doubled when they shop these stores: https://via.intercom-mail-500.com/e?ob=A%2BBXEgVbYM8NCXz%2BbTd9ogK37rEDFv4H%2BPovWobk4chcSJ6VODE8NSnAm8TSndZd&h=57dfc3872df9fa368f199b3a0756ca560b82b77d-13152476063

If you haven’t yet, there’s still time to set your cause up for a win.

Invite your community to participate in our Double Cash Back, Double Giving event, and celebrate Giving Week with you! (It is prime time for holiday shopping.)[/quote

SO: go shop via GivingAssistant for the next week!

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Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« Reply #5 on: November 29, 2017, 04:21:23 AM »
At this time of year, I'm a skeptic.  IMHO, these matching schemes are designed to draw traffic for holiday sales, and aren't really going to produce much revenue for us.  Let's not respond to the current internet hype, and decide deliberately which of these "sharing" programs could really be viable all year long and produce a real, modest revenue stream.

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Re: Giving Tuesday Nov 28 2017
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2017, 04:03:06 PM »
I agree about "#GivingTuesday" - I got so many bombardments to give donations over the last 48 hours (including a call from a Canadian church ministry) that it was way overwhelming. That said, one member did put up a personal WW&F fundraiser on Facebook and raised $370.

The donations via the shopping portals, however, are VERY legit. I too was extremely skeptical when I first signed us up with "iGive" 5-6 years ago. Since then, we've raised over $1000 (iGive + smile.amazon) with just *three* iGive donors participating regularly (one is not even a member, who happened to visit us twice, then moved away). (We have a few more donors on Amazon.) I'm sure that if everyone who reads our forum and facebook pages used iGive and smile.amazon whenever they ordered something online, we could be raising at least $100/mo in "free" money.

Of course, we have three active formal fundraising campaigns:
1. The Annual Fall Fundraiser (targeted to our membership. Look for an update in the Nov/Dec Newsletter)
2. The "21 Campaign"  (targeted to our broader friends and followers, or those who want to specifically support the boiler building projects.)
3. The "Narrow Bridge Ahead!" campaign  (targeted to our broader friends and followers, bridge enthusiasts, or those who specifically want to fund the bridge.)

The downside of online donations (some of #2, and most of #3) is that there are fees collected by the web sites hosting and gathering the donations. However, these web-based fundraising efforts reach a lot of people, who then often turn into members and regular donors.

The best way to support the museum is to send an old-fashion check to:
WW&F Railway Museum
PO Box 242
Alna, ME 04535
And either specify what project you want to contribute to - or leave it unrestricted.
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