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Seasonal Giving 2011 [20111130|23:06]
Mad Scientess Jane Expat
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Instead of sending Non-Sectarian Festival Holiday Cards at random this year, I’m going to follow the fine example of innerbrat.

I will donate (slightly more than) the amount I’d otherwise spend on a card and postage to the following three charities on your behalf - £1.50 per person. If you select more than one charity, I’ll divide the donation among them. Hence, if you select all three, I’ll donate 50 pence to each on your behalf. I’m not planning to name anyone other than myself when I make the donations. The poll results are viewable only to me.

If you are able to make a small reciprocal donation on my behalf as well, that would be wonderful, but it is not required. Please select from the following three charities:

  1. Medecins sans Frontiers (Doctors Without Borders) is an international aid organisation that provides emergency aid to people affected by natural and less-natural disasters and war. They are independent, a-partisan and a-religious and use this independence to provide medical aid to everyone who needs it. (Description taken from innerbrat.)

  2. IntoUniversity is a London organisation that "supports young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to attain either a university place or another chosen aspiration." Those who have been reading my journal over the past few weeks will know I have personal ties with this charity.

  3. The Abortion Support Network is a volunteer-run a-partisan charity that "provides financial assistance, accommodation in volunteer homes, and confidential, non-judgmental information to women in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland who are travelling to England to access a safe and legal abortion." If you want to know why I’ve chosen this charity, I invite you to read why I’m pro-choice and/or the story of my abortion experience. (Trigger warnings on the latter for blood and emotional and physical pain.)

For ease of calculation (and because of the recent egregious privacy breach), I’m going to break from my usual tradition of mirroring posts exactly on LiveJournal. If you’re on LJ and wish to vote in the poll, please log into Dreamwidth with OpenID. If this is too confusing, leave an anonymous comment (automatically screened) with your selection(s) and an indication of your identity. I’m only asking for identification because even if the only people to respond are my entire Circle/flist, I’m going to be donating quite a wodge of cash!

Donations will be tallied and paid on the winter solstice (December 22nd).

[User Picture]From: sekl
2011-11-30 23:44 (UTC)
I'm the idiot who lost my Dreamwidth info.

So I vote for Doctors without Borders by comment.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-01 11:00 (UTC)
OK, thanks! I've put this info into an anonymous comment on DW.
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-12-01 00:11 (UTC)

I will increase the amount of my monthly donation in December to Planned Parenthood, Central Minnesota with you in mind. I have a $5.00/month donation, but for Nonsectarian Holiday I'll make it $10.00.

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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-01 11:01 (UTC)
You...you are so, so awesome. I got all teary when I read this on the train this morning. ♥ Thank you, thank you, thank you. ♥ - all the hearts! In the world! For you!
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[User Picture]From: anthrokeight
2011-12-15 18:11 (UTC)
I've forgotten to reply to replies to posts and I am sorry to be so late in saying...

You are welcome. It is my pleasure to support causes that help women, and help women through the kinds of experiences my friends and loved ones have had themselves.

<3's to you, too.
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From: anokapolis
2011-12-01 20:57 (UTC)
Doctor's Without Borders...and I will give to them as well on your behalf.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-02 11:02 (UTC)
I thought this might be your choice. :) Thank you so much for the reciprocal donation.
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[User Picture]From: enterlinemedia
2011-12-02 01:32 (UTC)
IntoUniversity is one you can donate to. Also I have a Xmas card to send you in a couple of weeks.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-02 11:03 (UTC)
I will do that! And I look forward to the card, thank you.
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[User Picture]From: victorine
2011-12-03 08:01 (UTC)
After spending the better part of my Thanksgiving "vacation" teaching my mom how to use iTunes and her new iPod, my brain can't handle any new tech, so please forgive me for voting here! All three are excellent and worthy causes, but IntoUniversity gets my vote. Education for the win!
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2011-12-03 17:07 (UTC)
No worries! And thank you for the IntoUniversity vote - it hasn't been getting quite as much love as the other two. :)
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