Sunday, February 18, 2007

Discography charity fundraising update

In November 2005, I established an associates account with amazon, going primarily from my discography page. Any amazon.com sales generated by people navigating to amazon from my site generates commissions, that amazon eventually sends my way.

As I noted at that time, anything that comes my way from amazon.com will be turned over to charity, on a quarterly basis, doubled by a match from me. All selected charities will be from the set of charities documented at http://bruce.orel.ws/charities.html.

During Q4 2006, a total of 105 items were sold by amazon off links from the site. Total commissions for the quarter were $153.16, the highest of any quarter so far. With rounding, this quarter's donation+match is $300.00.

I have selected 3 organizations as recipients of this quarter's donations:
1) Hungry For Music. Hungry for Music (HFM) began as an annual homless benefit concert on April 15, 1992. HFM's primary mission is to aid in cultivating the self-esteem of disadvantaged children through music education.
2) The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic. The New Orleans Musicians' Clinic's mission is to sustain Louisiana's musicians in mind, body and spirit by developing access to primary care and preventative health services and by addressing the health care needs of the musicians and their families.
3) Special Olympics. Special Olympics, founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968, provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for individuals with mental retardation, thus giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

During the 2006 calendar year, a total of 368 items were sold at Amazon via links from bruce.orel.ws. These sales resulted in total donations of $785. A listing of the results by quarter is available at http://bruce.orel.ws/donations.html

If you buy things at amazon (doesn't have to be Bruce stuff), please consider going through one of the links off http://bruce.orel.ws/discography.html, or the left panel link on any page within the sub-site "The Songs of the Seeger Sessions". Or, if you're viewing the blog, just click to amazon logo above. You'll get the same prices as ever, and a percentage will end up with one of the charities. If you have any recommendations for the next recipient, please contact me at matt@orel.ws.

Thanks to everyone who has participated!
Results for Q1 2007, along with the next recipient, will be announced in approximately 4 months.

--Matt
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