Tag: GoFundMe

Don’t Canada America

 

No posts of my mine receive fewer clicks than ones about Canada. I suspect you have long either taken our northern neighbor for granted or perhaps find the world’s second-largest nation (geographically) north of our 5,525-mile border quaint if not dull.

Consider our respective nations’ unofficial mottos. We have long enshrined “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” from our Declaration of Independence. In Canada, it’s “peace, order, and good government.” Our national emblem is the soaring, sharp-eyed bird of prey, the bald eagle; in Canada, it’s the noble, industrious beaver. Since our war for independence, Canada – whose head of state remains the British sovereign – works hard to be different than Americans, despite common heritage, values, and proximity. Really hard.

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Over three days, we have had 47 people donate a total of $6,600.00.  This is just amazing!  Here is the link for the site if anyone wishes to donate. That 47 people includes both Ricochet and [that other site].  Kay will be able to start withdrawing money in a couple of days, once she sets […]

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I thought you might like to see some of the comments that were made at the GoFundMe site: Kathleen Geraghty: Good luck! Laura Fuschino: Best Wishes for a great trip! Melissa O’Sullivan: Have an epic journey, Titus! Gary McVey: He’s Europe’s best. Let’s show him our best! Curious John: See you on the member feed Severely Ltd.: Oh, what have I […]

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The amount in the GoFundMe kitty is $5,250 now and I received $300 in the mail — this all nets out to $5,117.34 (after the ~8% fees from GoFundMe and the credit card company (wepay.com). I have raised the goal at the GoFundMe site to $7,000 for reasons as described below but I want to assure everyone […]

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Only in America

 

American-Flag-in-the-SunI’m overwhelmed by your support for my book proposal. And it’s not just personal gratitude. It’s also hope for my profession. I now really think reader-sponsorship and investment could  be the future of journalism. This model could work so well that we might even be on the verge of entering a new golden age of reporting.

And this has reminded me all over again that for all our (justified) concern, America is such a remarkable and exceptional country. My brother and I were watching the “amount raised” counter on GoFundMe go up and up. Our conversation on Skype says it all — he said just what I’ve been thinking:

Claire Berlinski: It means so much to me.
Mischa Berlinski: I think it’s so amazing.
Claire Berlinski: I hope I can write a book that lives up to everyone’s confidence.
Mischa Berlinski: You know, America is really generous. This wouldn’t happen anywhere else.
Claire Berlinski: I was just thinking that exactly. Exactly. This is really what makes America different from any other country.
Mischa Berlinski: Although … I have the Italian gofundme site up, and there are lots of well-funded Italian projects too.
Claire Berlinski: But Italians wouldn’t think to build a site like GoFundMe. Do you realize what a successful company they’ve become because they began with the assumption that it’s just human nature to be giving and generous? They built a whole company around it.
Mischa Berlinski: Every single person on this page has such an American happy smile.
Mischa Berlinski: They look as if they see the very best in people every day.
Claire Berlinski: They also answered my questions within five minutes, as promised. Great customer support.
Mischa Berlinski: They have twenty-five people whose job title is “Customer Happiness.” And someone whose job is entitled, “Happiness Lead.” As well as a VP of Customer Happiness …