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143 Post author: BrandonReinhart 02 May 2011 07:08AM

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Comment author: Louie 02 May 2011 11:59:50PM 25 points [-]

If anyone would like to help with fundraising for Singularity Institute (I know the OP expressed interest in the other thread), I can offer coordination and organizing support to help make your efforts more successful.

louie.helm AT singinst.org

I also have ideas for people who would like to help but don't know where to start. Please contact me if you're interested!

For instance, you should probably publicly join SIAI's Facebook Cause Page and help us raise money there. We are stuck at $9,606.01... just a tad shy of $10,000 (Which would be a nice psychological milestone to pass!) This makes us roughly the #350th most popular philanthropic cause on Causes.com... and puts us behind other pressing global concerns like the "Art Creation Foundation For Children in Jacmel Haiti" and "Romania Animal Rescue". Seriously!

And, Yes: Singularity Institute does have other funds that were not raised on this site... but so do these other causes! It wouldn't hurt to look more respectable on public fundraising sites while simultaneously helping to raise money in a very efficient, publicly visible way. One project that might be helpful would be for someone to publicly track our assent up the fundraising rankings on Causes.com. It would be fun and motivating to follow the "horserace" the same way distributed computing teams track their ability to overtake other teams in CPU donations. I think it would focus attention properly on the fundraising issue, make it more of a "shared concern", give us small, manageable goals, make things way more fun (lots of celebrations as we accomplish goals!), and help more people come up with lots of creative ways to raise money, recruit more members, or do whatever it takes to reach our goals.

Comment author: lukeprog 06 May 2011 05:08:54AM 10 points [-]


You are a tireless laborer for good. Thanks for all you do.

Comment author: Rain 04 May 2011 05:02:51PM 7 points [-]

Are we supposed to donate through facebook rather than directly?

Comment author: MichaelAnissimov 05 May 2011 04:20:00AM 6 points [-]

YES, please do! It is directly in practice.

Comment author: Wilka 04 May 2011 06:33:20PM 3 points [-]

Good question. I have a recurring direct donation set-up, but maybe donating via the Facebook page will make it more interesting for my friends to have a deeper look (and maybe donate).

Does anyone know what % of the donation via the causes app goes to the charity? I'm guessing it's not 100%, so I'm wondering if that x% is worth it to have it announced on Facebook. Although I could just announce it myself, I think I'll do that next time my donation happens.

Comment author: Louie 05 May 2011 01:01:23AM 5 points [-]

Causes.com charges 4.75% to cover processing fees, but the added benefit of making your donation so publicly visible using Causes.com / Facebook makes it preferable.

We're currently only the #22 most supported cause in the "Education" section. A few hundred dollars more would put us in the top 20.

Comment author: Pavitra 04 May 2011 01:36:32PM 6 points [-]

We are stuck at $9,606.01... just a tad shy of $10,000 (Which would be a nice psychological milestone to pass!)

Upvoted because it's now over 10 k$.