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Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M

EA News has word that the recently concluded Humble Origin Bundle raised over $10 million for charity:

After two weeks online, the Humble Origin Bundle, which featured ten of our games, sold over 2.1 million copies and generated over $10.5 million in sales. Most of the funds benefitted six charities with additional optional tips going to support Humble Bundle for hosting the promotion. Consumers who purchased the bundle named their own price and then determined how to distribute their donation across the participating organizations: Human Rights Campaign, watsi, San Francisco AIDS Foundation, American Red Cross, GamesAid and the American Cancer Society.

“The Humble Origin Bundle was an amazing opportunity for San Francisco AIDS Foundation,” said Robin Easterbrook, San Francisco AIDS Foundation. “We have never participated in anything like it before, and were thrilled to be able to connect our work with an amazing community of gamers. It really inspired us to think about new fundraising ideas which can make a big impact on our efforts in the community.”

"We are very grateful for the support of Humble Bundle and their customers through this collaboration," said Lin Mac Master, chief marketing and revenue officer for the American Cancer Society. "The American Cancer Society turned 100 years old this year, and efforts like this will help us make this cancer’s last century.”

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10. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 12:55 Verno
 
I directed my money to Humble Bundle themselves. I'm rather suspicious of how charity funds actually allocate their money.

One of my ex's worked at a charitable organization (cancer related). I was shocked at the posh gatherings and other little dos they had on a regular basis though this was explained to me as a way to attract more money from high income earners. They were audited every year by the government as a requirement to maintain their charitable status so there probably wasn't anything serious going on but they had some borderline expenses and things like good salaries, employee benefits, etc. You don't get rich working at them but many people seem to do alright, her salary there was almost as good as mine and her work was a lot less stressful. I remember someone at a party once posed the "what if cancer gets cured overnight?" question to several of the employees and they looked really uncomfortable, as if they took it for granted this was going to be a career forever. I suppose everyone worries about job security and they could probably just pick another cause to get involved with.

That's not to say they didn't do good work though. I think it depends a lot on the organization, I've seen some not-for-profit and charities that can barely sustain themselves.

This comment was edited on Sep 4, 2013, 13:02.
 
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