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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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23. Re: Humble Origin Bundle Raises Over $10M Sep 4, 2013, 15:52 jacobvandy
Jivaro wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 13:32:
Verno wrote on Sep 4, 2013, 12:55:
I was shocked at the posh gatherings..

My sister, who is an attorney and does pro bono work for a charity organization, explained that to me in a way that almost makes sense. When a person that makes $1000000+ a year makes a donation, it tends to be much more sizable than someone who makes 70000+ a year. A charity wants to attract those people, so they have to have offices that those people can feel confident coming to or sitting in. The various events have to have a certain standard of presentation so that the wealthier people are comfortable and thus more likely to open their wallets. In other words, they cater to the rich to get their fattier donations. Obviously it helps that it makes it a lot comfortable of a workspace...I am not playing that off at all...rather just pointing out that there is a purpose to it. I may have a terrific charity for sick kids, but if the office is located in east downtown Oakland, the neighboring building is a crack house, and the closest thing to a parking lot I have is curbside meters....that isn't going to attract the people that can afford to give the most.

The problem with the majority of "charity" organizations, though... Is that's all there is to them. Fancy parties with rich people getting tax write-offs, and dozens of staff working at that "non-profit" drawing six-figure salaries. Verno hit the nail on the head, "charity" is just a job for a lot of people. They don't want to actually solve or cure anything, because that would derail the gravy train.

The benchmark is to see how much they actually give to their cause versus how much in donations they take in. All registered charitable organizations are required to publicly file their yearly tax returns, so the research is pretty easy to do. There are no requirements as to how efficient of a charity you have to be, so as long as they don't lie to the IRS, they can steal all the donations they take in if they want. I used to go to, but I just found out that they now require you create an account even to view the free stuff... Gonna have to find some other site that's easier.

For example, Susan G. Komen is among the WORST goddamned charities on Earth. Biggest scam going. The founder was making millions a year, they charge you like $3,500 up-front to participate in one of their walks whether or not you make up that amount in donations gathered, and then they sue every other fund-raiser big and small that even slightly emulates them (such as using the phrase "for the cure" in any way, shape, or form). I was surprised to find out that the Call of Duty veteran's fund run by Bobby Kotick and co. is actually one of the better ones, no salaries or absurd expenses, 90%+ of the money collected actually going to veterans when I checked it out a couple years ago when they were in the news.

This comment was edited on Sep 4, 2013, 16:08.
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