|I wanted to explain my furend @FrugalDougal's #pawpawty to clear up some misunderstandings (or perhaps trolling) on Twitter.|
|A pawpawty is a virtual party held by and for the anipals (animal pals) on Twitter. To join, search hashtag #pawpawty. Each pawpawty benefits a different animal charity. A pawpawty lasts for an entire day and is attended by anipals from around the world. There are DJs spinning tunes using such sites as blip.fm and Grooveshark; Barktenders who serve virtual drinks such as Hank's Bacon Beer and tunatinis; and a Sekurity detail. It takes a lot of work to put together a pawpawty. Scheduling volunteers (over 50 at each party!), custom artwork, virtual menus. Dougal and his team do this every month. They are my heroes! You can read more about the individual team members on the Anipal Times - #PawPawty Team|
|Recently someone was complaining that they were ignored during #pawpawty because they didn't donate. This is simply not the case. The tweets scroll by pretty fast during #pawpawty, so my guess is that either a) the person they addressed missed the tweet, or b) the complainer didn't direct their tweet at any specific individual.|
There is never a cover charge to attend Dougal's #pawpawty! Tweets of "tip the DJs and Barktenders" ask for donations to the charity, but donations are totally voluntary. Da lady is out of work so I sometimes don't tip, but I usually volunteer to DJ. We do what we can to help da less fortunate.
There has also been some question as to how one can be sure the donations go where they're advertised to go. For that reason I'd like to explain a bit about what a charity is and tell you about a couple of services that safely handle donations for charities.
In most cases U.S. charities are Section 501(c)(3) Organizations. Donations to these charities are tax-deductible.
"The exempt purposes set forth in section 501(c)(3) are charitable, religious, educational, scientific, literary, testing for public safety, fostering national or international amateur sports competition, and preventing cruelty to children or animals."If you are ever in doubt about an organization, look it up on IRS.gov: Search for Charities, Online Version of Publication 78. Be sure to keep track of your donations during the year - I use TurboTax ItsDeductible because TurboTax Online will import the information automatically.
from Exempt Purposes - Internal Revenue Code Section 501(c)(3)
|Many anipals in da USA use Firstgiving - Online fundraising for everybody to set up a fundraising account. FirstGiving helps you find your favorite 501(c)(3) organization and create a fundraising web page. FirstGiving tallies the donations, takes a small percentage, and sends a check to your organization. Anipals using FirstGiving aren't involved in the money exchange at all.|
UK Non-profits in the UK are called Registered Charities.
Charities are organisations that benefit the public in a way the law agrees is charitable. from About charitiesAnipals in the UK can fundraise using JustGiving.