Well, ACS is sort of limited time, but this photo by Duchess Flux isn’t. Lovely, isn’t it?
So we’re now a week into this year’s ACS, and people are still putting stuff in their booths to keep people coming back. I know Fission and Aftershok and Greymoon have put more stuff in recently (I think I’ve forgotten someone. If it was you, remind me.) Lyssa Sapeur of Greymoon was kind enough to make her donation outfit in black as well so all you goths? Now is the time. (yes I already got mine.)
We had a very, very busy weekend, particularly Sunday, where we had several truly enormous tip jar donations. I don’t want to out the person who did it (but I can see the tip jar cash go through because it passes through my account on the way to the alt.) I just want to say thank you.
We are blown away by everyone’s enthusiasm and generosity, and we can only encourage people to keep coming back to see what’s new and to take more photos as well, as this year’s build has a lot of wonderful photo opportunities as our flickr group shows.
A number of people have stopped me to tell me how much this event means to them personally due to the charity. As much as I’d like to take credit, the person to really credit with this is Lokii. The NKF is very important to her. So if you’re one of those people and you see Pottamus, you might want to drop her a message.
I got an IM this morning asking me a very important question about how the money gets to the charity. I’ve got this information in the FAQ but at this stage that’s easy to miss, so I want to make sure I go over it again.
Linden Lab changed how cashouts were handled about a year ago. You can no longer cash out to a paypal account you personally do not control. This is a security measure, but the downside is that it kind of makes it a pain in the ass to do a large scale charity event. It means that for large events, the way to do it is to have the charity itself create an inworld account of their own and *THEY* cash the money out directly to their own paypal account.
The National Kidney Foundation has its own SL account- NationalKidneyFoundation Resident. We confirmed with the NKF that the account is legit and belongs to them. (you can read about this here). We collect all the charity money on our designated alt for this event, and once the event is over we will hand over that amount in lindens to the NKF’s account. As always I will post screencaps of every step of the paper trail to assure everyone the money went to them and nowhere else (I always do this for every charity event we do.). We collect it on our charity alt first because if we were to send the money to the NKF account without using an alt as a middleman we would have no way to know how much was actually raised, and no way to tell you what the total was. This is why our charity alt is used as a middleman- so we KNOW how much was raised for the event, and can pass that information along to you as we go along. However, and I am always careful to be clear about this, once the money is turned over to the NKF’s representative, we no longer control it. We cannot tell you how long it will take to cash it out. At that point, we too are at the mercy of the charity to tell us what’s going on. But up until the cash is handed to them we will make sure everyone sees exactly where that money goes and how much it is.
If anyone has any questions about how this process works, please feel free to ask.
And speaking of money… At 6pm Pacific Time on Monday (the end of day 7) the total raised for the National Kidney Foundation was 465,737L, or $1812.26. That’s thanks to all of you and we can only tell you how grateful we are that you are so willing to help us support the NKF.