With the rebound in advertising revenues in recent years this little group of web sites
is actually making a little money now. But I continue to view it as a
hobby and am fortunate enough to not really need the modest coinage that this
does bring in.
As such, my business partner Mike Heins and I have decided to devote most all
of the profits to charitable organizations. How much is "most all"?
I dunno exactly, maybe 90%. I want to keep a little back for special
additional web projects or extra expenses. Am I going to completely open
my books? No, sorry, it's a hobby, I'm not that organized. But you
are safe assuming that most of the money I bring in through either ads
or merchandise or Premium memberships will go to good causes.
Donations to date: $53000, Microsoft matches up to 100% but not
all charities seem to have taken advantage of that and I didn't start
submitting for matching until 2010, so maybe the total is around $71000.
Update: June 22, 2012
Another $12,000 donation just went out bringing the total $65,000.
Microsoft has a new matching system and I think it'll be hard for folks
to slip through the cracks, so we can figure $24,000 went to needy causes
this year. So I'm going to guess we've given about $95,000 thanks to
Microsoft's generous matching.
- World Vision
We sponsor a child in Chile and have actually visited and seen the great
work they do first hand. They're very light on the religion and very focused on
really helping with health, housing, food, education, etc. all while making
sure not to trample local custom and culture.
This is a highly rated charity dealing specifically with the needs of children around the world.
They do lots of good work and have helped a lot of people including some I know very well.
- Hole in the Wall Gang Fund
Yes, I know the Hole in the Wall fund only gets three
stars from CharityNavigator.org
but the Paul Newman book
Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good was
what inspired me to direct our proceeds to worthy causes. Fun book, check it out.
One time donation
for research for preventing heart disease in memory of my friend Tom Green (and heck, let's figger some of it's fer you too olblue).
And also, a huge thanks to everyone else who devotes their time and
energies to our various little web sites, Libby, JeffMo, Laffman, WRAC,
and many others.
And as for all you players out there, you can at least take comfort
from the fact that for every ad you view or click on in the course of
pursuing your Freecell addiction, you're at least doing some good for
some cause somewhere!