Strengthen The Good

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Hiatus

It’s been some time since the last profile at STG. Frankly, I’m looking for a way to better manage the time constraints administration of STG requires given that it has a staff of one (me), and that staff is otherwise gainfully employed the remainder of his week. It may be some months before I reactivate the network, but know that long-term I intend to keep STG alive. Thanks for your patience.

Trackback Issue

With our last profile I recieved several emails from network members noting that their trackbacks were being rejected. It seems to be the result of my MT-Blacklist settings; I’ll try to resolve it, but thanks for linking, regardless.

Status Report

1 September 2005 Update: If you’ve found this page because you’re looking to help with Katrina relief, or because you’re looking for a matching donation program, please visit our Matching The Good: Katrina Relief page. We’re matching donations up to a total of $1,000 with a donation to the Red Cross 2005 Hurricane fund. If you’d like to join in the match challenge (helping us up the match to more than $1,000) through a donation of your own, please email me at alan at strengthenthegood dot com. Thanks.

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It’s been three weeks and later tonight I’ll be posting our second micro-charity. In the meantime, a brief update on the Strengthen The Good network.

First, we’re now at 195 members … a couple of randomly-selected folks who have recently joined (and whose blogs you should visit): One Perfect Day, Simply Geeky, and Zigzag.

Regarding our first charity, the Gulf Coast Community Foundation Of Venice Hurricane Charley Disaster Relief Fund: The fund first doubled its matching level from $100,000 to $200,000, and then met that level of giving. Our own traffic levels suggest that we created a not insignificant level of awareness for Charley victims. From their site:

Hundreds of individuals and organizations generously reached out to the victims of Hurricane Charley and exceeded the $200,000 matching challenge established by the Board of Directors of Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice. By the first week in September, the community’s contributions exceeded $300,000, including over $40,000 credit card donations made through the Foundation’s Web site.

$40,000 through their website … that’s where we pointed, and I’ll do my best to learn how many contributors cited STG.

We also collected some cash here at STG (although it wasn’t our first preference given our lack of tax-exempt status and PayPal’s commission fees): $86, which after PayPal fees translates into $81.70. We also collected $41.55 in Google ad revenues in the last three weeks. In keeping with my promise to contribute all STG site donations and ad revenues to the currently profiled charity, today I made a $123.25 donation to the GCCF of Venice Charley fund.

Note the contribution from the ad revenues: an easy way to strengthen the good is to click those ads in the right-hand column.

I’ll have the next charity online later tonight; until then, thanks for working to strengthen the good!

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