What a whirlwind it has been! The #RA50Auctions Fundraiser is over, and with a bit of a delay I have now made our donation to LOROS via Mrs Armitage’s tribute on muchloved.
Richard – apologies for the belated pressie, and sorry that we didn’t buy you socks. But this is what we made for you:
As you can see I have bumped up the final amount from yesterday to a nice, tidy sum.
This is the automated proof of donation by LOROS via muchloved:
And now is the time for the proper acknowledgment.
A massive thank you to all supporters of the 2021 birthday fundraiser!
The birthday fundraiser is *your* party. A project that only gets off the ground because of *your* participation. If it weren’t for your demand for a communal event, your willingness to part with fan items for the auctions, your creativity in making one-off fan items for the auctions and multiples for the sale, your generosity in bidding, your enthusiasm to buy items, your efforts in sharing, commenting and signal-boosting, your readiness to donate money, your general interest to take part in a fun community effort, AND your trust in me as the organiser and treasurer of the fundraiser, all this would not be possible. A million thanks to you. Your generosity this year has been stunning!
While all your participation efforts are appreciated, I would like to take the opportunity again to thank everyone by name who has donated items to the auctions and sale. Thank you for letting go of the coveted fan items, allowing them to go to a new home, and to generate a big donation in doing so. My thanks go to the following donors of auction items (in alphabetical order):
Ani, Anne, Certifiedmoody, Ellen, Esther, Jacqueline, Jane, Jen, Kate, Linda, LoLo, Louisa, Pamela, Paula, Rachel, SahRA, Susanna, Young, and ZedEffEye.
Oh, Mr Richard Armitage, too.
For the creating of multiple fan items to provide a fixed price sale, my thanks go to the following crafters and designers…
Ani, Anne, Esther, Jane, Kate, and Young.
For hand-holding me behind the scenes, including crisis management and reassurance services, special thanks go to Ani, Kate and Rachel.
We wouldn’t have any donation to transfer if it weren’t for the buyers and donors. Besides obvious privacy concerns, there are too many people to thank for monetary donations and for winning on eBay, as well as buying on Etsy. A massive thank you to you!
You know who you are
Celebrate your party! You’ve created a great gift to the tune of ￡12,500.
Thank you to everyone for your support and especially for your reassurance and patience when the process did not run as smoothly as hoped. Problems were resolved – only my ego was damaged and time was wasted. But that’s a small price to pay for the immense gratification this projects gives me. We live and we learn, and I’ll probably write up a debrief for future reference. In any case, it was a pleasure heading up this fundraiser for you, and I am grateful to have your trust and confidence, and I am very proud what we have achieved together. I’ll do it again, any time. Thank you!
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And now for some more detail on the final accounts. This is all boring number stuff, but as the treasurer of this project, I am duty-bound to be as transparent as possible.
The final tally of our fundraiser is €14,539.20. The sum was generated from the following gross proceeds (all numbers in €!):
- All numbers shown above are the net amounts transferred from the respective platform into my account, i.e. the actual money received as proceeds.
- The eBay fees were automatically deducted before the payout to my account. The total amount of eBay fees incurred are €1,174.57, of which The Jacket™️ alone incurred a whopping €444.06. The eBay proceeds were paid to me in two separate transactions of €5,888.94 and €5,031.77, coming to a total of €10,920.71. No further banking or transfer fees were incurred. Note: The reason why the fan auctions incurred a bigger fee than The Jacket™️ even though its proceeds were higher, is that 50 individual transactions took place rather than just one for The Jacket™️.
- The Etsy fees were also automatically deducted pre-payout. I have reimbursed all fees incurred by the sale of my own private non-fundraiser items.
- The fees for donations sent via Paypal were automatically deducted pre-payout.
Postage costs came to a total of €733.00.
Since shipping was spread over a period of days with several trips to the post office as well as buying postage online, there are 10 receipts itemised (see right).
The final accounts are net proceeds of sales and donations, minus postage costs:
If there are any questions, let me know. Documentation is available, as a matter of course.
The final donation transferred to LOROS via muchloved is
12,500.00 Pound Sterling
converts into €14,593.18 / US$17,203.12
(bumped up by myself just to make sure that none of my own Etsy sales were charged to the fundraiser by mistake)
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