Before I get to the nitty gritty aka accounts, I’d like to forward you some thanks.
As usual, we received the automated donation thanks from LOROS.
Edit: And just now LOROS has also tweeted thanks:
But equally importantly, Richard also sent his thanks to you:
I think we are very lucky that we are able to donate to a cause that remains very close to Richard’s and his family’s heart. It is also very handy that we can transfer the donations through the memorial site because that will generate a notification to Richard. So he won’t miss all the donations made to LOROS, as well as the birthday wishes attached to them by his fans. As you can see from his tweet above, he actually did not reply to my birthday tweet to him but to my tweet from August 19 in which I celebrated our big 5-0-0-0 breakthrough. I had pinned that to my Twitter profile, so that is probably how RA identified it. The screenshot of my donation message on muchloved, however, is his own, taken on his own mobile device. I am very happy that he has acknowledged our gift this way,
as he also did with the many birthday tweets he received yesterday. He “liked” all the messages – that must have taken a while 😉 It is nice to know that *he* knows we have created a virtual gift for him.
So, before I am putting the 2022 RA Birthday Fundraiser to bed, here are the accounts, for formality’s sake. All numbers given in Euro.
The auctions and fixed-price sale generated net proceeds of €4,046.41 (all platform, transaction and VAT fees were deducted at source). I made a number of sales from my own items during the fundraiser, and those net proceeds have been deducted. The donations came up to €2,029.28. The uneven numbers are caused by currency conversions as well as deduction of the fees. The latter are not only set fees but also percentages, hence some decimal numbers.)
As regards selling fees, I can give you the exact total for eBay, which was €323.85 or 12,4% of our total sales. Etsy is slightly more complicated due to my own items thrown in the automated Etsy accounts. The fees cited by Etsy were €205.93. However, this figure includes fees accrued by the sale of *my* items, probably around €20. In order for those not to be deducted from our final donation, I made sure to top up our final donation. (My top-up came to €44.56 – an uneven number because I wanted to create the smooth sum of GB£4525.)
As you can see that means we actually had a net profit of over €6,000. The reason I never advertised that is because of the other deductions that were accrued post-sale. The main part of these are the shipping costs. They exclusively consist of the postage paid for the shipments, both by myself and by donors who sent their donated items directly. We have had no costs deducted for packaging – the packaging materials have either been recycled from my own stash (boxes for parcels, bubble wrap, tissue paper) or were new bubble mailers that I have donated. However, there was also a refund due to a cancelled Etsy transaction, as well as the customs fee I had paid up front in order to receive one of the donated items.
With the deductions subtracted from the net proceeds we arrived at our final tally:
Documentation (postage receipts + monthly statements from eBay and Etsy) are of course available and archived.
Done and Donated
I breathed a great sigh of relief when I finally clicked “transfer donation” last evening. I am well aware that I have been handed a huge responsibility by being the facilitator and treasurer of this community fundraiser, and I would like to thank you all for your trust and support. As I have said before, it is my privilege to helm this initiative, and it gives me much pleasure to do so. No further thanks necessary, btw. I have been spoilt by gifts that have been sent to me in recognition of my contribution – an amazing box of Belgian chocolates that I am still nibbling through, gifts, letters and extras that the lovely donors included in their parcels to me, some very special and much loved breakfast sweets that are apparently on the way to me at the moment, etc. The many messages, comments and tweets of thanks that you have sent are my greatest reward, and I feel very much appreciated. Let’s put the thanks to bed, now, too 😉.
Shipped and Received
Word has already reached me that some packages and envelopes have been received by buyers. And not only here in Ireland but also in the UK, in Europe and even overseas in the US.
I love seeing such tweets – it’s a little bit like unpacking your shopping, i.e. all the satisfaction without the big price tag 🏷 😁. So if you feel like it, please keep them coming. If anything, it will provide some peace of mind that the shipments have made it! 📬
Please do not worry if your package has not arrived yet. Some packages were sent Express Post (because that was cheaper than buying extra tracking), some were sent Registered, some were sent Standard Post. I did not splash out on tracking for *each* shipment because it is rather expensive here in Ireland (€7.50 😱) and I did not want to waste our precious donation money. In general, I invested in Express or Registered for such shipments that contained items bought at premium prices. I hope you understand.
In order to minimise any customs fees for recipients outside the EU, I labelled all shipments as gifts rather than sales and put a nominal value on them. These did not reflect the prices the buyers paid, but the actual values of the items. Please let me know whether this strategy worked for you. I simply wanted to avoid buyers getting hit with customs charges.
Right, and now THAT concludes our fundraiser. 😊