Heidi Dutton ([email protected])
Sat, 15 Aug 1998 16:07:25 -0400
If you have something extraordinary to donate to the AI Auction, email me
with a description of the item (inluding what condition it's in) and a
suggested starting bid! I think we may be running out of auction items...
Received Today -
So - here's some reading material, just for you! :-)
WIRE's Amnesty International membership will expire next month. So we have
officially kicked off this year's Amnesty International Fundraiser! I'm
calling it the 'U2 Mailing List' Fundraiser, because I am opening it to all
lists, or really any U2 fan with an email address!
Donations are being accepted NOW! :-)
There is no minimum donation amount. The idea is not that we all contribute
tons of money each, but that the sum is greater than the parts! You are
contributing to a $1000.00 -- plus group donation, we work as a team,
etc... Every dollar received will be accounted for daily as I receive it in
the mail, and at the end in a public tally. For this reason, some people
have opted for "code names", so that they would know that I am accounting
for their money, but they were still able to keep their privacy if they
I am accepting cash, checks drawn on US funds, or money orders drawn on US
funds. Most people opted to send cash (wrapped up well), especially those
outside the USA. I usually receive donations from 12 or so countries. If
you prefer sending a money order (drawn on US funds), that would be fine!
As I did for past fundraisers, I will handle all of the conversion of
foreign currency to US dollars, if you prefer not to (in Europe, it can be
expensive to buy a money order or convert cash to US dollars- and that is
extra money that could be going to Amnesty International!) all you will
need to do is put the funds of your choice into the mail!
My goal is to make it as easy for you to contribute as possible. And the
other crucial thing is that I insist on a procedure that mandates full
public disclosure of all money collected. This way, you will never need to
worry about what is going on with your money.
"How should I send this money?"
I will accept cash, or checks or money orders drawn on US funds. My bank
will not take money orders or checks NOT drawn on US funds, and I will have
to send your donation back to you if you send it like that. For our friends
outside the US wanting to donate, don't worry about currency conversion --
I can do that for you! Many people have sent cash, without incident --
PLEASE, if you opt for cash, just wrap it in a few pieces of paper so that
it is not visible outside the envelope. Please make checks and money orders
out in MY name (Heidi Dutton), you will see the reason at the end of this
post. BE SURE to include your return address, in case your donation must be
sent back to you!
"Where should we send it?"
189 Summer Street
Plantsville, CT 06479
I post daily to the list stating what donations I receive in the mail, to
let you know your money arrived safely. I will post a NAME with the amount
recieved, so if you want to stay anonymous, you MUST tell me what CODE NAME
you want me to use. Just put that on a slip of paper in with your donation.
If I do not get a code name from you, I will use your real name! This is
important- the final public tally will also have the name you give me.
"How long will this thing run?"
Last time WIRE donated $1074....I want to beat that! And with 3+ lists and
over 4000 people, I think we can. I'm giving this fundraiser a month and a
half, until around 8/31. This is a bit longer than past fundraisers, with
the specific intention of beating $1074.00. For every $250.00 we donate,
we can have one more person represent us at the AI Media Spotlight Awards
dinner in NYC in September!
AI Media Spotlight Awards Dinner Information
The Second Annual Amnesty International USA Media Spotlight Awards
Dinner... (recognizing courageous media coverage of human rights violations
Host - Patrick Stewart
To honor: ABC News Prime Time Live, Muhammad Ali, The Boston Globe, Kenneth
Cole, Christiane Amanpour, Emerge Magazine, Richard Gere, Melissa Mathison
and Public Radio International
Monday, September 28, 1998
Pier Sixty at the Chelsea Piers
New York City
Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of
"How will the donation take place?"
While we are collecting the money, I will notify Amnesty International that
we are planning to donate again this year. Our contact was Jeff Zick in the
NYC office. If he is still there, he will remember us from the other
fundraisers -- he will be most familiar with my requirements. What do I
require? I require that when I send AI our money, AI will send a post to
this list stating exactly how much I sent them, the check number, and the
date they receive it. Then, from the daily public tallies, to the final
public tally, to AI, you yourself can do the math and see that AI got every
penny we collected. I will send AI *one* check, so they only have to
mention one check number in their "receipt" to WIRE. It will be less of a
hassle for them to comply with my requirement. And, it is imperative that
they do comply- so you can have the peace of mind of being sure AI got all
"Why should I send YOU money? How do I know that you will do what you say
If anyone have any questions about my credibility or reputation for doing 3
past fundraisers for WIRE, I do very much encourage you to ASK past
contributors (most of them are still here on WIRE) PLEASE do post to WIRE
asking about me -- I want you to do this. You will find that all
fundraisers went off perfectly, and that I can prove without a doubt where
the money ended up. You will find that Amnesty International is a cause
near and dear to my heart, and that I take these fundraisers VERY
seriously. I also take extremely seriously the trust that people put in me,
when they send me their hard earned money. PLEASE do ask about me, I want
you to, if you have any doubt.
Everyone who donates at least $1.00 (or the equivalent) will be entered in
a drawing to win a really great prize! I will give away a brand spanking
new, unread bubble-wrapped copy of the book "A Conspiracy of Hope" to the
person whose name is drawn! (I bought 2 copies last year- plan ahead, I
always say!) This is a great prize because it's not something that you can
just walk into the bookstore and buy!
Everyone who donates $1.00 or equivalent will receive an Amnesty
International bumper sticker. It's the black and yellow one, I have a ton
of these left over from last year! Get yours!
We have some items to auction off for the fundraiser. Every penny raised
from the sale of these goes to Amnesty International, so bid high and bid
often! :) Last year, we auctioned off a POPmart Dublin tour shirt -- we
made $125.00 from that shirt alone! These auctions are great for fundraising!
Go here to see the 2 categories under which our auction items are listed -
Go here to put your name on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights-
If you have any questions that I have not answered, please email me. Within
the last 3 years, U2 mailing lists members as a group have donated
approximately $1300.00 to Amnesty International!
Questions? Need more information? Email me!
"H-i-d-i...how do you spell 'Heidi'?...H-e-i-d-i..."
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