2) FILL OUT THIS FORM TO GIVE YOUR PRIZE PREFERENCES.
*If You Pay on GoFundMe:
Why pay on GoFund Me? GoFundMe is the most-established way to pay, but it does skim $0.30 + 2.9% off the top.
- GoFundMe auto-enters a “tip.” You can adjust that amount to zero by choosing the “Other” tipping option. It does not go to us. More on this in the FAQ.
- If you wish to be anonymous, please type in your name as “Anonymous X” rather than choosing the option. This is for drawing purposes.
*If You Pay on PayPal:
Why pay on PayPal? PayPal is easier and does not skim a percentage off the top for USA donors. However, paying into PayPal means you are trusting the host to forward your money to the charity (with proof). Your donation will still appear on the GoFundMe page, since we can add it manually.
- Choose person-to-person payments, without insurance. See below for explanation.
- Please add a note saying “#write4life” or “Puerto Rico,” etc. If you forget, though, it shouldn’t be a problem.
- Your donation will be announced publicly on the GoFundMe feed with your first name and last initial unless you request otherwise in your note.
Choosing insurance will make you ineligible for prizes as you will be able to rescind your donation easily if you don’t win. This PayPal is the one used by Beta Frank Editing, aka @writevent/Mica Scotti Kole. She’ll forward the money to the charity and post proof that she has done so.
QUESTIONS? READ THE FAQ:
How many entries do I get?
You get one (1) entry per $5 donated. For simplification purposes we’ve had to break it down as follows:
- $5 = 1 entry
- $10 = 2 entries
- $25 = 5 entries
- $50 = 10 entries
- $100 = 20 entries
If you donate another denomination, see “What if I donate another amount” below. Please note that a large donation does not guarantee a win.
How are my entries split up between drawings?
They aren’t split! Your entries go into every drawing under your chosen prize categories and genres, including the general pool. So for $10 you get two entries in every drawing relevant to you.
Can I donate before May 4th?
You can totally donate early! Donate anytime before the event to be entered in the raffles; just be sure to fill out the Google form afterward. March 10th is when we will announce winners and drive for more donations throughout the day. However, you can only win twice from the prize pool. Because we open with “smaller” prizes, you may have a marginally better chance of winning the “larger” prizes if you donate later on.
What if I donate another amount, like $15 or $40 or something?
The good news is you can totally get your entries for that! The bad news is you will need to fill out the Google form more than once. For example, for a $15 donation, simply fill out the form once for $5 and once for $10. For $40, fill it for $25, $5, and $10 (three times). The reasoning for this complication has to do with spreadsheet calculations and is tough to explain… sorry!
How do I know which prizes fit under which prize categories?
That is listed on the schedule spreadsheet found on the main #Write4Life page. Mostly it’s pretty intuitive, though.
What if I donate more than once?
Feel free! Just be sure to fill out the Google form for each donation, without totaling the two donations. So if you donate $25 and then later another $25, fill out the form each time for $25. Don’t fill it out either time for $50. Every time you fill out a form, it is permanent and the entries won’t be forgotten!
My genre is not listed on the form. Am I ineligible for prizes?
Nope! Everyone who fills out the form will be entered into the general prize pool for the prize types of their choosing. These prizes are good for most genres!
I’m not a writer. Can I donate still?
Please do! Every donation is appreciated, and they help drive more giving! If you aren’t interested in the drawings, then there’s just no need to fill out the Google form. However, you can win books and ebooks if you are interested. You don’t have to be a writer to appreciate a good book!
What if the email or name given on GoFundMe is different than the one I want used or publicized?
No worries. We accommodate that issue on the donation form! This helps keep some people anonymous, while also preventing us from contacting winners via the “junk” email addresses often used for donations.
Why do I have to fill out a form?
There are so many reasons for this. First, it allows us to give you prizes that relate to you and your chosen genres, and thus prevent anyone from getting something they don’t want (or from having to tell a prize donor that the winner didn’t want their prize… ouch!). Second, it allows us to avoid confusion when contacting winners, giving them the option to tell us alternate names or contact information. Third, it allows us to give extra entries to people who donate more, thus driving more funds to the charity.
Why isn’t this an auction-style charity drive?
Mica, the host, has spent most of her life hovering somewhere around the poverty line. She believes that anyone – even someone with only $5 to spare – should have the chance to win one of these prizes. Although donating more definitely gives someone a better chance to win (and we appreciate them!), an auction-style drive eliminates the chances that $5 can win altogether. And so, this is not an auction. However if a prize donor ever requests an auction style for their particular prize donation, we will try to accommodate that.
Why don’t you have GoFundMe donate directly to the charity?
We do this to have more control over the event itself. Our first year, we drove a charity drive for someone else’s GoFundMe, and it proved to be a logistical nightmare to get prizes to people and confirm their payments. Last year, we ran the event on YouCaring with full control, compiling the money and mailing a check to the charity afterwards. This worked out very well and, ultimately, we just don’t want to risk changing that for fear it will add further complexity to the event. We are only two people, and the simpler we can make it, the better. However, if you’d prefer to donate directly to the World Literacy Foundation, you can do so on their site. It just won’t count toward the #Write4Life prizes or goal amount. (TL;DR – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!)
What’s with the GoFundMe “tip” thing?
The “tip” entered on GofundMe is to help the site run their servers, since they skim no fees off the top (although your credit card company takes about 3%). This “tip” does NOT go to #Write4Life, its host, or anything related to us. However, it’s common practice. It’s a decent cause, but not transparent. We don’t like how they do it, either.
Any other PayPal questions?
We love GoFundMe! However, PayPal won’t skim 3% off the top for credit card processing if you choose “person to person” payments, so that’s nice. The PayPal payment link for #Write4Life goes to Beta Frank Editing, the service run by @writevent aka Mica Scotti Kole. If any donations are received this way, Mica will track them and make a webpage after the event to prove the money went where it was supposed to. We are also able to post all PayPal donations as “offline donations” in the YouCaring feed, and have opted to give the donors semi-anonymity through the use of initials. Please note in your donation’s note if you would like us to do otherwise.
Please contact me at write4lifeinfo @ gmail before March 10th, or post into the Twitter feed day-of (on tag #Write4Life). Admin @cm_fick may also be available. However, it will be hectic March 10th, so at worst, use your best judgment!