There seems to be some kind of issue with comments so I'll just go ahead and post this as an update. While I've got you, thanks to all the performers, volunteers and audience members of The Cat's Ass Comedy Show last night. So much laughing!
I'm happy to try to answer any questions you (or anyone else) may have about my campaign. I think some of this may be an issue of semantics. VOKRA is a volunteer-run organization. VOKRA does not have staff. So, any work I do for VOKRA is, technically, volunteer work. Perhaps the use of that word is complicating things. However, I don't really think that's what you're taking issue with.
I wanted to contribute a significant amount of time to VOKRA which, no matter how good I am at time management, I can't do while working full-time, raising a family, etc. This campaign is enabling me to contribute full-time hours to VOKRA. If the funds went directly to VOKRA, that wouldn't achieve this result because they can't pay me as an employee. I agree that it's complicated and a bit confusing. I looked at a variety of ways to structure this campaign and this seemed the best, clearest approach. I happen to think it's an innovative fundraising model but respect that you don't agree.
The funds raised are covering my basic expenses so that I can work for VOKRA rather than somewhere else. $10,000 over a 6 month period basically works out to minimum wage. Considering that any of the roles I have taken on (and have experience in) would start at salaries well over double that, it should be clear that I'm not in this for the dolla dolla bills, y'all.
"Is your track record and time MORE valuable then the the 10,000$ people likely think will be directed to the charity? "
Yup. In the last month alone, my blog posts and social media efforts have already raised well over $10,000 for VOKRA. That's before putting a fundraising plan in place. I'm confident that, over 6 months, the value I bring will far exceed what people have contributed to my campaign. The return on investment is very high and you can't put a price tag on the good I can do for VOKRA. But if you could, it would be more way more than $10,000.
If you watched my video and read my page, you'll note the part where I write: "In addition to my writing, performing and litter box scooping abilities, I have other skills. I have over two decades of event organizing and management experience. I have extensive marketing and social media skills. I am an experienced fundraiser, grant writer and strategist. And I love this organization more than I can tell you." I'm not a waitress volunteering to try my hand at fundraising, social media and event organizing. I gots skillz.
"Collecting donations shows a personal network that is strong, not necessarily a specific ability to replicate this in the scale that is sought."
No one is being forced to contribute. While many people I don't know at all think my campaign is a great idea and have supported it, I would say the majority of contributors are from my personal and professional networks. Who would understand my abilities better than those people? That's precisely why they support me. They know what I can do.
As far as me being "disingenuous", I don't know how much more transparent I can be. I'm being clear on where the money is going (me) and what it is for (basic living expenses) and what it will enable me to do (extend my skills and time to VOKRA full-time for 6 months to increase visibility, increase our social media presence, fundraise, create a long-term fundraising plan, organize events, help set some goals to support the long-term sustainability of the organization). If I'd said it was a VOKRA fundraiser and then pocketed the money, I could see your issue but I've been transparent, up-front, and honest. It's how I live my life. It's how I've run this fundraising campaign. The campaign itself is called Help Morgan Save Kittens, not Help VOKRA Save Kittens! How much clearer could I be? Do you think that people are being duped? Do you think the campaign is misleading? I guess I'm giving people more credit for their ability to read and comprehend than that. But if this has been an earth-shattering piece of news for anyone who contributed under some kind of misunderstanding, please email me and I will refund your money right away and throw in some of my homemade cupcakes to boot. I promise I won't even spit in them.
As far as crowdfunding being "a hint entitled", I can say that I myself have spent lots of time thinking and discussing this new funding model and have been critical of the Zach Braffs of the world and their use of crowdfunding. We might even agree on some criticisms of crowdfunding. But, you know, I also really love this new model. I've been to more shitty fundraisers than I can count, sat through more rotten shows, bought more crap I didn't need (anyone want to borrow a tote bag?), all in the name of supporting people I care about or believe in. Frankly, I'd rather stay home in my underwear and toss them some cash online. In fact, I think that should be GoFundMe's tagline: Support the projects you care about without having to put on pants!
I think it's always a good idea to hold people accountable if they are accepting your money. I am confident that the people who have contributed to my campaign are already seeing their money at work. I also know that VOKRA's Board of Directors supports and appreciates my campaign and has already seen the impact of my efforts. I will continue to run my fundraising campaign as I live my life; with all the integrity and compassion I can and with deep gratitude for those who support me.
I don't know if this has answered any of your concerns or any concerns other people may have but I sure hope it has. Now, if you'll excuse me, I've got some sick foster kittens to give medication to.