As you all know, every year we have the annual Pets of Balloon Juice calendar, which raises money for an animal rescue outfit named MARC, the Marion Animal Resource Connection. We try to find a small animal charity that is just starting out or struggling, but has good leadership and good people running it, so we know the money will not be wasted or misspent. It’s been almost a decade with MARC, and they have grown to the point that I think it is time for us to move on to a new charity.
I have spoken with Satby about an organization she works with, but I would like some input from you all to know if any of you are involved with or know a small operation that could really benefit from our patronage. The goal is to find someone where a couple thousand dollars from store items and calendar sales would REALLY make a difference. So if you have someone like that in mind, let me know. They do need be a registered nonprofit, though. I think it is 501C3 but I forget.
Additionally, and this is SUPER IMPORTANT. Some of you have signed up to send monthly donations of a dollar or two through paypal, which is great, because it pays for stuff that comes up when we need to buy apps or have Bizbudding do some quick coding, etc. However, some of you send them as PAYMENTS for a product, and not sending money to friends/family, and now Paypal is up my ass to show that I have shipped you something. I had to go through and fill out a dozen forms and explain they were donations, then show the receipts to bizbudding, but my account is still locked and everything is a mess. So if you have a monthly donation set up, make sure it is not as a payment for services. Or just cancel the damned thing.