On Thursday I let you all know that a FOUR DIRECTIONS donor was inspired by our fundraising for Four Directions in Georgia and will double-match up to $25,000 in Balloon Juice donations for Arizona – for a total of $75,000 – if we can raise up to $25,000 in November.
This is the same donor who was considering whether to match us for our $25k for Georgia, but that turned out not to be the right time for her. But now it is! She approached FOUR DIRECTIONS not wanting to match someone; she wanted to match us because she was so inspired by our efforts.
All the people who donated. All the people who stepped up with generous offers to match. All the enthusiasm.
We have commitments from FOUR DIRECTIONS:
– Everything we raise in this thermometer in November will go to ARIZONA
– The first match of the double-match will go to ARIZONA. (up to $25,000)
– The second match of the double-match will go to whichever of these states needs it the most: GA, AZ, WI and NV.
Let’s see what we can do to help give the Native population the voice they deserve. Shall we?
A voice in Mark Kelly’s senate race and whether we keep the senate. A voice in a close governor’s race. A voice in their future.
Today is November 1st.
FOUR DIRECTIONS – AZ
FOUR DIRECTIONS – AZ
Today I have even more good news!
Another Balloon Juice angel has stepped up to get us started with a bang – with the generous offer to write a $5,000 check to FOUR DIRECTIONS – AZ – if we raise the first $5,000 this week.
The first $50 of any donation to the thermometer will be matched as part of the $5,000 internal match.
Any donation amount will be matched as part of the external double-match.
To get your internal match, make the donation to this thermometer and then tell us the amount of you donation in the comments.
Trigger warning: MATH! The math is explained in comment #1 below.
Update: 8 pm Eastern – $1,675 of the $5,000 BJ angel match money is still available!
Update: 9 am Eastern on Tuesday: $700 of the $5,000 BJ angel match money is still available!
Update: 10:15 am Eastern on Tuesday: $525 of the $5,000 BJ angel match money is still available!
If you donate $50 through THIS thermometer: Our Balloon Juice angel adds $50 to that, for a total of $100. Which the FOUR DIRECTION donor double-matches, adding $200, for a total of $300. So your $50 turns into $300!
If you donate $10 through THIS thermometer: Our Balloon Juice angel adds $10 to that, for a total of $20. Which the FOUR DIRECTION donor double-matches, adding $40, for a total of $60. So your $10 turns into $60!
If you donate $100 through THIS thermometer: Our Balloon Juice angel adds $50 to that, for a total of $150. Which the FOUR DIRECTION donor double-matches, adding $300, for a total of $450. So your $100 turns into $450!
I can’t do math this morning, but I can click some buttons :)
In for a bit o’ change! Thanks again!
First! Also, donated $50+, so put a solid $50 toward the internal?
@Woodrow/asim: Looks like you’ll be the first! if you come back and tell us how much you donated, you will get the internal match and the external double-match.
@Z!: Yes! thank you.
Your first $50 gets both matches and turns into $300.
Your other $200 gets the external double-match, so she adds $400, for a total of $600.
Add the $300 and the $600, and your $250 turns into $900.
@WaterGirl: Oh! $15 this go around. Maybe more later once certain news comes thru (sigh).
In for $25. Thanks for setting this up.
Done! In for $50 this morning to get all the good matches. More later in the month.
More Match Game:
Last time I volunteered to match the first $1,000. That generated ~$2,000 in contributions, so my $1K turned into $3K. The outside donor matched it. Bottom line: My $1,000 turned into $6,000. I probably would have donated about $1K in dribs and drabs anyway without generating any of the other contributions. Moral of the story: If you think you can afford to be an angel, you should think seriously about it.
I just put in $25. Thank you everyone for doing this!
In for $300 via my actBlue acct. If I’ve done the math correctly that works out to $1050 with matches. This is fun!
In for $50. Let’s go, Juicers!
I’m off to get a haircut, but I will start the spreadsheet for tracking when I return.
Remember, to get the internal $5k match, please add your donation amount in the comments.
Thanks to all who can donate or are thinking about donating!
I’m in for $100; I am feeling rich this morning and this is a great reason to spread that wealth around,
@WaterGirl: I have to out myself? OK, $50 just went in. Ninth or 10th.
$100. Good morning.
West of the Cascades
@WaterGirl: That $250 = $900 number looks really sweet – I’m in for the former!
@Spanky: yep. It’s not bragging, it’s what we need in order to know how much of the internal match is left.
I tossed in $100, so let’s see: the first $50 turns into $300 between the internal and external matches, and the second $50 turns into $150 due to the external matches.
So a $100 caterpillar metamorphoses into a $450 butterfly, do I have that right?
I gave $25
Balloon juice has angels?
(In for $100)
In for $50! What a great way to start the day/week/month!
In for $25
In for $50.
I’ve chipped in $50 so the match can go higher. Thanks to the matchers!
Just donated $50 through the thermometer!
In for $100 buckeroos. And good morning Jackels.
After some initial difficulties, I managed to donate $50.
J R in WV
I’m in for another $250, on top of our regular monthly (much smaller) donation. Someone help do the math — is it now $500 plus another $500 from the four directions donor?
Take two: The $250 becomes $300 with the internal match, and then $600 with the external match? help…
In for $50+. Thermometer lags, but that’s normal.
@J R in WV: It becomes 300 with the internal match, then 900 with the two external matches iiuc
In for $25. And thanks to generous matchers, especially BJ Angel.
The big bang for a buck feels like how a contribution to 4D expands in its impact. Every dollar helps pay people to not just recruit new voters, but voters who will show up at the polls.
4D brought in more voters than the Biden/Harris margin of victory in AZ last year. May their power continue.
@J R in WV:
The $250 becomes $300 with the internal match which then is matched double from the external match which ADDS $600 for a total of $900. I told you this was fun.
ETA: Although I am assuming the only the $250 will show up on the thermometer now.
For some reason, my post was #16 and went into consideration or whatever it is. My info wasn’t on the Leave a Comment. Still hadn’t posted 1/2 an hour later. This is a repost. Info has reappeared. Hope the judicial review went well. I was always innocent.
Added $50 to the pot. Thank you.
In for $25!
I’d go bigger, but I’m getting married in under a month!
Donated $50 through the ActBlue thermometer.
I just threw in $250. Yippee!
I just gave $25.
Just tossed in $50.
$25 tossed in
In for $50!
In for $50!
OK, I’m for $100. Plus I added a 10% “tip.” Do they match the tip as well? Imagine the math implications…..
Many thanks to WaterGirl for doing the math so that we don’t have to! :-)
My enduring memory of the 2020 elections in AZ is of the members of the Navajo Nation who rode on horseback – often for long distances – to cast their votes.
Native American voters in AZ won their state for President Biden. Increasing the power of the Native American voting bloc is money well spent. Wopila to Four Directions!
Just put in $50.
Thanks generous matchers.
Thanks Four Directions.
Just sent the $50 for now. Will wait to see if further exponential matches get added throughout the month.
order AB 208147407
As of this comment, we are 1/3 of the way through the 5k match.
You guys rock!
Considering that we’ve already raised around 75% of it in less than the first two and a half hours, I’m not too worried! Pretty sure we can do this thing.
Donated $50 through through the thermometer.
I’ll add them to my charitable giving at work – it gets matched – and most years there is a period when it is double matched by my employer.
@wmd: That’s great!
@SiubhanDuinne: I agree with you that we can absolutely meet the 5k threshold in a week.
The math is a bit trickier than that. :-)
I warned you that there would be math! The match is only for the first $50 of each donation, and the match is for donations in the comments. So at the moment we are at 1,765 in matchable donations.
So we are 1/3 of the way there in less than 3 hours. You guys rock.
In for $50.
$100 via thermometer in this post.
So, that’s $50 toward the internal BJ match, IIUC.
Happy to contribute as part of this excellent collection of jackals!
Thanks especially to WaterGirl for tireless efforts out front and behind the scenes.
resuming lurk mode
Just donated $50. Thanks for doing this!!
And thanks to the BJ Angle too.
I’m in for $50.
I just put in $500 – I recently bought myself an expensive present and am feeling guilty about it.
Felicitations! May you and your spouse have many happy years together.
@Wakeshift: Yes, your $100 turns into $150 with our internal match, and the double-match person adds her $300, which makes a total of $450.
So your $100 turns into $450 – just like that!
@Ha Nguyen: Wow, thank you so much! Your $500 turned into $1,650!
Does the thermometer document the base donations or the donations + the matches?
I’ll just leave the math to others, but I’m still certain we can come through in very pretty shape.
KayInMD (formerly Kay (not the front-pager))
In for $50 right now, $50 later in the week when my pension check comes in (I don’t want my balance to drop to where I have to pay bank charges)
I’ll also try to get my husband to donate.
Added another $50. My thanks to WaterGirl, DougJ, those who are matching donations, and Four Directions for what they do!
KayInMD (formerly Kay (not the front-pager))
Did they know we’d reach $5000 the first day?
BCHS Class of 1980
In for $100. I’ll leave it to others to figure out the internal, external and extra-dimensional matches.
@KayInMD (formerly Kay (not the front-pager)):
How about in less than 4 hours? I think we will hit $6,000 before 2 o’clock. I just put in $250 which brought the total to $5,885 (not yet shown on the thermometer). ETA That arithmetic was 5635 + 250 = 5885. But now the thermometer says $5,735 which means that we are within $15 of $6,000.
The thermometer documents only donations that go directly into the thermometer.
Not all of that is matchable by the 5k balloon juice angel donor – that only matches up to $50 of a single donation that shows up in the comments.
But all of it IS matchable by the external double-match person.
I’m sure that cleared everything right up! :-)
Kicked in $50.
I’m in for $50.
I’m in for $100~
This needs to happen!
In for $50. I will add more later in the month.
I’m in for $50. More later in the month
I’m in for $25.
$25 from me, despite how much I hate ActBlue and the way they try to make you think you can’t donate without creating an account. Among other things.
We just passed the halfway mark on the internal $5k match amount! In just 4 hours!
I am trying to catch up because I did not send in the $1,000 I was supposed to send in July as an internal match. I just put in $750 (which is close to my debit card max- it’s a small bank). I can put in another $750 tomorrow or should I break it up into smaller amts over several days???
I also donated 50+.
i see we made the $5,000 mark!*
ETA *oops, i see it’s more complex than that.
on another topic, the tip, i tip about half the time. 10% seems like a lot when you’re just handling money, not performing any tiring service.
@la caterina: Putting that in tomorrow would be perfect, thank you!
Joy in FL
I just donated $10 by clicking the thermometer.
This is exciting and fun and I love getting to be part of making things better (even if it is a tiny bit).
Thank you, internal and external matching donors : )
I just donated $250 through the thermometer.
Hmm My info has disappeared and I had to reenter it..
I just donated $100. If the Balloon-Juice angel matched me, that’s $200 internally that becomes $600 with the double-match.
If I missed the angel boat, that’s $100 internally that becomes $300 with the double-match.
Thank you for organizing this, WaterGirl! ?
In for $100.00
Why’d the fields go blank? I don’t know.
Why’d I done everything wrong in response? I don’t know.
Why am I posting this? A posting correction effort.
Yes. It worked.
@Madeleine: Thank you for the donation!
On info disappearing… had you by any chance cleared your cookies OR opened Balloon Juice in a “private window” or whatever your browser calls that?
@VFX Lurker: Almost!
You are getting the BJ angel match AND the external double-match.
BJ angel matches the first $50. The external double-match doubles everything.
So your $100 + $50 BJ angel match = $150, which is double-matched, adding $300, for a total of $450.00.
Thank you so much.
@VFX Lurker: There is still $2,1025 of BJ angel match money left, so you are not too late for that at all!
We are 3/5 of the way through the BJ angel match money. (in just 6 hours!)
In for $25.00
@WaterGirl: did my contribution get angel match money? i can’t tell.
@SuzieC: Yes! Every donation listed in the comments today got matching angel money up to $50.
So you got $50 angel money.
So that’s your $100 + $50 angel money = 150, which got double-matched by the external donor, so $300 there + $150 = 450.
So your $100 donation turned into $450 thanks to our BJ angel and our double-match donor through Four Directions.
We still have $2,000 of BJ angel money left to match donations.
Just donated $50.
I just now donated $200; I sold a quilt for that amount on the day WaterGirl posted about Four Winds. I’m very thankful my hobby allows me to help – a win-win!
@Quiltingfool: You have been so great about donating quilts and quilt money.
@WaterGirl: Oh $50 – 11/1 430p CDT. Good luck!
@Chris Sherbak: Thank you!
$50 @ 2:50 PST
Just added $50. Thanks!
You guys are all outdoing yourselves today. Very grateful!
@WaterGirl: Hey, I gotta do something with them! I really don’t want to be featured on “Hoarders: Quilter Edition!”
Listen, I so appreciate all the work you do here at Balloon Juice – you’re the best!
I’m in for $100.00 Hope I’m under the deadline for the B-J angel match, but if not, that’s still OK.
Commenting at Balloon Juice since 1937
I did $250.
@frosty: Thank you!
We have $1,675 of the angel match money available, so it’s all good.
So thankful for these matching donors! Just did $25.
As noted in the later thread, I donated $25.
It’s been too long a day to even THINK about math, but I can still hen-peck buttons. In for $50.
Late to the party as always due to work/life obligations. Added $100, will this be multiplied by today’s matchers?
Edit: Per WaterGirl’s comments in the Monday evening open thread, yes it will. Thanks to angels matching these contributions!
@Lurker Dan: Yes! your $100 just turned into $450!
Only $1,425 left before we hit the $5k match from our BJ angel and return to the still-awesome double-match.
You guys are all amazing. We have hit nearly $10,000 in the thermometer in this first day!
it’s truly impressive. ten thou in one day!
Am I in time to make the match? I just put in $50. Thanks!
I just donated $100 via the thermometer and hope this helps reach the $5K internal match. I wasn’t in a position to donate to the previous thermometer, so making it count this time!
Your $50 turned into $300!
Your $100 turned into $450!
Thank you both!
Wow. Just $ 1,015 left of the $5k angel match. I’ll check back in the morning.
Ah, thank you for the clarification! And thank you again for organizing this. ?❤?
In for $25.
Delurking to note another $50 added.
I just put in $25.00 hope I made the cut off for the match!n Great job all!
KayInMD (formerly Kay (not the front-pager))
My son paid me back some money he owed me for a vet bill last night, so I added another $50 to the kitty.
@Desmodus: @Laura Too: @KayInMD (formerly Kay (not the front-pager)):
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
I have seen all the donations up to here. I missed a few last night, but I am all caught up now.
Big thanks to everyone!
The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion
Threw in $25.00. We can DO this!
@WaterGirl: Thanks for doing this. I threw in $75.00. Hope it helps fill in the match too.
Just kicked in $100. Thanks to all for this!
Added $250 last night at 11:15 pm PDT.
Back to lurking…
@The Very Reverend Crimson Fire of Compassion: Thank you!
@Tenar Arha: Thank you! Yes, it helps get us to the $5k match amount.
$525 of the Bj angel match money left.
@mvr: Thank you so much!
@EighthCousin: Wow, thank you! And thanks for de-lurking.
$50 to the cause.
kicked in 50.00
@WaterGirl: Hi— my info is back. I hadn’t cleared cookies or opened BJ in a private window, so a mystery.
I need to catch up with the Michigan group. Been really busy.
@Madeleine: Yeah, we need to catch up with the bigger group, too. As soon as the pet calendar is done…
Maybe late to the party (as usual) $100.
@DanielsBob: Not too late! Thank you.
Your $100 just turned into $450!
Just donated $50
$375 in Balloon Juice $5k angel match left!
@WaterGirl: Just kicked in the other $750. Now to recruit some non-jackals to donate!
@la caterina: Thanks so much for letting me know!
In for $50!
@Mercy: Your $50 just turned into $300!
$325 of the BJ angel match left.
In for $25
@rockstar: Yay, thank you.
Only $300 of the BJ angel match left.
I just gave $50. If it’s kosher for this match I’ll go give another $50. Will that yield a $100 match from the $5k donor?
I just gave $25 and they are one of my monthly recurring contributions.
@HinTN: Thank you!
The angel match can only do up to $50 per person, but thank you for generous offer!
We are at $4,950 for the angel match.
Just $50 angel match left!
@WaterGirl: Yeah, it wasn’t clear to me whether it was specific to an individual or per donation. Thx
Ok, I put in ten bucks, all I can afford right now because I have to get a new alternator for my rig on Friday but this cause is worth it.
@S. Cerevisiae: Thank you so much!
Your $10 means every bit as much as $250 from someone who can afford that.
Just $40 angel match left!
I donated $100.00.
You guys totally rock! thank you so much!
Your $75 turned into $375 and your $100 turned into $450!
We did it! We met the $5,000 Balloon Juice angel match amount, so the $5,000 check is on the way to Four Directions.
@WaterGirl: What a great group of jackals.
just donated $25
@catpal: You are the first double-match. Thank you!
Your $25 + $50 = $75 to Four Directions.
@WaterGirl: Thank YOU for doing this.
@catpal: We all do what we can.