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#809962 - Fri Jul 20 2012 12:56 PM Charity: Water
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I had trouble loading the linked page. Could someone post a brief detail of the charity here?

(For those who've missed it, the link is just below the Newest Mixed Quizzes box on the FT Home Page.)


Edited by mehaul (Fri Jul 20 2012 12:57 PM)
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#809963 - Fri Jul 20 2012 01:08 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: mehaul]
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Many of us have no idea what it's like to be thirsty.

Unfortunately, around the world millions of people spend much of their lives walking miles to water sources, hauling contaminated water back to their families, and suffering from preventable illnesses like worms, dysentery or other diarrheal diseases.

After learning more about charity: water's work and how they efficiently use donated funds, I thought that we at FunTrivia could do our own small part to make the lives of a small number of people easier, safer, and more enjoyable.

Our goal is to raise $5,000 to build clean water projects for people in need. More specifically: for only $5000, we will be able to fund the drilling of one ground-water pump that can service up to 250 people in a developing nation.

The great thing about donating to charity: water is that 100% of our money goes directly to the water projects, and when the projects are finished, they'll show us the communities we've helped. The pump we fund will be labelled with our name, we will receive photos of it, and GPS coordinates of its location.

Water is anything but trivial. Please join us in our goal to make a difference.


It is what it says, to raise money for water in areas which have poor water supplies.

http://mycharitywater.org/p/campaign?campaign_id=28173


Edited by sue943 (Fri Jul 20 2012 01:09 PM)
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#809964 - Fri Jul 20 2012 01:20 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: sue943]
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Thank you Sue. That reminds me of one of the great water enjoyment scenes ever put on film, the "Happy Talk" swimming one from "South Pacific". A bit of the lyric is a propos: "...if you don't got a dream, how you gonna make that dream come true?"


Edited by mehaul (Fri Jul 20 2012 02:39 PM)
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#809977 - Fri Jul 20 2012 02:13 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: mehaul]
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I'm generally skeptical of many charities and their ability to do real long-term good, but I found the approach that this one took to be very efficient and novel. So, I've put up a charity page to see if we can garner any interest.

I like the idea of there being a water well out there providing some villagers with clean water that exists only because of the visitors of Fun Trivia.

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#809982 - Fri Jul 20 2012 03:10 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: Terry]
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One of the returns I got for a google search on 'charity: water' was this:

careers. | charity: water
software developer. As Software Developer for charity: water, you'll mainly architect and create web applications. You'll improve on our code and help devise ...
http://www.charitywater.org/about/jobs.php
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#809987 - Fri Jul 20 2012 04:36 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: mehaul]
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Well, they need staff as well, don't they? I don't think this will be an overpaid job...
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#809988 - Fri Jul 20 2012 04:50 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: WesleyCrusher]
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Yes, and all of the expenses of the actual corporation itself are paid by private donors. 100% of public donations go directly to the water projects.

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#809994 - Fri Jul 20 2012 06:41 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: Terry]
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This is excellent, I love the project idea. And it looks like we are already off to a great start.
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#810126 - Sun Jul 22 2012 05:32 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: salami_swami]
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I think you should somehow draw more FT users to it, as currently (correct me if I'm wrong) we only have one line of text on the main page about it.
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#810147 - Sun Jul 22 2012 08:21 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: portgleep]
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There is also a thread in the FunTrivia Lounge.

In just two days we have over 10% of our target.


Edited by sue943 (Sun Jul 22 2012 08:23 AM)
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#810160 - Sun Jul 22 2012 09:59 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: sue943]
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We'll see how it goes. I'd like to keep it unobtrusive and quiet, as I'm not certain how most people would react to feeling like a charity is being thrust upon them.

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#813647 - Wed Aug 08 2012 10:13 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: sue943]
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Will funtrivia be donating any or matching donations?

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#813648 - Wed Aug 08 2012 10:14 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: faith177]
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I think its a great idea by the way I hope we get all the way and do donate enough.

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#813651 - Wed Aug 08 2012 10:17 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: faith177]
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I donated the first $200 myself to get things rolling.

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#813850 - Thu Aug 09 2012 08:46 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: Terry]
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I took the plunge (sorry for the water reference, pun intended, obviously), too, Terry. What an admirable charity.
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#814888 - Mon Aug 13 2012 11:48 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: sue943]
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Update regarding our charity:

http://www.funtrivia.com/bb.cfm?action=details&qnid=27376&boardid=1000000

FunTrivia will be sending out Gold Membership gift certificates to anyone who is able to donate $50 or more.

Thanks for all of the support so far!

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#814931 - Mon Aug 13 2012 04:45 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: Terry]
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The Conservative team is issuing a challenge to other teams to contribute to this fund. Several of you have already given and some of you can but have put it off until later. The people need water to live, think of this the next time you get a fresh drink or take a bath or wash your car. Let us help the cause that our leader, Terry, has already checked out and show our support for this cause. Thank you and know how much you are appreciated for doing this.

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#814972 - Mon Aug 13 2012 06:39 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: Dee30]
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I had seen your team had done that. I posted on my team board earlier today, in hopes that those who might not have seen the charity will at least see my post. :-)
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#814986 - Mon Aug 13 2012 08:24 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: salami_swami]
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Thanks for all the help in spreading the word regarding the water gifting.

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#814988 - Mon Aug 13 2012 08:35 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: salami_swami]
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Thanks, Salami_Swami, I have high hopes that other Team Leaders will do the same. As Dee posted above, we are CHALLENGING grin other teams to Match or Beat the total of our team for donations to this great Fundraising Project of building a well & helping 250 people be able to have fresh water. Honestly, this site ought to be able to raise 5 times that much money. I see as many as 5500+ players playing at any one time here. As I told our team THE CONSERVATIVES, $5000 is only 500 people giving $10, but with Terry's new generosity of the Gold Gift Certificate, it is also just 100 people giving $50. cool

THE CONSERVATIVES is a Small team, so surely some teams out there can Match or Beat our totals. By the way, once you've clicked to the donation page, you are on Charity: Water's website and can go through it all looking at their organization, job opportunities, purpose, etc. I especially recommend their BLOG & the story of Rachel, the 9 year old girl who wanted people to donate to Charity: Water instead of give her presents for her birthday a little over a year ago & how because of certain events has now had at least $1,500,000 given. shocked Brought tears to my eyes.
Anyway, I'd sure like to see Funtriva folks give well over $5000 to this project!

~~Tiny

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#814993 - Mon Aug 13 2012 10:24 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: TinyDetail]
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Me too. I hope my post will get the llamas involved. They like a little competition... ;-)
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#815321 - Wed Aug 15 2012 08:51 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: salami_swami]
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It looks like we're at 40% of our goal! A little competition is a good thing and there are no losers!

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#815982 - Fri Aug 17 2012 09:32 PM Re: Charity: Water [Re: golfmom08]
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Was so in hopes that many would jump right into this fundraising effort. Going to that site (that's where you go when you hit the link to donate) and going to Charity: Water's blog is really inspiring. Maybe posting the link to that blog on your team message board might draw some more interest. I think I will try that.
http://www.charitywater.org/blog/

Rachel's Gift, one year later, especially touched my heart. I actually think I saw this story when her parents were on TV.

~~Tiny

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#816016 - Sat Aug 18 2012 01:31 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: TinyDetail]
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I'm a little disappointed too, if everyone donated the price of a coffee, imagine how much we'd raise.
42 donations so far, out of thousands and thousands of possibles.


Edited by Jabberwok (Sat Aug 18 2012 01:33 AM)
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#816133 - Sat Aug 18 2012 11:35 AM Re: Charity: Water [Re: Jabberwok]
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I think you all need to remember that many people donate on a regular basis to many charities - some may even already be supporting charities that provide wells and clean drinking water.

It is a great charity but a lot of people don't like feeling like they are being pushed to donate when they are just visiting their trivia site for some fun.

The link is there - people who are humanitarians will visit of their own accord and donate if they so choose - others never will no matter how many places you write it.


Edited by Midget40 (Sat Aug 18 2012 11:42 AM)

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