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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Roussallier on Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:55 am

Andy, +1 internets to you for staying professional as a representative of the site and setting up this charity. Adding a reward for players shows CC put some thought into it, you didn't just code another link into our interface.

I'm sure this is a legitimate charity. 5-20 percent or so is not unreasonable to pay for the organization's expenses. Do you expect the organizers or actual relief workers to donate their time and resources just because you sent it a few pounds or dollars? 5% is really low, and yes, "Just Giving" may be for profit but this isn't about them - it's about SOS Africa.

Try wiring some money directly to the charity and see if you can send it free since it's for a good cause. Maybe FedEx will deliver it for free instead? Seriously 5% is efficient enough *gives seal of approval*

Children born into poor societies deserve our help more than the homeless in developed nations. Underpriviledged citizens of the USA or UK usually just need a little drive or a little willpower, but they choose not to work because they can survive as it is. Children in poor countries don't have a choice, sometimes no matter what effort they give they can't break out of poverty.

Good job CC and Tactician for making a difference in one girl's life. This is how the world improves. When this girl becomes a teacher, nurse, or doctor who knows how many more kids she will be able to help.
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby TheForgivenOne on Tue Mar 20, 2012 1:50 pm

pissedoffsol wrote:

Who you should be directing your anger at is that child's parents, who knowingly could not afford to feed it, but still decided to have sex and blow internally, fully knowing that a kid is conceived this way.


You do realize quite a few women over there do get raped by there husband, right? It's at about 40%. They really don't get a choice in the matter of sex or not.
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Qwert on Tue Mar 20, 2012 6:38 pm

well if you take one dollar from every player who join Conquer CUp II,you will have quite fast donation.
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby AndyDufresne on Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:16 am

Ahoy Everyone,

It is great to see that since our launch one week ago today, we've reached 3/4ths of our target goal, yowza! Thanks to all the contributors who have donated, and additional thanks to all those who are supporting the endeavor even if you haven't donated. I really look forward to 100% funding, and the release of the reward map!

Here's to the next 1/4th of our target goal!

Thanks once again,



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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Chuuuuck on Wed Mar 21, 2012 9:25 am

Can you please take this ADVERTISEMENT off of the side of my game now? I was told I pay a subscription for this site because they don't use advertisements.

I do donate much of my own money to different causes, but I don't need CC to advertise to me which ones they think I should donate to. Especially when there is obviously hidden agendas here.

Anyone else who thinks CC gets zero gain from this being up is foolish, especially soon after we just started a regular tournament that allows you to pay to join, yet gives prizes that don't equal up to near the total value of the purse.

Make suggestions all day long in the forums, or your weekly newsletter or some where else, but quit advertising it while I play a game.

In fact, years ago, I remember Lack using the line (paraphrased) "hate having those annoying banners and popups on your screen." Well, yes, I liked this site not having those things, and I think it is time we quit charging money to play games if you are going to start having them.
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby trapyoung on Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:04 pm

I DEMAND SATISFACTION!
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby chapcrap on Wed Mar 21, 2012 12:43 pm

Chuuuuck wrote:Can you please take this ADVERTISEMENT off of the side of my game now? I was told I pay a subscription for this site because they don't use advertisements.

I don't know who told you that. There weren't ads before you paid. It's the same for freemium and premium.
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby macbone on Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:06 pm

CC gets zero funds from donating to a charity, Chuuuuck. It's awesome that you contribute in other ways, and there's nothing that says you have to contribute to this charity. There's no hidden agenda here. If you don't want to contribute, no big deal. We'll all still get to play on a new map, whether each of us individually donates or not.

Frankly, I don't see any problem with giving CCers the opportunity to sponsor a kid's education who would otherwise be dying of malaria or AIDS. I think it's great, and I'm happy to see CC take part in something so worthwhile. Again, if you don't like it, no big deal. The donation box will be gone once the donation drive is over.

(If only the NPR telethons were so easily dealt with.)
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Tactician on Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:07 pm

Hi everyone, congrats for already raising 77% of your target - only another £138 to secure Kelebogile's education.

I just thought I should write to clear up a few issues about the SOS Africa Charity.

I co-founded SOS Africa on my gap year to South Africa in 2003 - I saw the poverty and poor standard of education and wanted to make a difference. I wanted to do so by designing a charity with a difference - this difference is that 100% of the donations received by SOS Africa are invested in the education of the children we support - all expenses are covered by Gift Aid (tax money we claim back off the UK government). There are very few charities like this around, and we are very proud of this promise. For more information click here: http://www.sosafrica.com/sos-africa-exp ... mation.htm - you will see that the 17.7% expenses are covered by Gift Aid and expenses grants. This is regulated by the UK Charities Commission.

As you have rightly pointed out, JustGiving charge a very small transaction fee - this is necessary to cover their costs.

Therefore out of your donations a minimum of 95% will be invested in the education and care of the SOS Africa children.

Among the many positive comments I have also seen a few negative ones. In response to these I would say that you can only really understand how much these children need our help if you see the conditions in which they live. It is not the fault of the parents - they are also born into poverty and without education and do not know about contraceptives and cannot afford them - by educating Africa's future generations we can ensure that Kelebogile and other children like her do not make the same mistakes and can get decent jobs to allow them to support their own families in the future.

Thanks again to Andy and everyone involved for the support you have all shown Kelebogile and our charity!

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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Chuuuuck on Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:43 pm

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Chuuuuck wrote:Can you please take this ADVERTISEMENT off of the side of my game now? I was told I pay a subscription for this site because they don't use advertisements.

I don't know who told you that. There weren't ads before you paid. It's the same for freemium and premium.


I am well aware there weren't ads before I paid. I am saying from the beginning, they advertised as they don't use ads because they charge for premium membership. All sites have to make revenue, they all do it 1 of 2 ways. They charge their members, or they basically sell access to its members to companies that want to advertise to that demographic.

ConquerClub said that would never put up advertisements. Once upon a time they even had a phrase they posted somewhere about "annoying banners and popups."

To be honest, I don't believe anything a private company says about getting no gain from something they are doing. Short of opening up your entire financial records (which will never happen), I wouldn't believe they aren't gaining from this.

I do think there is a chance they are not gaining from this. In which case, that is great, but it still undermines the entire idea that you charge your members of this site so they DON'T HAVE TO LOOK AT BANNERS AND POPUPS. Yet, now you are putting banners up just because you decide they are worth a good cause. Well, to be blunt, if you think it is a good cause, then you donate or do whatever you want to do. But don't sell us a product of not having banners and then fail to deliver on your end.

To the owner/founder of the SOS program. I think your program is great. I have looked into it and it appears to be a worthwhile endeavor. I am just more concerned with this site selling us out after being founded on and stating to us we wouldn't have to deal with banners and things here.

It can only get worse once it starts...
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Chuuuuck on Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:49 pm

Tactician wrote:Therefore out of your donations a minimum of 95% will be invested in the education and care of the SOS Africa children.



Also, I am curious as to how 95% would go to SOS Africa children. If your collection company takes 5%, are you telling me that SOS Africa spends no money on itself? Your overhead is $0??

I seriously doubt anywhere near 95% makes it to helping children.

Can you please direct us to where a financial breakdown for SOS Africa and all of their expenses is located? (I apologize if I missed this somewhere).
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby AndyDufresne on Wed Mar 21, 2012 2:58 pm

Chuuuuck wrote:
Tactician wrote:Therefore out of your donations a minimum of 95% will be invested in the education and care of the SOS Africa children.



Also, I am curious as to how 95% would go to SOS Africa children. If your collection company takes 5%, are you telling me that SOS Africa spends no money on itself? Your overhead is $0??

I seriously doubt anywhere near 95% makes it to helping children.

Can you please direct us to where a financial breakdown for SOS Africa and all of their expenses is located? (I apologize if I missed this somewhere).

Ahoy Chuuuuck,

According to SOS Africa's website, their expenses and overhead are covered the UK Government's 'Gift Aid'.

show: Information Contained in the link above


Also, check out the first post's spoiler about SOS Africa Information, which contains links to relevant financial and compliance information.


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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Chuuuuck on Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:07 pm

Very impressive. Still not happy about you all adding the banners. But I do like the organization chosen.
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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby AndyDufresne on Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:12 pm

Chuuuuck wrote:Very impressive. Still not happy about you all adding the banners. But I do like the organization chosen.

Good to hear, Chuuuuck. In regards to the Just Giving widget, it'll go down once we get another 23%! I think it is a small price to pay "endure" a widget for a couple weeks in a 52 week year! :D


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Re: SOS Africa Charity Drive, plus NEW Reward Map

Postby Chuuuuck on Wed Mar 21, 2012 4:06 pm

Not so much that widget that bothers me. More the principal of we pay a premium so those kinds of widgets aren't on the site. And the precedent it could start setting for why future widgets are okay.
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