Save Star Cat Books from Eviction

There was only one Radio Free Monday entry this week, so I thought I’d just make it a rebloggable link.

Editrx on LJ is a longtime member of fandom who has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat. She’s now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate (who is fortunately in jail). She’s had to rekey her locks at home and at the bookstore, and she’s dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault. She doesn’t have a new fundraising site to address the medical bills yet, but funds from her ongoing YouCaring fundraiser will reach her.

She also sells books online at StarCat Books, and has jewelry for sale on Etsy, though of course if you purchase from her online etail sites, there may be a delay due to her current situation.

Feel free to reblog and share. Thanks guys. :)

Nine-year-old Hailey Fort builds tiny houses for the homeless 

Hailey has been building things for most of her life, whether it’s helping out her mom, Miranda, with home projects, consulting with her grandfather, who’s a contractor, or tinkering on her own. (As I spoke to Miranda Fort on the phone, Hailey was outside building a boat out of scrap wood. Her little sister also asked for a screwdriver, though her request was denied.) But when it came to constructing Edward’s house, she did everything herself, although her parents did step in to give pointers and help lift heavy materials. Miranda and her husband, Quentin, banned Hailey from using power saws and let her work for only about an hour each day, so the house—which has windows, insulation, and solar panels for electricity—took several months to complete. “If she had her way, she would work on them all day,” Miranda says.

Doing any year-end giving? Don’t forget the Whitney! All donations to our Annual Fund are 100% tax-deductible and support exhibitions, education programs, conservation projects, and more.

Edward Hopper (1882–1967), Early Sunday Morning, 1930. Oil on canvas. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; purchase, with funds from Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney 31.426. © Whitney Museum of American Art
Captain America, Raising Funds for the Children's Defense Fund
One Cap doll to go...

I am auctioning a Captain America 2: Winter Soldier doll, which were only available for a while in 2014 with purchase of a CA2 DVD, to raise money for the Children’s Defense Fund. You can read more at the link above, where there is also information on how to bid! (You can also give a straight-up donation at my page if you’d like to support the CDF without bidding, but you can do that at their website too, there’s a link below.) 

The doll is new (still in its bag), soft plush, 15″/38cm tall; you can view pictures and read more about the doll at the link as well. 

Initially I intended to give the proceeds to the Wounded Warrior Project, but after hearing about their litigious behavior and reading about how abused children suffer PTSD at higher rates than combat veterans, I decided to support the Children’s Defense Fund instead.

Thanks everyone! Feel free to reblog.

While WWE congratulate themselves on all their charitable causes in 2015 during the Slammys, remember that Stephanie McMahon, an actual high-ranking WWE official, was not only tone deaf enough to publicly tweet this, but in nine months has not had the decency to rethink the very disgusting, greed-fueled idea behind saying this at all, nor even the shame to delete it and pretend her “philanthropy is a great way to make your brand more profitable” tweet never happened.

Help fight Childhood Cancer!

So I’m a student at PSU and I’m involved with the biggest student run philanthropy in the world: THON. THON is shortened for Penn State’s Dance Marathon, a 46-hour no-sit, no-sleep ‘dance’ marathon dedicated to raising money for pediatric cancer. 

Through out the year, students in various different organizations raise money for THON. Funds are raised through ‘canning’ (standing on street corners asking for money), ‘canvasing’ (going door to door and asking for money), holding fundraisers at the school, or donating online/sending in checks. 

The fundraising events come together at the end of the year with what is known as THON weekend. 15,000 students come together to stand up against childhood cancer. Each organization has the opportunity to let members ‘dance’ for THON. Dancing involves people not sitting, not sleeping, for 46 hours straight. The reason students stand for 46 hours is to show our solidarity against childhood cancer. We’re standing up for a cause and taking a stand against cancer, and also showing that standing for 46 hours straight has nothing on what these children go through when they have cancer. At the end of the 46 hours, the total money raised by all the students is presented. THON has raised $127 million year to date.

96% of the money raised by THON goes to cancer research and also helps pay the bills for all the families affected by childhood cancer. THON pays for all the hospital bills, transportation costs, groceries, etc. We try our hardest to take away the financial burden that families have to deal with so they can focus on helping their child get better. They don’t need to pay any money back and there’s no contingency with being affiliated with THON.

I’m trying to raise money for my THON org currently. I’m in the org Clown Nose Club, a club dedicated to spreading happiness and getting people to get out of their comfort zone to do something positive. Our org is currently paired with a THON family and our THON child was diagnosed with Heptoblastoma at the age of 3. He’s now 4 years old and 100% cancer free! :)

We’re still however raising money for all the other children affiliated with THON that aren’t as lucky. 

If you are interested in donating to our THON org, please click the link here

I know this was a super long post, but this is something super important to me. Please reblog this post to let others know about the cause!

For the Kids!


There was a bit of a delay getting the money from the Captain America auction from WePay to my bank account to donate (my bank was uppity) but finally the cash came in and I made the donation to Children’s Defense Fund this morning.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Bucky promptfest, who bid on the CDF auction, and especially to @banesidhe who won! Seventy bucks is now in the hands of some people who can help some kids with it.
What’s the best way to donate to charity from your IRA?

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  • The caveat is that, in practice, deductions for charitable contributions rarely do a “perfect” job offsetting an equivalent dollar amount coming out of an IRA.
  • The reason is that donating from an IRA may be a “perfect” pre-tax deduction, but contributing appreciated investments is a “double tax benefit” — it’s both a tax deduction for the full fair market value of the investment (assuming it’s long-term capital gains property held for more than a year), and it makes the capital gains permanently vanish.
  • The combination of a tax deduction and avoiding capital gains is better in the long run than just making a pre-tax contribution from an IRA.
Radio Free Monday
No radio required, or indeed provided!

Radio Free Monday is a weekly links roundup of people in our fannish community who need help or have news to share.

This week there’s a special appeal for Editrx of Starcat  Books, who in addition to trying to keep her bookstore afloat was assaulted last week and badly beaten. There’s information on how to help with her medical bills as well as a link to her bookstore at the post.

There are opportunities to help people pay their rent, study hospitality through a special program at Disney World, cover their vet bills, and get tips on life in Colorado Springs; you can also support organizations working to house LGBT kids in New York and fight for sex worker rights in Portland, as well as learn more about an online network for LGBTQ Jews. It’s all at this week’s Radio Free Monday!

If you have an item for Radio Free Monday, the best way to bring it to my attention is to fill out the Google Form here.

Bernice Pauahi Bishop

Native Hawaiian philanthropist Bernice Pauahi Bishop was born on December 19, 1831 in Honolulu. Bishop was active in numerous charitable endeavors during her lifetime. She held leadership roles in an organization that assisted sick travelers and another that gave clothing to the poor. A witness to the slow destruction of the Native Hawaiian population and way of life, she hoped to revive Native Hawaiian culture through education. She did this by leaving behind her estate, which comprised roughly nine percent of the land in the Hawaiian Kingdom, to establish the Kamehameha Schools for children of Native Hawaiian ancestry. Today, these schools serve over 48,000 people through its preschools, K-12 campuses and community outreach activities.

Bernice Pauahi Bishop died in 1884 at the age of 52.