Artist funding platform Patreon is making some changes to the way it deals with patron pledges and it's already costing both creators and their supporters more than they'd like. The change to Patreon's transaction fees will guarantee creators receive 95 per cent of the amount committed by patrons to their creative work. Unfortunately, that also means patrons will be charged more for their pledges -- and as a result, some patrons are reducing or cancelling their pledges.
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The Red Cross is probably the best-known emergency relief organisation in the US -- but it's not necessarily the best. Accusations of mismanagement have plagued their responses to national and international disasters, and their name recognition (and easy text message donation system) can obscure worthy local and grassroots organisations.
Following devastating bushfires in many parts of Australia this week, you're likely to run into bucket collectors for bushfire relief charities over the next few days. The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) reminds us that if your donation is under $10, you don't need a receipt to claim it as a tax deduction when tax time comes around.
Our international sister publication Lifehacker Japan has highlighted a list of charities and other organisations, assembled by one of its translators, where you can donate or buy goods to help the Japanese people in the wake of the ongoing earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis. Hit the link for the full list (in English -- the text-based donation numbers are US-specific, so ignore them).
Tomorrow's your last chance to donate to charity in 2007, and if you don't know where to find the charities that are doing the best job for the cause you care about, check out independent evaluator Charity Navigator. Charity Navigator rates organisations based on their efficiency and capacity, and categorises them by cause. If you're looking to be a smart donor this holiday season (and get a sweet tax write off), Charity Navigator's got quite a few resources of interest, like the Top 10 Practices of Savvy Donors and 6 Questions To Ask Charities Before Donating. How did you decide what charity to support this year? Let us know in the comments.
Highest and Lowest-Rated Charities
Windows only: Free software site Donation Coder challenged its code-savvy users in November to write small, simple programs that help users better manage their time and tasks. The results are in, they're free, and some of them look really darn useful. Evaluweight, for instance, helps make decisions by providing a customizable grid with weighted factors. AnotherOneDone is a tiny window that simply keeps track of how much of anything you have to do, how much you've done, and how many remain, while Interruptron helps you track when and why you get distracted from your work. All of the programs are free downloads for Windows 98 and later, and each requests that you consider throwing a few bucks the author's way.
Getting Organized Experiment Programs 2007