Brisbane Times (Australia): Donations pour in to Archives as historians decry decay of ‘national memory bank’

Brisbane Times (Australia): Donations pour in to Archives as historians decry decay of ‘national memory bank’. “The National Archives has raised almost $100,000 in donations in a bid to save its most at-risk records as some of the nation’s pre-eminent historians argue it should never have been forced into a public appeal for funding. In the four weeks since the Archives launched a membership program, which asks $40 a person or $60 a household, the number of people backing it has swelled seven-fold to more than 700.”

New York Times: F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes

New York Times: F.E.C. Asks Congress to Ban Prechecked Recurring Donation Boxes. “The Federal Election Commission voted unanimously on Thursday to recommend that Congress ban political campaigns from guiding donors by default into recurring contributions through prechecked boxes, a month after a New York Times investigation showed that former President Donald J. Trump’s political operation had steered huge numbers of unwitting supporters into repeated donations through that tactic.”

The Herald (Scotland): The end for the greatest source of 70 years of bagpiping history in the world?

The Herald (Scotland): The end for the greatest source of 70 years of bagpiping history in the world?. “….the monthly Piping Times and its sister magazine, the bi-monthly Piping Today ceased publication last year through the Covid crisis…. In their place there are plans to at least get the Piping Times produced as an annual publication. And the proposal also involves a move to digitise the magazines archive so it can be a free-to-access resource online. To make it happen the National Piping Centre, which serves as a national and international centre of excellence for the instrument and its music, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to protect the magazines’ legacy.” The crowdfunding effort is available at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/pipingtimes .

Tom’s Guide: How to do a charity stream on Twitch

Tom’s Guide: How to do a charity stream on Twitch. “This past March, I decided to do a charity stream on Twitch, raising funds to support Asian Americans, in a moment when the community needed support. I managed to raise some money, and it wasn’t that complicated — once I figured out how. So, I thought I would explain what I did, and the ways others are raising money online, because anybody can do it.”

Bloomberg: Singapore Blogger Crowdfunds $100,000 to Pay PM Defamation Award

Bloomberg: Singapore Blogger Crowdfunds $100,000 to Pay PM Defamation Award. “Singapore’s High Court on March 24 ordered [Leong Sze Hian] to pay S$133,000 ($98,800) to [Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong] for posting a link to a Malaysian news site that alleged the city-state’s leader had helped launder 1Malaysia Development Berhad funds. Since then more than 2,000 people donated to a crowdfunding campaign on social media to raise the full amount, Lim Tean, Leong’s attorney, posted to Facebook on Monday.”

Spotted and backed on Kickstarter: Scout

Spotted (and backed) on Kickstarter: Scout. From the project page: “What is Scout? Scout is the world’s next great search engine. It provides organic results, has no ads, and gets smarter over time. Why should you join Scout? To join a new frontier in Search. Most search engines today make money off ads and this creates a privacy disaster. At Scout, your data will never be our business.”

Found (and backed) on Kickstarter: Indigipedia. ca

Found (and backed) on Kickstarter: Indigipedia.ca. From the Kickstarter page: “The proposed development and creation of indigipedia.ca – the Indigenous Digital Encyclopedia is an opportunity to curate knowledge and write our own history to provide accessible knowledge, information, and resources with Indigenous communities and for allies. Through ease of access, we aim to return Indigenous knowledge to people who had it stolen from them, as well as share the knowledge with others who are eager to learn.”

GoFundMe CEO: Hello Congress, Americans need help and we can’t do your job for you (USA Today)

USA Today: GoFundMe CEO: Hello Congress, Americans need help and we can’t do your job for you. “We know their needs are both large and urgent because they tell us about them. Since March, an American has started a COVID-related fundraiser on GoFundMe every two minutes. It’s not something they do lightly. Asking for help is difficult. People do it when their needs are dire and they have nowhere else to turn. In fact, when the pandemic began, 1 in 3 fundraisers on GoFundMe were related to COVID-19, and the activity has persisted at an alarmingly high rate.”

CNBC: Crowdfunding drives are raising millions for charity. Here’s how to give without getting scammed

CNBC: Crowdfunding drives are raising millions for charity. Here’s how to give without getting scammed. “Americans have opened their wallets in response to crises like Covid-19 and racial injustice, according to the most recent data from the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The organization reports a 7.6% increase in the amount donated through the first nine months of 2020. Leading the surge: smaller contributions of $250 or less.”

Little White Lies: An unseen archive of movie poster artwork is being published

Little White Lies: An unseen archive of movie poster artwork is being published. “The vast collection consists of thousands of pieces – from concept art to finished artwork – spanning more than half a century. Many of the designs are alternative and unused versions of classic posters you know and love, such as The Empire Strikes Back and Aliens (which was originally subtitled ‘The Return’) – but there’s also hundreds of more obscure titles, making this a fascinating look back at cinema’s forgotten history. When our friends at Feref, one of the world’s leading film marketing agencies, reached out to us about the project we knew we had to share it with our readers. They’ve launched a crowdfunding campaign to turn the archive into a deluxe coffee table book, bringing this unique visual record to life.”

Rolling Stone: Patreon Claimed They Kicked Conspiracy Theorists Off. QAnon Still Flourishes

Rolling Stone: Patreon Claimed They Kicked Conspiracy Theorists Off. QAnon Still Flourishes. “Both aspiring and well-established QAnon influencers are directly profiting off the paid subscription service platform Patreon, despite the website publicly cracking down on accounts pushing the conspiracy theory last winter. Rolling Stone found nearly a dozen examples of creators on the platform using language that identifies them as followers of QAnon, the far-right extremist conspiracy theory baselessly positing, among other things, that President Trump will arrest and execute a cadre of left-wing political figures who are secretly pedophiles.”

ArtDaily: Fellowship of stars battles to save Tolkien’s real Bag End

ArtDaily: Fellowship of stars battles to save Tolkien’s real Bag End. “Gandalf, Bilbo Baggins and other luminaries have formed a new crowd-funding fellowship to raise $6 million to buy the Oxford home of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ author J.R.R. Tolkien. Actors Ian McKellen and Martin Freeman, stars of Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film adaptations, have joined the “Project Northmoor” campaign to turn the sprawling house into a museum in honour of the fantasy writer.”