Day 62 of 100 Days

Sarah Swaysland

Wednesday, 3rd March 2021

Tomorrow is World Book Day, which I completely forgot about… We’ve managed to cobble together a decent costume, and my son is using my partner’s go-to costume and dressing up as the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland. The big hat has an adjustable interior head band, so it looks even funnier on my son’s five year old head than it does on my partner’s. My son is a bit weird about fancy dress. He enjoys it on his own terms, but isn’t really into performing for others, so it’s really difficult to get him to dress up unless it’s because he genuinely wants to. That’s why we tend to pick costumes that are majority normal clothes, so he has the option of going full dress-up or not at all.

What: Setting-up Text Giving
Organisation: Dons Local Action Group

Today, I set-up the text message donation for DLAG one-year anniversary, and it was really easy! We now have some numbers and a QR code which will make it super-easy for people to donate during the event. Hopefully, I’ll be able to go to Plough Lane to the one year anniversary, as they’ve got a small project team who will be running the event and they need someone to represent the fundraising team. I’ve said I’m definitely up for going if there’s enough room, as they’ve limited the number of people who can be in the stadium at any one time. Either way, I’ll be there in-person or via YouTube link.

What: Quiz and Auction
Organisation: Cricket Without Boundaries and Bat For A Chance

eBay is making it excruciatingly difficult for us to set-up a charity auction, to the point where Ali (from CWB) and I have had enough. What annoys me about this is if it were easier, more people would use it and more money would be raised for charities. We’re finding it difficult to register ourselves as official sellers on the Cricket Without Boundaries account, and it was also a massive ballache for Ali to access the account in the first place. I’m also finding that it’s geared more towards large charities, when it should really make it easy for small organisations to raise money as well. When you consider that there are circa 168,000 charities registered in the UK alone (this stat is from 2018, I imagine there are way more now), there are only 101,000 charities globally who are set-up to sell on eBay for charity (according to what’s currently on the eBay website). That means that only a tiny proportion of charities are able to use eBay to take charity sale donations which, to me, is really sad.

It’s worse with Google Ad Grants, who, according to their website, work with "more than 20,000 non-profits in 50 countries". Yes, 20,000 is a large number, but not in the grand scheme when you consider the total number of charities there are in the 50 countries they operate in. Again, this is mainly because it’s not particularly easy for charities to take advantage of Ad Grants. It needs to be easier for smaller charities with tiny budgets to take advantage of these systems, because they don’t have the support, skillset or network.

With my rant over, we've decided that we’re now going to go with the same system I’m using for the DLAG auction, even though they charge 4.5% commission – that’s a small price to pay, and a lot less stress!