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Need to get £6m Urgently !

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  1. fresh79 United Kingdom

    fresh79 Active Member

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    Some of you on Acorn may know already, but for those who don't, Last year my daughter was born with Cystic Fibrosis. It can be a life threatening illness and generally means your life expectancy is cut short through living with bad lungs.

    A crucial study on gene therapy has been taking place over the last 10 years and is now in phase 2 of testing, Which in pharmaceutical terms is agonisingly close to becoming available. However the funding has ran out and the whole project is periously close to being shut down. £30m has been raised for this project over the last 10 years and now there is a £6m shortfall.
    more info here & here

    How can Acorn members help?
    I know Acorn has some pretty influential members within the UK and some well connected people. All I ask is that some of you spend 30 mins scratching your heads and seeing if we can come up with some sort of great fundraising project. For those with great raffle domains please check out Rogavi and see how you can help the cause. Perhaps someone with a good raffle name knows someone who is willing to donate a nice prize, And another person knows how to SEO that raffle to maximum impact?
    Alternitivley, If you would like to make a donation please see the CFtrust website. or visit virgin moneygiving

    So guys and girls, what do you think? £6m is nothing when compared to the total spend on the final transfer day or the Tech Track 100 results and many many other things.

    Any ideas or suggestions most welcome please!

    Thanks
     
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  3. Blossom

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    I'm willing to help with SEO/content writing if/when it's needed, just let me know.

    Might be worth trying to get Dreamhost on board, they have a list of charities they support and they quadruple the donations that customers make.

    Would be good to target the blogging community as well by sending a quotable paragraph or two to people and asking if they'd write a short post to help promote it.

    Perhaps tweeting influential people would help too?
     
  4. Pred United Kingdom

    Pred Well-Known Member

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    very worthwhile charity

    any help I can offer I'm willing to help

    how about an auction here people donate a few domains to and all profits go to charity

    maybe start a charity account, cant remember name of site, where people link to when wanting donations for marathons or sponsored walks.
    is it justgiving.com?

    if we all put that link on a couple of sites

    or better still have a dedicated site. all link to , to get ranked high for term and have official justgiving link and banner to account and can watch target being reached
    could be fun

    just some ideas
     
  5. Pred United Kingdom

    Pred Well-Known Member

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    another idea
    start a mini petition to nominet
    many people on acorn have contributed to the large cashpile nominet are sitting on due to auctions
    also barely a day goes by where all of us dont send nominet 12 quid

    how about if we all siogn a letter to nominet saying how about you give a small slice of your huge cashpile to this extremely worthwhile charity
    one which we ALL back

    tell me where to sign my name and address.......
     
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    That's a great idea pred, and it sounds like the most worthy of causes. I'm pretty sure everyone here would sign and it would no doubt make a massive difference to the lives of those in serious need. It's mind boggling to me how funds often seem to find their way everywhere apart from where they are most needed.
     
  7. Pred United Kingdom

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    i was thinking about this the other day, i must give nominet 5k a year in transfer fees

    minimum 3k
    some days i have 4 or 5 different transfers to pay for
    i know i'm not alone!
     
  8. GreyWing

    GreyWing Retired Member

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    Good memory Guy,

    I know they like to hide this away so most of the charities submitted are actually submitted by Nominet board members and staff. But you will usually get a fair crack at it if you submit your ideas.

    http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/how-apply-0
     
  9. Pred United Kingdom

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    Thanks for link Graham

    if o/p wants to rustle together an application
    I'm sure we can get a lot of names and sigs added
    including prominent members, forum owner, etc.

    if they don't play ball
    we'll picket them and not pay transfer fees :D

    we have enough high profile Welsh members with stellar portfolios, they're experts on industrial action :p
     
  10. fresh79 United Kingdom

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    Thanks Blossom, Some great ideas, I think it was on acorn that i read about Mat Lucas tweeting about a funny ebay auction for a wetsuit, It went viral and raised loads of cash.
    Perhaps you could use all your skill to make a really good tweet about it? it being either an auction/raffle or nominet petettion or whatever?

    Thanks Pred, I was thinking of something like this. maybe we can do a raffle, Say everyone puts in a couple of names/sites until there is 50 or so, and say £20 per ticket?
    The whole process would have to be done officially but thats where Rogavi come in. Hopefully once the whole of Acorn are onboard with tickets we could tweet/go viral and see how much we can raise?

    This is another great idea! I would imagine from a technical point its easy enough to have a tickbox to donate at transfer. That said how would we go about this?
    I see that nominet already have a chosen charity they choose each year, http://www.nominet.org.uk/about/background/charity/
    They also state "We match employee fundraising efforts pound for pound and encourage participation at all levels."

    Perhaps if they had something in place to recognise an Acorn user in transfer process, we could ask them to match the fee pound for pound? So Acorn user spends £12 = Nominet gives £12 to charity? or something along those lines?
    Its a long shot. And I dont really have any idea of how to write this proposal although I will give it a go,

    Thanks for the link Greywing
    It looks like CF might fall outside of the area of focus for nominettrust? but its worth looking at, Perhaps just go the direct route and try to lobby for CF to be the chosen charity next year? Although im not sure how charity fundraising works on a corporate level and I would like to think that they are already aware of the CFTrust.
    Perehaps its best if i speak with the CFTrust and ask if they have applied/worked with/know who Nominet are first.


    Thanks again for everyones help :)
     
  11. LordBull United Kingdom

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    I would be happy to pledge 5 decent .co.uk's for the Charity Raffle plan.

    And buy a ticket :p

    We could surely get to 100+ domains as the prize.

    At the very least Nominet could waive the multiple-fees for those

    Best of luck,


    Patrick
     
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    Some great ideas there, I would certainly buy a few tickets.

    So when a drug like this is released, is it free?

    Ive often wondered about all the money ive given to cancer charities over the years, only to see on the news that it costs thousands a week for people to use the new drugs.
     
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    if i can do anything, let me know. Always happy to a good cause
     
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    Wouldn't a drug company fund this so they could have rights to the drug? I know its not the best way, but anyway is better than the research being trashed...

    I would be happy to do my bit towards this.
     
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    10% of all sales from my hotel websites which I am selling here will be given to the fund.

    Not much, but its something :)
     
  17. invincible

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    Hidden away to the extent of having an obvious link directly from the Nominet Trust homepage, and a link returned in the search results from Google for "nominet trust". :rolleyes:
     
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    Good to see you got your balls back Davy, opened up a nice big can of man and decided to get back into trolling, sort of anyway. After your Jeremy Kyle styled flip out 2 weeks ago I did hope you would have come back with something a little better than one line and your little blue face thingy.

    Anyway to answer your point (because this thread deserves it, your post doesn't) and not to carry this thread into a different direction. I was referring to a point that was raised to me when I was standing as a Non-Exec of Nom. They wanted excess profits to be used to abolish transfer fees etc for domains rather than going towards the Nominet foundation. A few people raised concerns that about 97% of causes which received money were submitted by Board members and they thought that the board were only doing it to receive recognition / awards for their charity work. 2 years on and Lesley has an OBE and various other awards do they have a point?

    It was also asked at the AGM I was at in 2009, about the difficulty of submitting or being aware of the possibility of submitting a good cause.

    I have received about 1.8 trillion emails from Nominet, I can't remember receiving one about anything to do with the Nominet Trust or how to submit a good cause to it. There is no link to the trust from Nominet's home page either. So for the rest of us who pay into Nominet's Trust one way or another and don't troll Nominet, how would we be aware of it? 720 "Nominet Trust" (zero for "Nominet Trust Funding") searches a month according to GKT is not a lot when you consider the number of people that actually pay indirectly towards it.

    Fresh79.... If you ever want to put your cause on one of my names that I'm about to set up then drop me a pm. I'm sure a few will know what it is and I'm keen to help real cases like yours.
     
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    I know you like to tell lies to assist in your falsifications about me as part of your attempts to smear me because of various beliefs you hold, possibly contributed to because I have been prepared to challenge you on here. It's already on record that you some history of make defamatory statements so expecting anything more of you two years on would be optimistic. Nethertheless I'll continue to point out your, and anyone else's, misinformation where appropriate. Rest assured that I'm not picking on you. If it suits you to consider that my pointing out of obvious misinformation constitutes "trolling", that's simply more of your ignorance.

    Well if you were, you didn't say this. You only mentioned that "they like to hide this away" and then listed a link for how to apply on the web site, which clearly isn't hidden away as I have pointed out. That was the entirety of my point.

    I remember that some people asked for transfer fees to be abolished, which would obviously most suit those that are involved with a large numbers of domain name transfers (i.e. people that buy and sell a large number of domain names). You'd have to check the statistics relating to submissions and awards of money to date to see what percentage have a link to a board director or to a Nominet member. I've no idea, and currently have little personal interest. However it wouldn't surprise me if initially the majority of good causes had some connection to people connected with Nominet in some way. Those people would have been most aware of the inception of the Nominet Trust and would have been able to make potential causes aware of it.

    You appear to be suggesting that only about 3% of causes that received money had no connection with board members back then but you haven't detailed, perhaps because you don't know, what percentage of applications were rejected for whatever reason (e.g. they didn't meet the criteria for funding, or they were considered unsuitable this time around). It might have been that that at that time, the vast majority of those that received funding had some connection to board members simply because they formed most of the applications that were accepted. Until we know how many applications were rejected and why it is not possible to properly evaluate the original statistic.

    I've found one email, sent to me as a Nominet member when the trust was relatively new, detailing the first six financial awards. I wouldn't expect Nominet to mass email Nominet members (Registrars) or Registrants about the trust because the vast majority of them wouldn't be interested in it. I also wouldn't expect an organisation looking for a grant to find out about it via a link from Nominet's main web site. Those looking for grants are, in my opinion, far more likely to use Google or some other information source because they're not necessarily organisations that have any significant connection with domain names other than perhaps being the Registrant of one or two.

    Anyone coming across the Nominet Trust web site, a seperate entity from Nominet, should find locating the application process remarkably easy and not in the slightest bit "hidden away".
     
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    Mini flip out part 2?

    I think I had the decency to start a separate thread when challenging you. I don't think this thread warrants our disagreements. If you want to start a thread I'd be more than happy to discuss these things with you. This thread is about a certain issue that is a little above us.
     
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    If "telling the truth" and "detailing facts" constitutes a "mini flip out" in your opinion.

    You've never "challenged" me. However I believe you started a thread about me, which I only briefly saw part of, that was pulled because, I am told, that members felt you were simply being "a bully". So it wasn't about "decency" at all.

    I don't have any particular disagreements with you other than when you post misinformation in a thread, as you did above. When you, or anyone else, does that I am going to comment in the thread because that's how forums work.

    I feel I have made my points and don't currently feel I have anything further to add.
     
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