I am starting a "Webmaster Relief" campaign to donate a day's earnings on September 12th to the Red Cross. If anyone is interested, they will get a link on my Webmaster Relief page that I will be creating this weekend which will be picked up by media outlets.
What I am proposing is declaring September 12th Webmaster relief day. I understand that some may just want to donate a portion of the day's income. That is ok.. But I am striving to create a campaign where as many webmasters as possible donate an entire day's income. This page will be kept up indefinately and could very well become a permenant link.
If interested, please pm me and I will direct you to the site. The page will be created by Monday and will be linked from all of my sites.
Mod's, if this is an inappropriate post then I understand... If it is ok then I would appreciate it if you can link to this post from the home page...
Also if someone can create a logo for this I will give credit to the creator and we can have it distributed to all interested in participating.
Sounds like an admirable effort, so long as you are careful not to tie any of this into promoting the clickage of AS ads. More than likely this thread will get moved to another forum here anyway.
Also, I have experience in fundraising, and how it applies on the internet. Anyone wishing to actually "raise funds" on a website- for a benevolent cause- must register under the Charitable Trust act in the respective state, and specify that the recipients are from Louisiana. If it is a broad recipient range, one must file under that act in 36 different states. Again- this applies to soliciting on the internet, no matter the method of payment. Not sure that this is what you are doing, as it doesn't seem to be...but this information may help others that are looking to jump into the fray of charitable causes.
I also posted about webmasters organizing and helping out; it's in the Foo forum.
I think we can help in ways beyond giving cash. I know from talking to a New Orleans based client that the businesses who depend on the 'net for income need help with posting new contact information and other steps to keep them going. Where we might help is in giving time/advice to those who no longer can reach their New Orleans-based webmasters.
Someone smarter than myself might think of even better ways to make good use of our technical skills. I'd love to see a few ideas.
This would be an effort to help the economy keep going. Its not saving lives, but still realy important to the rebilding of a great city.