If you want to follow the Blogathon way of donating, simply click on
pledge page and follow the instructions. This will tally your pledge
via their database, but you're not donating any money yetjust pledging.
I will receive an email with your name and the pledge amount (you can
choose anonymous if you don't want me to know who you are), but still,
no money is changing hands here.
On the day after the Blogathon, an email will be sent to you with the
amount you pledged, and instructions to donate to Magen David Adom that
I supply to Cat. Still no money changing hands. It is then up to you to
fulfill your pledge and send in the money.
Now. If you want to ignore Blogathon procedureand I have no problem
with thatthen you can click right here to the link on the Magen
David Adom contribution page, and ignore the email at the end of the month.
The director I spoke with suggested that I send you to the
page where you can choose your method of donation. But no matter which
way you donate, it is crucial that you let them know you are part of the
Blogathon. If you use a credit card to donate online, you must
put "Blogathon" in the comments field of the form. The comments
field shows up when you click on the "checkout" portion of their
form. It may seem a little confusing at first, as it's a shopping cart
program. (Note to Emperor Misha's readers: write "BLOGATHON"
and "MISHA" in the comments field to be counted for the
matching fund.) Here's a quick how-to:
Click on "Secure Online Donations"
Enter the amount
Click on "Submit donation"
If the amount is correct, click on "Continue shopping"
Click on "Checkout"
Fill in the required fields. (Note: Magen David Adom does not keep
your credit card information. They dump it from their database after
a short amount of time. That's why they're using a shopping cart program.)
PUT "BLOGATHON" IN THE COMMENTS FIELD.
Uncheck the box putting you on the MDA mailing list unless you want
to be on it. If you're curious about their privacy
policy, here it is.
DO NOT FORGET TO PUT "BLOGATHON" IN THE COMMENTS FIELD.
Click on "Continue"
If your amount is correct, click on "Order now"
Enter your credit card information and click on the bar that says "Click
once to process secure credit card."
When you click on the "finish" button, you'll get a thank
you page that shows the fields you typed. "Blogathon" comes
up at the bottom.
Notes: If you put in a bogus email address, you won't get your receipt
emailed to you. And if you forgot to PUT "BLOGATHON" IN THE
COMMENT FIELD, I shall never forgive you. No trees were slaughtered
to bring you these instructions. Yes, I did make a donation to
MDA in order to get all the pages necessary. I donated chai ($18).
If this is too confusing, you can mail
or fax this contribution form to MDA. I don't think they'll be able
to track checks as easily as they can pull a field out of their database,
but write "Blogathon" in the memo field of your check, and
put "Blogathon" somewhere on that form (there is no place
for it that I can see). You can also call
them and charge over the phone, but again, somehow, you have to
mention the Blogathon and get them to note that in your donation.
The why of "Blogathon" in the comment field: It's
a simple matter to write a SQL command that will cull all records with
the word "blogathon" in the field named "comment"
and total up the donations. We want to raise $60,000 so we can donate
an entire ambulance to Magen David Adom. If you forget "Blogathon,"
although MDA gets the money, it won't be tallied with our donations
and earmarked for an ambulance.