June 01, 2004

Matching Donations

One of my readers who goes by the handle spc67 offered to match donations (up to a maximum of 1,000 dollars) from others on this site who donate to the Spirit of America to help the people of Iraq. (See the next post down.) C.O.O. Marc Danziger says he'll let me know how much money this site raises. So pitch in. Your contribution will be doubled.

I just donated 50 dollars. If anyone donates 100 dollars, let me know and I'll pitch in another 50.

UPDATE: I'm not sure if the logistics for keeping track of this are in place yet. So if you donate, at least for now, please note the amount in the comments. Thanks all.

SECOND UPDATE: This site has already raised 3,000 dollars. See the comments. Wow. THANK YOU.

Posted by Michael J. Totten at June 1, 2004 03:05 PM

What are the logistics for donating and having it matched.

Posted by: David at June 1, 2004 03:14 PM


Not sure yet. I sent Marc an email. I don't know if donations are traceable back to this blog yet, hence the update to this post. They will probably use the Web site's referral logs to figure it out, though. I can tell how people get to my page from my Site Meter (link on the right sidebar).

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 1, 2004 03:19 PM

I just made a donation because of your request via Paypal. That service sends a receipt like this:
Dear xxxxxxxxx,

This email confirms that you have paid Spirit of America Partnership (donations@spiritofamerica.net) $1,500.00 USD using PayPal.Payment Details

Amount: $1,500.00 USD

Transaction ID: xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Quantity: 1

Item/Product Name: Donation: Marines/Tools

Buyer: xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

This should work as verification until SOA figures out how to do it for you and the others. Just a thought for those with Paypal. So now spc67 is matched!!!!Yipee.

Posted by: Eileen at June 1, 2004 03:28 PM

Well shoot Eileen, that didn't take long! I'll match your $1,500. I'm off.

Posted by: spc67 at June 1, 2004 03:33 PM


I went via credit card Eileen. So Michael, you're at $3000 so far.

Posted by: spc67 at June 1, 2004 03:37 PM

You two are awesome. Thanks so much.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 1, 2004 04:06 PM

Okay, the ball's back in your court Michael.

Amount: $100.00 USD
Transaction ID: 0HJ14123288017354
Quantity: 1
Item/Product Name: Donation: Request Fund
Buyer: Dave Rodrigues

I hope your site gets the credit. Check with A.L.

Posted by: d-rod at June 1, 2004 05:27 PM

Thanks Dave (d-rod). I'm up to 100 now myself. I wish I could contribute 1500, but 200 between me and you isn't too shabby. That's quite a bit of money in Iraq right now.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 1, 2004 05:41 PM

Count me in for $100.

I haven't posted in a while. Been busy becoming a father to one Shenandoah Claire Porter, born April 29, 2004. So this is in her name.

Posted by: Browning Porter at June 1, 2004 06:01 PM

Shenandoah Claire Porter

Killer name! Welcome to the world little one. May you live in peace and freedom.

Posted by: spc67 at June 1, 2004 06:09 PM

Congratulations, Browning. And thanks.

Posted by: Michael J. Totten at June 1, 2004 06:11 PM

I'm also in for $100 via Paypal.

Posted by: Peter G at June 1, 2004 07:33 PM

$25 via PayPal

I feel like a cheap bastard around here, but I've given before, will give again and every little bit helps.

Posted by: Joe Maller at June 1, 2004 10:04 PM

I'm like Joe, feeling cheap but satisfied in that this is my 3rd or 4th donation in as many months. Put me down for $50 via PayPal and at MJT's request.


Posted by: George Jenson at June 1, 2004 10:43 PM

I'm in for $150. Keep talking it up, Michael!

Posted by: Gene Mitchell at June 2, 2004 06:33 AM

I donated. Thans for the tip.

What's cool is that you can send in a general donation or specify the exact project(s) to which you want your donation to go (http://www.spiritofamerica.net/requests.htm). For instance, I chose the "Iraq School Partners" and the "Tools for Tradesman" projects.

Posted by: Jeff Cowles at June 2, 2004 10:11 AM

I'm down for $25.00. Wish it could be more, but I support so many causes I have to stay balanced. Good for you, Michael, for laying down the challenge!

Posted by: Mary J. at June 2, 2004 10:25 AM

$50 via Paypal, unrestricted. Receipt forwarded to spc67.

Posted by: John T at June 2, 2004 07:41 PM

I donated $100 yesterday. Will do more in the future.

Posted by: Mike Majdic at June 3, 2004 11:24 AM
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