戦士 【イクサ】— The Senshi Foundation is my philanthropic organization. It has been in operation since late August of 2014. I call it an 'organization' but in reality we're just a loose collection of friends who help people.
For some years, members of the Foundation joined together with others to help raise money for worthy causes. Altogether, as far as I know, we've helped raise at least $349,873 for worthy causes. Though, due to the fact that I never kept any sort of records of how many people we helped, the total could be up to, or perhaps even a bit over a million dollars, over the past four years.
How this got started
About a year or so ago, I was talking with my Dad, and— we were discussing how he wanted to give money to people and charitable causes, once he won the lottery / became rich. I suggested a way to do it right now, through Crowdrise, and the rest is history.
Initially this charitable operation was devoted to things benefiting children. I've taken up other causes occasionally, though, and in the future, there will probably be a heavy Veterans focus, for reasons you'll find intuitive when you read the next paragraph.
I'd been helping out with charity fundraising efforts long before we had that discussion, but it was something he always wanted to do. I only later put two-and-two together to create the Foundation proper sometime after his untimely death.
Basically, I wanted to operate a non-profit for fun, and after finding out that incorporating was a little bit much, I realized that I've been legally running an unincorporated public charity ever since I started doing charitable stuff online.
So here we are.
So what do you do?
Once, we organized weekly fundraisers through Crowdrise. You can see those here. The goals were low both to ensure that the goals were reached quickly and easily, and that they didn't hurt my friends' pocketbooks too much.
After that, we promoted worthy GoFundMe fundraisers, and helped people in need. At this point I just kind of wander the Earth and look for people who need help. DavidGX and his sister also head up the [email protected] team that we have.
If you want to see the people we helped, I've included below a list of fundraisers we've promoted.
Obviously we're not completely responsible for the money raised, but we've helped out with boosting these on Twitter. There are undoubtedly others I've forgotten to mention, but these are the ones I can remember. (I never really thought to write this shit down until now.)
Currently, we're folding at home. We're (as of this writing, March 7th, 2018) the 725th top team, out of a quarter of a million teams. You can see our [email protected] team page here.
- Buying up and forgiving medical debt through RIP Medical Debt. So far, here are our totals:
- Margaret: ~$666.66 USD of medical debt purchased and forgiven
- David: ~$2,500 USD of medical debt purchased and forgiven
- TOTAL: ~$3,166.66
- Smuggling flash drives into North Korea through Flash Drives for Freedom:
- So far, we've paid for 46 flash drives to be smuggled into North Korea, in an attempt to destabilize Kim Jong-Un's rule through dissemination of media designed to defeat his propaganda.
WITH THE POWER OF GOD AND ANIME,
WE WILL DEFEAT KIM JONG-UN
AND FREE THE NORTH KOREAN PEOPLE!
Art by HolyJunkie
What you can do to help
There are a lot of things you can do to help.
You can also follow our official accounts on Twitter: icze4r and _icze4r, though the vast majority of the stuff will be on the first account. We'll be posting fundraising goals and other ways to help, there, as well as retweeting missing kids posters.
Note: If you even so much as, say, retweet one of the fundraisers we're trying to boost, you can say you're a part of us. Because you are. An unincorporated 501(c)(3) has the same legal distinction as, say, a church group or a small group of friends raising money for a cause. So if you help us, you're in there, man.
You can even put us on your resume as a charitable organization you've volunteered with.
- [September 30th — October 2nd, 2017] Petitioned Ice Mountain and a friend e-mailed Coca Cola, resulting in water, food, and fuel being donated to Puerto Rico. [David]
- [September 30th — October 10th, 2017] Petitioned PepsiCo via e-mail, resulting in PepsiCo donating funds, water, food, and Gatorade to Puerto Rico. I also managed to open up a line of communication: you can contact PepsiCo in Tampa, Florida, and apparently through that channel help Puerto Rico even more. Simply call 813-971-2550 and press 0 to speak with the receptionist.
- Finding low- and no-cost dental services for the impoverished elderly
- Communicating with other charities in order to help arrange the distribution of free goods to low-income people (e.g. shoes, mattresses, other household essential furniture)
Though I need to draw up an entire set of rules for you to read before you should contact me, if it's absolutely urgent, you can e-mail me at icze4r [at] gmail [dot] com, or just Direct Message either of us on Twitter.
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The Senshi Foundation is dedicated to my Dad, who I miss every day.