Just to let everyone know: when we started matching for Fisher House, they didn't have an online donation form. Knowing that one-click tended to provide more revenue, I set up an escrow-y paypal account, matched the donations that came into there, and then sent the whole package on to the nice folks there. We also matched any receipts that were sent our way from direct donors.
A while ago they set up an online form. I finally got around to yanking my button now that it's not needed. However, whatever you send, they'll pop back an e-mail receipt. forward a copy on to me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I'll still match. Many thanks in particular to Mary Considine there at the Fisher House, who helped with a bunch of tax stuff.
That said, I realized I haven't done a total in a while. This was all in for the last year or so, starting with the drive last summer. This number is higher than usual because, tragically, one of our regular readers lost a loved one in the war, so we're matching all the donations raised by his family.
All in, you guys kicked in $12,459. Matching and rounding up, the Kung Fu Monkey readers sent a check for $25,000 to the Fisher House folks. If I may -- that's an appreciable fraction of what the studios donated to Fisher House after the Transformers shoot. Power of the small donor, indeed.
I think we'll leave Fisher House up there as our constant charity. I'm looking at some micro-loan stuff to vary things up. But again, nicely done.