Tip Jar and a Holiday Giving Opportunity

A while back, I mentioned that using a google reader doesn’t give my blog page views. Since I get paid for blogging based on how many page views I get, I suggested that those of you who use readers therefore might want to consider clicking through from time to time. At the time, one reader emailed me asking if I might consider setting up a “tip jar” so that google reader readers could contribute a little something without having to click through. Well, I’ve finally figured out how to do that.

If you look in my right sidebar, you’ll see a “donate” button.

I tried to figure out how to announce the existence of a tip jar without sounding like I’m asking for money, but I couldn’t. Feel free to “tip” me if you like, but don’t feel obligated in any way, shape, or form. I do get paid by Patheos, I’m not in dire financial straights, and I write because I enjoy it, not simply to get paid.

And now the fun part! In the process of figuring out how to set up the tip jar button, I also learned how to set up donation buttons for specific causes. I plan to use that knowledge to set up specific donation campaigns from time to time, and I already have one to start off with.

See, it’s the Christmas season, and Christmas puts me in the mood for giving back to others. When I was a child we always put together shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. Each was filled with toys, treats, and a gospel tract, and they were then distributed to children in third world countries. Of course, I would now prefer to avoid religious charities, or, more specifically, charities that proselytize.

So I’ve looked around for a local cause I want to give to, and I’ve found one rather closer to home than I had expected. You see, childcare workers are woefully underpaid (it’s part of the undervaluing of maternal labor), and that unfortunately includes the workers at Sally’s daycare. Many of their families often scrape by on extremely low incomes. I’ve known this for a while and have wanted to do something about it, however small. I now have a chance to, because some of the parents at Sally’s daycare have gotten together to purchase gift cards for the staff and their families in time for Christmas, and I’ve been invited to participate.

If you haven’t found a Christmas giving opportunity that suits you, please consider using the button below to contribute to purchasing gift cards for the caregivers at Sally’s daycare:

Conversely, feel free use the comments to mention other holiday giving opportunities that you have found, and provide links if you like. The more ways we have to help those around us the better!

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • Alexandra

    Did you ever figure out if adblockers mean that page views don’t count?

  • Carys Birch

    I always click through. :)

    Organized charitable efforts are not on the table for me this year (this year I’m more likely to be on the receiving end, actually). Lack of transportation means even volunteering is pretty much out. but I am trying to make a conscious effort to be more neighborly, because it’s the right thing to do. My community actually has quite a good… well, community, but I haven’t contributed a whole lot. First steps in that direction are dogsitting -on-demand for the elderly couple across the street. He had a stroke this fall and is in rehab, she has to spend a lot of time out of town dealing with his medical problems. Their kids live far away and I live right across the street. Thus their two poodles have a new best friend. :)

    It’s not a lot, it’s not monetary, but it’s personal and it helps someone, and I was glad to find the opportunity, I’ve been floundering sort of rootlessly for too long. Connection is good.

    • Holly

      it probably means more to the wife, that you take the time to do something that really helps, than it would if you donated money. To be able to trust her pets to someone and know she won’t have a mess or sick dogs to come home to is probably a *huge* stress reliever for her.

  • http://eschaton2012.ca Eamon Knight

    Since I learned about the pay structure, I make a point of always clicking through on my Patheos subs (which is: here and Slacktivist — especially the latter, as he’s been unemployed for over a year now).

    • http://patheos.com/blogs/lovejoyfeminism Libby Anne

      Thanks. :-) The Slacktivist actually has a tip jar too for that very reason.

  • Sheena

    I always visit Patheos directly (the compiled feeds get overwhelming after a few blog posts; it’s easier to keep up with individual posts).

    If I could chip in to the tip jar, I would!

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucrezaborgia lucrezaborgia

    Oh those awful shoebox campaigns…they are so horrible! It’s not the tracts that bother me but everything else!
    #1: Many of the items sent are completely inappropriate to the country
    #2: Many (if not all!) of the items could have been purchased locally thereby helping the local economy
    #3: The cost of shipping these boxes and distributing them is a huge waste of resources.
    When I tell people about these issues, the answer I often get back is: “Well, it shows my children how to be charitable!”

    Yeah, cuz that is totally the point of charity… *headdesk*

    • Uly

      I get the same feeling about food drives.

      Food banks don’t need your two year old anchovies that nobody ate because you don’t even like anchovies. They need cash, because they can take $5 and get $10 or $15 worth of stuff with it by using corporate matching and bulk buying – plus, they can buy exactly the foods they need and won’t have to spend precious labor hours sorting it afterward to toss out what is genuinely unusable.

      So I donate cash. But if you bring this up to people they say “yes, yes, but this is more fun for the children”. If you want them to have a personal experience with food banks, donate your time, not your dusty pantry rejects!

  • Tracey

    I’m thrilled that lots of the parents are banding together to give gift cards. My child “graduated” out of daycare 15 years ago, but back in the day, I would give a week’s tuition to my child’s teacher and aide. It’s heartbreaking how underpaid childcare workers are. I learned that when I brought in extra clothes for my (then) baby, in case of spills/leaks, and the daycare teacher admired them: the clothes were nothing special (discount department store) but were beyond the reach of the worker herself. My public service announcement: Many daycare workers have their own children, and if your children outgrow their clothes, you might offer to bring them in to share.

  • Johnson

    I would be interested in hearing more on atheist models for social justice, since the number of non-church charities is limited and many atheists tend to distance themselves from the poor as they do from feminism. (Feminism in the broadest sense of bourgeois white men not being pricks, respecting women as human beings and listening to what women have to say).


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