Posted on October 17, 2017
Transfer of donations update! We closed the fundraiser on September 29, 2017. Since then I have been coordinating on getting matching gifts and transferring funds to the beneficiaries in a way that maximizes your donations. I'm happy to report that the Open Society Foundations (OSF) agreed to match $5 for every $1 donated to the MariaFund of which Taller Salud is a beneficiary. They funds destined to Taller Salud ($10,000) thus went to MariaFund.org on October 11, and a request for the match was submitted on October 16. They should receive an additional $50,000 from that match in 7-10 days.I'm also thrilled to report that the donations to the Boys and Girls Fund, to Viva Boriken and to Casa Pueblo will be match $3 to $1 by the Open Society Foundations. A transfer was made to Boys and Girls Club on October 15, 2017 for their portion of the raised funds ($10,000) and they should receive the $30,000 in matching funds about 7-10 days after they submit the necessary form. I'm in communication with Casa Pueblo to transfer their funds; why have they not gone out yet? Because so far the only way to transfer them was PayPal and I was loathe to lose such a large portion (almost 3%) of the funds to a company (PayPal) whose business practices are often counter to the mission of the entities we're trying to support. Now that mail is being delivered they will get a check in the mail with the matching gift forms to submit for their matching funds. This leaves Viva Boriken - I have not been able to reach anyone from the organization to whom I can explain the matching gift process. This is not surprising since Vieques was hit hardest and everyone there remains in crisis mode. I will keep making attempts and if I can't reach them by the end of this month I will transfer the funds via PayPal, in the hopes that it will reach them. Thank you all again for your generosity. Every small donation added up, and between the funds and the matches our little fundraiser has leveraged over $180,000 for small organizations in the island on the front-lines of this humanitarian disaster. You did this!