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November 23, 2011, 06:42:00 AM
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I pledge 1 coin per charity, up to a maximum of 50 coins.

Maybe we can learn a few things from the DOSBox pledge which was sort of similar but on a much smaller scale. That was essentially a one-man crew with a hobby project and without any real legal obligation, and the persuasion process was far from "100 BTC you say? Of course I'll accept bitcoins now!".
They accepted it though, and the address is still there…

I also thought of the DOSBox pledge when I read the OP. The communication was somewhat disappointing at the time.

I certainly wouldn't stand in front of the salvation army guys and say I've got money here but only if you use "this" currency.
Agreed, that sounds silly. How about we say: "There are people who want to donate to your cause, but don't want to have part of their money eaten by paypal and such. Bitcoin donations would allow them to donate arbitrary amounts, large or small, without creditcards or fees. We've already collected some money in Bitcoins for you guys, can you set up a Bitcoin address so future donations could go directly to you?"

This one is much better. Smiley

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November 23, 2011, 06:52:45 AM
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I'll pledge.

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November 23, 2011, 07:21:59 AM
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Thank you, gsan and Vince Torres, for pledging to, and being the part of, the Bitcoin100.
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November 23, 2011, 07:37:25 AM
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Count me in, 1 coin per charity, at least 10 coins.
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November 23, 2011, 07:37:25 AM
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Saw that you put me down for 1 BTC, but I'll gladly pledge more than that. At least 1 to each of the ones you show on your list.

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November 23, 2011, 07:47:21 AM
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Saw that you put me down for 1 BTC, but I'll gladly pledge more than that. At least 1 to each of the ones you show on your list.

Thank you kindly, fizzisist. Updated.

Count me in, 1 coin per charity, at least 10 coins.

Dittos to, chunglam. The OP has been updated to reflect the above mentioned change and this additional pledge.
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November 23, 2011, 07:53:08 AM
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i'm in until my funds permit.

great idea.

AND YES, i think it is right to slightly force the hand on organizations like wiki not accepting it. if they really are in need, they shouldn't be picky.

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November 23, 2011, 09:07:25 AM
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Maybe we can learn a few things from the DOSBox pledge which was sort of similar but on a much smaller scale. That was essentially a one-man crew with a hobby project and without any real legal obligation, and the persuasion process was far from "100 BTC you say? Of course I'll accept bitcoins now!".
They accepted it though, and the address is still there…
I also thought of the DOSBox pledge when I read the OP. The communication was somewhat disappointing at the time.
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November 23, 2011, 09:44:26 AM
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Count me in.

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November 23, 2011, 03:32:54 PM
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Great idea!  I pledge minimum 50 coins.  Not sure who picks the list though, i might not donate to all the orgs. 
 
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November 23, 2011, 03:43:37 PM
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Thank you kindly, lamec & Jan & hashman, for pledging. The list on the OP has been updated reflecting your respective pledge.

Great idea!  I pledge minimum 50 coins.  Not sure who picks the list though, i might not donate to all the orgs.  
  

The goal is for each member having control over what organization they want to contribute to. Though most are worthy causes, in their own right, I can even think of a few I would rather not contribute to.
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November 23, 2011, 03:53:55 PM
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I'm in too.
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November 23, 2011, 04:13:23 PM
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Hey! I'll personally pledge a couple Bitcoins Smiley Nice idea Bruno!
Unfortunately I think the reasons charities dislike Bitcoin donation is that they think it's illegal/scammy and they don't want association with it.

Quick though!

For sake of argument, let's say Wikipedia is a new idea and Bitcoin has been around for a few years with a proven track record. Jimmy Wales would be knockin' on the proverbial Bitcoin door asking how to get one of those Bitcoin donation buttons on his Wikipedia site. He would be expressing to us how his idea will change the world on how knowledge will be shared globally. How his pet project is open source and run by volunteers, but desires donations for R&D, servers, etc. I sincerely doubt we would reply with a thanks, but no thanks, for considering Bitcoin.

That said, there's an election year coming up, and many small names on their respected ballots are strapped for cash. To us, it shouldn't matter what political spectrum they embrace. What matters is getting the Bitcoin name plastered (for sake of a better word) on as many sites as possible. Damn the chicken and egg dilemma. In due time, sooner than later, the technology will be forced to catch up with the demand.
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November 23, 2011, 04:16:09 PM
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I'm in too.

Noted and updated, Bug. Thank you so kindly.

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November 23, 2011, 04:25:28 PM
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What matters is getting the Bitcoin name plastered (for sake of a better word) on as many sites as possible.

Exactly it is building mindshare not marketshare.  Someone goes to a store and they see "checkout w/ bitcoin".  They don't have bitcoin.  The most curious user would search it google it, or follow a link.  Still most won't however if later they are on another site and see Bitcoin again and again and again and again they become more and more likely to investigate.

We even have the potential to win over skeptics.  Maybe someone made quick conclusion that Bitcoin is a scam/ponzi and didn't consider it further.  However the combination of time and usage can change that.  If 3 years later Bitcoin is still around and he notices more and more places are accepting it then maybe he decides to take a second look.

It is all about mindshare.  Why do you think facebook has that stupid "f" on everything in sight.  "Wow everyone uses facebook so I should too".  Most people are sheep.  Mindshare makes something new less scary.  The whole "if everyone is doing it then it must be good".

Convincing a charity or non-profit to accept Bitcoins should be easier than a business so they are a good place to build mindshare. Charities aren't selling anything, the risk of fraud is lower and they always need more donations.
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November 23, 2011, 04:32:00 PM
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What matters is getting the Bitcoin name plastered (for sake of a better word) on as many sites as possible.

Exactly it is building mindshare not marketshare.  Someone goes to a store and they see "checkout w/ bitcoin".  They don't have bitcoin.  The most curious user would search it google it, or follow a link.  Still most won't however if later they are on another site and see Bitcoin again and again and again and again they become more and more likely to investigate.

We even have the potential to win over skeptics.  Maybe someone made quick conclusion that Bitcoin is a scam/ponzi and didn't consider it further.  However the combination of time and usage can change that.  If 3 years later Bitcoin is still around and he notices more and more places are accepting it then maybe he decides to take a second look.

It is all about mindshare.  Why do you think facebook has that stupid "f" on everything in sight.  "Wow everyone uses facebook so I should too".  Most people are sheep.  Mindshare makes something new less scary.  The whole "if everyone is doing it then it must be good".

Convincing a charity to accept Bitcoins should be easier than a business so they are a good place to build mindshare. Charities aren't selling anything.  The risk of fraud is lower and they always need money.

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November 23, 2011, 05:32:09 PM
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I'm down for 1 BTC per organization, up to 25.

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November 23, 2011, 05:45:58 PM
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I am in for 1BTC per charity.
I pledge an additional 100 BTC to the Red Cross and Unicef whenever they get onboard.
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November 23, 2011, 06:08:18 PM
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I like the idea. I'm in. (1+)

You guys have really come up with somethin'
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November 23, 2011, 07:21:54 PM
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I'm in too.  1 btc per organization for the first 20.

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