For those of you who donated to my Shave To Save! campaign via the Network for Donations site...
Congratulations! You've just been fucked up the ass. Oh, I'm sorry, did I just say that out loud? I apologize in advance to those out there who are sensitive to such profanities, but I have to say that, in this case (and there are few out there that garner this reaction), it is entirely warranted.
For those of you who don't know, I was trying to raise money for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. I was hoping to raise $10,000 in one month. If I achieved that number, then I was going to shave my head. I set up an account through Network for Donations to handle the monetary collections and forward the funds to MMRF. After about one week of the site being up and down (and after collecting about $1120 from donors), it went completely down.
The owners of the site were not in any way accessible either via email or phone. After attempting to resolve the problem through PayPal, I was informed that the resolution of funds was in my favor, yet they could not collect seeing as though there was no money in their account.
So, the shitheads at Network for Donations made off with approximately $1120 worth of donations that were collected to fight Multiple Myeloma, and not line their pockets.
Since I knew fairly early on something was amiss, I started collecting donations on my blog as an alternative and collected another $1930 or so. I stopped promoting the fundraiser as I was so defeated by being fleeced out of so much money and, ultimately, feeling responsible that you guys were fleeced out of so much money. Not to mention the added stress at a time when I really didn't need it.
And, there you have it. If you are an enterprising individual and would like to follow up on this yourself and/or you donated and want to see if you can get your money back here is the information that I do know about the organization:
Network for Donations Inc., Deer Park, NY. They are listed as a GuideStar non-profit organization and have 501c3 status with the IRS. The contact person's name is Tanya. I am not a very vindictive person, but I do hope she fries in hell for this.