I’m sure I’m the problem here

But yeah, great idea. Donate money to a website run by the American equivalent of an oligarch on the assumption that he knows enough suffering people and he’ll do what’s right. No charity rating, no accountability. Just trust him. I don’t think so. Of course everyone can do with their own money what they wish, but saying I don’t know any other way to help is just plain fucking lazy. And advocating for it is worse.

I really need to stay away from Richard Armitage’s twitter. My fault.

~ by Servetus on March 3, 2022.

23 Responses to “I’m sure I’m the problem here”

  1. Perhaps he should have done some research… I saw a post by Hugh Bonneville on Instagram. He names several locations where blankets etc can be donated in London. But I guess Richard is more American now.

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    • There are plenty of verified American charities. Or, if the shtick is that you want to find an actual Ukrainian to give to directly, there are something like 150,000 Ukrainians in NYC right now who live there permanently. Heck, he could go to Veselka and ask someone.

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  2. Sometimes he is so naiv that it hurts.
    Even in our little town it is a collecting point for donations to ukrainian refugees managed of official serious charity in collaboration with Ukrainian association and we can get informations how to support from our Town hall. So you are not the problem.

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    • I don’t doubt he has a kind heart. Let’s hope he’s just too busy researching a new role to research charities just now. I guess.

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  3. No, you’re not the problem. Choose the aid organizations carefully, because it’s essential the aid goes to the right place. I’m also sure he has a kind heart, but choose with care, please.

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  4. Serv, you’re not the problem. I only donate my hard-earned money to charities I’ve heard of and I’ve never heard of the one he was pushing.

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    • it’s essentially a very rich guy who’s saying “Give me money, I was born in Ukraine and I know lots of people there and will make sure it goes to the right people.” He started doing this during the pandemic in the US. But somehow he decided not to incorporate as a charity in the US, so any deductions would also not be tax deductible. The whole thing smells just a little fishy.

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  5. Thanks for bringing this to my attention. (Not on Twitter at the mo, so his Lordship’s tweets are passing me by 😂.) I tried to find out more about the guy behind the 1k Project, but apart from his tech start-up blabla stuff there is nothing available. And having worked in the wider tech start-up leverage scale up bla bla business (…) I join you in feeling iffy about the whole thing. (The way money is splashed about in that world, is obscene – and completely unrealistic.) I do like the idea of “direct giving” – bypassing the administration that makes large (but legitimate) fundraising charities so costly. But tbh, apart from the lack of authentification for Iskold, I am also slightly miffed by the “expectation” (I am being oversensitive here, I know) of donating such a large amount of money. And preferably with a 3-month commitment. Totally beyond my scope. If you click through on the website, the only amounts you can sponsor are $250, $500 and $1,000. That recommendation has really frustrated me. I applaud RA for giving so generously. I’m not sure whether he has a realistic view of what “normal” people can afford to donate, though…

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    • Yeah, a venture capitalist is the LAST person I would I trust with my money.

      My local Wisconsin Ukrainians are collecting donations that are being shipped to Ukraine (apparently they have some way). I ended up giving them some cash, too. I know my local guy. But I mean, do I know who’s getting it in the end? No way. All charity involves trust. (And someone in the US wrote a funny post about how when you give you need to surrender control.) But I am not at the point where I can throw money into the air and watch it burn and not care. (Which this venture capitalist probably is.)

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      • I’m all about surrendering that control. Just because I donate doesn’t mean I have the right to determine what the recipient does with the money. (That old Victorian concept of “I’ll only give you money if you use it wisely.” Patronising, condescending, demeaning to the recipient.) Great that you have found a way of giving your donation in a way that will benefit a recipient directly. But no, a venture capitalist is the least trust-worthy donation facilitator that I can think of.

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        • since you often snark about Protestants, I’ll point out that distinction between the deserving and undeserving poor emerged in the same milieu as evangelical religion (the free and imperial cities of central Europe) at about the same time — and became a core tent of early Lutheranism. So we can’t even blame it on the Victorians.

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    • I agree – many in RA’s fanbase will want to follow his example (and people will) but that kind of charity donation is beyond the pockets of many.

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      • That was my thought, too, and it felt unfair to me. I do like the thought of “leading by example”, but to me it looks like RA did not think this through – or could’ve phrased his tweet a bit more carefully.

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      • which is maybe not so bad, since we don’t know that the guy is on the up and up.

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  6. I had somehow missed that. Wow. There is just so little information on this whole thing and yes, donating at least $250 really is not within everyone’s budget. It sounds odd to me that he couldn’t think of a maybe more established and trustworthy charity. I can think of 3 or 4 right off the top of my head and I’m really not that well-versed in charity world either.

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  7. oh the aid industry 😱…very much not black or white, but some in this industry are definitely a darker grey than others.😣 after learning about how big charities on the one hand promise to give every donated euro to people in need but on the other hand the total huge sum of donations will yield also interest and bear compound interest etc. and no promise is made that also this money goes to the charitable cause… and it has been happening to pop up in the weirdest places via some alleged transaction mistakes. 🤬
    plus the shady connections of aid organisations and private security contractors… bumping up the threat level to smaller charities or individuals giving aid that cannot afford to pay for said security “mercenaries” leaving them as the “softer target” and therefore extremely vulnerable.😫

    As I currently have turned my living room
    into an impromptu refugee home, I have a lot of first and second hand news at the moment: from the beginning of the war also private individuals in Kiew and elsewhere have tried to organise supplies for hospitals. lists of needed medication and bandages etc reaching ukrainian refugees in European countries via messengers but the transport logistics are the big problem. I know from one guy who would have risked repeated journeys in his private car between kiew and the border with Poland to transport medical donations to hospitals in kiew but the rules allegedly said that only a registered transport business is allowed to take the goods from the border to the east. while I see where this sort of rule might come from (in other conflict regions the risk of supplying local warlords instead of people in need) in this case it meant, that the stuff was sitting uselessly on the border instead of reaching the people who needed it and also at a higher risk of getting lost (both because of the delay and the situation getting worse and also because big trucks are more of a target than any unassuming private car)

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    • I agree it’s mucky; I still think there are better and worse choices.

      Do you need support?

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      • thank you for asking! ☺️ at the moment we are set up alright. for the 4 people who now stay with me and in accommodation a
        organised via our network of friends I have “fundraised” donations from the circle of friends and family and word spread out so that I even got calls from people I had not known before at all, telling me they had been shopping for groceries and where could they bring them or others donating clothes and shoes and small items plus in total about 1000€ which will hopefully be enough to buy the groceries and everyday things until everyone finds some jobs etc. on the other hand, there are friends of my friends who left kiew region not immediately when the attacks started but 2 or 3 days later, around 27th Feb, (hoping first it wouldn’t come to the worst and then quickly realising that it was not the right moment for optimism… 😲) and some made it to Poland already but some are still stuck in Ukraine. so we hope they will also make it to Austria some time soon and depending on when they will arrive, I fear that the donation spirit with the general population might have ebbed somewhat. so in case this happens and in case the governmental supports are still not accessible at that future point, I might get back to you… (oh my… this is hard for me to write that… I really don’t want to ask anyone for anything, ever…) many thanks to all of you who are donating to different organisations and also helping out with information (took place in the comment section of guylty.net etc.)!!! I am still positively surprised about fellow European citizens who are really welcoming and helpful at the moment (but unfortunately it’s also so very cynical because the people from middle East and African countries running from the same threats are still not welcome in Europe – and consequently freezing to death on the northern border parts of poland and on the Balkan route or drowning in the mediterranen sea or being stuck in horrible refugee camps-while fellow white European people from Ukraine are welcome…) sorry for my rambling, I am a bit emotionally raw at the moment and I’ve no time to get my thoughts in proper order, so this also pours out into your comment sections 🙈

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        • Let me know.

          The extreme hypocrisy about the huge worry about Ukraine is not lost on me. And Ukraine and Syria are probably related — Ukraine is the price we are paying for ignoring Syria.

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