Dumping a Bucket of Ice on Your Head Does Not Make You a Philanthropist

posted 2 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2015

Ugh yes I hate those postings. You know what else doesn’t make you a philanthropist? Bitching about other people’s efforts on FB!

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June, 2014

GrannyPantiesRock:  the one video I watched, I understood it that those nominated were to donate $20 AND dump the ice over their heads. But maybe I was misinformed. I’m not a fan of those stupid campaigns that claim to “raise awareness” but really just feed peoples’ ego. Last year it was the no make up selfie along with all the stupid “let’s keep this funny game from the boys to promote breast cancer awareness”. But this challenge in addition to a monetary donation to ALS research seemed like a pretty cute idea. I didn’t realize it was a one or the other kind of thing. 

Post # 4
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Busy Beekeeper

In this self obsessed, narcissistic social media obsessed world why wouldn’t a savvy charity utilise the very medium people are obsessed with to raise money?

Most charity campaigns are a flash in the pan. How many people actual think about veterans charities other than on/near days celebrating/remembering veterans? The majority of people are no longer thinking about Haiti, Fukushima, SE Asian Tsunami, Chernobyl, the African kidnapped girls etc etc but all those things are either still going on or having lasting effects.

Post # 5
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

It’s like an online chain letter.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

The only thing that bothers me with this ALS challenge is that you either do the ice bucket OR you donate. Since my FI and I feel that’s not really productive, we decided to do the challenge AND donate $100 to the cause thru his business. We donate all the time and raise funds for St. Jude’s (our 2 year old is a cancer survivor). So we figured the challenge for the laughs and (little bit) of publicity, and the money to actually make a difference.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

If you look at the numbers, the challenge has actually raised the donation amount a considerable amount compared to last year. However, I do agree that the original message was a little weird… “do this or donate”.

j_jaye:  I just have to comment on this because I feel like I see this so often. Someone brings up a thought or concern they have and others jump on them for not thinking about all the other problems in the world. Just because someone chooses to participate or support one thing DOES NOT mean that they aren’t aware and are concerned about other issues. It’s just that this particular post or message relates to a singular thing. I do agree that some people do it just to feel included, but many do it because they think it is important. And there are many, many others that offer support without posting to the world about it (whether on Facebook or on a message board…Facebook isn’t the only place to post every thought that comes to mind). 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

The article I read said that the challenge is to do the ice bucket AND donate or $10 or skip the bucket and donate $100. So if you follow the intended rules then you would donate regardless. And according to most news articles, they’ve raised millions of dollars. So it might be random but it seems to actually be a good version of these social media things.

 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

What bothers me are the videos that do not even mention ALS or any other charity for that matter. How is that “raising awareness” if you aren’t even stating why you are doing it??

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

The ones I have seen all did the ice bucket AND donated. FI’s father died of ALS when he was 13 years old. When people asked him how his father passed and he said ALS, for YEARS so many people said… AL what? I guarantee there is at least one person in the world who learned what ALS is from this campaign, and I think that’s great! Plus they have raised money for a good cause so what’s the harm?

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017 - Country Cottage and Gardens

OtterHalf:  I think that’s the inevitability of large campaigns and us being human. Not every single person is going to put together this great video for ALS. But most probably assume that at this stage, you know what the challenge is about. As a side note, I have to hand it to one girl I know, who is commenting on every single one in her feed with an informational video. So I guess if you are really wanting better promotion, you could go her route! haha 

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper

Kir32:  You missed my point entirely. Did you even read the article the OP posted? It touched on how this sort of campaign is in the media for one minute and then forgotten. I was pointing out that this happens often and isn’t something new. It is a marketing strategy and I was saying that there is nothing at all wrong with capitalising on that. It is in fact the norm for modern society to move onto the next thing and to try and out do the last thing even with charities.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

OtterHalf:  Every video on my newsfeed says “I gladly accept the ALS ice bucket challenge to raise awareness” with the hashtag #alsicebucket challenge, or something similar.  I get what you’re saying, I just wanted to point out that I’m seeing the opposite – which is good!

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

GrannyPantiesRock:  It’s clearly doing something right, b/c I just heard on the radio that since this thing started in late July, $13mil has been raised as to last year’s $1.3mil!  (Don’t quote me on the numbers!!!)  

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