I’ve decided to stop taking part in charity events in SL.
The reasons are many, but mostly because I don’t enjoy the charity event “culture” that SL has been inundated with, the millions of charity events with no accountability. I have learned the hard way not to trust that not all people do as they say they will.
This isn’t me be scroogey or mean. I will continue to give as I always have done – through RL channels. I encourage you to do the same. That’s not to say you can’t shop at your favourite store participating in a charity event or with a charity aspect, of course if you can see the clear accountability for the money please do! I’m not saying that everyone that organises these is in the wrong, I just do not have the time, energy, or enthusiasm to research every single event I’m invited to, or to track up the records and accounts of those participating. I applaud those organisers and designers who put so much in to the events and have clear accounting practices.
I will honour the current commitments I have made, but past that… blanket ban for me. I will drop my coins in the SSPCA bucket, give to Oxfam, and participate in Red Nose Day… in RL. Charity starts on your doorstep, and that is where I’m going to focus.