Sooner or later every author is asked to contribute to a charity, endorse a worthy cause, or shout out a kickstarter or patreon.
Here’s why it’s a problem, Gentle Reader.
When you ask for an endorsement, charitable or not, you’re asking me to trust you with my whole reputation as an author and as a decent human being.
That’s my livelihood and integrity. That is HUGE ask.
How do I know you aren’t a scam?
I don’t. So I have to spend hours researching your trustworthiness. On the internet! Because you Tweeted at me?
Your 5 second Tweet request has now taken up half my day.
So here’s what I can do:
I can support a select group of causes, schools, and libraries with both donated books and funding. I value literacy and education. That’s how I enjoy giving back to my community because that’s how I earn a living. (Occasionally I will offer exclusive special short stories to my newsletter supporting specific charities.)
I prefer to stay private about the specifics of my philanthropic endeavors (see tzedakah). I have personal reasons for choosing causes.
I spend a good deal of time researching to ensure every single one I choose is run efficiently and with few ulterior motives or agendas.
I simply don’t have the time or the money to research, qualify, and support every request I receive.
I receive a LOT of them.
It’s for this reason that I prefer not to endorse publicly (through retweeting or other means) additional charitable organizations. (Or non-charitable ones, for that matter.)
I’ve adopted a policy of proactively finding causes dear to my heart, rather than responding to solicitations.
I hope that my Gentle Readers out there will understand and respect my wishes in this matter.
FYI, I contribute foreign editions to Pat Rothfass’s Worldbuilders Fundraiser for Heifer International.
Once, I even offered up a hat tuckerization! (Hat appeared in the final Finishing School book made by Vieve.)
Yours in positivity,
Are you looking for charities to support?
Here’s a short list of some of my favorites…
- Local Animal Shelter (my Lilliput is s shelter cat so I try to always remember where she came from)
- The San Francisco LBGT Center
- The Marsha P Johnson Institute for Black Trans Awareness
- The Seventh Generation Fund
- NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
- Local Girls Education Club
- Pencils of Promise
- Book Riot’s list of Literacy Charities in 2020
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Quote of the Day:
“Tzedakah is not a benevolent contribution given to be kind or nice to those who need it, it is a balancing of the scales, an active working towards justice. One should donate to the local food bank not to gain favor with a god, or to be nice to those with less than ourselves, but because it is unjust for anyone to be without food, especially while others have plenty. Correcting injustice, balancing the scales, evaluating the distribution of power and creating equity is tzedakah.” ~ Anonymous