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  •  Thanks you guys! (6+ / 0-)

    I wasn't expecting this at all. And no need for you to dig any deeper than you already have. I'm hoping to get donations from others who've already promised but who haven't delivered.

    As you've noted there is indeed no way to make a donation through PayPal unfortunately. Check donations won't show up until after the ride is over; the last date for donations by check was last Friday (they want the money right away).

    One thing to be aware of is this: Yes it costs a good bit of money to produce an event like AIDS/LifeCycle. Even the final two-day training ride I was on, involving 150 people, took months of organizing (and there were glitches anyway). One week, six campsites, opening and closing venues and rest stops, permits in some sixty localities and cooperation from CHP--who can be rather testy it seems--that's a great deal of work and money. The beneficiaries, the SF AIDS Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center, include production costs in their operating budgets rather than siphoning it off from donations. So all the money that's donated goes directly to the recipients of services. We were told last Saturday morning that a donation received is spent immediately on an actual service to an actual person; if it came in a couple of weeks ago the money's been used and for its intended purpose. Over the past several years the net to the beneficiaries and their clients has been 65 to 67% of the total raised (the event cost has to be accounted for somehow) and for something this elaborate, that's really good. They try to save money wherever they can, using in-kind donation of goods and services and being economical without jeopardizing the health and safety of ride participants.

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