Hello all. I have a suggestion for the group. Can we establish an
opportunity to give back to Orchid by donating a piece of our work?
My idea is a “page” with donated work sold or maybe bid on, with all
proceeds donated to the a Ganoksin Project?
All contributors would get “exposure” and be able to support the
forum in another manner. In addition, whether a $30 item or $3,000
item, each contributor recives one “ticket” for the drawing. It would
be win-win for all.
I think this is a great idea. I’ve gotten useful here. I
also wanted to give $10, but didn’t have anything in my PayPal
account. However, I’m afraid my work will not compare favorably with
some folks here.
I think this is a fabulous idea. Something to think about. who sets
the price? And what if it doesn’t sell within a certain timeframe?
You may also want to set up something like a silent auction for the
more desirable items.
Can’t wait to do some shopping/collecting and support a great cause!
…I was kind of nervous proposing the idea, but honest to goodness,
each time the drawing rolls around I have no extra money. I know,
$35 is not a lot of money. but it can be.
Regading skill level/quality of a piece. hey, it is like the old
idea behind christmas presents, it’s the thought that counts.
I too have gotten tons of info from reading the forum each day and
want to contribute somehow, hence the idea. How on Earth we make it
work is the next issue. or is it an acceptable idea? Administrators
cam this be done, sanctioned by Orchid???
I notice that the messages on this thread have tapered off. I think
the reason why is that a significant investment is required to get
the project running. Basically, this is a proposal that we have an
online gallery where customers can purchase. I judge the potential
to be significant because the cost if inventory is non-existent and
several established Ganoksin members could place links to the gallery
in their private websites. This would be a significant promotion
boost for the gallery.
The problem is that we would need a person who would manage the
gallery. This person would receive samples, make quality pictures,
post them on the gallery website, receive payment, ship product, and
do all the other tasks associated with running a business. This
could be a full time job.
I have not seen Hanuman or any other of the Ganoksin team speak up
on this so I don’t know if they are interested in doing this job.
The person who manages the gallery deserves to be paid a fair wage
for the work.
I believe that this could be something that will benefit everybody
involved, but this requires significant resources.
Hanuman has been out his office & will return on the 15th of
January. I have been in constant contact with him, he tells me that
his local internet is not always working. I know he is planning some
rather interesting projects upon his return. I can’t say anything
more on this!.:>)…Please be patient with him, agree?
If this were to work, it would have to be on the model of artfulhome.com.
That is - the website shows the work. The artist keeps the work,
sends the thing off. I don’t think we want to deal with the
intricacies of international jewelry shipment.
Perhaps a more workable model might be to have each of us have a
designated page or section indicating that that work would benefit
Orchid. When sold some agreed number or percent or?? would be
forwarded to Orchid. That makes each of us responsible and gets us
out of the ever present requests to donate product, at least we would
be paid for some part of the purchase.
On second thought - lets just be adults and set aside some part of
what we make or make an anniversary give to Orchid. We have enough
I’ll repeat myself here. I advocate that each of us who deem Orchid
and Ganoksin to be of value, simply make it a point to donate funds
on our respective birthdays. It is a date that you are likely to
remember and the randomness of the dates throughout the year will
create a steady stream of helpful funds for maintaining the website
At least, that is what I do. That is IF I can remember that the day
is my birthday!! You know how we older folks can lose some
things. At any rate, even if the donation comes a day after the
birthday, it still happens!!
Judy in Kansas, where we have enjoyed a week of bitter cold and wind
chills. Today temps are above freezing. Yeaaaa!
I can address some of this. I am on the Board of a Charity which had
the intent of creating an online Gallery featuring juried in artists
works with a portion of sales being donated to the Charity. This was
in the USA, and some contacts were made. In the filing for status,
the IRS disallowed this portion, and it was back to the drawing
board to still support lesser known but fine quality work artists in
support of Animals.
The suggestion of a Gallery and an International status would not be
easy. Making a lump sum donation can be difficult. For me
personally, when I appreciate a service that offers an auto deduct
withdrawal, I do that. Couple of examples are PBS and Wikipedia, as
well as the very charity I am speaking about. Small but steady,
doable and respectable.
Perhaps Hanuman would consider such a pledge from those of us who
sincerely want to give back. Easy to set up.
I like this idea, because the amount can be anything we prefer. And
we could always cancel and then later rejoin if there are months were
finances are too tight. I used to donate in such a way to another
org, and my personal amounts sent varied from $3-15. I live off a
small income, so some months are too difficult for even $3, but other
months weren’t. This allowed me to give at my own pace, and of
course, feel good about supporting an organization I love.