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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 4 days ago #421

Worldbuilders main charitable outcomes are in the money they raise for other charities.

I’d just recommend donating to those charities directly if you don’t feel great about WBs management capabilities but you like the causes.

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 4 days ago #422

Arcanist Kolixela wrote:

Mike Steele wrote:

Arcanist Kolixela wrote: This has got to be the single worst managed charity I have ever had the displeasure of donating to.

I sincerely hope that if TD chooses to do something with them in the future that TD handles all of the token related pieces of the donations. We'd have gotten everything handled and delivered MONTHS ago if they had.

I also sincerely hope TD never partners with this charity ever again. It's a terribly handled charity that doesn't seem to care about actually fulfilling it's requirements in anything relating to a timely manner.


While it would be great to get the tokens before long, the main thing I'll consider in donating to them again is what good things they are doing with the money from donations.


Their general lack of ability to handle delivery of prizes properly and reported overspending on required shipping costs leads me to believe my charity money would be best donated to another charity that is more efficient with the use of my money as to maximize the amount of good my donations can do.

Slow, wasteful on expenses and not communicative to those who give, as well as not properly fulfilling a single prize won from the one event I have donated to shows me a company that is being managed poorly. Donating is definitely a good thing, I just do not trust the people in charge of this charity to use my money effectively and to provide what they promise. As they have failed to do both.


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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 3 days ago #423

I recieved a Taborlin's Key and a couple ten-packs and was pleasantly surprised. This discussion prompted me to go and look at the prize pages and it looks like my name must have been drawn for one of the "University Packs" which should have included 50 token packs, as well as a Kvothe's Bloodless.

I guess I'm not upset since I won a prize, and a pretty cool and rare one at that, but knowing that I could have also been sent a Bloodless and more packs does bring an element of disappointment.

On top of that, like everyone else I'm still waiting for my Honeycomb.

It seems like a poor attitude for me to be unhappy with a prize or feel like I am owed something more after making a charitable donation, but I can't help but feel like that. If I was the only one, I would consider it a mistake and let it go, but it seems to be everyone, at all levels.

I'm less likely to donate to Worldbuilders in the future. If they hadn't made any promises and set expectations, nobody would be upset. They did set expectations both for donors and prize reciepients, and they didn't live up to it. I don't blame anyone for not trusting them in the future. I also don't begrudge anyone who continues to support them.

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 3 days ago #424

Dergidan wrote: I recieved a Taborlin's Key and a couple ten-packs and was pleasantly surprised. This discussion prompted me to go and look at the prize pages and it looks like my name must have been drawn for one of the "University Packs" which should have included 50 token packs, as well as a Kvothe's Bloodless.

I guess I'm not upset since I won a prize, and a pretty cool and rare one at that, but knowing that I could have also been sent a Bloodless and more packs does bring an element of disappointment.

On top of that, like everyone else I'm still waiting for my Honeycomb.

It seems like a poor attitude for me to be unhappy with a prize or feel like I am owed something more after making a charitable donation, but I can't help but feel like that. If I was the only one, I would consider it a mistake and let it go, but it seems to be everyone, at all levels.

I'm less likely to donate to Worldbuilders in the future. If they hadn't made any promises and set expectations, nobody would be upset. They did set expectations both for donors and prize reciepients, and they didn't live up to it. I don't blame anyone for not trusting them in the future. I also don't begrudge anyone who continues to support them.


I don't think its in any way a poor attitude to be unhappy that you didn't get what was promised. Worldbuilders does not do any charity work directly. Their whole deal is trying to stimulate donations to Heifer International via the cool stuff you can get in the auctions and other events. If the cool stuff isn't as advertised or promised, then they're failing in the their part of the deal.

Heifer is a stellar organization that I'm going to continue to support. Worldbuilders is kind of leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I get that they're a small organization, and it's been a rough year, but at least communicate it. A small press release or an email to everyone who was affected saying something along the lines of "Covid really messed up our processes, we're slower than usual and shipments got mixed up because our logistics person was sick" or whatever caused the mess would go a long way. Complete silence is a lack of accountability, which isn't ideal at all. They did donate 100% of the end of the year fundraiser to Heifer, which is a good thing, but there's a lot wrong here.

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 3 days ago #425

Josh M. wrote: They did donate 100% of the end of the year fundraiser to Heifer, which is a good thing, but there's a lot wrong here.


TBH I'd rather they donated 90% of the funds collected to Heifer and used 10% to pay someone to do fulfillment. They have relationships with several game companies who have warehouse space and logistics staff. It wouldn't be a stretch to leverage those relationships into a fulfillment partnership.

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 2 days ago #426

Marc D wrote:

Josh M. wrote: They did donate 100% of the end of the year fundraiser to Heifer, which is a good thing, but there's a lot wrong here.


TBH I'd rather they donated 90% of the funds collected to Heifer and used 10% to pay someone to do fulfillment. They have relationships with several game companies who have warehouse space and logistics staff. It wouldn't be a stretch to leverage those relationships into a fulfillment partnership.


Alternately, they could outsource warehousing, shipping, and fulfilment. My company researched this for our own shipping. Amazon (the most expensive option but can do any scale) and quite a few competitors in the 3PL and dropshipping space will allow you to have them take receipt of inventory for you, store it, and ship it to wherever you indicate. It's smooth and easy to administrate. Costs vary based on shipping costs +20% plus about $1/month for storage per item.

Considering the chaos WB has, it would almost certainly be less expensive.

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 2 days ago #427

Interested earned over 3 to 4 months should help cover it.

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 2 days ago #428

Fred K wrote:

Marc D wrote:

Josh M. wrote: They did donate 100% of the end of the year fundraiser to Heifer, which is a good thing, but there's a lot wrong here.


TBH I'd rather they donated 90% of the funds collected to Heifer and used 10% to pay someone to do fulfillment. They have relationships with several game companies who have warehouse space and logistics staff. It wouldn't be a stretch to leverage those relationships into a fulfillment partnership.


Alternately, they could outsource warehousing, shipping, and fulfilment. My company researched this for our own shipping. Amazon (the most expensive option but can do any scale) and quite a few competitors in the 3PL and dropshipping space will allow you to have them take receipt of inventory for you, store it, and ship it to wherever you indicate. It's smooth and easy to administrate. Costs vary based on shipping costs +20% plus about $1/month for storage per item.

Considering the chaos WB has, it would almost certainly be less expensive.

Fred


I'm not a logistics expert, so I'll defer to others' knowledge on the subject. My more general point is I'm happier if less than 100% of funds go to the charity if it means the whole operation runs smoother, since that could induce more donations :)

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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 2 days ago #429

I had never heard of Worldbuilders before this. I will admit I selfishly only donated because of the rewards. I plan to never donate to this charity again just for the sake of it, but if there is some really tempting reward I am effectively buying, I’ll think long and hard about it. A raffle would have to basically involve a once in a lifetime quality prize to motivate me to participate in their raffles, because I just don’t have any faith in them anymore.

Honestly, good communication would have gone a long way. I am used to over a year of Kickstarter delays, so those don’t bother me, but delays with silence is troubling. That shows issues at multiple levels.

All that said, I’ll accept the reason I should have been donating was for charity and I’ll chalk this up to a loss that I won’t be mad about if no more packages arrive to anyone else.
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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 2 days ago #430

So how many of you have worked for a 501c3? What good did you do with the money you raised in your organizations?
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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 1 day ago #431

I volunteered for one and was never in charge of managing the money, so I will say I do not have firsthand knowledge on that topic.
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True Dungeon Teams Up with Worldbuilders 1 week 1 day ago #432

macxdmg wrote: So how many of you have worked for a 501c3? What good did you do with the money you raised in your organizations?


Not sure exactly where you're going with this, but it feels like of unnecessarily aggressive.

I would imagine several on this forum have either worked for one, or volunteered, or raised money, for many 501c3.

Personally I've worked with the San Diego Blood Bank for over 10 years, and the organization has done quite a bit of good.
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