Star MegaDO 4 - Pre event discussion

Discussion in 'SMD4 (Star MegaDO #4)' started by tommy777, Dec 29, 2011.  |  Print Topic


What alternative do you prefer

Poll closed Jan 6, 2012.
  1. The Nordic affair with a touch of Poland

  2. The Mediterranean medley

  3. Asian Dawn

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. canucklehead
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    canucklehead Gold Member

    Meals on Wheels is an excellent organization and I volunteered for them for a few years while in school. In addition to a nutritious meal, often the volunteer delivering was the only human contact the people would have had, so it serves a great need!

    If we are going to select organizations (and the ones Milepoint features on FlyForward are not necessarily 'flying charities') I would love if we stuck with Kiva but consider one that Mommy Points mentions - Ronald McDonald House - in her Christmas blog.
  2. rehoult
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    rehoult Silver Member

    If we end up with a significant Canadian contingent again, I'd like it if the organizers would consider supporting at least one charity with a Canadian arm (RMH would work for that) so that we can get tax receipts. The tax benefits are huge and would allow us to double our donations for no extra cost.
  3. General_Flyer
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    General_Flyer Gold Member

    Perhaps among the consideration of the bigger charities at home, we may also add smaller charities in our destinations?
  4. jbcarioca
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    jbcarioca Gold Member

    These are really good ideas. Less US-centricity would help many of us.
  5. Pizzaman
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    Pizzaman Co-founder

    Kiva is definitely one of our efforts to make the charitable giving more global. We're also trying to develop a program for one smaller recipient each quarter.
  6. jbcarioca
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    jbcarioca Gold Member

    Despite my known enthusiasm for KIva I prefer to keep the MegaDO emphasis on others. If I have a vote it would be for DWB/MSF. That is global, efficient, helps with disasters everywhere...Of course thee are so many worthy charities...
  7. Mr. Silver Springer

    Mr. Silver Springer Gold Member

  8. zphelj

    zphelj Silver Member

    I've been a supporter of SmileTrain for some time now where a fundamental and profound lifelong impact can be had for as little as $250.
  9. kareddick

    kareddick Silver Member

    Wounded Warrior Project. Where are we going, already??? When??? Can"t wait!
  10. Skyraider

    Skyraider Active Member

    It might also merit consideration that donations to charities are not deductibe in many European countries (allbeit business expenses are).
  11. Travelsavant
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    Travelsavant Gold Member

    Charity discussion is good but did I miss the all-imp post of when, where, how much announcement, or are well all still waiting?
  12. Mr. Silver Springer

    Mr. Silver Springer Gold Member

    I am ready for the announcement(s). :D
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  13. canucklehead
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    canucklehead Gold Member

  14. JetAway

    JetAway Silver Member

    Totally unaware of this. Thanks!
  15. Dreamworks

    Dreamworks Gold Member

    If we're going international/non-US, which I totally agree with, then I would also go for DWB/MSF. I am a big Kiva fan, but I like the idea of spreading the wealth to smaller charities. Maybe we can make it specific to the countries we have the DO in.....
  16. Wandering Aramean
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    Wandering Aramean Gold Member

    I'm not a tax professional, but unless the organization to which you directly give the cash is registered as a charity then you as an individual generally don't get the tax benefits of the donation. So unless you're making donations directly to whatever charity the MegaDo names you likely aren't permitted to take the deduction anyways. Of course, if the MegaDo organization is properly registered as a charity then you can take that deduction since that who you are giving the money to, but I have no idea if it is so registered (there was talk about that at one point a couple years ago but I left well before we got to solving that problem).
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  17. Sloweddy00

    Sloweddy00 Active Member

    Asian Dawn would be my choice, but the other two also sound great!
  18. rehoult
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    rehoult Silver Member

    Being a tax professional... :p Actually, the funds can go through a 3rd party (think sponsoring people for various a-thons), the 3rd party just gives a breakdown with the name, address and amounts of the individual donors to the charity when they deliver the 5ft long cheque. The charity then sends out the tax receipts to the individuals. Your risk of course is that the 3rd party never sends in the money, or forgets to provide the list to them.
  19. kareddick

    kareddick Silver Member

    To all my SMD3 friends, I just talked to Hyatt Diamond and was assured that the Suite Upgrades that will expire on Feb 29 CAN BE USED for future reservations beyond Feb 29. I just booked Seattle and SFO to use my last two.
    Also, they have an "on the phone" special offer for the Hyatt Chase card -- 2 Suite stays for diamond and $50 credit w first purchase -- no spend required after first purchase. Sounds good to me.

    Still waiting for the good word on SMD4
  20. ParanoiaTX
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    ParanoiaTX Gold Member

    Yep, you just have have to apply them by Feb 29. And if you cancel any of those future reservations, you do lose the upgrade certs.
  21. cova

    cova Gold Member

    Are we supposed to get 4 additional Hyatt suite upgrades for 2012?
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  22. gleff
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    gleff Co-founder

    You will, in April if memory serves
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  23. kareddick

    kareddick Silver Member

    Yes, March 1 -- 4 more upgrades
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  24. Pat89339
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    Pat89339 Gold Member


    From T&Cs: A complimentary suite upgrade is only valid on paid stays/nights, when paying an Eligible Rate for a maximum of 7 consecutive nights. Member must call 800.400.2261 or their nearest worldwide reservation center to redeem upgrade award. Upgrade awards are not available at Hyatt Regency Kyoto, Hyatt Regency Paris-Madeleine, Park Hyatt Sydney and Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort, Hyatt Place, Hyatt Summerfield Suites or Hyatt Residence Group resorts.

    I found this out today when I attempted to apply a suite upgrade to what I was told was a "Non Eligible Rate" The agent told me it was an "event rate" and I could not apply the suite upgrade. He also told me that he just learned about that restriction last week.
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    TAHKUCT Gold Member

    That is one of the reasons I am trying to plan ahead and book some properties. Still have 2 more certificates to use.
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