In lieu of my usual Thrifting Thursday post today, I thought I'd get your feedback on something I've been thinking about.
I recently read one of our missionary's newsletters and saw that he needed a significant amount of money to continue his work safely and effectively. Of course, I wanted to do something to help. However, I'm not independently wealthy (nor are any of you). So I was thinking about what I could do. I can sew and craft, and I have an Etsy shop.
What I really want to do is donate all profit (above the production costs) of handmade items in my shop to this particular missionary for a certain amount of time. I was thinking perhaps a month.
But then I got to wondering, are there laws that govern this kind of thing? I looked it up on Etsy and I understand everything except the first point, "Members represent that any charitable fundraising complies with all applicable laws."
What applicable laws?? I've googled it and can't seem to find what I'm looking for. All it talks about is direct fundraising, like if I would put a "Donate" button on my site and people would receive nothing tangible in exchange for their donation. That's not what I'm thinking of doing.
I really want to do this, but I know what the legal system has become in our country. I'm sure there are laws about how I can and can't do this, and I don't want to get in trouble trying to do something good. I also don't want to have to hire a lawyer or attorney. I want to help a missionary, not pad the pockets of a lawyer.
I was thinking of telling exactly how much money was going to the missionary in each listing. That way people will know it's all above-board and honest. This missionary has an organization that is registered as a nonprofit organization, so that part shouldn't be a problem.
Maybe I would be safest spreading the word through my blog and not mentioning it on Etsy? Like if I would add a sticky post to the blog that says, "All profit (above manufacturing costs) from the handmade items in my Etsy shop during the month of __ will go to __."
Have any of you done anything similar? Do you have any thoughts, even if you've never done this yourself? I'd love to hear from you!