a) EDC Kit #1: chosen at random.
--James Chapter Knife, Storm Trooper Colorway (courtesy of the blog)
--Prometheus Beta QR v2 (Scout Leather Polished Brass Edition)(courtesy of Prometheus)
--RC Fibers D15 Wallet and CF Clip (courtesy of RC Fibers)
--TT Keeper OPMT (courtesy of TT PockeTTools)
--Karas Kustoms Ink (courtesy of Karas Kustoms)
--Mini Mechanics chest EDC storage (courtesy of the blog)
WINNER: Ryan Morris
b) EDC Kit #2: chosen at random. Kit #2 includes:
--Zero Tolerance ZT770CF (courtesy of www.knivesshipfree.com)
--Malkoff MDC (courtesy of the blog)
--Bellroy Elements Pocket (courtesy of Bellroy)
--Prometheus EKO OMPT (courtesy of Prometheus)
WINNER: Adam Sullivan
c) Big Heart, awarded to the person with the single largest donation:
--One of a kind, Smock Knives modded Boker Kwaiken with Dietz Flipper (courtesy of the blog)
WINNER: John Bengino (who not only gave a lot, but also used the Price is Right Trick--you clever bastard you).
d) Big Heart, runner up
--Customized Emerson Mini CQC7 (courtesy of Attorney Adrian)
WINNER: Duane Kuykendall
e) Big Heart, second runner up
--CRKT No Time Off (courtesy of CRKT)
WINNER: Matt Distefano
Weekly Big Giver:
Week 1: Kershaw Amplitude: John Bengino
Week 2: Spyderco Cat: Gary Morrison
Week 3: Lynch Paramilitary Upgrade Kit: Duane Kuykendall
--Zero Tolerance ZT0562 (courtesy of Knives Ship Free)
--Arno Bernard Bush Baby (courtesy of Knives Ship Free)
WINNER: Emily Domeyer (technically Jacob Domeyer on behalf of his wife Emily who is currently in the Middle East). I will pay for shipping to wherever Emily is stationed.
--Buck Mini Spitfire
WINNER: Daniel Van Natta
So there you have it, all of the winners. By the way here is some of the data:
We had 27 entries. The quite a few gave $100 or more--5 to be precise. The total raised was $1141, making the average donation around $42...pretty fucking amazing. We have raised almost $3,000 thus far--$1800 plus $1141. And if you didn't win anything you still won because you helped those that keep us safe. And be ready for next time. I have something HUGE planned.
All of these folks please contact me and send your addresses. Email is everydaycommentary at gmail dot com (in the usual format). I'd like to mail out everything at once, probably on Friday or Saturday, so don't delay.
One last piece of WWP Giveaway business--why I still support WWP.
So a reader sent me a link to this post over at ITS as to why they no longer support the WWP. I myself have had issues with the WWP (see below), but I continue to run the giveaways to support this charity because, as of 2015, there is no charity that does more for veterans than they do. It is a purely utilitarian calculus--they are the biggest, they have the most resources, they have the most money. They may not be the best run and they certainly could do better, but if I waited for the perfect charity, I'd be waiting forever.
That said I want your input. What other charity should I support with the giveaways (don't bother with pet or animal charities...they'll get my attention when all of the people problems are solved)?
For your benefit here is the ITS post and my responses to the reader who sent me the link:
I did some further digging and here is what I found with regard to ITS objections to the WWP:
1. The CEO is paid too much.
Based on reviews on Charity Navigator, he is paid quite a bit, but not that much more, on either a percentage basis or in real terms, compared to CEOs at similarly sized charities. I guess this means that it takes money to make money.
On a personal note I have been involved with a few charities--fund raising, boards, and strategic plans and I can tell you that the successful ones are the ones that have charismatic or well-connected CEOs. Those that don't do very poorly in fundraising. My Dad runs a charity for a living, his second job after leaving the Air Force, and while he makes nothing like what the CEO for WWP does, he works hard and earns his money. Finding hard working, charismatic, and well-connected people doesn't come cheap.
As far as this is concerned, I am okay with the CEO's pay.
2. Too much of the money goes to overhead.
The percentage of money that goes to the cause is around 58%. ITS highlights other vet charities that do much better, but its not really comparing apples to apples. ITS's vet charities are tiny compared to WWP. After digging through the numbers on Charity Navigator I found that almost all large charities, say those with revenue over $200,000,000 have more overhead, as a percentage of their total operating budget, than small charities. The Smithsonian has 70% going to the cause and the Nature Conservancy has about the same. Both are much larger than WWP and both can off set normal charity revenue streams with government aid. In fact, all of the big charities, American Red Cross, St. Judes, the Jimmy Fund, Smithsonian, and NC all get direct or indirect government aid. That money is basically free, from a charity's perspective, and requires little or no overhead, maybe one or two people to do grant writing. Without that revenue stream, charities as big as WWP, have similarly sized overhead expenses percentages.
3. WWP is suing small charities.
ITS specious legal analysis aside, this is one thing that really irks me. This is some seriously petty shit, but it is not out of line with the stupid thinking I encountered when I dealt with WWP directly. I contacted WWP when I originally started the giveaways and they were not helpful. They wanted me to pay $750 to them so they could "advertise" the giveaway on their site and send me a packet of stickers and the like. I explained to them what I was planning on doing and how that much money would eat away all of the profits and after some back and forth, they gave me their blessing but told me I wouldn't get any visibility or their "fundraiser" packet. I said okay and I have been doing the giveaway ever since. They operate like jerks, but, and this is a big off set for me, my vet buddy that inspired the giveaway, they did real good for him and his family, good I saw firsthand. In that way I take their behavior like the arrogant surgeon who saved my life--you can be a jerk if you get the job done well. Still this one bothers me, though.
4. The Gun Thing
I am a supporter of the Second Amendment. Unlike quite a few people that are, I have actually tested and used the Second Amendment in legal proceedings on a few occasions. The Second Amendment is important to my clients and it is important to me. But I know there are people that have different points of view on this issue and I am not going to base my associations or affiliations on where folks, or charities, stand on guns, abortion, religion, vaccines, school testing, or any political hot button issue.
Frankly, politicians and special interests love these issues. Politicians and special interests stoke the fires and keep the fights going because it means money and votes. If folks want to be part of that, that's fine, but I refuse to be so crassly treated by those in power. In the end I can get along with someone that has diametrically opposing political views, so long as that person is a decent person, because: 1) I realize that these "fundamental" issues are manufactured by elected officials and lobbying groups; 2) they are, generally speaking, historical accidents (in the 60s the NRA was supportive of gun control measures sponsored by Ronald Reagan after Black Panthers brought guns into the California legislature--positions on these so-called fundamental issues change as political expediency dictates); and 3) many of these issue don't relate to what makes a person or group good--I know lots of folks that hate guns that are decent people and I know a lot of folks that love guns that are decent people. WWP position on taking money from firearms companies is fine with me so long as they help vets out and as I indicated before, I saw that help firsthand.
In the end, the choice of WWP comes down to this--they are the single largest vet charity in the US. They aren't perfect, they aren't even the best charity, but giving money to them helps the highest impact charity for vets. I wish they were better, but waiting for perfect is always a problem. ITS disagrees and he has reasons for doing so. But for me, when I can direct my money some place, I want it to go where it will have the most impact.
Now that the giveaway is over, toss out some suggestions for a replacement charity and I will do the due diligence on them.