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Discussion in 'Action Alerts and Advocacy' started by SpecialK82, May 19, 2011.

  1. helen41

    helen41 Senior Member

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    thankyou for all you do, Dolphin. It is so helpful to have an idea where to put endorsements. Looks like my endorsements are going back to IACFS again today. Yesterday a voter asked me to make up my mind- I guess I'm getting people confused LOL
  2. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Great work, helen41. You're doing proper work. I'm just releasing my "inner-nerd".;)
  3. frenchtulip

    frenchtulip Senior Member

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    Thanks to everyone here for all the work you are doing! I check the comments and analyses several times a day to help decide how to vote in the evening (for my husband and me). Helen, you are pulling in votes that may be critically important in the end! Great work, everyone!
  4. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Nightingale Research Foundation: 91 + 8 = 99 (18th)

    As I suggested would likely happen eventually, yesterday's 18th, 19th and 20th (Terrace 747 Air Cadet, Muscular Dystrophy Canada & Saint John Regional Hospital Foundation) have passed out the NRF.

    However not too much movement from others:
    Progressive Alternatives Society of Calgary 90 + 5 = 95 (19th)
    National Pancreatic Cancer Canada Foundation 86 + 1 = 87 (20th)
    and more importantly:
    21st: Hope's Home 65 + 6 = 71
    22nd: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Saint John 55 + 10 = 65

    WHISTLER ADAPTIVE SPORTS PROGRAM SOCIETY 20 + 13 = 33 hasn't made the move I thought it might make.

    So even though 8 votes for the NRF isn't a good day, the others are so sluggish it is actually looking in a pretty good position.

    ETA: National ME/FM Action Network 298 + 33 = 331. Given I think the NRF is looking quite good on 99 and moving up slowly, I certainly think the National ME/FM Action Network is looking good to get into Round 2.
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    Eastern

    20th position: 1676 + 340 = 2016

    The CFIDS Association of America 665 + 15 = 680

    Eastern is one tough group! Group of death as some sports commentators can say.
  6. Dolphin

    Dolphin Senior Member

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    Central in last 24 hours

    IACFS/ME: 720 + 80 = 800 (13th) (much better day for the IACFS/ME)

    21st position 617 + 90 = 707

    So gap only narrowed by 10 to 93. But the IACFS/ME better not have a day like it did the day before yesterday (25) or it will really struggle (indeed the day before that, it got 71 but still the gap narrowed by 45 as 21st went up by 116). It looks like it could be very close - a few votes either way could do it. Helen did a lot of good work today which brought in votes presumably. I also mailed 17 mailing list suggesting the IACFS/ME thru' June 11.
  7. Dolphin

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    Mountain over last 24 hours

    The Rocky Mountain CFS/ME & FM Association: 323 + 72 = 395

    20th position: 519 + 49 = 568

    So the Rocky Mountain CFS/ME & FM Association closed gap by 23 to 173. However, the gap needs to close by a lot more than that each day. 21st is on 567 so even if one of the ones above it slow down, it's in the best position to take a top 20 position.

    If assume that 20th goes up by 120 in last 2 and a bit days, then the Rocky Mountain CFS/ME & FM Association would need to get 293 - it hasn't received anything close to that before.
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    Pacific over last 24 hours: WPI is as safe as houses -consider endorsing other groups

    Whittemore Peterson Institute: 5786 +480 = 6266

    Be Perfect Foundation: 6069 + 403 = 6472

    21st position: 438 + 76 = 514
  9. ggingues

    ggingues $10 gift code at iHerb GAS343 of $40

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    I voted for Nightingale for today, they were at 18 and not to far ahead of #20!

    GG
  10. Sasha

    Sasha Fine, thank you

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    Thanks again for all this analysis, Dolphin, you're doing a great job! I've voted for IACFS/ME again today.
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    Dolphin Senior Member

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    I wrote this on Sunday - it's old news now in a way:

    [This is probably way more than most people need to know but some regular Vivint voters may find it of interest. Ideally one should vote daily but it is not essential. The easiest way to remember is to sign up to say you're attending an event e.g. <http://on.fb.me/lMtrYd> i.e.
    <http://www.facebook.com/?sk=events&ap=1#!/event.php?eid=121179681298558> .
    You will then get a daily E-mail reminder. Don't worry: no one will keep track as to whether you actually do or don't vote each day! Voting re-starts in less than 2 days.]


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    4 ME-type charities qualified for Round 2:

    - IACFS/ME International Association for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & ME
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/1124

    - National ME/FM Action Network
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/855

    - Nightingale Research Foundation
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/1129

    - Whittemore Peterson Institute
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/charity/769
    (more detailed descriptions are below - Appendix A)

    Other groups didn't make it. The contest was well under way when most people in the ME/CFS community knew about it which meant some groups from other causes had a big advantage (it started on April 25).
    It was harder to qualify from some regions (Canada was by far the easiest to qualify from)



    These groups are now eligible for two things:

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    (i) Matching gifts (up to $2500 in total) (more details copied below - Appendix C)

    [TK: I wonder will there be two lots of $2500 as the prize money only adds up to $750,000 and 100 x $2500 only gets to $1m]

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    (ii) entry into Round 2 where $750,000 will be given to first place overall
    ($250,000) and the five remaining regional winners.

    An important thing to remember is that if the WPI were to come second in its region, it could still win $100,000 if the group that more than it won overall.
    This is made clear in the rules
    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/overview where it says there are six winners.


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    I think it is only worthwhile voting for a charity that has a chance of winning prize-money.

    Based on what happened in round 1, unless there is a change in voting patterns, I think if one is thinking tactically, the groups to vote for are Whittemore Peterson Institute and perhaps the National ME/FM Action Network.
    There is even a chance it could make "tactical sense" to vote for the Be Perfect Foundation near the end, if it is way ahead of the Whittemore Peterson Institute and is in the running for the top prize overall. If it got top prize overall, then the WPI would be eligible for $100,000 for coming second.

    Also, based on Round 1, out of the ME-type charities, only the Whittemore Peterson Institute would seem to have a chance of winning the $250,000.


    Some people may think the WPI don't have a great chance of winning the overall prize as they weren't near the top overall at the end of Round 1.

    However, other groups had a big head-start as the voting started on April 25 (one can tell from their Vivint number/website address whether they registered early or not)

    I started saving the voting totals early on June 1st (my time), just over 11 days before the voting ended.

    I thought there might be the odd person interested in these figures so I've copied them below (Appendix B).


    From those who finished in the top 5 in each region, here are the top
    averages:

    - Team Sanfilippo Foundation 0 + 5385 = 5385 (approx. 598 votes per day) (they only showed up on leaderboard (when I was saving it) 8 days before the end

    - Ruth Paz Foundation LA 0 + 1840 = 1840 (approx. 460 votes per day) (they only showed up on leaderboard (at the time I was saving it each day) 3 days before the end

    - Be Perfect Foundation 2062+5250=7312 (approx. 477 votes per day)

    - Whittemore Peterson Institute 2641 + 4537 = 7178 (approx. 412 votes per
    day)

    - CHERUBS 3468 + 4463 = 7931 (approx. 405 votes per day)

    I am not going to go through all the top 20s as have other things to do.


    Of note, in Canada:

    Light and Love Home- Vancouver BC 0 + 615 = 615 (approx. 202 votes per day) (they only showed up on leaderboard (when I was saving it) 3 days before the end with 9 votes so 615-9/3=202 They actually got 589 in the last day!!

    Remember that the ME/CFS vote was split in Round 1 - perhaps 100+ people were voting for other groups but they will vote for the Whittemore Peterson Institute in Round 2.

    So the Whittemore Peterson Institute should be in with a good chance.

    Tom










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    Appendix A: Vivint descriptions:

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    Appendix B: Top 5 from each region incl. daily averages in last 11 days:


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    Pacific:
    Be Perfect Foundation 2062+5250=7312 (approx. 477 votes per day)

    Whittemore Peterson Institute 2641 + 4537 = 7178 (approx. 412 votes per day)

    Prader-Willi California Foundation 1266 + 943 = 2209 (approx. 86 votes per day)

    Courage To Be You 1436 + 453 = 1889 (approx. 41 votes per day)

    NextGen Academy 90 + 1609 = 1699 (approx. 146 votes per day)

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    Mountain:
    Utah Prader-Willi Syndrome Association 7684 + 3479 = 11163 (approx. 316 votes per day)

    Now I Can Foundation 1857 + 819 = 2676 (approx. 74 votes per day)

    Bikes for Kids Utah 1490 + 599 = 2089 (approx. 54 votes per day)

    Heart 2 Home Foundation 695 + 714 = 1409 (approx. 65 votes per day)

    Learning for Life in Utah County 1106 + 291 = 1397 (approx. 26 votes per
    day)

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    Central:
    Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) 5892 + 4308 = 10200 (approx. 392 votes per day)

    Tapestries of Life Ministries 5188 + 3251 = 8439 (approx. 296 votes per day)

    Military Moms and Wives of Brazoria County 2138 + 1841 = 3979 (approx. 167 votes per day)

    Lindsay Foundation 1828 + 2024 = 3852 (approx. 184 votes per day)

    Ruth Paz Foundation LA 0 + 1840 = 1840 (approx. 460 votes per day) (they only showed up on leaderboard (when I was saving it) 3 days before the end

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    Eastern:
    Childhood Apraxia of Speech Association of North America 4414 + 3824 = 8238 (approx. 347 votes per day)

    CHERUBS 3468 + 4463 = 7931 (approx. 405 votes per day)

    Team Sanfilippo Foundation 0 + 5385 = 5385 (approx. 598 votes per day) (they only showed up on leaderboard (when I was saving it) 8 days before the end

    CFC International 956 + 3412 = 4368 (approx. 310 votes per day)

    Dravet Syndrome Foundation 2508 + 1463 = 3971 (approx. 133 votes per day)

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    Canada:
    Foundation for Prader-Willi Research Canada 1421 + 630 = 2051 (approx. 57 votes per day)

    Blue Heron Support Services Association 984 + 577 = 1561 (approx. 52 votes per day)

    A Child's Voice Foundation 474 + 264 = 738 (approx. 24 votes per day)

    Light and Love Home- Vancouver BC 0 + 615 = 615 (approx. 202 votes per day) (they only showed up on leaderboard (when I was saving it) 3 days before the end with 9 votes so 615-9/3=202 They actually got 589 in the last day!!

    Shepherd's Gate Ministries Inc. SK 7 + 557 = 564 (approx. 51 votes per day)

    Somebody had some figures from last year and with two days to go, the overall winner last year had received approximately 500 votes a day.





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    Appendix C: Describing matching donations


    http://www.vivint.com/givesbackproject/overview


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