Tuesday, May 21, 2013

What do I do with your donations... and bonus screenshot!

(F-35 testing over Edwards... after all these years, sometimes FSX still surprises me)

First, I'd like to thank everybody who kindly donated money for my projects. My apologies for not having replied to each one of you - the fact is that the Paypal account is pointing to an old email account which has been receving tons of spam for years, and it is a web-based service that it has become full of ads and difficult to navigate - so I have almost abandoned it. Again, my apologies - each donation has been greatly appreciated.

It has been really helpful in several instances - and allowed me to do several things which greatly helped my Flight Simulator projects.
However, the fact is that I have a relatively secure job which is also relatively well paid - I don't have a wife and family nor a mortgage, so I can't say that I really do not have the money to support my projects. But they can get expensive, and, although I can't complain about my incomes, I still feel bad (for some reason) to invest hundreds (if not thousands!) of euros in what is basically a videogame. So, being able to spill some money from the Paypal account made some purchase decisions easier. It was thanks to your donations that I have been able to acquire the base mesh for the Tomcat and for the Viking - and it was a great help to achieve the current quality and progress of those projects. So a most sincere THANK YOU.

However, after the S-3 purchase, I do not foresee any imminent usage of the money in the Paypal account...so the money is sitting there basically giving interests to Paypal.
Therefore I have decided to start giving it away, at least partially, to selected charity and no-profit organizations. It is not a huge amount of money, but at least someone is getting a tangible value for the countless hours spent in having fun with my virtual toys.

Donations are still welcome - and I will continue using it also to fund my simulation projects if need be - I just wanted to let you guys know what I did with the money you have donated.


Unknown said...

Try Kiva... micro loans... good stuff and though it doesn't give you any interest, it really helps people...

Jenson said...

Great Idea Dino..
How about Shelterbox, a disaster relief charity that is based in Helston, Cornwall, UK.
They provide emergency shelter for the victims of natural disasters across the world.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you keep the money for yourself? All the donations are for your good work for the Flightsimulation community. Nobody can see in the future. I wish you no harm but maybe there will be a moment in the rest of your life that you can use it for a better life. There is a crisis in the world and also in Italy, you never know what happen.

Dino Cattaneo said...

Thanks for the suggestions - very interesting organizations indeed.

As for keeping the money for myself, well, it is not a huge amount of money - and will not change my life in any way. But can change the life of others for the better, so I believe it is the best usage I can do of it. And then again, it is not a huge amount of money (few hundred euros in total) and I can afford it. And S-3 will keep me busy for the whole 2013...

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