Seeds of Kindness

GalaCon 2017

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GalaCon 2017 may not have reached the incredible impact of last year’s GalaCon, but it was nonetheless a resounding success for the animals – mostly chickens and fish. Our totally genuine Equestrian bits were very popular at the table, and so was Bound Together even though most comic-reading attendees probably already had a copy.

All in all, we – GalaCon with the auction and Bronies for Good at our booth – raised €15,624 for our charity, Animal Equality.

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Wanted: In-Kind Donations for GalaCon Charity Auction

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GalaCon is still seeking more in-kind donations to put on another two hours of charity auction extravaganza this summer – all for our carefully chosen beneficiary Animal Equality!

The convention will again dedicate its charity auction to the Seeds of Kindness fundraiser of Bronies for Good – it will be the fifth successive year the convention has supported us. A silent auction and a super speedy Saturday sale will allow potential buyers to bid on their coveted items throughout most of the convention, and the live auction on Sunday will determine who gets the most valuable ones.

If you have an idea for a valuable item you could contribute to the auction, then please make Fluttershy proud and donate it, because scores of animals will likely be spared from suffering thanks to your generosity!

Contributing an Item to the Charity Auction

To submit an item, please head over to GalaCon’s charity auction page and click “Charity Auction 2017 – Item Registration Form.”

Please fill in the form for every item, even if you plan on bringing it to the convention rather than mailing it. Having more time to plan the auction helps us handle the items more efficiently and sell more of them. Plus you will know whether your donation meets the requirements before you carry it to the convention. If you have any questions, please email GalaCon at donations@galacon.eu.

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GalaCon Seeking In-Kind Donations for Charity Auction

GalaCon 2017

A pony’s compassion wide – the cutie map has shown us that the well-being of every feeling individual matters never mind where he or she lives. And from the first day, Fluttershy has been the symbol of compassion for all animals, ungulate or not.

Many of us have made it our goal to find those individuals that suffer the worst hardships in the world, to find the best ways to help them free themselves, and when we do, to buckle down and get it done.

Goal of the Charity Auction

GalaCon is accepting in kind donations for the charity auction!

GalaCon will again dedicate its charity auction to the Seeds of Kindness fundraiser of Bronies for Good – it will be the fifth successive year the convention has supported us. A silent auction and a super speedy Saturday sale will allow potential buyers to bid on their coveted items throughout most of the convention, and the live auction on Sunday will determine who gets the most valuable ones.

Charity Auction 2017 – Item Registration Form

To donate in kind to the auction, please fill in this form for every item, even if you plan on bringing it to the convention rather than mailing it. Having more time to plan the auction helps us handle the items more efficiently and sell more of them. Plus you will know whether your donation meets the requirements before you carry it to the convention. If you have any questions, please email GalaCon at donations@galacon.eu.

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Charity Album Release: Seeds of Kindness: A Change of Heart

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Online Release Party and Fundraiser

Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. EST (9 p.m. UTC)

on Ponyville Live

Each year, musicians, artists, and brony media organizers come together from all across the fandom to make sure Bronies for Good’s annual Seeds of Kindness drive kicks off with a bang.

In just a few days, our seventh charity album drops. With 14 songs, over an hour of music, and genres spanning from orchestral, to folk, to several different subgenres of EDM, A Change of Heart is the culmination of months of work from talented, and diverse musicians, all united in their dedication to making the world a better place.

After that, it’s up to you. The Seeds of Kindness fundraisers have been an enormous success, thanks to the altruism and generosity of you, the fandom.

Come join us in celebration as we kick off another fundraising season with our release party for Seeds of Kindness: A Change of Heart! Stream and group chat enabled by Ponyville Live!

On Saturday, February 11, at 4 p.m. EST (9 p.m. UTC), Ponyville Live will host an online fundraiser, complete with a stream of the album, and a public group chat with musicians.

When you donate, you can download A Change of Heart, and all of Bronies for Good’s previous albums! You can already donate, and you’ll be able to download all past albums right away as well as A Change of Heart upon the start of the release party.

The Theme

A Change of Heart continues to promote the theme of last year’s album: global empathy. The concept of global empathy is oft misunderstood because it is a very dry term for a profoundly personal and emotional process. Humans are instinctively compassionate; upon witnessing the suffering of sentient beings, we are motivated with a desire to help alleviate said suffering. Regardless of race, background, or country, we care and seek to do our best to help those in need.

However, everyone’s awareness has limitations. The modern world is fast-paced, and the suffering of others can all too often seem abstract, especially when it is very far away. It takes work to both remain aware, and to keep one’s heart from becoming jaded.

A Change of Heart is all about overcoming those obstacles, as individuals, and as a people.

The Charity

It is important for any charitable enterprise to back a trustworthy and effective cause. Seeds of Kindness benefits the Against Malaria Foundation – an organization that saves thousands of lives by helping to improve health conditions in less-developed nations.

GiveWell has rated it one of the best charities in the world.

Over 200 million people contract malaria every year, and many who survive are locked in poverty due to expensive treatments. It is a permanent catastrophe.

It is also easily preventable.

The Against Malaria Foundation stands out because of its strong track record and commitment to efficiency, program monitoring, and transparency. As malaria-infected mosquitoes mostly bite at night, it can be prevented with cheap, long-lasting insecticidal nets. As little as $3 buys a net that will protect two people for two or three years and contribute to the permanent elimination of the disease.

Charity Album – Seeds of Kindness : A Change of Heart

Calling all musicians!  Bronies for Good is pleased to announce its sixth Seeds of Kindness charity album, A Change of Heart.

Since our conception, Bronies for Good has raised over $200,000 for various impactful charity projects.  We could not have accomplished this without the creative contributions of the fandom’s many talented musicians and artists, and the generosity of thousands of fans who want to make the world a better place.  Thank you.

Our new fundraiser will launch in February, along with the album, and funds will benefit the highly effective prevention program of the Against Malaria Foundation.  

 

The Music

The Seeds of Kindness albums showcase the work of producers who have contributed their time and skills towards creating music for the pony community.  These albums encompass genres from dance, to orchestral, to ska, to rock, to 80s metal, to hip-hop, and include contributions from musicians such as EileMonty, Feather, Forest Rain, So Great and Powerful, Cyril the Wolf, Rhyme Flow, and Carbon Maestro. You can download our previous releases from our fundraiser page.

 

The Theme

Our new album continues to promote the timeless theme of last year’s album: global empathy.  The concept of global empathy is oft misunderstood because it is a very dry term for a profoundly personal and emotional process. Humans are instinctively compassionate; upon witnessing the suffering of sentient beings, we are motivated with a desire to help alleviate said suffering.  Regardless of race, background, or country, we care and seek to do our best to help those in need.

However, everyone’s awareness has limitations.  The modern world is fast-paced, and the suffering of others can all too often seem abstract, especially when it is very far away.  It takes work to both remain aware, and to keep one’s heart from becoming jaded.

A Change of Heart is all about overcoming those obstacles, as individuals, and as a people.

 

 

The Charity

Over 200 million people contract malaria every year, the death toll is equivalent to half a dozen plane crashes every day, and many who survive are locked in poverty due to expensive treatments.  It is a permanent catastrophe.

It is also easily preventable.

The Against Malaria Foundation stands out in particular because of its strong track record and commitment to efficiency, program monitoring, and transparency.  As malaria-infected mosquitoes mostly bite at night, it can be prevented with cheap, long-lasting insecticidal nets.  As little as $3 buys a net that will protect two people for three to four years and contribute to the permanent elimination of the disease.  The efficiency of this form of intervention has been thoroughly proven.

 

Instructions for Musicians

 

The Timeline

Soft deadline: 15th December 2016

Hard deadline: 15th January 2017

Release date: 11th February 2017

 

What to Submit

  1. Pony and non-pony songs are equally welcome.
  2. No copyrighted material can be used, and we cannot accept entries that remix, sample, or cover the show, either.  (Sorry!)
  3. Submitting a remix requires the permission of whomever owns the rights to the original material.
  4. Collabs are encouraged!
  5. Tone.  There is no genre restriction besides common sense.  Don’t make anything angry, creepy, or overly depressing, (but emotional is fine), and your song should have no problem fitting in.
  6. Length.  There is no set length restriction.  Long songs are just as welcome as shorter pieces are.  However, the length of the song must be appropriate to what your song is seeking to accomplish.  Don’t stretch or loop your song solely to fit a given length.  This was perhaps the most common issue with submissions to previous albums.
  7. Number of Submissions.  You can submit as many songs as you want (within reason).  Two songs from the same artist can get in without any problem, but over that number (not counting collabs), we might only take the best two of them.

 

How to Submit

Please use this submission form  to submit your song.  If you have any trouble, please email us at smile.bfg@gmail.com, and we will help you out (Please don’t include attachments in the email, thanks).  

 

Things You Should Know

  1. For the sake of musicians who submit their songs early, there is a set release date.
  2. We recommend that you submit before the “soft deadline” so we can still give feedback on tracks that are close to making the cut.
  3. You may release your song as soon as the album is out, but please link the fundraiser instead of a direct MP3 download.
  4. We will continue to trust our fans to donate to download the album.
  5. You can upload your song on YouTube when the album is released, but please do not make your song public until the release date, (thank you).  However, feel free to upload previews or ask for feedback!

If you have any questions, you can email us at smile.bfg@gmail.com or join our official Skype group using the following link: https://join.skype.com/J0yuJVfJyRpm

GalaCon 2016

GalaCon 2016

Bronies for Good table at GalaCon

In terms of its social impact, GalaCon 2016 has been the best GalaCon ever. Thanks to the impeccable organization of Lukas Sanders and the other organizers, thanks to the powerful collaboration of Perry and Dusty during the auction, and thanks to hundreds of donors, we have raised over €23,000 for our charity, Animal Equality. Weaker returns at the table (compared to last year when hardly anyone had already read Bound Together) were offset by the strongest live auction in the history of GalaCon.

The following figures are based on my own counts (repeated at least twice). The authoritative count by the bank will probably still differ slightly, and I’ll update this post when I know it.

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Pony Congress 2016

For the first time ever we’ve been to Pony Congress 2016 in Elbląg, Poland. The organizers have been extremely welcoming and helpful, and even provided us (i.e. me) with a comped room to stay. Thank you greatly! Thanks also to Rico, who helped me out at the table and enabled my travel back by changing money for me!

Even though the con was unfortunate enough to see few attendees (despite having Michelle Creber on their guest list!), the extreme cost-effectiveness of our charity, Animal Equality, that makes every bit count many-fold, produces a result that we can be proud of.

Donations PLN EUR
Table Saturday zł 228.00 about € 51
Table Sunday zł 155.84 about € 35
Auction zł 1,980.00 about € 443
Total  zł 2,353.84  about € 527–529

(The con will transfer all funds directly to Animal Equality. Depending on the exchange rate to euro, the euro total may still change slightly.)

If the cost-effectiveness estimates for Animal Equality that have been compiled by Animal Charity Evaluators are even roughly correct, that boils down to over 7,000 animals spared great suffering! And even if the estimates are high by an order of magnitude (they might just as soon be low by an order of magnitude), that’s still an amazing impact that the organizers and all donors can be proud of!

Bound Together – Free Shipping Day

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One year ago, the thousandth person took the Giving What We Can pledge, promising to donate 10% of their income to the most effective charities in the world – for example our recommended charities – all throughout their life.

We want to celebrate the anniversary of this milestone by offering free shipping on our comic book Bound Together for all orders on May 25, 2016 (according to EDT). You can subscribe to our newsletter for a timely reminder!

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The donations benefit the Against Malaria Foundation that just finalized plans for the largest distribution of mosquito nets in its history – a milestone that is also your achievement!

AMF has signed an agreement with Uganda’s Ministry of Health to fund 10.7 million long-lasting insecticidal nets (LLINs) for distribution in Uganda’s upcoming universal coverage campaign (UCC). The nets … will protect 19.3 million people. … Every donation, large and small, has made this possible.

Malaria is one of the primary health issues in Uganda, with high incidence levels seen across many districts. These nets have the potential to play a major part in reducing deaths and illness.

Of course you can also order your Bound Together right away.

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.

In-Kind Donations for Pony Congress 2016 Charity Auction

Pony Congress

Equestria, Griffonstone, or Crystal Empire; Winona, Elizabeak, or Mooriella – ponies have taught us that every feeling individual counts, no matter who or where. Many of us have made it our goal to find those who suffer the worst hardships in the world, to find the best ways to help them, and when we do, to buckle down and get it done.

Pony Congress 2016

If you attend Pony Congress, then you have two chances to join us: the convention will run a charity auction in which you can bid, and for the charity auction to be a success, you can now also contribute in-kind donations!

Pony Congress will take place on June 25–26, 2016, in Elbl?g, Poland. The convention team is accepting contributions through:

The Donation Form.

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.

About the Animal Equality

When animals are abused or suffer, Animal Equality is there to defend them. The international organization has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and India, from which it conducts investigations to bring to light cases of animal abuse and educate the public about them. Animal Charity Evaluators estimates that it saves multiple animals for every dollar donated and recommends it as one of the best animal charities in the world.

In-Kind Donations for GalaCon 2016 Charity Auction

GalaCon 2016

A pony’s compassion wide – the cutie map has shown us that the well-being of every feeling individual matters never mind where he or she lives. And from the first day, Fluttershy has been the symbol of compassion for all animals, ungulate or not.

Many of us have made it our goal to find those individuals that suffer the worst hardships in the world, to find the best ways to help them free themselves, and when we do, to buckle down and get it done.
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GalaCon 2016

Today we invite you to become one of us – or to welcome you back if you are a reliable supporter already: GalaCon is accepting in kind donations for the charity auction!

GalaCon (July 30–31, 2016) will again dedicate its charity auction to the Seeds of Kindness fundraiser of Bronies for Good – it will be the fifth successive year the convention has supported us. A silent auction and a super speedy Saturday sale will allow potential buyers to bid on their coveted items throughout most of the convention, and the live auction on Sunday will determine who gets the most valuable ones.

Donation Form

To donate in kind to the auction, please fill in this form for every item, even if you plan on bringing it to the convention rather than mailing it. Having more time to plan the auction helps us handle the items more efficiently and sell more of them. Plus you will know whether your donation meets the requirements before you carry it to the convention. If you have any questions, please email GalaCon at donations@galacon.eu.

About GalaCon

The weekend of July 30–31, 2016, will mark the fifth anniversary of the GalaCon convention and the fourth consecutive year for it to take place in the Forum am Schlosspark in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart, Germany. On two levels, GalaCon provides space for over 1,200 attendees, vendors, and panels with guests such as Amy Keating Rogers, Rebecca Shoichet, and Anneli Heed, as well as charity programming for Bronies for Good–recommended charities: a silent auction, the super speedy Saturday sale, and the grand live auction on Sunday. Tickets are available on the website.

About Bronies for Good

The show has taught us that a pony’s compassion is wide – it transcends country borders and races, and Fluttershy’s compassion has room for all species of critters, whether bear, squirrel, or chicken. We of Bronies for Good implement this message in the real world, where we run fundraising campaigns and rely on comparative research – such as that of GiveWell and Animal Charity Evaluators – to always find and support the best charities in the world.

About the Animal Equality

When animals are abused or suffer, Animal Equality is there to defend them. The international organization has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, Mexico, Venezuela, and India, from which it conducts investigations to bring to light cases of animal abuse and educate the public about them. Animal Charity Evaluators estimates that it saves multiple animals for every dollar donated and recommends it as one of the best animal charities in the world.

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