Originally Posted by tonyt
I'm at a bit of a loss in trying to understand the logic of the MHF charity.
We are all asked to suggest worthy causes and obviously forward our favourite - the one we would contribute to if we were not in MHF.
When the poll is completed and the most popular charity is chosen, we make our contributions and the money goes to that cause.
So, if I suggest a cancer based charity but the Battersea Dogs Home is the MHF choice, the money that I would've given to my charity would go to the dog's home (an example of course).
So, in that case, why would I contribute to the MHF pot?
Or am I missing something - does MHF double the amount contributed by members?
I'm guessing that mainly or initially the fund raising takes place with things like raffles at rallies. The kind of thing that most people would contribute to if they were there unless they were actually opposed to the charity. I don't think this sort of giving usually conflicts with any decisions people make about which charities to support regularly. Also, some members last year gave up their profits from books they had written, for the Mesothelioma charity, which of course they might not have done if MHF had chosen a different charily. People buying the books may have done so anyway because they wanted the books.
Some time ago I made a commitment to give to Action Aid, by direct debit. This last year I felt strongly about the Mesothelioma charity so I made an additional commitment, to pay an amount each month via the Just Giving site. I may or may not support the 2012 MHF charity in the same way, but if I don't it won't stop me buying a raffle ticket at a rally, if I ever get to one.
I understand your point but if Nuke wants to raise money for charity through his site I think that's fine, nobody had to give. I do think though it is best if it is a charity which will gain wide support, hence I favour the two stage voting system. In this way people who feel their vote might be wasted in the first round if they support their favourite on the list get a second chance to choose between the front runners.
PS I voted for Children in Need in the first round. That would probably get a monthly commitment from me if it wins.