2004 Archive of Blog posts

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Not too late to donate to Foolanthropy!

We're in the last few days of Spirit of America's participation in The Motley Fool charity drive. We have until close of business Monday, January 3rd, 2005 for donors and friends to donate through Foolanthropy .

Scroll down on that page and click "Donate to Spirit of America." The "race" for the extra $10,000 which TMF will donate to the charity that receives the most donations through Foolanthropy is very tight! So call your friends, long lost relatives and check for change under the seat cushions--it can really make a difference. We have truly been honored to be involved with Foolanthropy. The staff at The Motley Fool have been fantastic, and we encourage you to check out their site. Have a safe and happy New Year's Eve!

Blogging Meets Broadcast

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Spirit of America will produce news coverage of Iraq's January 30 elections for broadcast in the United States. The news content will be largely based on a grassroots news and blogger reporting network established in Iraq by Friends of Democracy - an Iraqi organization that SoA is supporting. The newscast will have a companion election news Web site.

Iraq's elections are an historic event. Major networks and newspapers are likely to provide limited coverage that focuses on the expected violence and bad news. This partial story undermines the Iraqis that are struggling to build a free and democratic nation. It also discourages the Americans, whose continued support is essential to Iraq's success.

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We're closed (mostly) for the holidays

 

Happy Holidays. Merry Christmas. Happy New Year. Spirit of America offices are mostly closed for the holidays from December 24th to January 3rd. This means you may not get a response to your email until after January 3rd.

Help Wanted-"Iraq's Universities" project

Are you detail-oriented, secretly envy Santa for getting to box-up and give out all those presents and have a desire to make a real difference in the world? You might be just the person we are looking for to help coordinate logistics for our "Iraq's Universities" project. We are currently looking for a logistics officer and warehousing for this initiative. If you would like more information on this opportunity to help Spirit of America restore supplies to Universities looted in the fall of the regime, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please indicate "Iraq's Universities/Logistics" in the subject of your email and include detailed information on your qualifications and/or prospective warehouse space.

We are also looking for donors and Universities in the U.S. who would desire to be a "provider school" for a University in Iraq. If you would like to donate to this project or if you know a school interested in being a part of this worthwhile program, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with as much information as possible about how you can help.

Keep checking the Iraq's Universities home page for more information as we work to provide tools for a brighter future for the next generation of leaders in Iraq.

New Tools for ICAP

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Through the very generous support of our donors, we are proud to be able to offer tool sets for more graduates coming through the Marine/Seabee sponsored ICAP program which trains Iraqi men ages 14-25 to help rebuild their country.

We've been working with Chief St. Martin on this project, and he was able to better help us identify specific needs for the tool sets this time around. Hundreds of donors throughout America answered Spirit of America's call to provide tools for the ICAP program. After the first 300 tool kits were given to ICAP graduates and we asked for more support to provide additional toolkits, within 24 hours donors contributed over $60,000. Now that is what we call a rapid response! Through your support we will be able to ship the needed tools as soon as shipping resumes after the first of the year.

Who's behind Spirit of America?

With Spirit of America, what you see is what you get. Our mission and activities are exactly what we say they are. We have no hidden agenda. Our intention is do all we can with the support of the American people so that freedom and peace prevail. We are more open about our finances than any other organization. We publish our financials for every month showing our project expenses down to the check level. You can see them here.

Our donors
We have more than 12,000 donors who in have contributed more than $7 million in cash and measurable donated goods. We don't ask our donors who they work for, therefore we generally don't know. Our largest cash donation in 2004 was $50,000 from an Internet entrepreneur. Our largest donations of goods - in the $1mm range  have been medical supplies and equipment from InMed and Triad Hospitals. We do not share or publish the personal information people give us including names of our donors unless they give us explicit permission and except as required by law (e.g., for tax filing purposes). That is our Privacy Policy.

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Blogger Challenge - Incredible!

Our Blogger Challenge ended at midnight on Wednesday. Nearly 200 bloggers joined the effort and, as I type, raised $90,247. Incredible!!! There was a great flurry of activity in the final hours and, in amazing come-from-behind effort, Iraq the Model, jumped into the lead. Iraq the Model has raised $17,140 . The leading team is the Northern Alliance of Blogs. The Alliance has raised $12,135. Thanks to the bloggers we now have more than 11,000 contributors. A 10% increase in 2 weeks.

We are still accepting checks and will have a final total and rankings next week. Thank you to all the bloggers that participated. It is an enormous contribution. Woooohoooooo!! We even had two foreign teams (that I know of) - from Canada and Spain. Please click here to see all the bloggers that joined the effort and thank them, too.

Meeting President Bush & Gen Tommy Franks

Here is an excerpt of a message sent to SoA supporters

There won't be another week like the last one. Extraordinary. We completed our 5 city tour, meeting with many of you. Our Blogger Challenge raised $89,375 as of midnight Wednesday night. Last week we had a 1/2 hour meeting with President Bush in the Oval Office. Today, I spent an hour with General Tommy Franks at his office in Tampa. Tomorrow (Friday), Spirit of America will be featured on Dayside with Linda Vester on Fox sometime between 1pm-2pm Eastern. More info on all of this below.

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