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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

VIDEO QUESTIONS


Where can I watch the livestream?

It will be live at projectforawesome.com/live on December 6th (beginning at 12:00pm EST) to December 8th (ending at 11:59am EST). Follow @proj4awesome on Twitter for updates on the livestream when we get closer to the date.

But I have school/work/something really important during that time!

We go all day and night, so just show up whenever you can.

How can I get my video featured on the livestream?

There’s no magical formula to getting your video featured. If we featured them all, we’d be streaming for several years. However, you can increase your chances by following these guidelines:
  1. Submit your video to the Project for Awesome website! Submissions will open at 12am EST on December 3rd, and they’ll close when the livestream ends at 11:59am EST on December 8th. The earlier you submit your video, the better, because people will have more time to watch it and vote for it.
  2. Make sure your video looks nice. Have a bright and engaging thumbnail. See this year's graphic assets here. Lighting the video well also does wonders for its appeal! More video making tips are at the bottom of this page.
  3. Talk about a charity that’s important to you! We try to avoid featuring multiple videos about the same charity, so if you can share a story or experience with a unique charity, your video is more likely to be selected.
  4. It should be clear that your video is a Project for Awesome video. It should be uploaded near the dates of the campaign (if it was on YouTube long before submissions opened, that’s a pretty clear indicator it wasn’t made for P4A). Don’t forget to mention the P4A in your video, and encourage viewers to go to projectforawesome.com and vote for their favorite charities.
  5. Keep it clean. There will be young kids watching the livestream and the videos we feature, so stay away from any NSFW content.
  6. In the end, don’t be too upset if your video isn’t featured. Send it to your friends and family and also to the charity you advocated for, and take pride in the fact that you’re participating in a worthwhile service project.

How do I use the thumbnail?

It would be awesome if all of the P4A videos had the same or similar thumbnails. You can download the thumbnail here, and edit it if you have software that can edit PSDs (Photoshop files). When you upload your video on YouTube, there will be an option to add a custom thumbnail.

I’m going to be in the Arctic wilderness with no internet. Can I submit my video early?

You will only be able to submit your video to this site while submissions are open December 3-8, but if you’re unable to do that and can’t get a friend to help you out, there’s always a place for more philanthropic videos on YouTube. It won’t count as a P4A submission, but it will still be doing good in the world!

I don’t have a DSLR/I’ve never made a video before/I don’t want to show my face on the internet.

You don’t need a fancy camera to make a good video. Use whatever you have, even if it’s a webcam or a phone. If you’re uncomfortable showing your face, make a video showing only your hands or using only text. Here’s an old video from Hank explaining how to best use the resources you have.

I work for/volunteer for/am involved with a charity. Can I still make a P4A video for that organization?

Yes! We love it when charities get directly involved with the Project for Awesome, and we highly encourage you to make a video and share it with your supporters.

What if the charity I want to promote is national/global/local/small/huge/the same charity everyone else does/the same charity I did last year?

That’s all fine! Of course, many people promote the same charities because they’re so great. And any size charity is eligible and will benefit from your promotion and possibly getting a portion of the money raised during P4A. For us to donate to it, however, the organization must be a non-profit organization that is a 501(c)3 or foreign equivalent classified charity.

Video-Making Guidelines

  1. Your video must be made specifically for this year’s P4A. So, you must mention Project for Awesome in the video itself, and it should have been created recently.
  2. Try not to make your video too long. People are going to be watching a ton of videos on December 6-8, and they don’t want to sit through a rambly, unedited vlog for ten minutes. Keep your video short and to the point so that people will watch the whole thing and learn all about your cause. A good length to aim for is 2-4 minutes, unless you have such compelling content that it just needs to be longer.
  3. Try not to spend too much time explaining what the Project for Awesome is. Most people watching your video will already know, so just mentioning it briefly and directing people to the website is plenty. An explanation in the description as well as a link to projectforawesome.com is also a great addition so people who stumble across your video can learn more about us.
  4. Similarly, try not to spend too much time promoting your own channel in your video. One or two sentences is fine to explain the type of videos you usually make if they’re different from what you’re doing for your P4A video, but much more than that and it just looks like you’re using the P4A to help promote yourself, which isn’t what this is all about.

FUNDRAISING QUESTIONS


How do you raise money?

In a few ways! All profits from the P4A items on dftba.com go to the Project for Awesome. Donations come in through fightworldsuck.org, as well as from the Nerdcrafteria Minecraft server. Half of the money generated through ads displayed on the Vlogbrothers channel is donated to the Foundation. We also get some support from people who use Tab for a Cause, which is a free way to support nonprofits just by using the internet. But our biggest source of revenue is the individual donor. If you donate through our Indiegogo campaign page, you can get some pretty sweet perks and help us decrease world suck.

What percentage of the money raised goes to charity?

100%, less the cost of perk manufacturing, shipping, Indiegogo fees, and merchant (credit card) fees. Everything will be packed and shipped by volunteers, and the Foundation to Decrease World Suck does not pay for staff time related to the Project for Awesome.

Are my donations tax deductible?

Yes! Your donations are tax-deductible, less the fair market value of any perks you received. If you need a tax receipt for donations made through Indiegogo, Paypal, check, or other avenues, please email [email protected] to request one. Tell us your name, donation date and amount, and your order ID(s) if you donated through Indiegogo.

Why are the amounts raised on Indiegogo and projectforawesome.com different?

Not all fundraising elements of the Project for Awesome occur on Indiegogo. The Foundation to Decrease World Suck gets donations throughout the year and begins the P4A with money in the bank. We also sometimes have other funding sources like matching donations and generous anonymous donors.

Where does the money raised during P4A go?

In 2019, the money raised will be split two ways:
  1. From 12:00am EST on December 3rd through 11:59am EST on December 7th, donations will go to Save the Children and Partners in Health.
  2. From 12:00pm EST on December 7th through 11:59pm EST on December 11th, donations will go to community-chosen organizations, based on votes on the Project for Awesome website. (This is, however, subject to the approval of the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck Board of Directors and Project for Awesome Advisory Board, partly because the law is complex and partly to prevent a trolling group from coming in and hijacking the vote.) Note that Save the Children and Partners in Health will not be eligible to receive community-voted grants. So votes on videos for these two charities will not be counted.

What is the Foundation to Decrease World Suck?

The Foundation to Decrease World Suck was informally created in 2007, and became a real entity in November 2011, when it was incorporated as a nonprofit corporation in the State of Montana. The IRS designated the Foundation a 501(c)3 charity on January 23, 2013. The FTDWS is 100% volunteer operated and exists solely for the purpose of fundraising for the benefit of other non-profit organizations. The majority of fundraising is transacted through and during the annual Project for Awesome. The board members for the Foundation to Decrease World Suck are John Green, Hank Green, Mike Green, Benny Fine, Valerie Barr, Rosianna Halse Rojas, Julie Walsh Smith, Angela Lin, and Taylor Behnke. The Foundation to Decrease World Suck can only donate money to nonprofit organizations that are 501(c)3 or foreign equivalent classified charities. Unfortunately, we cannot support any general project or individual; it has to be an actual designated charity.

Why don't I just donate to the charity I want to donate to?

Please do! Our biggest goal is to get people excited about giving their money and lending their time and talent to nonprofits.

How do I get my digital perk? When will I get my physical perk?

We will send out all perks AFTER the Indiegogo campaign closes, including digital downloads. Perks take a varying amount of time to prepare and send out, sometimes months, so we will update you in the coming weeks via messages through Indiegogo and on Twitter and Tumblr. Make sure to check the email account associated with your Indiegogo perk purchase.

I messed up/need to update my shipping address! How will I get my perk?!

Not to fear! As long as your perk has not been sent out yet, you can log into your Indiegogo account and edit the address yourself. More info here.

MORE QUESTIONS?

Send us an email at info@projectforawesome.com and we’ll get back to you soon (but maybe not REALLY soon if you email during the livestream).