25 Cents to Change the World?

Warren Buffett will just have to find something else to do with his money.
Same for Bill Gates…
And Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg…
And all the other wealthy, bold-faced names who use their gazillions to influence issues near and dear to their hearts and/or business interests.
That’s because there’s now a social fundraising mobile app specifically dedicated to making it easy for “ordinary people” to donate 25 cents online — that’s right, a single quarter — to a cause of their choosing.
It’s called A Quarter Back to Society (Quarter-back.org). And co-founders Dan TsGiveaQuartereytlonok and Eugeny Prudchyenko are very upfront about why they feel it’s an idea whose time has come.
“Rich people mainly use charities for self-promotion,” says Tseytlonok. “But what about ordinary people who want to make a difference? They can’t afford to give a lot, so we decided to come up with a micro-donation platform for them.”
The cause closest to the two men’s hearts is understandably the chaos unleashed by Russia’s April 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine. They ran a successful Uber-like ride-booking service in the Donetsk region before moving to California — Prudchyenko’s former house remains riddled with bullets — and so one choice offered potential donors is to contribute to a re-homing center now operating in Donetsk for pets abandoned by their fleeing owners.
“There was no conflict between people living there until (Russian President Vladimir) Putin made his power grab,” says Tseytlonok. “Now nearly 8,000 have died.”
Other suggested causes your quarter could help fund here in America include:
* Medicine for seniors who can’t afford to fill their drug prescriptions.
* Socks for San Francisco’s large homeless population.
* Body cameras for police officers as a defense against false charges.
Know that this is the same team behind the EvoShare social platform — its app is likewise available for Apple and Android phones — that’s designed to give both consumers and charities a percentage back on shopping purchases in participating stores.
As for A Quarter Back to Society, you can donate 25 cents to as many causes as you like through Paypal or credit card. And, of course, you’re also encouraged to create one or more of your own for others to also get behind.
Think of it, as Prudchyenko says, as “micro donations with macro impact.

Warren Buffett will just have to find something else to do with his money.
Same for Bill Gates…
And Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg…
And all the other wealthy, bold-faced names who use their gazillions to influence issues near and dear to their hearts and/or business interests.
That’s because there’s now a social fundraising mobile app specifically dedicated to making it easy for “ordinary people” to donate 25 cents online — that’s right, a single quarter — to a cause of their choosing.
It’s called A Quarter Back to Society (Quarter-back.org). And co-founders Dan Tseytlonok and Eugeny Prudchyenko are very upfront about why they feel it’s an idea whose time has come.
“Rich people mainly use charities for self-promotion,” says Tseytlonok. “But what about ordinary people who want to make a difference? They can’t afford to give a lot, so we decided to come up with a micro-donation platform for them.”
The cause closest to the two men’s hearts is understandably the chaos unleashed by Russia’s April 2014 invasion of eastern Ukraine. They ran a successful Uber-like ride-booking service in the Donetsk region before moving to California — Prudchyenko’s former house remains riddled with bullets — and so one choice offered potential donors is to contribute to a re-homing center now operating in Donetsk for pets abandoned by their fleeing owners.
“There was no conflict between people living there until (Russian President Vladimir) Putin made his power grab,” says Tseytlonok. “Now nearly 8,000 have died.”
Other suggested causes your quarter could help fund here in America include:
* Medicine for seniors who can’t afford to fill their drug prescriptions.
* Socks for San Francisco’s large homeless population.
* Body cameras for police officers as a defense against false charges.
Know that this is the same team behind the EvoShare social platform — its app is likewise available for Apple and Android phones — that’s designed to give both consumers and charities a percentage back on shopping purchases in participating stores.
As for A Quarter Back to Society, you can donate 25 cents to as many causes as you like through Paypal or credit card. And, of course, you’re also encouraged to create one or more of your own for others to also get behind.
Think of it, as Prudchyenko says, as “micro donations with macro impact.”

Clues in the Attic: Pre-Winter Roof Checkups Made Easy

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Your attic could save you from breaking your neck this autumn.
Got your attention, huh? Seriously, this is one of the two times each year when homeowners are supposed to check the health of their roofs. (Among other reasons, because they’re key to a home’s energy efficiency.) But who wants to be climbing a ladder 25 feet or so into the sky when the weather is turning sharply colder and nastier?
That’s where your attic comes in.
According to Jason Joplin, program manager of the Center for the Advancement of Roofing Excellence, that space you’re probably using mainly for storage can substitute, as a fallback, for the eyeball roof check normally recommended to be done every pre-winter and spring.
“Roofs actually create an insulated barrier that helps trap heat inside, and most attic spaces are located right below them,” says Joplin. “That makes them perfect for spotting potential problem areas and damage without worrying about falling off a ladder.”
Here’s what to look for while up there:
* Water leaks. As sure as Tom Brady will never be a fave among Deflategated Indianapolis Colts fans, it will soon storm. And when it does, shine a flashlight up in the attic to check not only for dripping water and condensation, but also for water stains on the ceiling, walls and floors. All signal that H2O is finding its way beneath your roof’s shingles or behind its flashings.
* Ventilation. “Think of the attic as the lungs of the house,” advises Joplin. “It has to be able to breathe in order to function properly.” Which is to say, vents stuffed with debris need to be cleared.
* Animal damage. You know those “If you see something, say something” homeland security ads? Well, to avoid the havoc refuge-seeking birds, bats, squirrels and raccoons can create, warning bells should likewise sound — followed by a call to a pest-control pro — if you spot any of these telltale signs: nests, droppings and gnawed wood, wires or insulations.
* Structural problems. The mere hint of a sagging roof — look up for this one — could indicate potential structural weakness requiring professional repair.
And if prolonging your roof’s life is your goal, experts say it pays to consult a professional roofing contractor who’s insured and uses quality materials like the new triple-layer line of Glenwood Shingles — the thickest of its kind, with an authentic wood-shake look — from GAF, North America’s largest roofing manufacturer. A free service that makes it easy to find a factory-certified contractor in your area can be found at gaf.com.

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