Welcome!

Welcome to Fandom For Australia, an online fandom auction to help raise money for those affected by the Australian bushfires.

Since October 2019, at least 30 people have lost their lives (including volunteer firefighters), and more than 10.3 million hectares (or 25.5 million acres) of land has been burnt, which is significantly higher than the Amazon forest fires and the 2018 California fires. It is also estimated that one billion of Australia’s wildlife (including koalas, kangaroos, platypus, and cockatoos) have been affected by the fires. Additionally, the fires so far have destroyed 5,900 buildings (including approximately 2,683 homes) and many thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes.

Because of the catastrophic consequences these bushfires have wrought against Australian communities, the people, animals, and services providing support (as well as fire services battling fires) need money in order to provide assistance to those affected. And that’s where we come in.


How it works is simple. Fandom creators and labourers sign up to offer their skills for auction. The winning bidder then donates the specified amount to one of the charities on this list, and submits proof of their donation to us. Then the creator gets to work on their gift! In this way, we hope to provide a way for the fandom community to come together and use our creative talents to help support those in need.

Bidding is now CLOSED.
Winning bidders must submit proof of donation before 15 MAR 2020.

Please see our Schedule and FAQ for more information, and help us to spread the word!

Fundraiser total: OVER NINE THOUSAND!

Hi everyone,

We hope you and your loved ones are all safe and doing well, or as well as can be expected under the current circumstances. Since we have finally received the last of the donation receipts, we wanted to reach out and share some good news amidst the crisis: our collective fundraising efforts have officially raised AUD $9,977.22 towards the Australian Bushfires Relief!



This is far and away more than we ever expected, and we want to thank all of you so much for your generous contributions. In particular, we wanted to say a huge thank you to those bidders who donated more than their original auction total – you guys are superstars!

We also wanted to give a quick shout out to the creators whose auctions ended up closing without a bid. We know it takes a lot of courage to put yourself out there, and we think you’re awesome for signing up to make a difference, so we wanted you to know that we’ve made a small additional donation to WIRES in your honour.

If you need to get in touch with us for whatever reason, you can always reach us at fandomforaustralia@gmail.com or via DM. We’ve also started getting our first fanwork posts in the AO3 Collection, which you can find HERE, so go and check them out if you haven’t already!

If nothing else, we hope this news brightens your day a little and reminds you of just what we can do when we work together. Stay safe, everyone, and thank you again: you rock! ~❤︎

–– FFA Mods

Update

Hi everyone,

We hope you're all safe and doing well during this scary time. Thank you so much to all of the high bidders who have made their donations; we're proud to say that your combined efforts have raised almost AUD $10,000 for the Australian bushfires relief! We'll be sharing a final wrap-up post on 31 MAR with some more details, but until then, please know how awesome we think you all are 💗

BIDDERS

We understand that, given the current circumstances, there may be some delay in contacting your creator(s). However, we've had a few concerned emails recently from people who have yet to hear back, so if you haven't already done so, please get in touch with them as soon as you can–even if it's just to say that you're busy right now! If you're having trouble thinking of something to say, a quick note along the lines of "Hi X, I'm the winning bidder for your Offering Y and just wanted to reach out to you to get the ball rolling. Please let me know what you need from me to get started! You can get in touch with me here: [contact details]" might help to break the ice. You can also check out Marvel Trumps Hate's tips for contacting creators for some ideas.

CREATORS

Hopefully most of you are well on your way to organising things with your bidders by now, but if you haven't heard from them by 25 MAR, please let us know. In the meantime, you're welcome to reach out to them yourselves if you are able. We're also aware that some people may need to put fandom commitments on hold for a time due to the pandemic, so if that happens please make sure to be upfront with your bidders about any possible delays in creating their fanwork(s).

REMINDER: Once you're finished with your fanwork, you're welcome to post it to our AO3 Collection HERE and/or share it with us so we can reblog it on tumblr! Please make sure not to call it a purchase/bid/commission, however, as we don't want anyone to get in trouble for violating AO3's Terms of Service. Thank you!

FINAL CALL: Confirm your donations ASAP!

We’re still waiting on one or two people to confirm their donations.

If this is you, you have until 23:59:59 GMT on 15 MAR 2020 to email us before the auction will pass to the second highest bidder, or in the event that there is no other bidder, close without a bid.

We’ve sent out reminder emails to those we haven’t heard from, so please check your inbox!

To those bidders who have already confirmed their donation(s), thank you! Please make sure to get in touch with your creator(s) if you haven’t already, as we’re sure they’re anxious to hear from you :)

REMINDER: 5 days left to confirm donations!

We’re still waiting on a few people to submit their donation receipts, so this is just a quick reminder:

You have until 23:59:59 GMT on 15 MAR 2020 [ what time is that for me? ] to email us with confirmation of your donation(s) before the auction passes to the next highest bidder.

If you’re still confused about how to donate, please see our Donation Guide here: LJ | DW | Tumblr.

For those who have already submitted their proof of donation – thank you! You should have received a confirmation email from us with instructions for contacting your creator(s). If you submitted your receipt(s) more than 24hrs ago but have not yet received a reply, please let us know ASAP so that we can sort things out. Thank you!

REMINDER: Winning Bidders' Donations!

Donation submissions from winning bidders are due in just under 6 days!

Here's a helpful donation guide
to read before placing your donations!

If you think you should have received an email but didn’t:

First, check your spam folder! There’s a chance it might have ended up in there. If not, have a quick look at the auction spreadsheet to make sure a) you weren’t outbid at the last moment and/or b) your bid was timestamped before 12:59:59 (that’s 23:59:59 GMT in the mods’ local time), as we had at least one bidder who was just a few seconds too late to count.

If you still think something has gone wrong, then please email fandomforaustralia@gmail.com ASAP with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We did have one person whose email bounced, so it might have been you!

Winning bidder emails have now been sent!

Like Scotty bending the laws of physics, we managed to get the emails sent out a bit sooner than anticipated, so if you were a high bidder on one or more of our auctions, check your inbox! You should now have a message waiting for you with a list of your auction winnings and what we need from you to confirm your donation.

Thank you so much to everyone who has already sent in their receipts – we will be in touch soon to connect you with your creator(s).

If you think you should have received an email but didn’t:

First, check your spam folder! There’s a chance it might have ended up in there. If not, have a quick look at the auction spreadsheet to make sure a) you weren’t outbid at the last moment and/or b) your bid was timestamped before 12:59:59 (that’s 23:59:59 GMT in the mods’ local time), as we had at least one bidder who was just a few seconds too late to count.

If you still think something has gone wrong, then please email fandomforaustralia@gmail.com ASAP with your details and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We did have one person whose email bounced, so it might have been you!

FFA Donation Guide

DONATION GUIDE

IMPORTANT: PLEASE WAIT FOR MODERATOR CONFIRMATION BEFORE DONATING OR CONTACTING YOUR BIDDER/CREATOR.

BIDDERS

Now that bidding is officially over, it’s time to start thinking about donating! You will receive an email within the next few days listing the auction(s) you’ve won. After that, you will have until 23:59:59 GMT on 15 MARCH 2020 [ what time is that for me? ] to donate and forward proof of donation to us according to the instructions below.

HOW TO DONATE:


  1. Check your creator’s preferred charities on their Creator Page ( LJ | DW ). We ask that you please respect their choices if possible; however, you may also choose one of the other organisations from our list to donate to. Your donation(s) must be to one of the charities on our list, or you will not receive your fanwork.


  2. Make your donation directly to the charity. If all of your creators allow donations to the same group, you’re welcome to combine them into one donation. Similarly, if you have a large bid, you can also split it into smaller donations to multiple groups (provided they’re all on our list). You’re also welcome to donate more than your bid if you want to, but don’t worry – it’s not a requirement!


  3. Once you’ve made your donation(s), email us with the following:


    1. The username and email you bid under.


    2. A screenshot or PDF copy of your donation receipt(s) including the date, donation amount, and organisation name. Personal information such as your name, address, and credit card details should be redacted.


    3. The creator/s, offering/s, and amount/s your donation is for (e.g. theirusername Offering #1 – $10). This is particularly important if you win multiple auctions and/or are donating to more than one organisation, so make sure you specify accordingly.



Once we have received proof of your donation, we will get in touch with your creator(s) and give you each other’s email addresses so that you can start planning your fanwork. This may take a few days as we get things organised, so if you don’t hear back from us immediately, please be patient!

CREATORS

If your auction has received at least one bid, then we will be in touch with you as soon as your winning bidder has made their donation(s). If we don’t hear from them by 15 MARCH 2020, we will let you know that the auction is being passed on to the second highest bidder.

WHERE TO DONATE

Check out our list of approved organisations here: LJ | DW | Tumblr

Note: while we have reviewed each organisation on this list, it’s always good practice for bidders to confirm the reputation and veracity of any organisation/website for themselves before donating. You can look up registered charities on the ACNC website, and follow the relevant Scamwatch advice when making your donation.

Other things to consider when making your donation:


  1. Is it tax deductible?


Before you donate, you may want to check the charity website to determine whether your donation will be tax deductible.


  1. Where does the money go?


Some organisations will also provide a breakdown of their funding allocation so that you can make an informed choice about where to donate. Charities such as the Red Cross can sometimes have high overheads and not all of your donation may go to those affected. If this is important to you, then we suggest doing your homework to find out where your money is going.


  1. When will I get my receipt?


Please ensure you will be able to obtain a receipt or other proof of donation before the deadline on 15 MAR 2020. International bank transfers, for example, may incur additional fees and/or take too long to be feasible; similarly, sending a check via regular mail overseas likely won’t reach the organisation in time.

If you have any questions or problems during the donation process, please email fandomforaustralia@gmail.com, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

Progress Update!

Hey everyone!

We’ve finished sorting out all the winners and are in the process of emailing everyone now; however, one of our mods is currently out of commission for personal reasons, so please bear with those of us who are picking up the slack.

Right now, we’re aiming to have all winner emails sent out by or before 6 MAR 2020. This should give you just under 10 days until the deadline for submitting donations on 15 MAR 2020. We will keep you apprised if anything changes; otherwise, expect another update once all emails have been sent out. We will also be posting additional information about the donation process later today.

For those who have been wondering: unfortunately, we will not be able to arrange for “second chance” offers to bidders who missed out – while we’d love to encourage additional donations, it simply wouldn’t be feasible given the time and logistics involved. Sorry!

REMEMBER: Please wait for moderator confirmation before donating or contacting your bidder/creator.

Thank you for your patience!

–– FFA Mods

BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED.

REPEAT: BIDDING IS NOW CLOSED. Any bids received after this time will not be counted.

Please bear with us while we shut down all the bidding forms and sort out the winning bids. We will post more information about what comes next shortly.

!! IMPORTANT: !!

PLEASE WAIT FOR OUR CONFIRMATION EMAIL BEFORE DONATING OR CONTACTING YOUR BIDDER/CREATOR.

THANK YOU.