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Turn Your Online Purchases into Blank Spaces Support!

by - Thursday, April 16, 2020

These are uncertain times and it's important to take a moment each day to sit in gratitude for what we do have. In my home we have internet and a stocked pantry and toilet paper and Netflix and a forest in our backyard for daily walks and our health and five people who generally really like each other. All things considered, we are very lucky.

When we launched our fundraising campaign back in March it was with the same naiveté with which everyone else in Canada was living: we are okay, the virus is across the ocean, everything is normal.


Suddenly, the new normal is the upside down of the old normal.

Realizing we've been social distancing for a month now is a tough pill to swallow; even harder still is the understanding that this may go on for much longer.

What does that mean for Blank Spaces?

  • We are volunteer run, which means no one had to be laid off.
  • Our basic operating costs are very low ($3000/year) so we don't find ourselves suffering terribly or considering shutting down.
  • We are not eligible for any government support during this time, but feel confident we can make it through as long as we don't lose any subscribers.
  • Canada Post is still in operation and continues to issue assurances that it will remain in operation, and though there may be a delay in shipping times, we are still able to fill and ship orders.

What about the campaign?

The campaign is sitting in waiting. We are still taking donations/subscriptions, but we don't want to put undue pressure on people who may be facing hardship during this time. Currently, we have reached 50% of our fundraising goal, and that is amazing! When things return to normal (what even is normal?) we will begin to push it once again.

In the meantime, we have discovered a new way you can help that requires absolutely no money from you. FlipGive is a campaign platform that allows you, the consumer, to make your regular online purchases and the online merchants kick back a little percentage to us, the team looking for funding. The only thing you need to do is sign up for an account, select Blank Spaces Magazine as the team you want to support, and then select the online stores you normally shop at, visiting them through the FlipGive portal.

https://www.flipgive.com/teams/237729-blank-spaces-magazine/

If you're an online shopper, this is a great FREE way to add your support to the campaign. We will be updating our campaign page to include any funds raised through FlipGive so you can track along with us and see how it's helping us reach our goals. Who knows? Maybe this will be the ticket to helping us achieve one of those stretch goals.

We are hoping for at least eight active team members, but I believe we can get many more than that.

Do not change your normal way of life. If you are not an online shopper, don't feel pressure to participate. If shopping online is normal for you, don't spend money on things you don't need. Make your normal purchases. You may think you're not making a difference, but trust us - every little bit counts!

You'll notice that merchants provide different amounts of cashback. Sometimes a purchase will yield pennies and other times it may give a few dollars. Again, it all helps!

Thank you for considering participation and we look forward to continuing to build this little magazine with your help!

Find Blank Spaces Magazine on FLIPGIVE, select 'Join Team', and enter the invite code 4MVL3P. See you there!

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