How You Can Help The Initiative


Please read all of the following PRIOR to donating.

If you read the homepage, you’ll know that everyone participating in the MECC is a volunteer.  That said, there are certain costs associated with a project of this size, from costume and prop materials to helping our talent in getting to the convention at which this little shindig will be taking place.  So, loyal and awesome Mass Effect fandom, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Costuming itself is taken care of at this point in time.  In the event we need more costumers (which would be awesome, because that would mean we have that many of the voice actors and models participating), we will be reaching out through cosplay contacts to ensure quality (since, y’know, we don’t want our talent in burlap sacks).  That isn’t to say that you aren’t an awesome costumer if we haven’t contacted you – it just means we haven’t found you yet (or you’re too expensive — sorry)!

What you can do, regardless of skills (or lack thereof), is donate.  No donation is too big or too small.  After thorough research into online third-party fundraising operations, we decided they all suck because they take a lot of the money raised as a fee.  Which, y’know, makes sense as they’re businesses, but 7% of the cut is a lot!  As a result, we set up an organizational bank account linked to its own PayPal account (for those who don’t like PayPal – apologies, but this was the easiest, cheapest, and most secure route for taking donations).  This will allow for every single penny donated to go to costs associated with the MECC Initiative (for costume and prop materials and helping talent get where they need to go).  In the most awesome event that we have an excess of donations, in the interest of fairness to all donors, all excess funds will be donated to a charity chosen by the participating actors and models.

So really, you can’t go wrong!

All donations will be meticulously documented, in who donates, how much, and where every single penny of donated funds go (see below for information on what to include in your donation message).  This information will be available upon request at various points throughout the project.  Any and all personal information will be kept private.  Donations are not tax-deductible.


Get yourselves to the PayPal.
(Clicking this link will open the page in a new tab/window.)

Under the Transfer menu, click to Send SoME(CC)one Money.

You’ll then see this screen.
The email address to send to is
Fill in the box with the official MECC email, your email, and donation amount.
All donations must be in USD.  (I think PayPal converts
for you if you are donating in a foreign currency… but don’t quote me on that.)
Then hit “Continue.”

That will take you here.
Log in to your PayPal account.
(If you don’t have one, they are free and easy to set up.)

You’re then brought here. The system will default to donating from
your bank account (or your default method of sending money),
but you have More Funding Options!
(Which you’ll find by clicking on the link I’ve boxed.)

Hey, look!  Funding options!
You can use any bank account linked to your PayPal account,
or add a credit card (link is boxed) or a completely different
bank account, and hit “continue.”

There is no shipping address required, so leave that as is.
The screenshot has exactly what I need you to include in the message.

If you can’t see what it says, here:
Subject: Mass Effect Cast Cosplay Donation
Message: Include best contact email address, first and last name OR
first name and last initial if you are under the age of 18, and your
city and state – so we can see how widespread we are!

Then, possibly most important of all steps:


(International donations have a $0.50 charge on top of them for processing.)

And that’s it!  You may donate as much or as little as you so desire, as few or as many times as you wish.  Every little bit helps!  Thank you SO MUCH for contributing to this amazing event!

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5 responses to “How You Can Help The Initiative

  1. This is a great idea! However, I think you might underestimate the effect of online fundraising – in particular the ease of use and the attraction in the ‘perks’ that many of those fundraising sites offer. They may take their share of the money, but it is likely that you would reach more people, donating would be faster and easier for most (especially those who don’t have or don’t want a PayPal account). In other words, you’d probably raise more money that way, and isn’t that the end goal?

    • Oh, believe me – after seeing the powers of Kickstarter with Project Eternity (a million in a day, WHAT?!) I don’t underestimate it! 🙂 It just doesn’t work well for our purposes, unfortunately, as we have no set goal and no specific deadline, and I need constant access to the funds to purchase materials for our costumers – none of which are very cohesive with those online fundraising businesses. You don’t have to have a PayPal account to donate with a credit or debit card, as far as I know (but I’ll double-check before I lie to anybody). I do plan on revisiting Kickstarter later on to raise more for charity, but only after everything else is fully funded. Thanks for the input though, I really appreciate it!! 🙂

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