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Monday, July 29, 2013

Anyone Have Recent Info on the Gygax Memorial Fund?

I know I asked this question fairly recently, but as Gary's birthday just passed this weekend and I've seen other blogs and even ENWorld point folks to the Gygax Memorial Fund Site, I was wondering if anyone had more info on it.

The website doesn't look like it's been updated in a year and the two items in it's online shop have been out of stock for months if not longer.

Has the statue been completed yet?

How much money was raised by WotC's 1e reprints?

How much money has the fund raised so far?

The website states the memorial is to be completed in a 3 year period. 3 year period from when?

I'm not trying to be negative at all, but there really should be some updates to show things are moving as planned. Asking for money is all fine and good, but those that are giving should see how it's being used.


  1. Well, I will be at Gencon and ask some questions. I can be a real A-Hole when I want to be HeHe. I'll find out.

  2. The way its sits now.. I sure the hell wouldn't be donating money to it.. Like the Kickstarters you've mentioned, communication is key and no updates in a year? There is no way that should be happening on an active charity.

  3. Just a couple of notes.

    I'm not sure Gail will attend GenCon this year, so you won't be able to ask her directly at GenCon. She has mentioned the charity a few times this year on Facebook. I'll get word to her that people are asking about it.

    While the web site could use an update, unlike a Kickstarter, this is actually a 501(c)3 corporation, so there are various laws requiring accounting transparency. You're unlikely to see them post this on the web site, but if you are concerned about how the money is being allocated, you can get a public report from the following sources.


    I'm just throwing that out there because some people start thinking that this is some kind of scam, when in actuality legal and accounting steps have been taken to prevent that.