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In which John discusses the forthcoming 2013 Project for Awesome, the health of the Bank of Nerdfighteria, the strength of Toby Turner's arms, the nerdfighter kiva group, and the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck. Oh, and there is a surprise.

The Foundation is now a real, actual charity, which means your donations are now tax-deductible. (At least in the U.S.) You can donate directly at http://fightworldsuck.org/. Thanks to very generous anonymous contributors to the Foundation, every dollar you donate up to $125,000 will be matched. And because the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck has 0 overhead, every penny you donate will go to p4a charities chosen by the nerdfighter community.
Good morning Hank, it's Tuesday, November 26th, 2013.  I'm wearing a crumpled suit, that must mean it's time for the Bank of Nerdfighteria's semi-annual report.

So Hank, just like Toby Turner, the Bank of Nerdfighteria has two arms, and like Toby Turner's arms, they are rock solid and growing more powerful by the year.

Let's begin with the giving arm.  So every year the Nerdfighter community hosts YouTube's Project for Awesome, a 48 hour event in which thousands of people upload videos about their favorite charities.  And then we watch and share those videos, but there's also a fundraising component to the Project for Awesome.  We raise money for the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck, and then as a community, we decide where to donate it, which helps us to think about priorities, and our values, and the importance of being thoughtful philanthropists.  So last year we raised more than 4 hundred thousand dollars, which went to organizations fighting, among other things, illiteracy, and domestic violence, and global poverty.  So if you've never participated in the Project for Awesome, now is the time.  Get started on your videos for December 17th.

 Ahh, I almost forgot the most important thing, Hank, you and I are auctioning off our support for World Cup 2014.  There is a link in the doobly-doo, where you can donate to the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck on behalf of the team of your choice, and we are going to support the teams that Nerdfighteria's donations choose, top to bottom.  So right now, Germany is in 5th place, Netherlands is in 7th place, in total donations if Germany plays the Netherlands, we are for Germany.  And I don't just mean that we will casually root for the team in question, we will watch every single game, and we will wear the jersey of the teams we are supporting, and we will endeavor to learn your soccer history and your songs, and try to watch live with you on Google+ hangouts.  So please go donate.  It only appears that I'm pointing at my pants.  Switzerland, by the way is in last place right now, so get on it Swiss people.

Also Hank, in crazy good news, the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck is now an official 501C3 federally sanctioned charity, which means that all donations in the U.S. are tax-deductible.  Also every dollar that you donate to the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck will be matched this year up to 125,000 dollars, thanks to some anonymous donors.

Right now the Foundation to Decrease Worldsuck has 23,955 dollars in the bank.  That's due to donations from Vidcon, and from the Nerdfighter Minecraft server, and some charity stuff at DFTBA.com.  So, we're off to a really great start, much better than we were last year but hopefully it is just the beginning.

Now I want to talk about the lending arm, but first I have to get on an airplane to go see mom and dad, hold on.

Movie magic!, Also a costume change.  Oh my god! I'm in the exact same room where I filmed my first episode of Brotherhood 2.0 on January 2nd, 2007.  Only now the walls are a different color, and also painting by mom [points].

Ok, on to the lending arm.  Hank, over at Kiva.org, the Nerdfighter group has now made more than 3.2 million dollars in loans to students and entrepreneurs around the world.  For instance, Nerdfighters recently made a loan to Alvaro in Bolivia to help him pay his college tuition.  They made a loan to a woman in Samoa, so she can grow a restaurant, a loan to a guy in Uganda so he can grow his furniture business.  And there are tens of thousands of others.  Through Kiva you can make loans of as little as 25 dollars to students and entrepreneurs in the developing world and 99% of the time they pay you back.  So it's basically like having a savings account with a negative 1% interest rate, which is only one percent less than my bank is currently offering, so it's a pretty good deal.  Plus you get to invest in people's businesses and watch them grow, and the coolest part is that if you're new to Kiva, your first loan is entirely free, link in the doobly-doo.

So Hank, that's the update on the Bank of Nerdfighteria.  When I was sitting here on January 2nd, 2007, I could never have imagined that the community that would grow out of these videos would loan more than 3 million dollars, or that the Project for Awesome would be within shouting distance of a million dollars in total donations.  But Hank, I'm just so grateful to Nerdfighteria for making it happen, and to you.

Hank: You're welcome.

John: Heeeey, Surprise reunion video.

Hank: Reunion video.

John: Nerdfighters, again, there are links in the doobly-doo to lend and to donate.

Hank: Let's have a great Project for Awesome.

Both: DFTBA!

John: Hank, I'll see you right now.

Hank: Ok.

John: Oh and P.S., here's a picture of Matt Smith doing the Nerdfighter sign with some Danish Nerdfighters, is this real life? [to Hank]  What are you doing?

Hank: Mom collects kaleidoscopes.

John: Oh, cool.