This page is no longer updated. Links
are no longer fixed, material is no longer updated, etc.
other online fan groups using the
to engage in philanthropy
This information was published
originally on July 5, 1999; some of the URLs are no longer functional.
You can still find the information though -- simply type in the URL that
isn't working into archive.org.
If you are interested in fan-based
volunteering beyond what is compiled here, check out Transformative
Works and Cultures, an online journal launched in 2009 that looks
at various aspects of fan fiction (fan-created fiction inspired by their
favorite movies, TV shows and books), comic book fandom, movie fandom,
video game fandom, comic and fan conventions, and more. Specifically,
media festival volunteer: Connecting online and on-ground fan labor,"
a 2014 paper by Robert Moses Peaslee, Jessica El-Khoury, and Ashley
Liles, which uses data gathered at Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas, in
This information is taken from the organizations' Web site. This is by
no means a comprehensive list of fan-based activities in 1999, but it is a
good sampling of what was happening. Not all of these groups are still
active, but the Web sites, probably all archived at archive.org, provide a
good record of their activities:
- Susan's La Femme Nikita Message Board
Members of this online community raised $12,000 Canadian to benefit the
Mira Foundation, which provides helper dogs to people with disabilities;
the money represents one dog fully trained and ready to be assigned.
- Fans of Nicholas Lea - Focused on Making a Difference
During an interview in July 1998, actor Nicholas Lea of the "X-Files"
said of his fans, "I just think sometimes that the focus is a little
misplaced... I would love to see everybody here take a third of that
energy and put it into their family or their community, or the people on
the street who need our help." His fans did just that, creating "The
Nick League" to organize fund raisers, on and offline, to support
various charities. They are planning their first online auction for
Summer 1999, and through e-mail requests to fans, have already raised
more than $1500 for charity.
- Elvis Connection
Formed in 1993 with Graceland's approval. They are not a fan club, but
an organization with a mandate to unite fans and raise money for
charity. To date, nearly $7,000 has been donated to charity.
- STARFLEET International
Founded by Star Trek enthusiasts in 1974, chapters (Starships) of this
group "offer opportunities to have fun while you serve your community.
We recognize crew members who have done extra service or distinguished
themselves in service to STARFLEET. In keeping with the problem-solving
themes of Star Trek, our members do more than meet and talk about the
show. The crews of the Fleet are active in support of charity. We
believe that time is our most valuable gift, so we donate time to help
persons and charitable organizations. We conduct fundraisers and
volunteer our services to help our community." Charities which STARFLEET
takes part in include the Overseas Coupon Project, Stampede, and the
Hershey's Chocolate Project.
- Support Our Sentinel
Fans of the TV show "The Sentinel" have engaged in several philanthropic
efforts, through online and off-line efforts. Most recently, the fan
club for the star of the show, Richard Burgi, held an online auction
that raised more than $6,000 for the National Audubon Society. Most of
their many off-line philanthropy efforts have had an online component
- PEACE - Adrian Paul Fan Club
Dedicated to the PEACE (Protect Educate Aid Children Everywhere) Fund,
joining corporate America and Hollywood to generate aid for children in
need whether it be financial or educational. Founded in the Fall of 1998
by Adrian Paul, under the auspices of Athletes & Entertainers for
- Meat Loaf UK Fan Club
Holds fundraisers for the Cleft Lip & Palate Association, and use
the Internet to coordinate and promote their philanthropic efforts.
MLUKFC will be hold an online charity auction soon, with all proceeds
again to CLAPA.
- International Fans of Shania Twain
Works to support the singer's favorite charities, including Second
Harvest, Kids Cafes Fund, and Breakfast for Learning.
- Christian Bale Fan Club
Proceeds from the fan club are directed towards Christian's charities
which include: Greenpeace, The Redwing Sanctuary, the Dian Fossey
Gorilla Fund, and the Happy Child Mission, a school for street children
- New York Rangers Fan Club
They raise money to help with the fight against Leukemia, Cancer, child
abuse, and other charities that the RFC supports.
- Mac Attack Pack!!! Cardinals Care
This not-for-profit organization, formed in 1997, says it is "already
one of the most successful fan clubs in the Major Leagues", with members
in more than 40 states. "Cardinals Care" is an "expression of the St.
Louis Cardinals' commitment to its Community. The focus of Cardinals
Care is on "Team Play" and on "Giving Something Back" to the community
that has supported the Cardinals through the years.
- Circle of Friends / Casey Biggs Fanclub/ AIDS
This non-profit charity organization supports the
philanthropic interests and professional activities of actor Michael
O'Hare. Charities supported include House of Ruth, a shelter for
battered men, women, and children; Hale House, a facility caring for
children with AIDS; Gay Men's Health Crisis Center, a center providing
assistance to all AIDS victims; Foundation for Community Encouragement;
the Sierra Club; Muscular Dystrophy Association; and the Motion Picture
and Television Fund Foundation, a support agency for anyone in the
industry in financial need
This page is a companion piece to Fan-Based
Online Groups Use the Internet to Make a Difference
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Project and were written and compiled by Jayne
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