Spread the Metal Records' Main Charity
The main cause of Spread the Metal Records is our non-profit organization to-be, Limitless. The NGO will be dedicated to the parents of label founder, Matt Day. They are Carl and Leigh Day and have sacrificed so much in order for Matt to go to university. Too bad he wasted that opportunity on a Philosophy degree! To repay the favor, many times over, the goal of the organization is to connect donors with the charities that do the most good and save the most lives.
Normally, it is extremely annoying when someone quotes facts and figures to make you depressed about what's going on in the world. So we're only going to do it once! Less than 1% of what the governments of the world spend on weapons every year is enough to put every child on earth into school. That is a sobering figure and one that doesn't make a whole lot of sense to a lot of people.
Now, we would have a better chance of getting Kerry King ordained as a minister than to have these governments change their spending policies. However, the goal of the organization is to make people aware of where their money is going so they can donate to the causes that will help the most people. Self-improvement will also be a big part of Limitless and the idea that in order to best help others, you need to be the best possible version of yourself.
The "Spread the Metal Festival"
This festival is the flagship event of Spread the Metal Records. The event itself is a completely non-selfish act whereby 100% of the ticket sales after expenses will go to a charitable organization to be determined yearly. Held on July 5th and 6th, 2012, the first edition of the festival saw all the funds raised go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, totaling $529.97 this first year.
The festival will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with bands playing all day and beer flowing into the night. There are rumors of a second Spread the Metal Festival happening elsewhere in North America but you'll have to wait and find out!
Spread the Metal Records will not make any money off of this event at all, and we don't want to. That's not the point of it. The point is to raise as much money as possible for the charity each year. Essentially, the main goal of this festival is to make a trillion dollars and then give it all away. Whether that happens is up to the fans who come out and support it every year. Spread the Metal!
Causes That We Support
---> Donate to Kiva <---
Kiva Microfunds is a non-profit organization that allows people to lend money via the Internet to people in 67 countries through Kiva's 190 partner microfinance institutions, which Kiva calls field partners. Kiva includes personal stories of each person who needs a loan because they want their lenders to connect with their entrepreneurs on a human level. Kiva itself does not collect any interest on the loans it facilitates. It is purely supported by grants, loans, and donations from its users, corporations, and national institutions.
---> Donate to Doctors Without Borders <---
Doctors Without Borders is based on the humanitarian principles of medical ethics and impartiality. The organization is committed to bringing quality medical care to people in crisis regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation. For every dollar that comes in to DWB, a full 86 cents goes to their relief efforts. By law, only 25% of their donations have to serve their mandate, but DWB spends just 1.3% of it's income on administrative costs and about 12% on fundraising costs. The rest goes to providing medical care and food to populations devastated by natural disaster, civil war, disease and malnutrition.
---> Donate to the Heart and Stroke Foundation <---
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada supplies researchers with the funds they need to develop life-saving and life-prolonging strategies and treatments in the battle against heart disease. They have saved so many lives over their history but heart disease ranks among the highest killers in the world today. Tremendous strides have been made, but they still need our help to continue the fight. They have done so much for us, so Spread the Metal Records encourages you to support their efforts by giving generously. Donate today!
I wish to extend my gratitude to everyone who has taken the time to visit this section of Spread the Metal's website. In many ways, it is the most important of all. Most of us need to be reminded that what we struggle with in our lives pales in comparison to the suffering of others. STM Records has the potential to do so much for these people, but naturally we cannot do it alone. We will be working away at forming lasting partnerships with our favorite charitable organizations but we would like to call upon each of you to give generously and support our efforts. Below, we have links and ways to give, along with the causes actively promoted by the label and by our bands as well. Whatever your interest and whichever causes touch your life the most, there will be a way to give them a fighting chance. Horns up, and wallets out!
Label President, Matt Day
$529.97 - To The Heart and Stroke Foundation
$75.00 - To Kiva (Economic Aid/Relief)
$604.97 - Total Raised by Spread the Metal Records