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Save a Ferret; Save an Author

Want to give a show of support outside making a comment? If you’ve read the Newsweek report by Paul Tolme, the ferrets whose “closest relations are European ferrets and Siberian polecats” are an endangered species.   Nora Roberts and the Smart Bitches have put together a wonderful sort of “pay it forward” campaign.   If you give money to the Defenders Wildlife, Nora Roberts will match your donation up to $5,000.00.   Yes, I did not hiccup when typing those 0s.

Deets at the SBTB site.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Shiloh Walker
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 12:19:17

    what a great idea. :)

  2. Jayne
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 12:21:49

    Whoo-hoo let’s bankrupt Nora!

  3. KCfla
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 12:53:24

    Great Idea!
    (Lol at Jayne- I think it would take more than a few ferrets to do that! ;-))

  4. Becca
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 14:48:19

    I donated, but I’d rather also donate to some sort of charity that helps Native Americans reclaim their heritage. Anyone know of one?


  5. MaryKate
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 15:00:31

    Nora is just such a class act. What a wonderful way to make good come out of what has been a tough couple of weeks.

  6. Ann Bruce
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 15:25:42

    How to really bankrupt Nora–donate stocks!
    If you donate appreciated stock to a legit charity, both the Canadian (Revenue Canada) and US (IRS) tax agencies do not realize the appreciation as a capital gain. A quick and dirty example: You donate $1000 of stocks that only cost you $700 when you originally purchased them. The charity receives $2000 (NR is matching your donation) and you get a tax receipt for $1000–but it only cost you $700 and you don’t have to pay the capital gains tax on the $300 appreciation!

  7. Ann Bruce
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 15:34:08

    Okay, minor correction: In Canada, before the provincial credit, that $1000 stock donation would only cost you $437.50 because the federal government would give a $262.50 tax deduction.

    I don’t know what the tax deduction would be in the US because I’m not entirely familiar with the IRS.

  8. Meriam
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 16:05:35

    They’re very cute, those ferrets.

  9. Nora Roberts
    Jan 16, 2008 @ 16:10:48

    Bring it on!

  10. Jayne
    Jan 17, 2008 @ 06:27:33

    Everybody rocks and the ferrets win. So far, people have donated $2200 dollars to be matched by Nora Roberts. And there’s still lots more time to make your donations.

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