The Kickstarter rules don't allow a Kickstarter project to raise money for a charity. We've had a couple of back-and-forth discussions with them about the difference between a charity and a non-profit, etc., etc., so we are making a minor alteration to the way that we donate to the Gygax Memorial based on sales of Swords & Wizardry Rulebooks and Monster Books.
Frog God Games has decided to donate from its own funds a certain amount per rulebook and monster book sold (not only the ones sold on Kickstarter but also those sold through our own website after the Kickstarter program is finished), until December 31, 2012. The amount of the Frog God donation per book is as follows:
1-500 books: $1 per book
501-1,000 books: $1.25 per book
1,001-2500 books: $1.50 per book
2501-5000 books: $1.75 per book
5001- 6000 books: $2 per book
6001+ books: $2.50 per book
We won't know, immediately following the Kickstarter, how much the additional sales will drive the donation higher during the rest of the year, and we also don't know the timing on the Memorial's needs, but if needed we will contribute the "raised so far" amount earlier, and then tally again at the end of the year. We're talking to Gail about it, and we'll get those details worked out.
I'm sure Kickstarter has a good reason for their requirement, and having a Kickstarter even as part of the process will almost certainly lead to a larger dollar amount being donated than we could have done with internally-generated sales. So, I can't really complain.
One thing I just realized will be a question -- yes, those are retroactive numbers, so if we sell 6001 books, the total donation would be $15,002.50, with $2.50 being donated for each of the whole set.
Kickstarter link: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/froggodgames/swords-and-wizardry-the-actual-1st-edition-rolepla