I do know he's alive, yes, don't worry about that
He doesn't need an excuse, he's still elected and can handle it any way he likes as long as he doesn't sell the coins for his own profit - and I can assure he won't do that. Everyone who disagrees with his (lack of) actions should vote for one of the other charities. That's how it works.
I wish I could agree with you about the charity bringing attention, but I haven't seen increased attention the last time we (or, itsik) sent out a batch. How many coins does he have now, something around 25k? Who cares about a donation of 1000$?