Karen has given me her report on our most recent fund drive, which, as so often in the past, demonstrates your generosity.
You were most helpful with one-time donations.
Our monthly or ongoing donation receipts were not high enough to have us be able to relax and turn our attention completely away from fundraising.
Therefore, we’re looking at Plan B, other means of bringing in revenue without putting a price tag on any articles, books, or databases on the site.
Suzi and I have had discussions with Isaac on two subjects: Creating a discussion group or forum, with a small monthly subscription fee, and allowing advertisements on the site. (1)
The last discussion group I led was Galactic Roundtable, later Share11 (Share the Truth) in 2009. I’m looking forward to us being able to discuss and share again on a wider range of topics on a real-time basis.
Neither of these is exactly a large revenue stream (2) but they’ll be our first steps towards self-sufficiency, without repetitive monthly appeals. We anticipate that taking those first steps will lead to others.
So thank you very, very much, everyone, for supporting our work and hanging in with us as we create new products and services, some of which are aimed at creating sustainability.
Anyone with knowledge in these areas is welcome to help us on a voluntary basis. I personally am flying by the skin of my teeth in technological areas.
(1) We want to keep the front page as clean as possible so we’ll be looking first at possibly having a “Marketplace” and a “Bulletin Board” as separate pages, the former for larger ads and the latter for business cards.
(2) There will be provision for free admission for those of tight means.