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How much money does TC need every month?
« on: July 07, 2011, 03:42:02 pm »
Just wondering... personally, I'd like to see how much TC's server costs/other costs run every month. I've been considering becoming a donor (especially since my next paycheck should be here tomorrow :D) and I like seeing numbers. Is it possible - or even something you'd want to do - to have a "this is how much we need a month and how much we've received so far" blurb somewhere on the site?

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Re: How much money does TC need every month?
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2011, 05:05:48 pm »
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Just wondering... personally, I'd like to see how much TC's server costs/other costs run every month.

The server is about $70 a month. However, there are additional costs some months (domain renewals, temporary full backup service during major upgrades --$20 a month prorated, etc.). And Paypal fees eat 5-7% of each donation.  Right after our annual donation drive we are usually getting more than we need in monthly subscriptions, but as the year goes on, some people end up dropping their subscriptions for one reason or another and we sometimes get under the amount we need, but this is covered by the months we got more than we need. (I don't think we have been so short that I had to ask for extra donations at the end of the month in a long time: 12 months? 18 months?) Some folks subscribe with an annual payment which makes some month's income huge, but it has to last the year.  Then there are people who can't subscribe by donate $5 or $10 out of the blue (this is always helpful).

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Is it possible - or even something you'd want to do - to have a "this is how much we need a month and how much we've received so far" blurb somewhere on the site?

Not possible unless I want to do it manually -- and I really don't have the time. The cute little donation gauges you see on web sites only track donations made through them. They know nothing about subscriptions through our subscription service and usually don't take into account Paypal fees or the like. When we are raising money for something specific, like the vBulletin or Vaultwiki licenses, I keep people informed as to how we are doing toward the goal, but that's easy to do.
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