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ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2014 Edition
« on: August 28, 2014, 06:00:47 pm »
It's that time again. It's time for The Cauldron's Annual donation drive. When we moved to a VPS a some years ago our hosting costs jumped from about $200 a year to just over $800 a year (plus a few dollars more for domain fees and the like). Two years ago, when Linode started to offer its backup service ($15/month) we raised enough money to add that. Thanks to a number of members of The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum who made either annual or monthly donations, we have managed to pay the server bill every month when it is due on the 1st of the month. It's time to refill the till for our next year of hosting -- the alternative is TC disappearing from the Internet.

Starting this year, however, we need to raise a bit more money ($80/month plus extras instead of $75/month plus extras) for reasons explained in detail in the first point in this post This means we need  $110 to stay up and running (and upgrade our server before security updates for our current setup stop) and about $60 for the "extras" mentioned above That's $100 over the amount we raised last year.  Extra money raised over and above the minimum needed, as always, is used to add new features or otherwise support TC.

We'd really like to thank everyone who gave money for the server bills over the last year. Those who donated have made it possible for The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum to remain on the Internet from September 2013 to now. However, the account is bare and it's now time to raise money for the next server year. We need your donations to keep The Cauldron: A Pagan Forum's message board up. There are two ways you can donate.

OPTION 1: Make An "Anonymous" Donation in Any Amount

If you are not a member of the message board  -- or are a member but do not want a donor button to appear on your posts or wish to donate a non-standard amount, you can make an "anonymous" donation (which will not cause any "donor" notation on your posts) in any amount via the Paypal link below. You do NOT need a Paypal account to donate. After Paypal fees, we get at least 85% to 90% of the money you donate. This is the best way to donate for many people as it only happens once and you don't have to remember that you have a monthly subscription coming out of your Paypal account.



OPTION 2: Message Board Member? Donate Through Your Settings:
          Get Bronze/Silver/Gold Donor Levels and Benefits


If you are logged into the message board, you can make a donation (via Donation Subscriptions in your Profile) at the Bronze Donor (US$5.00), Silver Donor (US$10.00), Gold Donor (US$15.00) or Silver Patron ($25.00) level and get a special button that will appear on your posts as well have access to our Donor only areas, more PM storage, more space for attachments, etc. These special benefits will last for one month (or one year if you elect the annual donation option) and can be renewed by extending your subscription. You can elect to make a one time donation or to set up a Paypal subscription that will automatically renew your donation each month or year until you cancel the subscription at Paypal. You can find the "Paid Subscriptions" link in your "Settings" menu on your profile. Payments are made via Paypal but you do not need a Paypal account to donate (unless you wish to set up a recurring donation subscription).

Note: If you currently have a recurring monthly Donation subscription, you do not need to do anything to donate for 2014. Your current Donation subscription will continue until you cancel it (or your payment source disappears if you are paying with a credit card and forget to keep its expiration date, etc. current) at PayPal. However, if you believe you have a current donor subscription, please check your Paypal account to be sure it is still there -- Paypal has mistakenly terminated them much more frequently than anyone would like again this year -- although it was not nearly as bad as it was a couple of years ago.

If you are a member of our message board (and are logged in), this link will take you directly to the Paid Subscription area of your Settings:



OPTION 3: Want to Avoid Using PayPal? Donate Via a Postal Money Order

If you cannot (or simply do not want to) use Paypal, you can mail us a Postal Money Order (obtained from a US Postal Office) or an International Postal Money Order payable in US Dollars (obtained from your nation's post office). If you wish to make this type of donation, please PM me and I will tell who to make the money order to and give you an address to mail it to. Note that only Postal Money Orders can be accepted, no checks (or strange money orders from the supermarket).

If you are able to donate, please make a donation for 2014 as soon as possible -- right now would be great. The Cauldron's web site, message board, MUX, and other features depend on your donations to continue and to do the needed upgrades to our server.
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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2014 Edition
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2014, 06:10:22 pm »
Quote from: RandallS;157466
It's that time again. It's time for The Cauldron's Annual donation drive.

 
I need another paycheck or two but I do want to get back with my subscription. (I'll probably just buy the whole year upfront if that's still an option; the subscription and my really poor budgeting skills left me freaking out earlier this month when a paycheck was late and my bank account was super low.)

TC is really important to me and I want to see it continue for a long, long time.
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What you have created, no one can tear asunder.

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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2014 Edition
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2014, 06:13:40 pm »
Quote from: RandallS;157466
It's that time again. It's time for The Cauldron's Annual donation drive.

 
Done as much as I can afford this month. Hopefully my car insurance payment should go right down next month so I might be able to afford a monthly subscription then.

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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2014 Edition
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2014, 06:31:32 pm »
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I need another paycheck or two but I do want to get back with my subscription. (I'll probably just buy the whole year upfront if that's still an option; the subscription and my really poor budgeting skills left me freaking out earlier this month when a paycheck was late and my bank account was super low.)

Yes, if you get a donor subscription you can elect to pay monthly or annually.  Or you can make a one-time lump sum payment for $60/$120/$180 dollars and I'll set you to the appropriate donor level for a year (you may need to PM me to remind me) -- that way you don't have to remember that Paypal will bill you again for it in a year. :)
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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2014 Edition
« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2014, 08:37:53 am »
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It's that time again. It's time for The Cauldron's Annual donation drive.

It's been a bit over a month since this drive started and we are about 90% of the way to our goal. I'd like to thank everyone who has donated so far. Thank you very much.

I know a lot of people get paid around the first of the month, so if you haven't donated and wish to help, now might be a great time to make a donatation. Let's see if we can't wrap up the 2014 drive by this weekend. Please donate only if you are financially able to do so -- please don't take money from necessities for a donation.
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