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ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2015 Edition
« on: August 22, 2015, 10:36:58 am »
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 about $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 as with the Co-Hosts medical issues, they cannot afford to fund TC out of their own pocket.

Last year, we needed to upgrade to a better server so our costs jumped from about $850 a year to about $1100 a year. Fortunately, we managed to raise that much money. The good news is we will not have to raise nearly that much this year. Linode has upgraded all their servers and switched from Xen to KVM hypervisors which greatly improved server throughput. Earlier this month we moved to back to the smaller server size (but with a KVM hypervisor) we had used until this year and still have about the same speed we had (see this thread for more info). This means we only need to raise $850 this year -- $250 less than 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 2014 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. 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). There are two easy ways (and one harder way) 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 (or annual) 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, stop seeing most of the ads on our board, 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.

Note: If you currently have a recurring monthly Donation subscription, you do not need to do anything to donate for 2015. 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 -- almost as bad as a few years ago when over 60% of subscription terminations were random Paypal errors.

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 2015 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.
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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2015 Edition
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2015, 07:55:15 am »
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This means we only need to raise $850 this year -- $250 less than last year! Extra money raised over and above the minimum needed, as always, is used to add new features or otherwise support TC.

This morning we reached 50% of our goal. Thanks to all our donors!
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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2015 Edition
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2015, 09:37:23 am »
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This morning we reached 50% of our goal. Thanks to all our donors!

We still need about $85 in donations to reach cover the server bill for the next (err, now the current) year.
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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2015 Edition
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2015, 02:29:50 pm »
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We still need about $85 in donations to reach cover the server bill for the next (err, now the current) year.

We now only need $66.
Randall
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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2015 Edition
« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2015, 10:11:19 pm »
Quote from: RandallS;180990
We now only need $66.

 
Good to see we finally met our goal. It´s wonderful to see!

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Re: ADMIN: Cauldron Annual Donation Drive -- The 2015 Edition
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2015, 07:58:14 am »
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Good to see we finally met our goal. It´s wonderful to see!

We have some wonderful members whose donations keep this place on the Internet.
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