Please read this entire post. I know it is long, but I feel the information is important. As I mentioned in the thread regarding my health, I want to address the situation with forum finances, and its heavy dependence on me. The History of PF Money Since the start of the forum, I have tried my best to shoulder the direct financial costs of running the forum. We have run ads in places where no one really saw them during good times, and in 2009 when faced with an expensive server emergency, we did a very successful fundraiser. Since then, I have avoided monetizing the forum. This has been deliberate as I have a ton of experience in the digital advertising space, and sports forums are notoriously hard to monetize. That and any monetization I did was probably going to force me to shove ads into users' faces which makes everyone unhappy, makes the forum ugly, etc. I thought I had found a good compromise with a very high end ad agency, however after spending a month trying to get into their inventory, they declined us, as stated niche sports sites are very low demand for advertising capacity. I don't want to hand off a large expense to one of the other admins (in addition to the labor time investment) and so we're going to do a fundraising drive as we transition some advertising on the forum. Donations I'd like to raise money via donations to get us some runway (money for future expenses) that we'll invest into upgrading our licenses and buying hosting in advance. This will give me time to try to tweak the advertising on the forum to find a happy medium where users aren't put out, and we can still make a little revenue to pay bills. If for some reason I become unavailable, whichever admin or combination of admins that take over won't have to immediately take on the expense of running the forum out of their pockets. Current Expenses Our annual forum expenses are approx $600 for hosting, and between $100 and $200 for domain renewal fees, and software license updates. Almost $800 per year or $65 a month. What did we raise in 2009? We had a pretty amazing turnout in 2009, and raised about $600 with 16 donors, of which 4 were angels and made pretty hefty donations (slippy, armygirl, Woody and pass99) Respect for Donors I will explain more in another post, but everyone who donated in 2009 now has a tag on their profile. That tag acknowledges them to the forum as someone who has done a good thing for the entire enterprise. If you think you should have received a tag and you didn't, start a conversation with me. Important! Donors from 2009, this fundraising drive in 2013 and any time in the future will not see any ads. *I don't know if I can promise this with Tapatalk, they desperately want to put ads in their app and we (forum owners) have been pushing back for several weeks now, but I think their business model demands they do it so ... What if I can't afford to donate? Please don't donate if money is tight. I appreciate everything anyone wants to contribute, but I will feel bad if you're sending the forum $20 that you really need for gas or rent. We'll find a way to make do without you having to eat bread and butter sandwiches. I promise. That said, if you can afford to give, and forgive me for being a bit shameless, then please do. It would be a big help getting things shored up for the future, and I would personally appreciate it. If you want to help the forum besides donating, we always need people toPostClick the Like button on other posts you appreciateRecruit good people to join our community What if I donated in 2009? The way I have the system setup now, people can donate as often as they want, in a bunch of different amounts. So if you donated in 2009 and you want to donate again, please do so. With the system in place now, people can just donate when they want to without having to go through me. What if I want to donate by mail? Start a Conversation with me and I will give you a postal address to send mail to. Ok, How to Donate? Click the Donations link at the top of the forum. This will take you to a page that looks like this Choose an amount, and you will be taken to PayPal to make payment. If you want to donate a different amount than what is listed, please start a conversation with me. If you have any questions, concerns, etc post them to the thread, and I will do my best to answer them. I will probably promote the fundraiser for a couple weeks with the possibility of doing it until Christmas. We will see how the response is and go from there. Thanks for reading this far.