Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society,
On August 24th, I asked for your financial support as I laid out proposed fourth quarter 2009 expenses for the Center. Generous and dedicated supporters responded, getting us off to a good start.
This past Friday, I again asked for your support as I noted that donations had slowed and were not on track to reach our goal by the end of the fundraising drive on September 30th. I also let you know that one anonymous donor had offered to provide a matching donation of $150 if at least two new donors donated at least $50 before midnight Sunday.
You again responded, meeting the terms for the match offer and bringing our raised funds to a total of $1,170 from 20 contributors (not counting the $150 match coming later in the month). I asked for some new momentum and you have provided it, but it has to keep building! We are still behind. We still need to pick up the pace if we’re going to raise the money required to fund our fourth quarter operations.
When I first asked for your support for the fourth quarter fundraising drive, I listed exactly what our expenses would be to show exactly why our very modest goal for the quarter is $4,025. You can see for yourself exactly what the money will be spent on and look at prior quarters to confirm those funds were also spent accordingly.
With C4SS, what you see is what you get. If you want more from us, we require more support.
Of our goal for this quarter, $2450 is earmarked for simply maintaining our current level of operations — paying our writers starvation wages and keeping the web hosting bill paid.
The remainder, as you can see from the expense request, is dedicated to:
1) improving our IT support for sake of preserving the current and future value we create, and
2) directly expanding the amount of content we create — 3 short audio spots and one written commentary per week throughout the quarter.
I don’t believe that’s to much to ask for, but let’s take this one step at a time. Today is September 14th. Let’s first try to just get our core expenses covered by raising the $2450 mentioned above. Let’s try to do that by a week from today — September 21st. That will leave a little over a week for last minute potential contributors to decide if they want to get on board with expanding the content we offer or not.
Can we get to the $2450 mark in seven days? Sure. As noted above, we’ve raised $1,170 from only 20 people so far. This message is going out via Facebook, email, RSS feeds and Twitter links to several hundred fans of the Center and many thousands more casual web site visitors. The amount remaining to get to the $2,450 total is only $1,280. If only 20 additional people kick in an average of $65 each, we’re there.
We can do this.
And we can keep doing this.
And by doing so, we will keep building our base of support.
We’re not going away. It’s up to you to determine how quickly we move forward.
Please, donate today using the ChipIn widget on any page of our web site at:
Director, Center for a Stateless Society