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« on: October 04, 2012, 09:43:41 PM »



Announcing:

The OrthodoxChristianity.net Fund Drive

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We need your help! 

Here is why:

This site costs $ 40.00 per month. 

To keep
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operating we
need your donation.

The current balance for October 2012 is
$ 39.33.  I’d like you to join me in giving to
 OrthodoxChristianity.net. 

Donations have been few and far between.

All it would take to “pay the bill” each month
would be small donations from our members. 

Please consider making a donation to the “Treasury” here on
OrthodoxChristianity.net
to keep us on the Net.

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« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 03:03:41 PM »

Please make sure to donate on a regular basis.  If 40 of us give $1 a month, every month, problem solved!
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« Reply #2 on: November 02, 2012, 12:33:44 AM »

Last month, the first for the fund drive was great.  We exceeded our goal.  Hopefully we can meet this month's goal with your generosity.
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« Reply #3 on: November 02, 2012, 10:31:48 PM »

It is important that we become regular givers.  A.k.a. Stewards of the site
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2012, 11:58:35 PM »

We had over two-hundred people visit the site according to today's statistics.  It would be nice to hear from more of our members.
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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2012, 12:23:56 AM »

How/Where do we give?  Maybe I missed it.
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« Reply #6 on: November 05, 2012, 12:30:41 AM »

Go to the "Treasury" section between the links for "Contact" and "Tags." 
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« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2012, 03:16:24 PM »

I've been offline for awhile attending to other things, but thank you for your donations, which have been and are being processed!

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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2012, 02:48:23 PM »

We have met and exceeded our goal for November.

Thank you!
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« Reply #9 on: December 01, 2012, 04:10:56 PM »

The Fund Drive for November went very well.  I hope we match November's drive this month.
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2012, 05:37:49 PM »

I'll tip in something today or tomorrow. Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2012, 05:55:28 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2012, 11:08:33 AM »

We did great this month!

It would be great to have more people give in the new year since we have so many members.
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« Reply #13 on: December 31, 2012, 07:01:17 PM »

We did great this month!

It would be great to have more people give in the new year since we have so many members.

And remember you do not have to give a huge amount!  Any little bit helps! 
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« Reply #14 on: December 31, 2012, 07:48:14 PM »

What happens to the money when it reaches above the goal?
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« Reply #15 on: December 31, 2012, 07:56:20 PM »

What happens to the money when it reaches above the goal?

It goes directly to funding the operation/upkeep of the site:  aka, paying the bill for hosting the site.  There's a break-down somewhere on the site of exactly where the money goes to. 
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« Reply #16 on: January 02, 2013, 11:30:52 AM »


And remember you do not have to give a huge amount!  Any little bit helps! 

Exactly!
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« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2013, 12:03:30 PM »

Did we just make the goal for January? Shocked *happy dance*
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« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2013, 12:14:02 PM »

Yes!  It looks like we did.  That is great!
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« Reply #19 on: February 04, 2013, 09:33:59 PM »

A good start for February.  We can use a few more donations to meet this month's goal.
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« Reply #20 on: February 09, 2013, 11:18:59 AM »

To answer the question posed above, donations ebb and flow.  Over time, we meet our goals, but sometimes we don't. When we go over in a month, it averages out the times we don't make the goal.

Here's how it works: money donated goes through the OCnet Treasury application to a paypal account that is under my control and is recorded in the private Administration dashboard area of OCnet for tracking purposes.  I pay the bills for OCnet out of my personal funds, and then reimburse myself from this paypal account. Besides their being able to see the Treasury application totals in the Admin section, I maintain a basic accounting spreadsheet that is available to the other administrators for purposes of open, full disclosure, and transparency.

When we get more than we need, which has happened a few times, I pre-pay the server costs in advance even further, because we get a discount by doing that.  Eventually, within 1-2 years, we are also going to need more server space, since the forum database is getting huge. So that factors into my planning purposes as well.

The most money we ever stockpiled at one time was about $700, at which point I prepaid the server for two years. It is good through sometime in 2014 currently. Moneys collected now will be used to renew the server after that point, and toward the upcoming server expansion (which might increase our cost by something like 25-35%, but don't quote me on that, as I don't have the numbers in front of me).

If we ever got a really big windfall, I might also consult with the other administrators and moderators about ways to expand the site beyond its current reach; I had always wanted to make OCnet more than "just" a forum (although never compromising/jeopardizing this primary mission, since we do it so well), but time constraints and resource constraints have prevented that heretofore.

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« Reply #21 on: February 09, 2013, 05:30:08 PM »

Thanks for the post explaining it!  Smiley
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« Reply #22 on: February 09, 2013, 11:34:31 PM »

Thanks for the post explaining it!  Smiley

You're welcome!
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« Reply #23 on: March 04, 2013, 08:48:01 PM »

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We still need your support for this forum.

Beyond the monthly fee we need donations for big projects
like updating the site.

Last month did not end as well as previous months have.

If you have not donated before, please do.

Thank you!
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« Reply #24 on: March 05, 2013, 09:57:53 PM »


All donations

both large

and small

are appreciated!

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« Reply #25 on: March 05, 2013, 10:10:17 PM »

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We still need your support for this forum.

Beyond the monthly fee we need donations for big projects
like updating the site.

Last month did not end as well as previous months have.

If you have not donated before, please do.

Thank you!
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« Reply #26 on: March 05, 2013, 10:28:49 PM »

I'm just a member.  I started giving to the treasury and wanted to encourage other members to give as well.  Especially, during the fasts.  I've been encouraged by one of our administrators to continue with the fund drive.
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« Reply #27 on: March 05, 2013, 10:30:05 PM »

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We still need your support for this forum.

Beyond the monthly fee we need donations for big projects
like updating the site.


Last month did not end as well as previous months have.

If you have not donated before, please do.

Thank you!
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« Reply #28 on: March 05, 2013, 10:40:35 PM »

Ladies and Gentlemen,

We still need your support for this forum.

Beyond the monthly fee we need donations for big projects
like updating the site.


Last month did not end as well as previous months have.

If you have not donated before, please do.

Thank you!
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And you know what's in bolded how?

Because I told him so. 

And because of this post...which is only a few posts above this reply:

To answer the question posed above, donations ebb and flow.  Over time, we meet our goals, but sometimes we don't. When we go over in a month, it averages out the times we don't make the goal.

Here's how it works: money donated goes through the OCnet Treasury application to a paypal account that is under my control and is recorded in the private Administration dashboard area of OCnet for tracking purposes.  I pay the bills for OCnet out of my personal funds, and then reimburse myself from this paypal account. Besides their being able to see the Treasury application totals in the Admin section, I maintain a basic accounting spreadsheet that is available to the other administrators for purposes of open, full disclosure, and transparency.

When we get more than we need, which has happened a few times, I pre-pay the server costs in advance even further, because we get a discount by doing that.  Eventually, within 1-2 years, we are also going to need more server space, since the forum database is getting huge. So that factors into my planning purposes as well.

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If we ever got a really big windfall, I might also consult with the other administrators and moderators about ways to expand the site beyond its current reach; I had always wanted to make OCnet more than "just" a forum (although never compromising/jeopardizing this primary mission, since we do it so well), but time constraints and resource constraints have prevented that heretofore.

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« Reply #29 on: March 17, 2013, 04:40:41 PM »


Great Lent - a great time to give.

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« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2013, 07:47:59 PM »


I hope some of our members on
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« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2013, 07:49:27 PM »

Will plunk in something this week. Smiley
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« Reply #32 on: May 01, 2013, 04:05:21 PM »


We did well last month. 

I hope our members will match it this month as well.

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« Reply #33 on: May 01, 2013, 05:07:11 PM »

Is there a way in which we can make recurring payments automatically?  I forget...often.   Undecided
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« Reply #34 on: May 01, 2013, 06:13:43 PM »

you might be able to through PayPal.  Someone much smarter than me can walk you through it. 
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« Reply #35 on: May 01, 2013, 07:04:34 PM »

is there a way to donate that gives 100% of the donation to OCnet without giving some to paypal?
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« Reply #36 on: May 01, 2013, 10:04:55 PM »

Is there a way in which we can make recurring payments automatically?  I forget...often.   Undecided

That is a very good question - I don't know offhand...
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« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2013, 10:07:46 PM »

is there a way to donate that gives 100% of the donation to OCnet without giving some to paypal?

I would guess one might be able to mail a donation directly to Anastasios, the owner.
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« Reply #38 on: May 22, 2013, 06:13:12 PM »

Is there a way in which we can make recurring payments automatically?  I forget...often.   Undecided

Anastasios replied to my email about this question.  His rely was:
"I believe that recurring payments cannot be set up through our treasury system at this time."
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« Reply #39 on: May 22, 2013, 06:17:40 PM »

is there a way to donate that gives 100% of the donation to OCnet without giving some to paypal?

This was something I asked the owner of this website, Anastasios, so I could find our for you.  He replied that people can mail him the donation directly.

PM me if you or any of our members want his address for donations.
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« Reply #40 on: May 23, 2013, 03:04:13 AM »

Is there a way in which we can make recurring payments automatically?  I forget...often.   Undecided

Anastasios replied to my email about this question.  His rely was:
"I believe that recurring payments cannot be set up through our treasury system at this time."
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« Reply #41 on: June 01, 2013, 08:24:35 PM »


We did well last month exceeding our goal.

Every little bit helps.

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« Reply #42 on: June 24, 2013, 06:44:03 PM »



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« Reply #43 on: July 01, 2013, 01:54:58 PM »


We did not reach the usual monthly goal in June.

If you can, please donate.


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« Reply #44 on: July 01, 2013, 02:46:48 PM »

^ standard orthodox stewardship procedures.  Summer months = less $ for church.   Wink Grin
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