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Mon Feb 12, 2024, 03:10 PM Feb 12

I just have to say... [View all]

Last Thursday I posted a personal fundraising plea explaining that a recent downturn in global ad rates had caused a worrisome hole in DU's budget. Since then your response has been, frankly, overwhelming.


The last few months have been difficult for me personally, trying to manage the transition from DU3 to DU4 while also trying to figure out what to do about the financial situation. I didn't want to say anything because I figured I could resolve it myself without having to ask for help -- until it became apparent that asking for help was exactly what I needed to do.

And, dear DUers, you came through, and then some. Your generous contributions over the past week have gone a long way to resolve our short-term budget situation, which is exactly what we needed while we wait for expected improvements in ad rates as the year goes on. Not only that, but MANY of you signed up for a monthly subscription, which doesn't just help us in the short term but helps us to stabilize our budget on an ongoing basis.

After the fund drive we will immediately start work on an important required database upgrade, which is a major project, and will be potentially expensive as we have to purchase additional server space for testing purposes. So your help couldn't have come at a better time.

And your overwhelming response has made us realize that it's time to start looking into improving our contribution system to better track everything and offer additional options beyond PayPal. This will be no small task either, but it's something we'll be adding to the pile of projects.

If you are still interested in helping us stabilize our budget to keep DU financially healthy in the long term, the fund drive is not over -- you can keep buying hearts for your favorite DUers until Thursday.

  • If you already have a recurring monthly or yearly payment, and you want to make an additional one-time contribution, use the One-time online payment option -- your recurring payment will not be affected.

  • If you already have a recurring monthly or yearly payment and you want to increase the amount, my recommendation would be to visit this PayPal page and cancel your existing payment, then come back to DU and start either a new recurring monthly or recurring yearly payment. (If you're unable to cancel an old subscription, please contact me directly and I'll take care of it for you.)
I noted in my personal plea that DU is full-time work for the Admins -- it's a real job. And that's true, but it's so much more than just a job. It's a real privilege to be able to provide this service for you, because I get to enjoy it just as much as you do. And without you all, there is no DU. So thank you for being here, and thank you for caring about this place so much.

EarlG, on behalf of Elad -- the DU Administrators
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I just have to say... [View all] EarlG Feb 12 OP
Thank you for all of your hard, skillful work. nt spooky3 Feb 12 #1
Post removed Post removed Feb 12 #2
Why? N/T sagetea Feb 12 #8
I suspect some people just want to be jerks. JohnSJ Feb 12 #14
If you aren't happy here, then why don't you go find somewhere else instead of posting JohnSJ Feb 12 #11
Hmmm, I guess... Think. Again. Feb 12 #12
+++ JohnSJ Feb 12 #15
Thanks EarlG and Elad! FakeNoose Feb 12 #3
Yay! Delphinus Feb 12 #4
Thank you for all you do! 2naSalit Feb 12 #5
👍🏼👍🏼 IrishAfricanAmerican Feb 12 #6
Soooo... sagetea Feb 12 #7
Like little shamrocks on St PD! XanaDUer2 Feb 12 #27
Little bdamomma Feb 12 #35
Well... sagetea Feb 12 #37
Easter eggs. Halloween pumpkins or Thanksgiving turkeys. Christmas trees. tblue37 Feb 12 #66
Someone suggested pumpkins for Halloween csziggy Feb 13 #76
Back in the old, old days we used to do four fund drives a year EarlG Feb 12 #45
I remember, MrG! sagetea Feb 12 #48
A Halloween drive, with pumpkins? niyad Feb 12 #51
I want one where we give flags. 🇺🇸 Because the RW tries to hijack the flag. live love laugh Feb 12 #64
I bought 100 hearts ❤️ YoshidaYui Feb 12 #9
No one better EarlG, gab13by13 Feb 12 #10
How could I NOT help? RainCaster Feb 12 #13
EarlG, I don't recall you mentioning it, but... Think. Again. Feb 12 #16
Yes, but it's for all transactions, not just recurring EarlG Feb 12 #46
Glad to help & really glad you reached out!! CrispyQ Feb 12 #17
If you are prioritizing sab390 Feb 12 #18
For those who don't want to use PayPal: is ActBlue a possibility? We're already plugged in there. NBachers Feb 12 #25
That is such a good idea! DU was responsible for over $1 million in donations in 2020. hedda_foil Feb 12 #43
We're not actually plugged into ActBlue EarlG Feb 12 #47
Glad to be able to give back elias7 Feb 12 #19
DU is worth paying for.. it's that simple. mountain grammy Feb 12 #20
You sound like E. Jean Carroll, you know ... planetc Feb 12 #26
Well I began with DU is worth paying for mountain grammy Feb 12 #29
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear -- it happens frequently. planetc Feb 12 #33
The check is in the mail...... democrank Feb 12 #21
I would prefer to mail you a donation Give Peace A Chance Feb 12 #22
I send my contributions by mail..here's the address Deuxcents Feb 12 #38
DU has been my primary news source since it started. byronius Feb 12 #23
A couple of us would like to see the fund drive a regular feature, especially since the code is already in place. usonian Feb 12 #24
Oh Man!!! sagetea Feb 12 #39
It has been fun! pandr32 Feb 12 #28
OOh! a jury that I didn't ave to be on! Oh, Joy! planetc Feb 12 #30
I reluctantly used PayPal for a one-timer. usonian Feb 12 #40
Thank you for all your hard work! CaptainTruth Feb 12 #31
Any way bdamomma Feb 12 #32
I only wish I could do more, Earl. But I love DU and will gladly make a yearly donation to your worthy work. CTyankee Feb 12 #34
That's GREAT !! nt TeamProg Feb 12 #36
Cheers! A number of us have indicated we could deal with a quarterly fund drive, especially if we could give away treats Hekate Feb 12 #41
Appreciation for you, EarlG and Elad Alice Kramden Feb 12 #42
Thank you for all you do! sarchasm Feb 12 #44
Flowers in the summer? piddyprints Feb 12 #49
That's great Earl. TY BootinUp Feb 12 #50
I just added another star membership monthly donation. judesedit Feb 12 #52
Well, of course we did, EarlG, and we are glad that you told us what is going niyad Feb 12 #53
Yay! We rock!! tanyev Feb 12 #54
Go grateful for all of your blood, sweat & tears keeping DU up and running dlk Feb 12 #55
When my annual membership is up in May, I will switch to monthly donations. OAITW r.2.0 Feb 12 #56
FANTASTIC NEWS!! AmBlue Feb 12 #57
Is there an easy way to find this page? KatyaR Feb 12 #58
Thank you for all you do! denvine Feb 12 #59
Thank you! PatSeg Feb 12 #60
Monthly Payment mntleo2 Feb 12 #61
Thank you Earl! True Blue American Feb 12 #62
I've been saying this for months... ClearSky24 Feb 12 #63
Besides the hearts❤️ thinkingagain Feb 12 #65
❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️ Lucinda Feb 12 #67
Thank you, EarlG! Deep State Witch Feb 12 #68
Love you guys! nt LittleGirl Feb 12 #69
Thank you for this and for more. Justice matters. Feb 13 #70
I'm truly thrilled it's eased your burden some. herding cats Feb 13 #71
I hope that you will find other payment options then PayPal. chillfactor Feb 13 #72
An anonymous method of donating would be good radius777 Feb 13 #73
That's wonderful news, EarlG. greatauntoftriplets Feb 13 #74
Earl G you're the best cat moniss Feb 13 #75
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