Is there a way to set up automatic donations?
Is there a way to set up automatic donations?
Is it possible to post some bulk stats when this fundraiser is over, such as a table or graph grouping number of times each contributor to this drive has previously donated? For instance, if we had 3 first time donators, make an entry with 3 in the first time row, and if we have 6 donators who donated twice previuosly, enter 6 in the "twice before" row, etc? This might help to motivate folks if they see what sorts of users are carrying the load (without identifying anyone by name)
Yes, it is possible. Aside from seat of the pants "who's a first timer" on this donation run, which is quick and easy to come up with (certainly 1 first timer - THANKS), detailed stats, which I think could be compiled, would consume a reasonable amount of time. I'm not saying yea or nea to the thought of detailed stats but I am asking - if detailed stats were available, how do you envision those that have not chosen to donate, and who might not have logged on lately, choose to donate?
Generally, the forum is (seat of the pants) a group of thirty folks. Of that group of thirty I'd generally say twenty are the regulars who keep the lights on (donate). There are maybe one or two first timers in the mix on each donation run - if they repeat and become a regular, I do not know (and stats could show it).
A curious stat would be - what members have logged on since registration was opened and have not donated this time around? Of that group, which members have never donated - and why / what would be motivation for them to do so?
There has never been a time where I have been concerned about our bills being tended. Yes, it would be desirable to have a more diverse group of folks stepping up - in all aspects - starting runs / joining runs / donating / coordinating.
As was mentioned before, doing a raffle / donation before each run might be something to try. Still, joining a raffle would be optional & voluntary - much as about everything we do is voluntary. Folks drop raffle cash into a hat with a winner chosen - winner gets half with the remainder a donation to the forum. Yes, someone one the run would have the task to voluntarily route those funds to the forum. That method might see non-routine-donation folks getting involved. The raffle route might even eliminate this online donation process, a curious thought.
I suppose my hope is that such a chart would motivate members who do not (have never) donated with some gentle peer pressure when it is clear which types of other members are contributing. However, as I read your response, you do not seem concerned by who is (or is not) donating, so there may not be much benefit in reporting stats. To some degree, I'm just interested the the stats as a purely academic exercise, but it I don't intend to ask you to go out of your way to do extra work just to satisfy my curiosity. I was hoping such statistics might be easily obtained from records you already kept.
Thanks for keeping things running Jim.
I'm not overly concerned as we have never had an issue keeping the lights on. I heartily do wish those not involved would become involved. I do believe posting stats, mostly, won't be effective as I doubt those non-involved folks would even see the chart - I believe those members are not involved in the forum to a great degree. Those who might be involved, mostly, are already involved (gut feeling).
As to stats collection. The "Donations Bar" function of the forum does maintain member name and donation amount. Before this donations run I cleared the entries listed as 1) I didn't have a use for the info and 2) I hoped clearing out the table might find the donations bar properly functioning (filling in as donations are confirmed) [it still isn't working]. At this point, if I desired to gather stats it'd be visiting the PayPal account and trying to coordinate real names with member names (thus the amount of work I feel is beyond the fruit to be achieved).
As to raffles before each run - that might find "run only" members, those who use the forum just enough to hear of a run and show up for it - financially contributing. If someone wished to try a raffle at an upcoming run, I'd be curious to hear how it might go. If nothing else, if there were a "run only" member in the group for the trail run, they'd have first hand visibility of others contributing - something they might not look at by visiting this thread.
I'm open to thoughts. The group is US not "me".
I trust the donation bar has been taken down because the goal was met? Is there a way to still donate now through Paypal?
Post #1 in the thread has the answers:
Fall donations run is open.
Start $390 - $7 spring overage = $383
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 = $168 remaining
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 - 10 = $158 remaining
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 5 = $143 remaining
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 5 - 20 - 5 = $118 remaining
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 5 - 20 - 5 - 20 = $98 remaining
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 5 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 20 - 25 = $53 remaining
Tom (October 27th, 2020)
A small push to completion?
$383 - 50 - 25 - 10 - 20 - 25 - 20 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 10 - 5 - 20 - 5 - 20 - 20 - 25 - 53 = We're done!
There might be some forum host changes in the future - one that might increase cost slightly (we're nearing space quota) and one that might decently reduce cost (the type of account we have). I've not spoken with our host just yet.
Tom (4 Weeks Ago)