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Old 04-26-2003, 04:38 AM   #16
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PayPal's probably the most familiar route through which to solicit small donations online. If in doubt, though, you could offer both tip jar options, and may increase appeal to those with Amazon.com accounts as a result.
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Old 05-07-2003, 12:29 PM   #17
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check out

http://www.giveboobs.com/

she's just raised $4500 in donations to get her breasts enlarged
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Old 05-07-2003, 01:33 PM   #18
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<Returning to mainstream site donations if we could please >

Go here:

http://www.scubaboard.com/f71/s

This is a real example of how "donations" can work because the forums are:

Unique content
VERY VERY high quality
The members started the donations issue
A VERY strong sence of guest loyality from an enviable demographic
Enhanced by the fact that the site contains no advertising
Along with the thousands that were raised this action enhanced the "Community" bonding


An outstanding example
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Old 05-07-2003, 01:37 PM   #19
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Here's a link to a study of the "tip jar" revenue model. The article is called "The Tip Jar as Revenue Model: A Real-World Experiment". In this case it's not a website but a book distributed for free online, but the idea is the same.

http://www.kuro5hin.org/story/2003/4/27/195833/305

Interesting reading.
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Old 05-14-2003, 02:05 PM   #20
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My community website is funded by unique merchandise in my online store based on my site's branding along with donations.

I've stopped calling them donations though.

I call them subscribers because although the website *is* free to participate, there are perks to being a subscriber.

The members who subscribe do so using my online encypted store with all credit cards accepted (because I have a merchant account) and I also allow paypal for payment if they have a paypal account. (They still use the online store, indicating their payment choice as paypal).

I changed the wording from donation to subscription because I had a member request a refund for her donation when she got mad that I closed the chatroom (not a specific benefit of subscribers). Because the donation was described as a *gift* I had no merchant recourse but to refund the money.

Subscriptions are purchases for benefits of membership and I make it clear:
  • *subscribers must continue to comply with website guidelines (and no refunds if they lose their membership privileges because of infringments of guidelines).
    *subscribers received benefits worth more than their payment and no refunds are provided

Does this work? It does for my site.

My site is a specific niche community with a large, loyal group of members. I have a staff of 60+ volunteers who moderate and help in some capacity with 26,000 members.

Most of my funds come from the online store sales though, created specifically for my members based on the theme of our site and their needs.
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Old 05-27-2003, 10:21 AM   #21
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I added a paypal donation button to my skateboarding site yesterday and I received a $10US donation the same day. I really don't expect many more donations though. Most of my visitors aren't old enough to have a credit card, and it's not likely that their parents will let them use one just to donate to a website.

The donation was from a member of the forums, the forums being the part of the site they probably like the most.
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Old 07-17-2003, 02:40 AM   #22
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Surfing around just now, I found http://www.groundspring.org/ which seems to focus upon non-profit, "socially liberal" types of sites.

Does anyone have any experience with them?

I am a bit wary on the same level that a visitor might be - i.e. I haven't heard of them before.

I think that I will go with the idea of multiple choices, starting with Amazon and PayPal listed first, but I was wondering about this company (either good or bad.)

Thanks...
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