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Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $21,238
24%  
Woo hoo!! And the first 24% is in!! Thank you all very much!!


Time to get rid of the FReepathons!
FR | 10-16-03 | Bob J

Posted on 10/16/2003 10:08:31 AM PDT by Bob J

Edited on 10/16/2003 10:15:58 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

The latest quarterly FReepathon was a success and is over now. However, these events are a pain in the butt for those that run and operate them and for two to three weeks they dominate the sidebar and each thread. It is time we work to eliminate them once and for all.

Monthly Donations!

Many FReepers of good will are signed up for a monthly donation to FR as opposed to making a quarterly contribution. There are advantages to this system for both the site and the donor. FR can operate on a sounder fiscal basis by having money coming in monthly and as a donor you can spread your contributions out in smaller increments over an entire year.

Currently FR gets about 7k in monthly revenue. If we could get this up to 25k, there would be no need for the FReepathons. You can sign up for a painless $5-$10 a month (more if you are inclined, several people are at $50-$100!), which would be processed through a secure server by Jim and his family. Plus, running bulk CC donations on a monthly basis is less expensive than using PayPal. Even if you can only afford $2-$3, it would be a tremendous help!

It's time we help put FR onto a more secure and professional revenue plan! Please, bump this thread and use your ping lists to encourage your friends and family to GO MONTHLY!

We need to get 1800 FReepers who would be willing to donate an average of $10 once a month!

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR A MONTHLY DONATION!


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic
KEYWORDS: freepathons; monthly
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1 posted on 10/16/2003 10:08:31 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
Your "click here" isn't working. I give up. So I guess it's freepathons forever.
2 posted on 10/16/2003 10:10:36 AM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig ("I've got a feeling you've got a heart like mine. Let's stomp some rat ba!!$, you can let it shine.")
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To: Bob J
Uh, Bob...the link?
3 posted on 10/16/2003 10:10:53 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Bob J
Is THIS it, or do you have something else set up?
4 posted on 10/16/2003 10:13:12 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Bob J
I just went to sleep. Is it time to get up already?
5 posted on 10/16/2003 10:13:52 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: big ern
Ooops. It is a redirected link, let's try this.
6 posted on 10/16/2003 10:14:16 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Support Free Republic
Nope, time to stay in bed and not worry about the next FR-Thon..too much!
7 posted on 10/16/2003 10:16:55 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
I will ask the hubby.
NOW do I get a cup??

*just kidding!*
8 posted on 10/16/2003 10:16:56 AM PDT by netmilsmom ( We are SITCOMs-single income, two kids, oppressive mortgage.)
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To: Bob J
Do it! I have been a $15/monthly contributor for the last 3 years. It is quite painless and you will receive a monthly reminder about the automatic deduction. Couldn't be easier.
9 posted on 10/16/2003 10:16:57 AM PDT by Shethink13
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To: Bob J
BUMP for later. I'm already a monthly donor but I've been meaning to increase my amount.
10 posted on 10/16/2003 10:17:20 AM PDT by Constitution Day (Magnae clunes mihi placent, nec possum de hac re mentiri.)
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To: Bob J
Do it! I have been a $15/monthly contributor for the last 3 years. It is quite painless and you will receive a monthly reminder about the automatic deduction. Couldn't be easier.
11 posted on 10/16/2003 10:17:44 AM PDT by Shethink13
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To: Support Free Republic
Heheh...nope, just trying to make your job easier!
12 posted on 10/16/2003 10:17:44 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
For those of us who are outside the banking system, there really isn't a way to pay automatically. But I'd gladly continue sending in my contributions given just an e-mail reminder - which is a lot less hassle than the FReepathon.
13 posted on 10/16/2003 10:17:44 AM PDT by 11B3 (Old enough to remember the real America, young enough to fight to bring it back.)
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To: Bob J
BTT.

I have an alternate plan, but it involves a little faith on your part.

TRUST ME.

You are getting sleepy. Sleeeeeeepyyyy...

14 posted on 10/16/2003 10:18:14 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Shethink13
oops! Sorry about the double post, but I really, really mean it! Do it today!
15 posted on 10/16/2003 10:18:52 AM PDT by Shethink13
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To: 11B3
Good idea! Jim and Tammy could set up a monthly reminder for people who would like to send cash or a cashiers check/money order!
16 posted on 10/16/2003 10:18:57 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
Bump ...
17 posted on 10/16/2003 10:19:29 AM PDT by manna
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To: Bob J
Thanks - they wouldn't have to even do that much - just put the reminder near the poll question on the sidebar or something for any of us who send cash/MO.
18 posted on 10/16/2003 10:20:55 AM PDT by 11B3 (Old enough to remember the real America, young enough to fight to bring it back.)
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To: Bob J
I just became a monthly donor!
19 posted on 10/16/2003 10:21:42 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: netmilsmom
Okay, okay...

Everyone who is a monthly donor by Dec 1 will get a SPECIAL FR coffee mug for Xmas! If you sign up for $20 or more, YOU GET TWO!

Persistance has it's virtue...

20 posted on 10/16/2003 10:22:43 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J; Brad's Gramma; d14truth; dalereed; dutchess; EdReform; Fiddlstix; Freedom'sWorthIt; Gabz; ...
PINGING the FREEPATHON crew. LET'S GET SOME ACTION ON BOBJ'S THREAD!

Thanks, BobJ.

IIRC....I think we saw a 10% increase in the Monthly Donations this last Freepathon. Rottibiz has the actual figures.

What you wrote is exactly right. Less fuss....less energy...less costs to proceess.

21 posted on 10/16/2003 10:22:45 AM PDT by justshe (Do you trust a Democrat to protect America?)
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To: MonroeDNA
Thanks for pushing the monthlies during this last FR-Thon! This thread is dedicated to you!
22 posted on 10/16/2003 10:23:36 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
Does that offer apply to all monthly donors or just those new ones? ;-)

Cheers!
Hattend, $40 a month for the last 9 months or so.
23 posted on 10/16/2003 10:28:37 AM PDT by hattend
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To: MonroeDNA; Bob J
Thanks for pushing the monthlies during this last FR-Thon! This thread is dedicated to you!

Absolutely!! Kudos, MonroeDNA !!

24 posted on 10/16/2003 10:28:50 AM PDT by glock rocks (Support Free Republic -- Pray for our Troops -- God Bless America)
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To: Bob J
Ever thought of selling FR merchandise as a way of raising revenue? Or is this already done?
25 posted on 10/16/2003 10:29:21 AM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: hattend
ALL monthlies! Why would we exclude those with VISION?
26 posted on 10/16/2003 10:29:53 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: RockyMtnMan
We did that to pay for site expenses for 2 years prior to the creation of the FReepathons. It's difficult and time consuming. If anyone wants to take it on, I'll help set it up for them!
27 posted on 10/16/2003 10:31:39 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: RockyMtnMan
BTW - Jim avoids it because it became an issue for the Plaintiff in the POST lawsuit.
28 posted on 10/16/2003 10:32:30 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
heheheh

Just makin' sure...I've never gotten any of Rush's goodies for new subscribers to his newsletter and I've been on the mailing list for 6 years.

It was mostly a question to bump the thread, said with most of my tongue in my cheek.
29 posted on 10/16/2003 10:32:48 AM PDT by hattend
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To: A Citizen Reporter; ABG(anybody but Gore); Angelwood; arazitjh; b4its2late; backhoe; bamafour; ...
Hello everyone!

Please read Bob J's message above and please, please consider it if you're not already a monthly donor. As he says, as little as $10/month will make a BIG difference, because Jim will be able to count on it each and every month.

Thanks!!

30 posted on 10/16/2003 10:37:25 AM PDT by Molly Pitcher (Is Reality Optional?)
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To: Bob J
Sounds like a business opportunity for someone, provided the fundamentals look good.
31 posted on 10/16/2003 10:37:53 AM PDT by RockyMtnMan
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To: Bob J
Finally signed up for monthly. Great effort!

Kill the Fundraisers forever!!

32 posted on 10/16/2003 10:41:25 AM PDT by Damocles (sword of...)
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To: Bob J
Bump for placemark for when I get to my bump list
33 posted on 10/16/2003 10:43:28 AM PDT by Just another Joe (FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: justshe
MONTHLY DONORS PROGRESS REPORT 10/16/03:

End of Third Quarter: $6,722 per month from 413 donors.

From the Scoreboard today:

$7,499 per month from 468 donors.

That's an increase of $777 (+12%) per month and 55 (+13%) donors.

34 posted on 10/16/2003 10:44:01 AM PDT by RottiBiz
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To: Bob J
OK, I'm tired of 'em and that Nigerian thing I keep sending out to everyone looks like it's not gonna work.

I signed up. Send me the dang mugs.

Any chance of getting JimRob to autograph them? (Serious question, but hey, can I kiss butt or what?)

35 posted on 10/16/2003 10:45:33 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: RottiBiz
Thanks, Rotti!

Let's make those percentages go WAY up!
36 posted on 10/16/2003 10:46:52 AM PDT by justshe (Do you trust a Democrat to protect America?)
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BTTT
37 posted on 10/16/2003 10:48:17 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... HELP STOMP OUT FReepathons.. Become a Monthly . Thanks)
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To: Bob J
I increased my monthly contribution 150% in this last FReepathon.

(we've got BADJOE to thank for that...)

38 posted on 10/16/2003 10:49:39 AM PDT by Corin Stormhands (Writing for the Right at www.wardsmythe.com --- updated 10/11/03)
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To: Bob J
For the FR mug you've talked me into it.
39 posted on 10/16/2003 10:50:42 AM PDT by swheats
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To: Bob J
Everyone who is a monthly donor by Dec 1 will get a SPECIAL FR coffee mug for Xmas!

I assume you are including all 468 of our present monthly donors!

40 posted on 10/16/2003 10:52:05 AM PDT by RottiBiz
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To: Bob J
I noticed that this one took a long time. I could only come up with one explanation: Rush must have been a HUGE contributor....
41 posted on 10/16/2003 10:56:09 AM PDT by oprahstheantichrist
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To: RottiBiz
***I assume you are including all 468 of our present monthly donors!***

Thank you for asking what I was wondering. I would LOVE a mug..and have been a monthly donor for some time. It really IS the easiest way to donate!
42 posted on 10/16/2003 10:59:12 AM PDT by justshe (Do you trust a Democrat to protect America?)
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To: RottiBiz
EVERYONE!
43 posted on 10/16/2003 11:00:47 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
WOO HOO!!!!!

Thanks!
44 posted on 10/16/2003 11:01:43 AM PDT by justshe (Do you trust a Democrat to protect America?)
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To: justshe
BTW - This will be a special, one time production coffee mug...only monthly donors will get THIS one. Jim may decide to continue this offer, but, the mug WILL BE DIFFERENT!

I'm thinking an FR logo on one side and the other saying "I'm a monthly donor, BACK OFF DUDE!"

Heheh.
45 posted on 10/16/2003 11:04:02 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
EVIL.....heeheehee.

If there is a way....you should get the info about the mugs into the title of the thread...or into the text of your 'article'. A *LIMITED EDITION* Thank-You Mug!
46 posted on 10/16/2003 11:07:24 AM PDT by justshe (Do you trust a Democrat to protect America?)
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To: All; Bob J; RottiBiz; Grampa Dave; MonroeDNA; Exit148; glock rocks; Mo1; Brad's Gramma; WIMom; ...
"Even if you can only afford $2-$3, it would be a tremendous help!"


BTTT! We've been working hard to convince folks to that a monthly donation is an easy way to contribute. And we're making progress. RottiBiz has been keeping track of the stats and the number of monthly has been increasing each FReepathon.

So once again I post (with a few changes):

Freepers and Lurkers - if you haven't already done so, please consider a donation to Free Republic. Monthly donations are most helpful, however ALL donations are greatly appreciated!


Can you spare 17 cents per day? Great! Join Grampa Dave's Monthly Donors Team.

$5.00 per month too much right now? Consider MonroeDNA's $3.00 per month challenge.

Even your loose change can add up to a nice donation. Join Exit148's Loose Change Club


A $1 (~3 cents/day), $2 (7 cents/day), or $3 (10 cents/day) per month donation may seem insignificant to some folks, but it helps to pay the bills and it's a great way to start a monthly contribution. Getting started is what's important.

I've been doing a monthly for almost two years and have increased it slowly as my budget permits. It's an easy way for me to donate to FR.


Please consider a monthly donation to Free Republic today.

Thank You for your support!


Click The Logo to Donate
Click The Logo To Donate

47 posted on 10/16/2003 11:07:24 AM PDT by EdReform (Support Free Republic - Become a Monthly Donor)
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To: EdReform
Thanks for the links to the other programs! I suggest keeping threads like this active in the sidebars until the next FR-Thon! Maybe we won't need one by then!

Please add the "Coffee Mug" offer to your list!
48 posted on 10/16/2003 11:10:28 AM PDT by Bob J
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To: Bob J
I believe some are hesitant to sign up because they are worried that, if their financial situation changes, they will be locked in forever.

Free Republic is not like AOL!

Every month, a few days prior to your donation day, you will receive the following notice:

"Dear monthly contributor,

Thank you for your monthly contribution to Free Republic!

This e-mail is a reminder that it is time for your next scheduled donation. Your donation amount of $XX.XX will automatically be charged to your credit card on X/X/2003.

If you would like to change your contribution information,
please visit our management tool at:

[clickable link specific for you]

Thank you for supporting Free Republic.

Sincerely,

Jim Robinson and the Free Republic Fundraising Team"

Couldn't be easier and you have complete control of your donations. Give it a shot -- you won't be sorry!




49 posted on 10/16/2003 11:10:57 AM PDT by RottiBiz
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To: Molly Pitcher
I find nothing wrong with the current system. I like to watch the bar increase.
50 posted on 10/16/2003 11:11:27 AM PDT by bmwcyle (Hillary's election to President will start a civil war)
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