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Free Republic 4th Qtr 2023 Fundraising Target: $75,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $56,716
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 75%!! Thank you all very much!! God bless.

Freepathon Question

Posted on 07/03/2009 8:54:28 AM PDT by Rodamala

Edited on 07/03/2009 9:29:33 AM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

I'm very new here and don't want to get perceived as a "troll", but I see the Freepathon fund drive meter every day and have a question. I don't even know if posting on the forum like this is the right way to ask.

Every quarter, there seems to be a fund drive for $80,000. I'd donate, but 1) money is tight right now, and 2) where does the $320k/year go?

I really like this place... I finally get to be around people that "get it". I feel I should contribute, but... well, see 1 & 2 above.


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Free Republic Monthly Budget

Once we get our monthly donations to the point where they will cover all of our expenses, we will not need to have fundraisers.

Est. Recurring Monthly Contributions $9,639.00

Monthly Expenses
  Bandwidth and Colocation $2,430  
  System Administation and Programming 7,000  
  Administrative and Taxes 10,500  
  Legal and Accounting 1,000  
  Bank Fees, Credit Card Fees, Processing Fees 800  
  Equip, Maintenance and Repairs 300  
  Office Expenses, Rents, Insurance, Telephone, ISP, Supplies, Misc. 2,500  
  Travel Expenses 800 25,330.00

Est. Monthly Shortfall ($15,691.00)

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This is the amount contributed by the monthly donors only. It does not include one-time donations.

Est. Monthly Shortfall
Amount needed in one-time donations per month or additional monthlies need to meet budget needs.


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TOPICS: Free Republic; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: freepathon; freepathonfinances
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To: Admin Moderator

Not even a dental plan?

21 posted on 07/03/2009 9:27:57 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Admin Moderator

And thank you for your valuable volunteer service! FR is very, very well and thoroughly moderated, and that’s got to be a huge and demanding job, given the immense size of this forum.

22 posted on 07/03/2009 9:29:04 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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To: Tijeras_Slim


23 posted on 07/03/2009 9:31:27 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Thanks much!

24 posted on 07/03/2009 9:31:54 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
I’m not certain, I think the mods are also on salary... Nope - not even...

In a better world you would be.

Sometimes I think that FR should have a minimum entry fee after like 90 days of use but then I think of all the good that FR does informing the lurkers that I think maybe not. Anyway I'm no business genius. I just wish FR could make more money and support more activism and legal battles.

25 posted on 07/03/2009 9:32:40 AM PDT by paulycy (Liberal DOUBLE-STANDARDS are HATE crimes.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Thank you! We’re always open to new ideas and helpful suggestions.

26 posted on 07/03/2009 9:33:36 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: paulycy
I’m sure an Admin Moderator can post the financial summary here.

Done, thanks!

27 posted on 07/03/2009 9:34:54 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Rodamala

Dear Fellow Freeper, good question, and here is my long winded answer written with kindness in case it is not evident. My 2 cents worth:

Everyone has 20 bucks. How about not buying that expensive coffee for 5 days if that is an indulgence one has? How about laying off the fast food and having a home made sack lunch for 2 or 3 days to make up the 20 bucks? Look under the couch cushions and car seats, see what’s there!

If everyone who reads FR actually gave 20 bucks, the Freepathons would be very very short. There are a lot of FReeloaders, and that is their choice. If they’re not moved to contribute, others contribute more to make up for them.

As you know FR is a valuable resource to those of us who care about America and are active in fighting for her survival. I was never in the military literally fighting, but my husband spent 26 years in the WI Air National Guard, rising to the rank of Chief Master Sgt before retiring Feb. of 2008. He was there in the war zone before it started in 2002 and when it started in 2003, he took on scud fire at the air base he was on. We civilians can fight with our words and actions using the info on FR. For now we do not have to actually fight like soldiers, but if the politicians are allowed to run rough shod over our rights, it is possible there will be fighting in the streets right here instead of in Iraq and other places.

I can’t tell you how many times I have been alerted to a governmental situation on FR, and then have contacted the politician slimeballs involved, and put them on notice that their anti-Amercian deeds are not going un-noticed.

As you know, those who rely on the alphabet media have no idea what is going on.

A large majority of Americans have no real interest in the details of the governmental sausage that is being made, which is exactly why the governmental sausage IS being made in the unConstitutional unAmerican way it is being made.

I never gave to a website until I joined FR after reading FR for 10 years. Now I enjoy giving. First time was not a lot. Second Freepathon I gave twice, this time one big check is on the way TODAY. I like to mail in my donations, since putting the CC on the internet is not my favorite thing to do : )

Mail it in today with me Freepers! God Bless America, and have a wonderful Independence Day tomorrow!

28 posted on 07/03/2009 9:35:18 AM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("Government is not reason, it is not eloquence, it is force." George Washington)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
Not even a dental plan?

No teeth...

29 posted on 07/03/2009 9:36:26 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Admin Moderator
No teeth...

As in trailer park "no teeth", or Mods are advanced beings of pure mental energy "no teeth"?

30 posted on 07/03/2009 9:42:20 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim
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To: GovernmentShrinker

The home page link “FreeRepublic” is at the bottom left of all FR pages.. It’s right above “Browse-Search”.

31 posted on 07/03/2009 9:47:30 AM PDT by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: Rodamala
because groceries aren’t free either

There are entire generations of families that would beg to disagree with you.

32 posted on 07/03/2009 9:50:24 AM PDT by Graybeard58 ( Selah.)
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To: Admin Moderator

Good time to ask my question. How does the Admin Mod position work? Do you GO to a place of business — or out of your home? How many hours a day? How many are there of you folks? BTW all you do is fully appreciated.

33 posted on 07/03/2009 9:51:58 AM PDT by bunster
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To: Rodamala

I am a monthly donor, and it’s worth every penny. This is the first website that I ever seriously considered contributing to.

It’s that important.

As several other posters have already said:
1) Freedom is not free
2) There is no free lunch.

34 posted on 07/03/2009 9:58:24 AM PDT by sneakers ( NO AMERICAN BOWS TO ROYALTY - From president to ditch digger - NO AMERICAN BOWS! "Jim")
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To: bunster
How does the Admin Mod position work?

We think of it as a position, not a job. ;)

Do you GO to a place of business — or out of your home?

Some of us moderate from home, others from their business. No centralized location. Just like freeping.

How many hours a day? How many are there of you folks?

No set hours. Each Mod sets his/her own hours. Jim's a great boss! ;)

BTW all you do is fully appreciated.

Thanks much!

35 posted on 07/03/2009 9:59:00 AM PDT by Admin Moderator
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To: Rodamala

Where else in the wide, wide world of political discussion groups can you get something like FreeRepublic?

In addition to lively commentary by some of the smartest conservatives on the planet (present company excluded - just read some of my dumb posts... ugh), FreeRepublic is a cyber-social organization. We first post as strangers. Over the years, however, we develop lifelong friendships with people we may never meet.

Every now and then, however, we DO meet. It’s like meeting old friends for the first time. The best example was the March for Justice in October, 1998. Four thousand - FOUR THOUSAND - of us met for a common purpose, and had one hell of a good time.

And Bill Clinton was, in fact, impeached.

But the MFJ was only the first national event. There was the House Managers Dinner, co-sponsored by the Heritage Foundation (I think), and thousands of state and local “Freeps” all over Our Nation.

Your monthly donation provides the backbone, the central station, for fun loving conservatives to meet, discuss, argue, disagree and, in general, enjoy each others’ company as we stand against the tide of runaway liberalism.

We’re going to win this thing, and Free Republic will be standing in the front row.

I’m going to be there, and I hope you will be, too.


36 posted on 07/03/2009 10:00:13 AM PDT by Peter W. Kessler (Dirt is for racing... asphalt is for getting there.)
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To: Rodamala
Jim Robinson is as close to John Connor as you'll get in the real world. When Jim speaks, you can feel the earth move. I hope 80% of the money he raises goes to pay him for the trouble, although I'm sure that's not the case.

There is nobody that I trust in this world more than JimRob ... including my own family. I say this because I hosted the Free Republic donation form for the first couple of years (thrown up in a rush on Friday when the site was about to be brought down by the ISP for excess bandwidth usage), and even though large dollars passed through it, the form didn't become part of the Free Republic site for many, many months. That tells me all I need to know about JimRob's integrity.

In my book there's God, then Jesus Christ, and then JimRob ... in that order, and I don't come to trust people lightly.

37 posted on 07/03/2009 10:00:53 AM PDT by The Duke ("Are you now or have you ever been a member of the Democrat Party?")
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To: BykrBayb
I think most of it goes toward popcorn, which JR provides free, for threads like this.



38 posted on 07/03/2009 10:05:07 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: topher
The Democrats/liberals/brain washed friends of Obama/Soros probably pump $1 million a quarter into the Huffington Post in trying to come up with a site that might compete with Freeperland...

Several years ago this question came up and I posted links to several similar site's fundraiser information (like DU, Huff, etc) to show that FR's fundraising is right in line. At that, if you look at a correlation of traffic to expenses, this site runs on less than DU, which asks for more from her members but has less traffic.

39 posted on 07/03/2009 10:14:36 AM PDT by mnehring
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To: divine_moment_of_facts; Admin Moderator

No it’s not. I just went to the bottom left of the page I read your comment on (the My Comments, or pings page) and clicked on the bold “FreeRepublic” there, and it took me straight to the main forum (automatically diverting from to*/index . At that page, the only place the word “Browse” appears is in the upper right where “Browse by Forum” heads a list of list to specific forums (but not to the home page).

At the top left of all the forum pages, there’s a row reading “Free Republic Forum Account Mail Pings Post Sign Out”, and the “Free Republic” there is in bold and does in fact lead to the home page. But there’s no indication that it leads to the home page, nor any indication anywhere I can find that the main forum index that automatically diverts to isn’t the home page. What we need is a prominently placed link labelled either “Home” or “About Free Republic”.

Back in the old days, going to took you to the home page, but for several years now, it has automatically diverted to the main forum. It made some sense, since most people going to FR weren’t going for the first time, and were headed for the main forum. But the home page got pretty much consigned to oblivion by the lack of any clear link to it.

For a while (as far as I know, it’s not still the case), going to would automatically divert you to either the “Latest Articles” (main) index or the “Latest Posts” index, depending on which one you’d last been on. That was confusing as H*##, because you’d go to to and get the Latest Articles index, browse around for a while, go to the Latest Posts index (which used to have a link on the Latest Articles page), and leave. Then next time you sat down at your computer (and maybe even if you logged in from a different computer), going to would take you straight to the Latest Posts index — a different page than what the same address took you to last time.

40 posted on 07/03/2009 10:22:21 AM PDT by GovernmentShrinker
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