[Harp-L] Reminder: Harp-L Fundraiser for 2024

Slim Heilpern slim@xxxxx
Tue Jan 2 12:04:59 EST 2024

IMPORTANT: This post, while definitely meta discussion, has been approved by the list owner. Whatever you do, please do not respond to this post on harp-l. Instead, you may respond directly to myself (slim at xxxxx) or directly to the list owner (harp-l-owner at xxxxx).

Happy New Year and a big thanks to all those who've already donated, much appreciated!

We're only $80 away from this years $285 goal, so we just need a few more folks to step forward to close out this year's fundraiser. If you're not already familiar with what this is about or the donation rules, please read on below....


- Slim


Happy Holidays!

The time has come again for folks like me (and hopefully you) to step up and contribute to the basic cost of keeping this list alive. We're asking that those who can afford it and would like to help out donate $5 or $10 (absolute maximum) for the upcoming 2024 expenses, which amount to only $285.  

To be absolutely clear, donations are voluntary and will not affect your status as a list member whether you contribute funds or not in any given year. It’s perfectly OK to not make a donation.

To contribute $5 via paypal, click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/s9trz4ma

To contribute $10 via paypal, click on this link: https://tinyurl.com/3drhddpj

(un-shortened links are available towards the bottom of this email for those who don't wish to go through the TinyUrl server)


As you may or may not know, harp-l was privately funded for many years. But since 2013 Harp-L has been holding an annual fundraiser to offset the basic costs of keeping the list up and running and this has worked out very well. Please note that the real work, provided entirely by the list owner, has and continues to be done on a volunteer basis. The previous fundraisers have all been successful and now it's time for a repeat performance with regard to the 2024 budget. 

As in the past, I've volunteered to be the middleman for donations. The preferred way to donate is via my paypal account (all major credit cards accepted):

If you prefer to contribute by personal check, please contact me off list and I will send you the details of how to do that: slim at xxxxx

Our goal for this year is $285, all of which will go to cover operating expenses for 2024. I will send another notification once we have reached our goal. Any contributions received in excess of the goal while the fundraiser is still open will be applied to 2025.

$10 is the maximum individual contribution. Payments greater than that will be refunded in full (or in the case of a personal check, it will not be cashed).

As far as I know, your contribution is not tax-deductible, although I’m not an expert on the subject.

At the request of the list owner, your donation details (such as your name, email address, how much you donated) will not be made public, not even to the list owner. However, I will post a summary of the amounts received on a monthly basis to the list until the goal is reached. In the interest of keeping this as simple and cost-effective as possible, we’re not setting up any kind of business account for the contributions and folks will just have to trust that I have no intention or reason to do anything with the money other than forward the funds to the list owner, who pays the bills. My role in this is strictly as a volunteer.

One final detail: During the first fundraiser there was some on-list discussion (and confusion) with respect to transaction fees when paying via credit card and the PayPal options to work around this. (Transaction fees are taken off the top of your contribution by PayPal). Please don't worry about the transaction fees as we're trying to keep this simple and I don't want to ask anyone to lie to PayPal as to the nature of their transaction. Rest assured, the transaction fee _will_ be covered by a matching donation, so your full contribution will be applied to the harp-l budget.

If you have any questions, please contact me (slim at xxxxx) or the list owner (owner-harp-l at xxxxx) off list.

Here are the full, un-shortened donation links for those who care (I've been informed that link-shortening services add trackers, which some folks may want to avoid):

$5 donation: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?business=GRFVXP2KJF6AA&amount=5&no_recurring=1&item_name=Harp-L+Fundraiser%3A+Your+donation+will+be+sent+to+the+Harp-L+list+owner+to+cover+basic+expenses.&currency_code=USD

$10 donation: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?business=GRFVXP2KJF6AA&amount=10&no_recurring=1&item_name=Harp-L+Fundraiser%3A+Your+donation+will+be+sent+to+the+Harp-L+list+owner+to+cover+basic+expenses.&currency_code=USD

Thank you in advance for your support!

- Slim


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