Ottawa Senators Forums => Sens Talk => Topic started by: Metalhawk on September 18, 2008, 05:21:15 AM

Title: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Metalhawk on September 18, 2008, 05:21:15 AM
I know this has been done before, but the last fundraiser we did on Sensnetwork was over 2 years ago, and while the sponsors pay part of the bills, it's not enough. Now, I want to make it perfectly clear that whether someone donates or not will never in any way, shape or form affect your access to the site. We realize that some people can't afford to donate, be it because they're students or whatever, and that's alright.

However, once the donation money runs out (there's not much of it left), the cost of hosting the site falls on the shoulders of BlindDruid. In the spirit of openness, here are the costs associated with keeping this place running: hosting is $30 per month, and optional extra support (helps fix any problem faster should they arise, and they have) is $50 per year. This gives a total slightly over $400 Canadian per year.

Also, to make things more interesting throughout the season, we like to have contests where members can win a prize. The money to pay for those prizes also comes from the site's funds. A couple years ago, we gave away a Sens jersey to the winner of a 2-month Predict The Score contest (Classmate was the winner), and we would like to do something similar again this year.

Anyway, we would appreciate it if those of you who can afford it would make a donation to help cover the costs of running Sensnetwork. If the top 100 users each donated only $10, we could pay for the site for 2 years and have some money left over for prizes. You can rest assured that none of the money raised makes its way in any of the staff's pockets. It all goes towards the site.

So if you can help us out, simply click on the 'donate' button near the top of the page (just under the search box), or alternatively, simply click this link for instruction. http://www.sensnetwork.com/sensforum/donate/donate.htm

Thank you very much, and, as always, GO SENS GO!!!
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Scary on September 18, 2008, 05:40:48 PM
Might just be me, but clicking on the PayPal link just takes me to PayPal's homepage, and logging in there just takes me to my account. Can you check that it works?

Thanks.
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: BlindDruid on September 18, 2008, 06:02:11 PM
The paypal link is fixed.  Thanks for pointing that out.

Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: CrustyOldGuy on September 18, 2008, 07:52:40 PM
MH...this should be a regular shakedown every year.  Been on this site for almost two years, and didn't know how it was supported.  Never even saw the "donate" button.

I will donate to keep it alive...love getting all the hockey bantering between Sens fans, that is really missing down here in the GTA.

Crusty
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: FV on September 18, 2008, 08:12:24 PM
I'll definitely kick in also MH. 

Just one question though.  Any thoughts on selling banner adverts or talking to the team about sponsorship.  I can't imagine the Sens wouldn't foot the bill for something like this because it's peanuts to them.  They may even kick in some great prizes.
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Budkiller on September 18, 2008, 08:37:22 PM
You have my support Metal!   :icon_thankyou:
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Metalhawk on September 19, 2008, 02:08:00 AM
I'll definitely kick in also MH. 

Just one question though.  Any thoughts on selling banner adverts or talking to the team about sponsorship.  I can't imagine the Sens wouldn't foot the bill for something like this because it's peanuts to them.  They may even kick in some great prizes.

I think something was attempted a couple years ago with the Sens, before I was promoted to an administrator. I will let BD answer this.

As for selling ad space, this is already going on, but the income isn't quite enough to cover everything.
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Metalhawk on September 19, 2008, 02:08:51 AM
And to all the people who have donated already, or plan to soon, a big thank you.

 :beer toast:
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: MEAT on September 19, 2008, 10:13:39 AM
I just kicked in a few bucks for the campaign - a good investment for a season's worth of entertainment! Keep up the good work guys.  :ccclapping:
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Small Town on September 21, 2008, 10:18:51 AM
Done!  Thanks for the good work. 
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Dagwood on September 22, 2008, 12:46:43 PM
We need a tag line under peoples AV's that states "Site Supporter"

Makes banning easier...or tougher  :smily1263:
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: classmate on September 24, 2008, 01:01:31 PM
i've been away but you can always count on my support any way, shape or form.

Thanks guys for all the work keeping this site such a great place to come chat.   :thumbsup:
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: OS on September 28, 2008, 09:32:06 AM
I"m in.  I'll paypal in a couple of days.
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: moxie on September 28, 2008, 10:30:47 PM
I'll pony up in a couple of weeks... I just broke the bank on the GF.  :laugh2:
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: PiePants on September 29, 2008, 01:25:03 AM
Is the advertisement that this site is using through google adsense?
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Metalhawk on September 29, 2008, 01:50:39 AM
Is the advertisement that this site is using through google adsense?

I believe so, but no one clicks the ads, so the revenues are pretty much nothing.
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: BlindDruid on September 29, 2008, 07:05:24 PM
Just thought I would give you all an update.  So far we have had 6 donors for $150.  If you guys want the contests and prizes then that total will have to be  higher than that. As Metal stated earlier, no pressure.  We just want to continue to deliver the site that the members want and one that you all want to come back to.  We have a couple of choices.  We can keep the status quo as the current sposor that we ahve mostly pays for the cost of site hosting and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that the cost is worth it compared to the last hosting company.  The status quo however, will mean no contests with prizes.  The second choice is to plaster the site with ads, banners and popups which would bring in some money and would help provide prizes but agsin I think I can speak for all of us when I say that would be a huge turn off and would drive people away.  The llast choice of course is that the members kick in and help.  I know that some of you do not have the means to help out and we understand.  We are asking for those who do have an extra couple of bucks to help out. 
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: ottawasensfan on October 16, 2008, 10:56:23 AM
just noticed this today..... anyway, I sent along my $10. 

Cheers and thanks for all the work on the site!
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: Funky McBain on February 03, 2010, 09:52:51 PM
Hey I'm having the same problem with Paypal :(

And ya always appreciate what you guys do
Title: Re: Sensnetwork Fundraising Campaign
Post by: BlindDruid on February 08, 2010, 09:32:13 AM
The paypal link is fixed.  Thanks to all who are donating to the site.


Rene