I've been playing phone tag with NobleGlass, and didn't want to let this kind offer go unacknowledged for too long. Especially since I've already gotten one very generous donation. On behalf of the entire board, thanks very much, Boxorain!!
I have to be honest, I'm not sure what to do about funding Terrapin Nation for the long term, and haven't had a chance to chat with the moderators about it recently. The expenses aren't actually very much. After a recent upgrade to a higher-bandwidth plan that was needed, it's currently about $280/year. I'm also about out of the first batch of TN pins (a very kind donation from Ramble on Rose), and would like to order more of those for summer DeadCo tour. That's probably another $75-100ish, off the top of my head. I've definitely not been lacking for folks asking if they could donate and I've always appreciated that!
Bruce/Chester and I initially covered the board costs together, and I've been covering them since that time. I'm not rich by a long shot, but it's been an amount I could manage and it's certainly a labor of love I'm happy to do. However, it's not just a monetary issue, as Bruce told me many, many times. There's a lot to be said for having everyone in the community contribute in order to help build a sense of ownership among everyone who hangs out here and might want to help out. Bruce felt very strongly that the costs of the board should be shared for that reason, while I was a bit more hesitant to ask. Some of you may know that the TN hats that have been used as prizes the last couple years were originally intended to be a fundraising project. When Bruce passed away right after he had them made, frankly I just didn't have the heart to organize it and go through with it, thus the hats were well-utilized in a different way.
So all of this is a long way of saying, I'm not quite sure what to do about funding the board, and I'm open to suggestions, thoughts and feelings from anyone and everyone. I'm a little reluctant to organize a "major" event like an auction, but maybe I'm just not thinking creatively enough or still have too many sad associations after the last attempt at doing one. Above all, I'd hate to raise more than the board is costing, but again, I may be borrowing unrealistic worries. Help me out folks, what's the best way to respond to this very, very kind offer of help from NobleGlass and everyone else who has offered donations over the last couple of years, as well as to answer the question of the best way to fund Terrapin Nation for the long term??