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In addition to being WP-ORG's CFO, I'm a beekeeper. Beekeeping and honey harvesting is a 'sometimes' type of thing. Most of the time, you get what you expect. Other times, the nectar flow just isn't there. That's where we are right now with the fund drive. After eighteen years of pretty predictable donations, we are well below where we should be at this point. The nectar just isn't coming in!
Here's a chart of our recent fund drives
We are at Day 20 of the Fund Drive and we should be on track with approximately 58K in donations; unfortunately we are sitting at 36K.
Many years ago, WP-ORG decided that we would target our finances to what was raised in a month, two times a year: Spring and Fall. We would not try to build a five million dollar endowment in competition with AOG, nor would we start extending our drives past the target month. When we reached our goal, we would tell our users to stop sending money. No moving targets! In this manner we would link our capabilities to the perceived value of our services. We are a very tight ship financially. Severe budgets, and two-and-a-half employees. Most of our day-to-day work is done by our volunteer moderators. Since 1998, when we incorporated as a 501(c)(3), inflation has risen 45%. Our fund drives have stayed constant. We process almost 1.5 M of credit card receipts for classes, societies, parents clubs, and other WP associated groups yearly. Hundreds of listervers and thousands of posted eulogies.
Our average donation is $60.00. This has removed us from dependency on ephemeral major donors. It may be that our fund drive has been impaired by a major sell off in the stock market. It has always been my belief that, should special circumstance arise, we could depend on the WP Community. If we can't meet our budget requirements this cycle, we'll adjust our budget to meet the reduced amount. We have reserves to handle us during this transition, but will need to restructure quickly to be able to continue at these levels.
In the Fall, when the bees don't have sufficient winter stores, I have to feed them sugar water and pollen for them to make it through the winter into Spring. Now, it looks like we need to feed WP-ORG!
Please donate to Fund Drive 36 by credit card, check, or PayPal:
Jack Price '64 CFO WP-ORG INC 540 745 3411