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A New Forum Donations System
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:07:58 PM »
As most of you will know the forum has always been financed by voluntary donations and we have managed to avoid forum subscriptions and the like. It's better that members donate voluntarily.

Our forum is pretty slick for such a busy site, it works quickly and efficiently with little delay or down time. This level of hosting is expensive, but very much worth it.

There is no doubt at all that it is easy to forget to donate every now and then, so, I have installed a forum “treasury” system which is pretty obvious, easy to use,  and can be accessed via the “Donations”  link on the menu, from the right hand side bar on the front page Portal, the button at the bottom of the page or by the donate button at the top of the page.

Have a look here:  http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?action=treasury

The treasury sets  a monthly target – currently £50 -  tracks donations, updates totals etc.  Current donors and targets are displayed for a 12 month period, January to December. Members  can donate as much or as little as they choose, whether they want to be listed as a donor or to remain anonymous.

It's all pretty obvious.

Members will only be listed as donors if they use this system to donate. Donors will have their donations tracked and recorded in their profiles and they can read all about it there - this personal tracking does not work if anonymous donations are made. Donations made prior to the installation of this system also cannot be tracked, so if you have donated recently, don't worry about it.

This will work OK, technically I have done much testing.  The rest is up to you.

Remember you do not need to have a PayPal account to donate via PayPal. You can also use credit or debit cards.
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #1 on: September 05, 2014, 07:16:55 PM »
I would just like to thank the two forumists who made donations in the last few days, who will not be listed in this new system - but they know their support is much appreciated.
Well done to Yann  for being the first donor through this new scheme.  Thank you and congratulations, Yann.
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2014, 08:25:31 PM »
Support for the new donation system is most heartening. Many thanks to all who have given.  We have been delighted that some members have expressed a hope to be able to give something on a regular basis.

It's terrific that  members are willing to really get behind the Forum !

For those of who who enjoy reading the forum- and the rest of the massive resources on the SRGC site, you need not feel left out - you too can make a donation  of any size, to support the SRGC web presence via the Paypal Donate button at the top of each page.

It is also possible for you to send a note with any donation via that route, stating any other SRGC project you might care to support : the Exploration Fund for example.  :)
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2014, 09:21:37 AM »
Yes, terrific effort, many thanks to all the members in the donors list who have supported the forum financially!

This is the best plant related site bar none and you are helping to keep it that way. :)

The donations system is very easy to use, remember you don't need to have a Paypal account to donate.

Donations can be made here

http://www.srgc.net/forum/index.php?action=treasury
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2014, 07:49:45 PM »
The SRGC Web Team would like to send Christmas Greetings to all those generous Forum Members who have been kind enough to make a donation to the Forum -  may all your brussel sprouts be delicious and may too much pudding never give you indigestion  ;)

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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2015, 02:12:01 PM »
Hot on the heels of our good wishes to those  who supported the forum by their donations  in 2014, it is my pleasure to begin 2015 with thanks to the three "early birds" who have got the year off to such a fine start with their  kind donations in the first week of the year - what a super gang you are to make the change of the year so memorable!

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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #6 on: December 08, 2016, 07:54:48 PM »
Scottish Rock Garden Club  is a Charity registered with Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR):  SCO 00942
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2018, 12:58:10 PM »
Four years on from the establishment of the Forum donations system it continues to be a useful source of income to help fund the cost of maintaining the forum and website online.

All those who  take the trouble to support the forum in this way, whether openly or anonymously are greatly appreciated  for their kindness and generosity.  The  resources provided on this website are many and various and it is  cheering to see how this is appreciated by members.

 Thank you all!
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2019, 04:09:36 PM »
Another  year  is  flying  past  - and  it  is  my  delight to thank all the  wonderful people who have  made a  donation, whether through the  Forum's dedicated  system or  the  main Paypal donation route, towards the  costs  of  keeping the  Forum and Website  online.
Your generous support  is  greatly  appreciated and it  is  heartwarming  for those  of  us  who volunteer with the website to see the  kindness shown by  you all.  We  hope to be  able to continue  our  "work"  for you  in the  future!
 Thank you all!
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #9 on: May 26, 2020, 01:45:37 PM »
Six months on from my  last  post, I am pleased  to be  able to send thanks  to all those people, whether full SRGC members or "just" ( I use  this  term VERY  loosely!) forum members who have  used  either  the  dedicated forum member's donation system, or the  general SRGC donation scheme ( both available  readily  via  this website) to make  their  financial contributions  to the  work of  the  Scottish Rock Garden Club.

Your  support  in every  possible  way is  very  much appreciated by the  Council of the  SRGC and it  is  moving  to see  how  many  are  prepared  to show  their  appreciation in  this  tangible fashion.
 
Your  notes  to the Web Team of your  gratitude to the  work of  the  SRGC  in spreading  information on the  plants to which we are  so enthusiastically drawn are  also gratefully  received.

 To you all, from wherever  you are  in the  world, thank you! 
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2020, 01:14:00 PM »
The SRGC is extremely grateful to all those  using  the  Donation buttons  on the  website  and  forum to support  the  work of the  Club online.  What kind  souls you are - thank you!

Another  possibility  to help......
DONATIONS AND LEGACIES

The Club is recognised as a charity by HM Revenue & Customs, and so both it and
donors can benefit from a number of tax reliefs. Subscriptions and other donations
by income tax payers under Gift Aid allow us to claim back income tax paid by the
donor. In addition, such donations by higher-rate income taxpayers allow the donor
themselves to claim back higher rate income tax relief on their tax return.

Leaving a legacy to the Club in your will allows us to do things which would
otherwise be beyond our means. It is also tax-efficient and can reduce the liability
of the donor’s estate to inheritance tax. Previous gifts have helped us in many ways
over the years.

The Treasurer Richard Greenis always available to discuss possible donations, gifts
and legacies with donors or their representatives in advance. He can provide
relevant wording and more information to ensure that they are put to the very best
use. Such discussions can of course be in confidence if requested.

Contact SRGC Hon. Treasurer Richard Green on  treasurer@srgc.net.
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #11 on: December 31, 2020, 03:08:09 PM »
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 As  this very  difficult  and  stressful year  draws to a  close, it  is  exciting  for  me  to be  able to thank all the  wonderful people who have  made  donations to the  SRGC over the  past  year to support the  forum and  its  work. 
You can all be  proud that  you  have  contributed  to the  continuation of  this  massive  resource, which provides so much to so many around the  world.  It  is  cheering to see the  number  of  you who appreciate  the  worth of this website and  forum and  who are  willing  to be  generous  in your  aid  to keep this "on the  air"!  Please  know that your help in so many  ways is  truly appreciated  by the  SRGC and  of  course, those  of  us  beavering  in the  Web Team!

We  couldn't  achieve  any  of  this  without  you, our tremendous  community  of  plant  lovers - Thank you - and  may the  coming  year  bring  us  all health and  happiness, and  beautiful flowers to make  our  days  sing!
                       
       


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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #12 on: December 31, 2020, 09:13:47 PM »
P.S. .......And  SRGC Treasurer Richard Green says thanks, too!!!      
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Re: A New Forum Donations System
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2021, 03:07:24 PM »
The new SRGC site is now fully certificated as a secure site and the online donation systems are back  - https://www.srgc.net/add-home.asp

If you'd like to make a donation to say thanks to the SRGC for all the hard work of Fred, Neil and Richard on the new website - or in gratitude for the three talks we're bringing to the internet later today, as the SRGC Discussion Day,  please do! And THANK YOU!
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« Reply #14 on: October 10, 2021, 02:06:13 PM »
So kind - a number of you  wonderful folk have already made a donation to SRGC following the Discussion Day Talks yesterday - sincere thanks to you all for your  support.

https://www.srgc.net/298-support-the-srgc.asp
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