michaeld

Announcement of AVEN's incorporation

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Sally   
Sally

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake:

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Zerο   
Zerο

Congratulations and thanks for all the hard work everyone.

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fuzzipueo   
fuzzipueo

Coolness.

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.Lia   
.Lia

Good to hear! :)

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tase   
tase

Are you asking us to wait on making donations as to not go over $5000 mark or should we feel free to donate through the link?

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Evren   
Evren

Are you asking us to wait on making donations as to not go over $5000 mark or should we feel free to donate through the link?

That's what I was wondering. It's like ok you can give money, but not too much money. Be careful, lol.

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michaeld   
michaeld

Hehe, good questions. OK I'll get a proper confirmation on this. But my understanding is that larger donations are always "better" in the sense that AVEN will receive more money in the end, even after tax. However, if we go over the $5000 mark we will have to pay some of it as tax, which means that some of your donation will be going to the US government. At the moment, we're not going to go over the $5000 mark in a hurry, as we've only just set this donation site up. If we are about to go over - or ideally well before that - we will look into obtaining the formal tax exempt status we mentioned.

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oval   
oval

I almost cried when I read this announcement. Then I made a donation. :)

*sigh*

Thank you all SO MUCH!

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UncommonNonsense   
UncommonNonsense

Awesomeness! I don't have much by way of money, but I sent some your way!

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aceghost   
aceghost

This is great stuff! Very interested to hear more about the tech positions, being a nerd who is extremely grateful to AVEN, and with some free time on her hands. :)

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CBC   
CBC

Oh. Thank. Goodness.

Congrats and thank you, guys. :cake: I will most definitely donate when I have some funds to do so.

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timewarp   
timewarp

This is great news! Thanks and congrats! :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake: :cake:

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Skycaptain   
Skycaptain

Congratulations, and well done for all the hard work and effort needed to do this 🎂 🎂

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poindexter   
poindexter

Donated, and TY for setting this up guys :)

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Homer   
Homer

Great news, huge thanks to everyone who puts in all the effort :)

(small contribution is on the way)

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EMPrise   
EMPrise

Awesome! I'm going to test the donation page later after I take a walk to an ATM :)

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michaeld   
michaeld

Thanks all for the enthusiastic response! Yes definitely, if tech is your thing keep an eye out for the applications, as I understand there are several positions we need to fill.

On the less technical side, if you'd like to work with the board on our fundraising efforts and other logistics now that we are incorporated, I suggest you consider running for this PT position:

http://www.asexuality.org/en/topic/140069-new-project-team-member-needed-answering-team-and-wiki-coordinator-nominations/

While the position is technically about the wiki and the answering team, this one is actually pretty generic, and helping us with this ongoing process would definitely be a valuable part of the job.

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Heart   
Heart

*wanders over, drops some money in the donation bin, whistles and walks away*

I've been waiting for years to do that. Thank you ^_^

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Fitzsimmons ♡   
Fitzsimmons ♡

I would like to thank everyone for the positive messages, and for the donations arrived so far. :cake:

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tase   
tase

Thanks for explanation michael.

Donation made!

Go AVEN!!

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Snao Çoñé   
Snao Çoñé

Awesome, I've been looking forward to helping out. Donation made!

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deltaX   
deltaX

How long will the donation page be up? I want to make a donation, but if possible I'd prefer to wait until the fall when I start TAing and have more spending money.

Either way, I'm glad AVEN has NPO status! Congratulations, and thanks for the update! :cake:

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michaeld   
michaeld

How long will the donation page be up? I want to make a donation, but if possible I'd prefer to wait until the fall when I start TAing and have more spending money.

Either way, I'm glad AVEN has NPO status! Congratulations, and thanks for the update! :cake:

Well I expect it'll be up a while. After all once we've bought a new server, there's all those admods+PT wild parties we have to fund - and perhaps we'll think about including the DT in that too ... ahem, I meant to say, after tech comes vis outreach. Printing fliers, stickers, funding events such as ace conferences and possibly awarding educational and/or travel grants. Yes the page is not going to go away in a hurry, and we might get a permanent donation button to put on the website.

Thanks all for the support, financial or otherwise!

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daveb   
daveb

Thank you (everyone involved)! Great news! :cake:

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deltaX   
deltaX

How long will the donation page be up? I want to make a donation, but if possible I'd prefer to wait until the fall when I start TAing and have more spending money.

Either way, I'm glad AVEN has NPO status! Congratulations, and thanks for the update! :cake:

Well I expect it'll be up a while. After all once we've bought a new server, there's all those admods+PT wild parties we have to fund - and perhaps we'll think about including the DT in that too ... ahem, I meant to say, after tech comes vis outreach. Printing fliers, stickers, funding events such as ace conferences and possibly awarding educational and/or travel grants. Yes the page is not going to go away in a hurry, and we might get a permanent donation button to put on the website.

Thanks all for the support, financial or otherwise!

But what if I only joined the DT to gain access to the wild admods+PT parties? :ph34r: :P

And sounds good, in that case, I'll be donating in the near future, once I get settled in grad school and start actually making some money. I'm glad it's finally an option :)

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Ruqiah   
Ruqiah

and we might get a permanent donation button to put on the website.

Yes! Is there a particular monetary goal that you're aiming for?

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michaeld   
michaeld

and we might get a permanent donation button to put on the website.

Yes! Is there a particular monetary goal that you're aiming for?

There will be more details on this in the fundraising thread to come. But my current understanding is that to take AVEN to a stable cloud based server - that can handle our weight of traffic (including the rush of new members and views when a big vis piece come out) - we're looking at around $5k per year. That is our priority - the stability of the site. If we get there, we can think about setting further targets to make other projects possible. I need to emphasise this is my current understanding, and I'm not directly involved in the tech side of AVEN.

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Ruqiah   
Ruqiah

5K a year? Then aren't you going to need more than that in donations to meet it? Unless there's a sizeable fund set up already...

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catsaregood   
catsaregood

This is so great, and such a good feeling to be able to contribute financially to the community! Thank you for the huge hours you must all have put into getting this off the ground, and the ongoing time the Board will be giving :cake: :cake::cake:

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