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Wednesday March 26, 2008
02:33 AM

Monthly donation to TPF

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I wish I could make small monthly donations to TPF. I don't know about others but I'd rather pay 20 USD/month than 200 USD/year even thought the former will cost me more. I am also quite sure I'd forget to pay another 200 USD next year.

Am I so much alone with this that its not worth for TPF to improve their payment system to include recurring payments? PayPal already supports this and one of the options in the donation form of TPF is Paypal.

So why is that TPF does not support this?

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  • I tried to suggest once that they should have some sort of memberships... personal, professional, corporate etc, with monthly costs or something.

    I seem to recall there was some flustering about how the US-imposed corporate structure was crap and so they legally couldn't do anything useful to help themselves.

    Or something like that...
    • We would love to accept monthly donations and we're working on making that easier. I'm currently working on a project to revamp TPF's donation system and it started with my request for a perl CRM [perlfoundation.org]. This will help us (TPF) better manage our relationship with you (our customer, in this case our supporters). I'm still working on the plan for this and should have updates soon. Watch TPF's blog.

      With regard to memberships, we've discussed this too. There are various questions that need to be sorted out to offe
      • I have a CRM I am using in-house to manage info about my customers that I plan to release as open source. It is web based and is written in Perl. If this is interesting to you we should discuss the requirements and I could setup a trial version for you to play with. It needs many improvements but if TPF is interested in using it I'd be glad to add them.

        IMHO membership would be just a simple way to set several levels of monthly donations. The little extra benefits would be to get a T-shirt with onion or a

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      • Oh, maybe things like...

        - A vote in notional executive elections, if we ever had enough people to take it that way.

        - Points to spend on helping choose which grants to fund?

        - A complementary (and possibly exclusive?) DVD of talks from, say, YAPC::NA turning up at my door unexpectedly.

        But in general, the same things as you get from any membership.

        1. Community

        2. Exclusivity

        3. Respect

        4. Influence

        5. Altruism

        Don't treat this as a pure dollars and cents exercise, I don't want membership because I get $x dollars CA