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Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 12:05am
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I'm actually hoping that Chris finds other means to fund the majority of PA.com. If he is mostly dependant on donations, it puts him in a very vulnerable spot. If for any reason the donations that come in start to dry up, or if a large group of supporting members begin to make demands regarding content, format, etc. it could mean the end of PA.com as a real voice for the peanut allergic and those who care about them.

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 12:58am
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That certainly is a danger (members wanting certain requests met in return for donations). Would company involvement also influence pa.com ia a similar way (e.g. that certain books be promoted on the topic of allergies, for example, even if the book is considered not very... (searching for the word..) accurate? Just thinking our loud... I'm not in any way suggesting that this is occuring.
How can pa.com obtain funds without becoming influenced?

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 1:25am
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Quote:Originally posted by Gail W:
[b] For example, I love the idea of having a library of 504/IHPs. I really think that could make life easier for so many. It would have made a difference for me to go to my school with a folder of say a dozen plans that were on school letterhead w/ contact information that were actually functioning. My school would have been recptive to that, and used the plans as models.
But how do we make this "library" happen? How can it get bumped up as a priority? out from the (much needed) day-to-day crisis support?
If Chris said, okay, to do this I need to dedicate X number of staff hours at $ X wage. To do this it would cost about $X, do you think some members would contribute to make it happen? I think so... I know that I would.
Maybe I'm babbling.... I guess I'm just thinking about how this site could be more and how to make that happen.
Gail[/b]
Is a member donating funds earmarked for a particular project appropriate? Is earmarking a donation giving money with a string attached? Is that okay? Or should Chris accept money and decide how to best appropriate the funds?
Gail

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 1:58am
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I still have trouble referring to this membership money as a "donation". It's more like membership "dues".
And in that case, are members of unions who pay dues encouraged or even allowed to earmark where their dues go? No sir, they're not. I can't see Chris bending to influence, especially when he's still a dot commer.
Carolyn

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 2:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by Cayley's Mom:
[b]I can't see Chris bending to influence...
Carolyn[/b]
Me neither. I think Chris is probably very careful about this.
But don't you think people are often more motivated to "donate" when their money supports a project they paricularly believe in? It seems "fund raising drives" oten have a specific goal. Recently our school raised funds to buy the teachers a regrigerator, for example.
I guess it would depends on if membership is "dues" or "donations"...?

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 3:50am
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Hey, Cayley's mom, you takin' mommabear's shift this weekend?
Anyway, back to the subject at hand:
I'm not about to defend myself to the same few people over and over again, (it gets boring), but I will try and make this clear for others who are reading this thread.
I'm not talking about individual donations, but large groups of donations. Donations that come from a group of people who have a common goal and agenda.
I'm certain that Chris is a man of integrity who would never "bend" for money. If he wasn't, he'd already be selling NPB hats and t-shirts. Chris have never shown himself to be anything other than TOP NOTCH.
What I suggest is that if he puts all his eggs in the donation or membership or call-it-what-you-will basket, he could have the rug pulled out from under him pretty fast. PA.com could easily be forced into bankruptcy. Chris should be careful that he's not setting himself up to be clobbered in this way.
That's all I'm saying on this subject.

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 4:51am
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Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b] I'm not talking about individual donations, but large groups of donations. Donations that come from a group of people who have a common goal and agenda.
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river, I think I agree w/ you. I guess I just don't understand who this group (above) is or might be... sorry.

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 5:13am
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Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b]Hey, Cayley's mom, you takin' mommabear's shift this weekend?
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... and Cayley's Mom briefly wonders what that is supposed to mean, then decides it really doesn't matter anyway...

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 7:59am
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Quote:Originally posted by Cayley's Mom:
[b] ... and Cayley's Mom briefly wonders what that is supposed to mean, then decides it really doesn't matter anyway...[/b]
I guess it would depend, in part, on whether or not you think "Literally". As to serve as an appropriate substitute you might need the attributes this characteristic bestows upon its owner, as river has so freely expressed prior to this moment in time. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sat, 05/10/2003 - 10:02am
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Quote:Originally posted by river:
[b]Hey, Cayley's mom, you takin' mommabear's shift this weekend?
Anyway, back to the subject at hand:
[/b]
As long as we're "veering" here. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]
anywhoo.............
I wonder if Chris's PA child has a full-time school nurse (maybe "certified"?), part time school nurse, or none at all.
MommaBear [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img]

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