by annegarrett (2525 Posts), Mon Apr 05, 2004 06:56 pm
Our Ask the Expert docs are amazing--I actually like each and every one of them and consider them friends. In addition to being just plain nice people, they regularly answer questions (LOTS of questions) from us, our readers, people we refer to them, on a volunteer service, on weekends and late into the evenings. I have been known to call or email them because someone has posted something concerning late on a Saturday so I could get an email to someone who seemed in danger. We are small enough now that we can do that still...and we try to. But recently we got an email from a reader who said her Ask the Expert Question went unanswered--while others were. "Thanks for nothing," she said, and asked to be taken off our mailing list.
Clearly--we are not able to be there for everyone. This is a source of immense frustration for me personally, and I know for you all as well. We are in that awkward teenage growth spurt where the need is greater than our resources and people don't always appreciate how underfunded we are. I can't overstate it.
We need sustainability--we need it now. We have a huge number of volunteers who are just chomping at the bit to get started on spreading the word and that takes funding.
Fortunately, we have brilliant as well as kind people volunteering here and Dr. Easterling has come up with an amazing and generous idea. In order to be sustainable--we need to know we can count on $5,000 a month. To meet that goal we need 500 people to donate $10 (or $20, or $50+) a mth. Last I checked--that is less than I spend on coffee in a month--so certainly a reasonable amount.
He proposes to enlist doctors--ours and others--to match every $100 a mth we bring in and he will be the first to do so. He will match (monthly) the first 10 people to pledge to $10 a mth for a year until we find a cure. We will set up the system (like PBS and other nonprofits) to automatically deduct that amount from your credit card (with your permission) monthly and this will allow us to have some sustainability.
We will send out an official letter in email soon--he has even offered to take the first person to donate $500 out to dinner when they are in Seattle or he is near them.
To jump start this drive--please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject header: "until we find a cure" and we will put you on the pledge list on line. Once we get the first ten we will put Dr. E's name up and work on the next ten. We can do this. We just have to find a cure.
To donate now and have it credited towards the "Until we find a cure" campaign...go to this link and donate and please note that this is part of the $10 a mth pledge. Save a life--spread the word.