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Saturday, August 14, 2010

C4SS July-August Fundraiser

[by Brad Spangler -- Cross-posted from C4SS.

Note: As Brad mentions, monthly income from subscription payments are up to $310. If enough people prefer to just subscribe for $10 or $20 a month and ignore the monthly fundraisers, we might actually be able to get by on subs alone and stop these begathons.]

Dear Supporters of the Center for a Stateless Society,

It’s time to start another fundraising drive to pay our expenses, but first I’ve got some news about changes at the Center and what we have planned.

Alex R. Knight III has, unfortunately, left from his position as one of our News Analysts in order to pursue other projects. He will remain a Contributing Writer for C4SS, though, so he’s not really going away as you’ll still see the occasional piece from him.

Although Darian Worden has been temporarily writing more to cover for the writing shortfall from Tom Knapp’s move to the Media Coordinator job, Darian will be starting grad school in September. As a result of the increased demands on his time, his workload for the Center will be dropping down to four weekly commentaries per month and two monthly occasional pieces.

At the start of August, though, we gained as News Analysts Stacy Litz and Ross Kenyon, two dynamic and committed student activists well known in the liberty movement. We’re expecting great things from them. You should see three Commentary pieces per week from Stacy and one from Ross.

If you’re not already aware, C4SS is one of the major sponsors of the Liberty on Tour project. Pete Eyre and Adam Mueller, both formerly of the similar Motorhome Diaries project, are touring the country in a giant black and gold RV doing libertarian meetups, activism and media work. Check out the Liberty on Tour web site:

http://www.libertyontour.com/

In September, we plan to carry out an advertising campaign on the Liberty Radio Network, including the shows Free Talk Live, Antiwar Radio, Thinking Liberty and Voice of Radical Dissent. Our goal for this is to raise our overall profile within the movement, conduct outreach to people newly discovering anarchist ideas via libertarianism and build an even bigger readership and base of support for future growth in our operations. I believe Liberty Radio Network meets that need and allows the money we spend to do double-duty, supporting existing radical libertarian media. Check out the Liberty Radio Network web site:

http://lrn.fm

We had placed Mariana Evica in a volunteer role as both our Development Specialist and Social Media Specialist earlier this year. Unfortunately, her availability has suffered during that time despite a promising start. That difficulty is coming to a close. Starting in September, she will be starting as a paid contractor for the Center at $8 per hour for 20 hours weekly. That expense isn’t coming out of this fundraiser, but the additional cost and additional capability it brings to promote our content show one reason why we want to launch the advertising program now, first.

I’d also like to mention that I will be speaking at the Libertopia conference this October. We plan on making an effort to have a nice presence there and will be needing your support for that as well. Here’s the Libertopia web site:

http://www.libertopia.org/

All of this requires your support. Because of the unique and new expenses these past two months, as well as the timing of some of these developments, I’ve made the decision to combine our July and August fundraiser into one single drive. Our fundraising goal is a challenging $4522 that we’re looking to raise by September 17th at the latest.

Below, I’ll show you our financial information, but if you don’t want to get into that please, right now, go to our web site and click on the ChipIn widget to donate. We need your support.

http://c4ss.org/

Here is how the $4522 goal for the July-August fundraiser was arrived at:

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July-August Fundraising Drive — Finances

INCOME

July Income
$310 recurring donations
$200 part of 2nd session course fees, Stateless U.

August Income
$310 recurring donations
$200 part of 2nd session course fees, Stateless U.

Total July-August Income: $1020

EXPENSES

July Expenses

Research Associate: Carson — $425
News Analyst: Knight — $160
News Analyst: Worden — $260
Feature Editor: Morgenstern — $100
Web Administrator: Gogulski — $215
Media Coordinator: Knapp — $640
Director (Stipend & Expenses): Spangler — $120
Liberty on Tour (ad package and promotional materials) — $792

Total July: $2712

August Expenses

Research Associate: Carson — $425
News Analyst: Worden — $260
News Analyst: Litz — $300
News Analyst: Kenyon — $150
Feature Editor: Morgenstern — $100
Web Administrator: Gogulski — $215
Media Coordinator: Knapp — $640
Director (Stipend & Expenses): Spangler — $120
September LRN Ad Package — $620

Total August: $2830

Total July-August Expenses: $5542

Fundraising Target (Expenses minus Income): $4522

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And there you have it. Those are the numbers. This is what we have been and will be doing — but only with your support. Please donate using the ChipIn widget on any page of our web site.

http://c4ss.org/

Please support our work. Then get your friends to support our work.

Regards,

Brad Spangler,
Director, Center for a Stateless Society (C4SS)

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