For those who have participated in reading my previous posts regarding
California cemeteries and the problems we have had, you may not have noticed
that the California Saving Graves website is hosted by US GenNet which is a
totally FREE and AD FREE provider.
US GenNet is in need of funds to help it continue to provide totally FREE
genealogy website services. They are asking for help to fund them in the
I am pledging to send them $200 in February (after I receive my annual gift
income). I would like to ask anyone who would like to contribute to this
most worthy project/cause to donate whatever amount you might be able to
contribute. Every $5 or $10 donation multiplies by the numbers of people
donating. "Every little bit helps." And it's TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
If you would like to contribute, here is the address:
999 Bridgeport Way
Rio Vista, California 94571
[Please make checks payable to USGenNet]
Thanks so much for your support.
Sue Silver, State Coordinator
California Saving Graves
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ginger Cisewski" <feather2s(a)cfl.rr.com>
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2003 6:33 PM
Subject: [ANNOUNCE] Serious Problems Ahead for USGenNet
The time has come for some serious discussion regarding the state of
USGenNet's finances. I've made changes to this list so that all
of you can post to the list and we can hopefully spark some productive
The fact is that USGenNet is not receiving the funds necessary to keep us
online. The new year is only a few short weeks away, and thus far,
USGenNet only has funds to keep us online through the month of April.
Unless we receive a lot more in donations, USGenNet will go offline on May
1, 2004 and none of your websites will be visible on the Internet,
the contents of your sites will remain safe on the USGenNet server.
the money runs out, we will be forced to disconnect our server.
USGenNet is a 501(c)(3) corporation, which means all donations are
tax-deductible like any other charitable contribution. The same holds
if you wish to make a donation toward a gift membership for a family
or friend. (All who donate $20 or more in a Membership year are
automatically Supporting Members and donations of $100 or more are
Sustaining Members. Sustaining Members have voting rights and are
to serve on USGenNet's Board of Directors.)
USGenNet does not have the luxuries available to web hosts that are owned
subsidized by for-profit, commercial companies. We cannot obtain
pay our daily operating expenses, operate "in the red" or opt for
Simply put, USGenNet remains online only as long as we can pay the costs
being online. When the money is gone, USGenNet's websites will
and that could happen as soon as May 1st.
Every one of you, regardless of how much or how little money you have, can
do something positive that will help us meet our needs. If you cannot
a donation yourself, you can encourage others to do so. You can
word that USGenNet is a true nonprofit, committed to freely
historical and genealogical data; that we have no commercial backers and
advertising banners and are dependent on donations, which are all
tax-deductible. You can encourage the people who visit your sites and
your sites useful to show their appreciation for your efforts by
donation to USGenNet and helping keep the data freely available online.
I am adding this type of plea to all my websites, right at the top where
it's sure to be noticed. It says "Help Keep This Site Online!" and then
goes into a plea and includes a link to the section of our main page where
it details how to send donations. I know others have been working on
similar types of things, and if any of you would like to share what you've
feel free to share your ideas here.
Another way to help is to check with your employer. Many employers will
provide matching funds for charity work their employees do and maybe your
employer has such a plan available. Three of our account holders have
already found such plans. An easy place to find out if your employer
on this site: http://www.hepdevelopment.com/smu/
USGenNet is the first and only truly nonprofit web hosting service for
with historical-genealogical content, and we've survived for more
years. We managed to buy a new server when our old one failed
our account holders and friends rallied around to help.
I truly believe that if we all work together, we can overcome this latest
difficulty as well.
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