Your GB Needs YOU!THE BAD NEWS
It's sink or swim time for the GB messageboards. They aren't really sustainable in their current form.
The boards account for the largest share - by far - of the costs of running Gingerbeer. And they don't generate much income (whereas the content site http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/
makes more money through things like advertising).Short term, we need to raise a total of £5,000 to keep Gingerbeer (as a whole) afloat.
Longer term, EVicT will need to work out radical options for the messageboards. One option might be to create a readable archive of all old posts and a new, lighter system for the ongoing boards which will integrate better with the main site.
BUT, any longer term options will only be possible if GB can survive right now.
And survival of Gingerbeer is only likely if the past and present Gingerbeer community can rally round and demonstrate that there are good reasons for Gingerbeer to survive. And that there is energy and goodwill to muck in and make survival happen.
Because, short of a fairy godmother, raising £5,000 is only going to happen if the Gingerbeer community makes it happen.THE GOOD NEWSWe can do it!
Gingerbeer is riddled with history, talent, intelligence, wit, cake skills, social connections and sheer bloodymindedness.
If some of that energy is directly invested in Gingerbeer over the coming months, the community past and present could help ensure its own survival.So here's how you can help the Gingerbeer Sink or Swim Fund....**Spread the word**
Cut and paste this post, share it, or bits of it. Put snippets in your sig lines, emails, Facebook posts, dating profiles...
The URL for this post is: http://boards.gingerbeer.co.uk/index.php?topic=113629.msg3525649#msg3525649 **Party harder!**
Come to the Gingerbeer Fundraiser Party 2014 and invite guests: http://boards.gingerbeer.co.uk/index.php?topic=113630.0
The Gingerbeer Fundraiser Party needs a venue, flyers, set up, promotion, ideas, prizes, skills and thrills - and party-goers
. Make the party happen and make it sparkle!
You can also volunteer to do admin and keep records for the party
- for instance by collating ideas in the Gingerbeer Fundraiser Party 2014 thread, or compiling party lists. PM EVicT if you would like to volunteer your Excel skills!DIY a GB fundraising event.
Tupperware. Underwear. Toys. Cakes. Books. Shaking a jar at the bar. Karaoke. You know you want to.**Shop Ginger** Gingerbeer is now part of www.easyfundraising.org.uk, which enables you to make a donation to Gingerbeer every time you shop online at over 2,700 online retailers
- including Amazon, Marks & Spencer, supermarkets, department stores, electricals - in fact almost all of the big stores. See the full list at: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/retailers/
Between around 1.5% (Amazon) and 6.5% (Marks & Spencer) of the money you spend on your online shopping will be donated by the retailer to Gingerbeer! You can also get discounts and deals
from participating retailers at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/deals/All you need to do is to register at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/create-an-account/ and choose to support Gingerbeer as a cause.
You can access the sign-up through a dedicated page on the GB website, too, at: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=easyfundraising
You can also download a toolbar which appears below the browser bar on your computer. It reminds you to use easyfundraising.org.uk when you shop online, and shows you how much you have contributed: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/donation-reminder/
You can raise extra money by recruiting friends (or other Beeries) to sign up via Facebook, email etc. See http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/raise-more/referrals/
Lastly, there is a separate easysearch service for online searches.
You can set it as your browser homepage, and if you use it to make websearches, Gingerbeer will get a teeny donation every time you complete an online search (using Yahoo). Find out more at: http://gingerbeer.easysearch.org.uk/Sign up! Sign up! Sign up! at at http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/create-an-account/
This seems like a great way to raise money for Gingerbeer - especially in the run-up to Christmas.
You can also:
Shop via the Gingerbeer Amazon store: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=store
You don't pay more, but GB gets a small commission from whatever you buy, and your order is handled by Amazon in the usual way. You can also go direct to the store via this link: http://astore.amazon.co.uk/gingerbeer-21Curate the Gingerbeer Amazon store:
Do you have fabulous taste in books, films and music? Encyclopaedic LGBTQ knowledge? Do you know the best books for alternative families, natural childbirth or menopause? The shop needs restocking and sprucing up. If you think you could curate even a tiny corner of the shop, please send a PM to EVicT.**Ginger up your Facebook and Twitter**
Like, follow, get notifications and share info at the Gingerbeer Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/GingerbeerUK?ref=ts&fref=ts
Follow Gingerbeer Lesbians on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Gingerbeer_UK?lang=en-gb
or Tweet to @Gingerbeer_UK Be a Gingerbeer social media host:
volunteer to maintain the Gingerbeer Facebook page or Twitter feed by sending a PM to EVicT with any previous experience.**Cross-pollinate between the boards and the main site**
More revenue is generated when people click between the GB messageboards and the main Gingerbeer website http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/
Don't forget, main site contains:Listings: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=listings
Bars and clubs, travel and accommodation, community groups, health and fitness, shops and services, culture and entertainment, dating and social groups... the most complete, up-to-date, UK-wide lesbian listings on the web, and the only
address book you will ever need for a lovely, lively lesbian life.Calendar:
A calendar of bars and clubs, community groups and events, fitness and shopping, which you can sort by area of the country, or by type. So keep hopping across to the main site, think about putting your GB events or other events that you know about up on the listings, and:Share your one off event: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=submit_eventShare your regular event or ongoing service: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=submit_listing
[/li][/list]**Promote Gingerbeer at events**
If you know that you will be in a room with hundreds (or even a handful) of lesbians or bi women in the foreseeable future, then lucky you! Don't forget to celebrate by talking your head off about Gingerbeer and letting people know how to find us: www.gingerbeer.co.uk**Donate or become a member**
Scrape out the pennies from your pockets or behind your sofa, ask for donations instead of gifts, shake a jar at GB meetings, or just remind people that they can donate or become a member.Become a member: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=membership
For £20 a year, you'll be contributing to Gingerbeer and supporting a range of businesses which give you discounts.Make a donation: http://www.gingerbeer.co.uk/?p=membership
You can donate by credit card, or even better, set up a direct debit.
Any funds that you raise for GB can be donated by cheque or direct debit
(contact EVicT for address or account details).**Volunteer**
There are roles for behind the scenes volunteers at Gingerbeer HQ, including people with professional skills
• App design
• Website design
• Volunteer management
You can get training to become a Gingerbeer volunteer:
• Email administrator
• Listings administrator
• Messageboard or chatroom moderator
If you are interested in becoming a Gingerbeer Volunteer, then we will love you forever. Please PM EVicT. **Keep everyone posted and add your ideas**Report back
on your fundraising, promotion and volunteering activity for the Sink or Swim Fund - or add more ideas
- in this thread, or through your own posts and threads.
***************************In January, EVicT will announce the grand total raised for the Gingerbeer Sink or Swim Fund. And then we will know for sure whether Gingerbeer has a future. And if we do, it will be down to you.
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