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Old 11-03-2007, 10:37 AM   #1
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A few years ago, a member came to me privately in dire financial straits and need. She asked if there was any way her friends online could give her money and have me act as an intermediary, to collect all the funds and forward them to her. I said sure, why not, and here's a few dollars of my own.

That led to the creation of what we now call our Community Fund Drives. Conducted sparingly, 3 or 4 times a year, they are fund drives for members in financial need, where the money will help them out of a one-time rough spot in their lives. Since most of us have experienced such a spot in our lives, I think we would appreciate having a resource like this available to us.

The informal guidelines for the Community Fund Drive are:

  • Must be a member in good standing here for at least one year
  • Must have an immediate, emergency, one-time need
  • Must have exhausted all other resources for funding first
  • Only one fund drive per member, ever
  • Fund request must be under $500.00 and have a significant impact on the person's life
  • Proof of outstanding bills or debt is required
  • Members who donate gain immediate access to our exclusive, private Supporters Forum
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I determine whether a fund drive request should proceed. If I approve it, it then goes to the community team for their review and approval. Once they approve it, it gets posted. Fund drives typically are conducted for one or two weeks.

Because we try and conduct the fund drives throughout the year, once every few months, we appreciate members being sensitive to asking members of the community for funds immediately after another fund drive has ended.

Want to donate to the general Fund Drive? You can do so at any time. Log into PayPal and click on the "Send Money" tab. Send it to: donations@psychcentral.org

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Old 11-03-2007, 11:50 AM   #2
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Good information and guidelines!
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Old 11-03-2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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[quote[Members who donate gain immediate access to our exclusive, private Supporters Forum]



Is there a certain amount or a way to access the forum? I donated to Fayerody's fund drive a while back.

Thanks for the Community Fund Drive information.
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Thank you for this community fund drive! I think this is a great idea, Because there are so many people who suffer from mental health issues, that sometimes can not afford the help they need. The guidelines are wonderful.
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Bumping this up so that members can see about the community fund.
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I am very concerned about one of our members here and the financial duress that she finds herself under.

The post by DocJohn was over 10 years ago. I am wondering if the rules have changed in any way and if so how?

Is it still necessary for the individual to apply for the grant themselves?

Any reply would be good.
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I am very concerned about one of our members here and the financial duress that she finds herself under.

The post by DocJohn was over 10 years ago. I am wondering if the rules have changed in any way and if so how?

Is it still necessary for the individual to apply for the grant themselves?

Any reply would be good.
making a guess here based on ....if the rules have not changed.... the person who needs the money must be the one applying because they will need to supply proof (documentation) of the bills that they need the money for...

also something to think about... if any members could nominate others to get the money who is to say someone hasnt made a second account on a second computer and are actually nominating their self....not to mention with out having to be the one applying that could open the door for scammers due to how would the one nominating be able to supply proof of need and such.

I have donated through a friends paypal account for anonymity purposes and happen to like the fact of knowing there are strict guidelines and process for this to ensure members money is going to the right places. on a more personal level Im not sure if I would continue to donate should just anybody be able to nominate each other for the funds drives and not have to show the proof stated in the above rules.
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Rules haven't changed and the grant application guidelines are there on the website.
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