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Housekeeping updates and one wicked cool announcement!

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Hey everyone!

There’s a fun new recipe waiting in the wings for you, but I wanted to take care of some quick updates before that one goes up.

Donations…

First, I wanted to thank all of you who took the time to read and reply to the post regarding Kickstarter. I remain overwhelmed by the support and kind words so many of you sent in, not to mention amazed by those who wish to donate again or just “tip the chef” as one reader mentioned.

I have seen all your comments generously offering to donate small amounts if I had a PayPal “Donate” button, and I had every intention of putting one on the site. Unfortunately, PayPal has changed its policies regarding the “Donate” button, and it is now only available to non-profit organizations (501 3c, etc). Even then, the withdrawal threshold is $10,000.00, which means there would not only be the lengthy process of setting up a non-profit, but an even longer period of time to be able to access the funds. Even their “Giving Widget” is not a service they offer anymore! Seems PayPal is trying to appeal more towards larger organizations these days and forgetting about smaller ones or individuals.

They do still offer a fundraising widget for Facebook and MySpace, but I’m not sure that’s the right way for me to go. I’m looking into a couple of donation widget options here within WordPress, but since they’re tied to PayPal, I need to see if they’re tied to the same non-profit policy before putting them up.

So, for the time being, those of you who wish to send donations may send them to the pgewksupdates [at] gmail [dot] com address. Once I figure out a different option I will post it here. I’m hoping I can just add a simple widget so that it’s easier for everyone.

Pictures and menu options…

As I mentioned in that Kickstarter post, my former friend used to be the main admin on this site. I think I’ve effectively banned him from accessing my baby blog, but not before he did some damage. With everything going on, I hadn’t even noticed that things like my About PGEW page, my Tips menu, or even photos for most of my older recipes had been deleted or changed. I needed to work on a new About Me page anyway, so that part worked out. But I still have a lot of work to do to restore what was deleted.

Most of the main menu options in the top navigation bar have been restored, so you can now search the Tips menu for ideas on changing the way you think about eating on a budget and making that food dollar stretch really far. Over the next few weeks I’ll work on adding the rest of the photos to the older recipes. Thanks in advance for your patience while I make my little web home lovely again! : )

PGEW goes on Parade. Magazine, that is!

Last but most definitely not least, yours truly has been asked to be a contributor to Parade Magazine! That’s right, the one you get with your newspaper ever Sunday. : ) My online column will be featured on their website every Thursday starting tomorrow, August 8th, and will feature new budget friendly recipes and menu ideas.

I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity and I look forward to sharing new content with many new readers. No word yet on whether anything will be featured in print, but if I learn that that’s an option for the future, I will definitely let you know!

That’s all for now, folks. Stay tuned tomorrow for a new breakfast for dinner recipe! It pretty much knocked my socks off last night, so I hope you’ll enjoy it just as much.

: ) Kimberly

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8 Responses to "Housekeeping updates and one wicked cool announcement!"

  1. Alisha says:

    You might find this site to be helpful: http://www.gofundme.com/

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  2. Robin says:

    PayPal are a bunch of money hungry jerks and due to a huge stupid thing they did a couple of years ago with a fundraising campaign on Regretsy.com, I learned that WePay is a great service that does what PayPal wishes they could do. You might be able to use WePay to accept donations on your website. Good luck and congratulations on the Parade Magazine gig!!

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  3. Susan says:

    I am in Canada so cannot send you an e-mail donation, as it is cross-border. However why not look into Subbable? https://subbable.com/
    Subbable would allow me to make a continuing donation – a fixed amount per month or a one-off.
    I know that CGP Grey has received support from his fanbase on YouTube that will allow him to continue his video posts, not have to get another job & take the advertising off his videos and they reached his target monthly amount within about an hour. (I think the volume of people trying to donate actually crashed the system).

    The only other way that works from Canada is an actual Western Union transfer which would mean I’d have to have your home address, and I’m pretty sure we don’t want to start all that!

    Another way is for everyone to “buy” merchandise on your website – but not actually expect it to be sent out. If you do this through a third party service, that might not work.
    Subbable might be the best bet.

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  4. Susan says:

    Actually WePay is cheaper than Subbable and incredibly easy to set up

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  5. Tahnycooks says:

    Congrats on Parade! That’s so exciting for you!!

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  6. Ju says:

    Congrats on the magazine gig! That’s a pretty big deal if even I have heard of it. :)

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  7. Sherry says:

    Hooray for Parade!! Maybe this is a turning point for you! I certainly hope so! Good luck!!!

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  8. megan says:

    I second the comment about WePay – I’ve seen people raising money for smaller organizations/individuals that way

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