How is the money allocated to the different areas(getting guys to meetups, parts, site maint., etc.) are there different "accounts" for those? The reason I ask is in my mind it could be like at church(tithe, missoins, etc). You could specify general(so the site uses desgression(sp?) on where to put money), or I could say just for meetup account, or if I just want to donate money to parts or site maint. or whatever it would go to those. Just a thought.. I know that makes things more complicated, but its an idea if/when this gets big enough to support that.
Either way it is a great idea, and I didn't realize it went to more than just site/server dues.. Awesome and thoughtful idea!
Sorry, meant to respond to this a while ago.
Honestly the idea of using the Site Supporter funds for the 'greater good' was about as far as the thought process went
It will get complicated as you suggest trying to segment the funds and take direction from each Site Supporter on how they would like their $10 used.
I'd estimate we're talking about maybe $800-$1000 per year in funds. So while not a trivial sum of money, it becomes much less meaningful the more it gets divided up.
In my mind the most appropriate and universally acceptable use of the money would be for charitable donations that reflect our values as a group. No political or religious groups - think along the lines of Children's Hospitals, UNICEF, Red Cross, Cancer research etc.
As we progress and encounter situations where a particular member is in need, I'm confident all of us, myself included, will reach out and do what we can to help. And if there's a particular initiative that there is clear and unanimous support for, we can use Site Supporter funds towards that as well. I just want to be transparent about the use of the funds where possible, without jeopardizing the anonymity of a member we're trying to help.