Posted by shelliR on November 25, 2001, at 10:49:32
In reply to Re: fund drive , posted by Dr. Bob on November 20, 2001, at 19:37:58
Would you like to volunteer to be fund drive chair? If so, tell me what to do, and let's
give it a try. :-)
I would volunteer after the first of the year, as long as I have a co-chair who is
is definitely more computer savvy than I am (which includes almost everyone), and can write HTML code, and develop pop up windows, etc.
Would you do that stuff, Dr. Bob, or do I need to find someone to actually write the code?
Before we get to a pledge drive, about the board set up everyday:
I think that Mitchell and I have similar ideas about ways the board needs to be changed that are not related to the idea of a pledge.
Like Sar, Iím grateful also that you donít want us (us meaning those babblers who come quite often to the board) to find the board visually annoying, but you do want for people to at least *see* your link to contributions. (I think the fact that Sar and I never even noticed it can not be a good sign. Maybe some new design work is in order.
At the very least, you could raise the font size in that line from 9 or 10 to 12 and change the color, either to blue, or if you are feeling a bit more adventerous, dark violet. It's really not going to be annoying.
Now if youíre willing to hear a bit more changes, Iíll just throw in an idea, still fairly conservative, but it does involve actually moving text.
One idea would be to move the amazon rectangle over to the left, totally in tact minus only the donation line. Then create a smaller rectangular to the right with the heading Psychobabble Needs Your Help.and underneath in small but not tiny letters: "A donation may be made out to the University of Chicago " And a link which directly leads to your Support for Dr. Bob Page. If you put both the amazon box and your box
on a light gray background, it will also be more noticable, but not tacky.
And as long as Iím in my critical , judgmental mode, (actually Mitchell had a very similar thought), why is the need for money presented in such an ambivilent manner on the support for Dr. Bob page: "but if you'd like to make a donation, I'm not
going to turn it down, either. " I think it is here where you should be saying how important contributions are to the board; although it is not a criteria for participating on the board. Perhaps you could expain why you have phrased it this way, aside from the fact that youíre a nice guy?
As far as the pledge drive, I do think life would be much easier if credit cards could be adopted as an option.. (and of course, checks would also be accepted). This has been broght up before. I know youíve been very busy, but have you have looked into this? Because I think this is the first thing that needs to be set up before a pledge drive. The issue that Mitchell brought up is the privacy issue. But canít encrypted cards solve that problem?
The University of Chicago has a page on the internet called "Giving to the University of Chicago, which takes credit cards and you can choose the category you want your money to go to. Other groups include the library, a theatre group, and various subjects. Have you ever tried to become a part of this? I canít get there by copying the final URL, for some reason I can only get it to work by filling in http//www.alumni.uchicago.edu and then on the new page when I hit "online giving", it will bring me to a donation page for both alumni and non-alumni. This page takes credit cards and you can choose the category you want to give to. I wonder if you could get psychobabble in there as as a choice. The only problem is that it says alumni under the last page, so it would be better to set the browser to go straight to "Giving to the University of Chicago; that page divides the submissions to either alumni or non-alumni. Unfortunately if I copy the url of that page: https://onlinegiving.uchicago.edu/default.asp. I can't get it to come up.
In case that didn't make sense, I'll try again. There is a link for giving online contributions to the university of chicago, giving you a choice where your money is to go. (1) we have to find out if we could get psychobabble printed on that link, and (2) we need a way to directly send people to that link.
If not, we really need to go another route so we *can* collect credit card payments.
Once that is done, I like Mitchell's idea of a pop up window. I do find popup windowsa bit annoying, but it would only be for a week or so, AND the advantage, besides being noticable, is the basic site during non-drive times would not have to be touched.
So can we start with the credit cards?