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Currently, just one single Internet Server, supports all of our ADS Internet services including Daffnet, Daffseek, Dafflibrary, Dafftube, our email services, and mailing lists. This server also hosts a number of local daffodil society sites in the United States as well as a site in the United Kingdom.
Corporations typically operate and amortize servers over five years. As a nonprofit organization with limited funds, our policy is to operate servers longer.
The current server is now over 8 years old and is becoming unreliable, requiring much more effort, both labor and travel, to operate. It is time to replace this server with new equipment better matched to our current workloads.
Internet servers, typically located in data centers as is our equipment require support in three areas, administration labor, monthly data center costs, and capital funding for purchase of hardware and software.
The ADS server is currently administrated by volunteers at no cost.
The monthly data center costs are funded by the ADS operating budget with costs ranging from a $3,000 to $5,000 per year.
The ADS operating budget contains a majority of repeatable expenses and revenue. Rather than paying for this capital expenditure from this budget, we have decided to have a capital campaign to raise the needed funds.
Our goal is to raise $25,000, by year end, if possible. The funds will be used to replace the current equipment, to provide a better back-up facility, and to better match our current Internet workloads.
Should the funds raised exceed the amount needed, the excess funds will be held in a special account designated for internet services. These are reserved funds which will not be intermingled or reallocated for any other purpose.
If you feel as passionate as we do about Daffseek, Daffnet, DaffLibrary or any of our sites and want to help us maintain these services to the world, please donate.
You may donate for this fund raiser by using a Credit Card, PayPal, or a Check.
Donate to purchase of new ADS servers
Whether you donate via the web-store or with a letter, checks are mailed to:
ADS Executive Director,
8374 E State Rd 45,
Unionville, IN 47468.
A letter will be sent to you acknowledging your donation at the beginning of next year. In many cases your donation will be tax deductible.
Thank You for your Support!!