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Supporting Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers(Includes Address to Which to Send Checks)

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#1 Helene



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Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:05 AM

Each year, Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers set an operating budget that includes joint hosting, software licensing fees, bank account fees, and payment processing fees plus a small cushion in case of a mid-period rate increase or special tech support.   No one managing or moderating the site is paid; all of our flower tributes are virtual flowers.gif


Generally, the fundraiser occurs annually, but if we get a higher-than-unusual amount of amazon.com commissions or checks throughout the year, we wait until we need to raise more funds.  We keep asking until we meet our target, and like Public TV and Radio membership drives, the pain is proportional to the amount of time we have to keep them open.  We announce the fundraisers prominently at the top of our sites, as well as in the Links and other popular forums on Ballet Alert!  They're hard to miss. 


We raise money to operate Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers in two ways:


1.  Through amazon.com commissions, earned when members and visitors use the amazon.com search box at the bottom of each page and complete purchases through the amazon.com site.  amazon.com remits commissions to us two months after they are earned, net of returns.


2.  Through contributions by check and credit card during our fundraisers and by check throughout the year.


If you wish to donate by check at any time throughout the year, please send yours written to "Ballet Talk" to:

Ballet Talk
11165 Abbotts Station Dr.
Johns Creek, GA 30097

If you have a Ballet Talk for Dancers or Ballet Alert! username, please write it in the memo field of your check, so we know whom to thank flowers.gif

We thank you very much!



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Posted 12 May 2015 - 11:27 PM

This year our credit card processor discontinued the way we were able to access their system and changed to one that requires programming, which is not guaranteed to work in the next version of the software.  We reviewed the options, and Victoria Leigh has done a lot of work to set us up with PayPal, which we had used through 2012.  (It should have been seamless, but...) There are several advantages to this change:  the first is that you can enter an amount instead of having to choose from a small number of options.

You will only see the donate button on the home page of the full version; the mobile version does not support it.  If you are on your phone and the mobile version is active, if you scroll to the bottom and click the "Full Version" button, you will see the short instructions and "Donate" button.

You also no longer need to have a PayPal account to use PayPal to process individual transactions.  When you click the "Donate" button on either the Ballet Alert! or Ballet Talk for Dancers home page, you will be navigated to the PayPal site where you can choose to log into PayPal or enter payment details directly. 
Here are detailed instructions with screen shots:
1.  The first step is to enter the donation amount in the box in the top middle of the page.  Once you click anywhere else on the page, the total will be updated.  In the screen shot, this is under the red arrow.  (Click on the screen shot graphics to enlarge them and click the "x" in the bottom right hand corner to close.)

->There is a column named "Make This Recurring (Monthly)" with a checkbox underneath it.  Please ignore this.  There isn't an option to keep it from showing.


PayPal Page 1a.jpg


2.  Step 2 is to decide whether you want to log in with your PayPal account (the option on the right) or if you want to enter your payment details -- credit card information, name, address, phone number, and email -- instead (the option to the left), there are two ways the screen could display, and I can't tell what triggers which display.


Either the credit card information fields will display, like in the screen shot above, or you will need to click the Continue link to the left (circled in red in the screen shot) to display the fields:


PayPal Page 1b.jpg

If you choose the second option,  please note:  if you don't enter the donation amount before you fill in all of the information fields and continue, PayPal won't retain all of the entered information when displaying the error message, and you'll have to re-enter it.


3.  Click either the "Log In" or "Review Donation and Continue" button.  If all required info is entered and correct/validated, then either will bring you to the Review Page.
4.  Under the Purpose column will be a plus sign ("+") to the left of "Please enter your user name".  This will open up a box.

PayPal Page 2a.jpg

5.  In the box, please enter your board user name, so that we can thank you for your generosity.

PayPal Page 2b.png


6.  The last step is to review your donation information and to click the "Donate $[Donation Amount] in USD Now" button or log out (if you have logged into your account) and close the browser.  (There is no cancel link or button.)
Here are links to our Privacy Policy (updated to show that we see their info [except credit card info] through PayPal):
and Refund Policy:

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