Victoria Leigh

2017 Fund Raiser

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Dear Members,

We are again at the point of needing to cover the costs of running Ballet Talk for Dancers and Ballet Alert!, and we need your help! Your donations are used ONLY to cover the fees to Invisionzone and the cost of the bank account services and PayPal.  In 2015, with your fabulous help, including the help from your purchases on Amazon made by going through our link, we reached goal in about a month, which was great! 
 
The Donation form on the Home Page for credit cards will activate March 6. 2017.  (Detailed instructions are here.) If you are using your phone, you will need to scroll to find the donation information.  We are asking for $25 donations, but will graciously accept anything that you can do. The fund raiser will end as soon as we reach the goal needed to keep us afloat for a year. 

If you prefer to send a check, please make it out to BALLET TALK, and mail to:

BALLET TALK
11165 Abbotts Station Dr
Johns Creek, GA 30097

***PLEASE PUT YOUR SCREEN NAME OR REGISTERED EMAIL ADDRESS ON YOUR CHECK, or on your ELECTRONIC DONATION FORM, SO THAT WE KNOW WHO TO THANK!!!!!!!!!! 

 

 

Victoria Leigh
Administrator


LIFE ISN'T ABOUT WAITING FOR THE STORM TO PASS...

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Since we launched the fundraiser at the beginning of the month, we've received generous support from long-time supporters, a few old friends  -- we miss you -- and a few new members and first-time donors.  We even have the frustration from someone whose country/currency isn't supported by PayPal :(.  And we thank you all.

 

To everyone else reading, including people who primarily or exclusively use dirac's comprehensive Links as a daily source of ballet- and dance-related news:

 

Our amazon commissions have dropped precipitously: when we had a sudden price increase five-six years ago, they covered 20-25% of our yearly expenses, and with expenses almost the same now, they now cover only a little over 5%.  (And we do thank the people who earn us that :flowers: .)  There are a few factors:  ad-blockers. more people using mobile where the amazon search widget is a slog to find, amazon's successful strategy of getting us to click buttons to buy from their devices and apps, and, dang it, a dearth of new ballet books and DVDs.  (YouTube is our great frenemy.)

 

BA! is lagging behind BT4T (proportional to the resources we use), and we need your help to close out this year's fundraiser.  We are *not* talking to the people who've already been so generous, nor do we mean people for whom this would be a hardship.   We've raised just enough to make to Thanksgiving, and we need to cover through March 2019 in order to not make this a semi-yearly effort.  (We shudder to think...)

 

We are grateful for any amount, because a lot of small donations add up, and as soon as we reach our goal, we can stop sounding like your local NPR station.

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Thank you so everyone who contributed to the next year of Ballet Alert! and Ballet Talk for Dancers :flowers:

 

We've reached our goal, thanks to you :)

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