Good morning all,

Well it's that time of year of again! This will mark the fourth year we will do a donation drive to have the VHLinks server paid for by you guys the members for the next year. With losing the ability to use PayPal this year for our donations, we will be using GoFundMe as the vehicle to collect our contributions. So the process is a little different this time, and I'll explain it below.

First of all, as I have said each of the last four years, not having to pay the server is a huge load off of my plate financially, so I really thank all of you who have donated to keep this place going.

The server bill is due the on October 1st this year, so need to have our $4,000 in donations done by September 30th. Because we are using a different method this year to collect donations, I am starting the drive earlier than normal for that reason, and because I just believe in general we will have a bit harder time getting there if we do it last minute. This way we've got a good 2 months to get there.

Last year we had $85 going into the year, but this year because of the issue with PayPal we have no excess funds, so we are starting all the way from $0. We're looking at needing about 150 people to donate $30 and we'll be there again. That takes into account GoFundMe fees. So it's going to be some work, but I have faith in our members. Again there is NO OBLIGATION for ANYONE to donate, it's purely up to you. Nobody is required to donate to post here, this is completely voluntary! Also if you donated last year, and you're obviously donating a bit under the year time frame, I'll still make sure it doesn't end until next October, so don't worry about that.

How Do I Donate This Year?
In the past you simply went to the " Donate" link at the top of the page and it took you to our internal subscriptions. Those are gone now of course because they attached to PayPal, so what you will do is go directly to our GoFundMe page (linked below and the donate link at the top goes to it), and directly do your donation from their page. It's super simple, and you DO NOT need to be a GoFundMe member to's not like PayPal. I have set up three tiers on there like we used to have $30, $50 (can't do the old $51.50 one anymore sadly), and $100. So you can just click on one of those to save yourself some time. You of course can donate less than $30, but that really won't help us get to our goal, and you won't get the premium membership if you do. So I urge you to please donate at least $30 if you can.

After you donate, you MUST private message me here to let me know you've donated so I can manually update your account here. If you don't, there's no way for me to know who has donated what because the name on your donation won't tell me your username. That's the negative from not having PayPal, but we'll do what we need to.

What's nice about GoFundMe is it will tell us where we are in terms of donations in real time on our donation page there.

If you have any questions about this process of using GoFundMe, please just post them in this thread. The link is below.

2017 VHLinks Server Drive @ GoFundMe!

Brett I don't want to use GoFundMe, can I send a check or money order?
Yes of course you can, contact me privately for mailing.

I will post this his in various places on the site so people don't miss it, and I really would love to get it done early this year and move on from it (I say this every year. )

I thank you for your continued support of the site, which has served the VH online community since September 1, 1999!