thorgal67’s Blog


Thank you all for your support!

written by thorgal67 - 2013/03/02 15:31

As you may have noticed, we have removed the donation bar from the front page. That is good news, because it means we have reached our yearly donation goal of 1,260 euro for running our website.

Thank you all for all your generous donations. Your continuous support makes it possible for us to run without any need for external funding or advertisement.

Long live free hospitality exchange!




written by Monique - 6 years ago (i)
This is a very modest budget and very honest, transparent goals. Thank you for keeping this movement clean! Great work!


written by pablobd - 6 years ago (i)
@pedalr you can still donate here: it's just not on the frontpage anymore

written by thorgal67 - 6 years ago (i)
@pedalr: thank you for your kind words.

All the finances are publicly available here:

No salaries are being paid (we are volunteers who do what they do for free and in their free time).

written by SylvainBerube - 6 years ago (i)
Effectivement c'est une bonne nouvelle!

Thanks everyone for your involvement in this project.

written by almorsen - 6 years ago (i)
it is always a pleasure to lend a hand supporting sites like this one :-)

written by roymarvelous - 6 years ago (i)
Thank you!

written by Templanza - 6 years ago (i)
Great! I love the transparency and the integrity of the financial policy :-)

That being said...

As many of you know, CS is going through major turmoil at the moment, each day there are more members speaking out loud in different forums and Be Welcome looks like the most appealing option for many (including me) as a new "home".

Isn't this an opportunity to be more ambitious with the resources in order to be more prepared and capable to respond to the fast growing BW Community? I hope this question is seen with the positive and altruistic intention stated.


written by thorgal67 - 6 years ago (i)
@carlosbw: thank you for your nice words and the constructive suggestions.

Since we are an official non-profit organisation, we have to take into account the financial background. In the past we have always said that there was no need to have more money in the bank than we need.

We already have a one-year buffer and recently took on legal representation. Most of the members of the non-profit organisation (BeVolunteer) feel/felt that this is enough.

But let me ask you, what would you want to do with the extra resources that we would gather? On what would you spend it? Buying advertisement? Paying programmers?

I think our community is strong enough to grow without spending more money. In fact, I personally believe in the power of volunteering, and if our community is really 'fast-growing', then I am convinced also the number of volunteers will grow.

Anyway, if you have good suggestions on what to do with surplus money, I'd love to hear it.

p.s. you can still donate of course, it is just that we are not actively begging for money :)

written by Templanza - 6 years ago (i)
@thorgal67 Totally agree!
Maybe more conferences to push the site? Just suggesting, but taking the discussion to the right forum, new in BW and learning everyday, thanks!

written by exlemor - 6 years ago (i)
You mean you don't need 7.5 million in funding to run website - how shocking ;) ;)

Great to hear BeWelcome is growing - looking forward to helping...

liking your site

written by Tuuli_Tulchick - 6 years ago (i)
I think you don't have to be "begging" for money but when people see a good cause, and like it, it would be good to have extra cash. You could use it to host an annual event - party, or seminar, or something like that.
The donations button doesn't have to be very in your face on the first page but maybe at the bottom somewhere?

written by thorgal67 - 6 years ago (i)
@Tulli: I understand your reasoning, but we want to be sure that people know WHY they are donating. If we use any spare cash to organise a party, then some members might (rightly so) say :"hey, i did not donate so that you can have a party!".

So if we ever want to raise cash for a party, I propose to make it very obvious to anybody donating, that their money is being used for exactly that purpose. That is what I call transparency.

p.s. the button to donate is actually there on the main page when you click on "Help the project".

I beg you, stay honest!

written by somedudeonline - 6 years ago (i)
Put a sign on top of your monitor that says "Money corrupts".

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