How You Can Help Support the GUD
The GUD's current financial situation
The Gridiron Uniform Database, like any website, has yearly fees to keep the site up and running.
Up until February, we were able to support all of our web hosting costs through Google Ads. In
February, our Google Ads account was dissabled due to invalid traffic, detected as bots from Russia
and China. Us here at the GUD don't have the knowledge or resources to upgrade the security of the
website to prevent such things, so we currently have no site income.
The Gridiron Uniform Database has always been a not for profit project, and we intend on keeping it that way. It's a project, that us here at the GUD, work on outside of our full time jobs, and have to fit into the rest of our busy lives. Through all of us, we have been able to commit some out of pocket costs to try and cover our web hosting fees, but these costs add up.
How you can help support the GUD
We believe in a fair return for any support you all are willing to provide us. Here is what we have
come up with so far, in terms of how you can help support us, and what you get out of it in return:
There is a GUD Contributors page, which lists all financial contributions made to the website. Each contribution amount is accompanied by the name of the contributor (or anonymous, if you so choose) and optionally a short message, for any dollar amount greater than $1.
For any contribution $5 or greater, the contributions page will also include a uniform image of your favorite uniform on the GUD, or a field image of your favorite field on the GUD.
For any contribution $10 or greater, you can choose to sponsor a page. Sponsoring a page entials a small banner being included on any page you choose on the GUD, with a short message or dedication of choice in that banner. Page sponsorships will run for a full year, starting from the time the sponsorship banner becomes live on the GUD.
Want to advertise on the GUD? We have plenty of unused ad space available, now that Google left us, so please, inquire and fill up that empty ad space! If you wish to run an ad on the GUD, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will negotiate a fair price for the ad, taking into account the ad location, and the amount of site traffic for the given ad period. Ads will be shown on every page on the GUD. Ads will run for a negotiated time period, lasting at least one month.
Heck, if you've got a better idea, or a better way you want to support us, let us know! Send us an email at email@example.com, and we'd love to hear what you've got in mind.
How we will accept funds
First, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can discuss how you would like to contribute.
Primarily, we will accept donations through PayPal at: paypal.me/GridironUniforms
We will also accept venmo payments and checks. We can discuss how these payments will work through email.
Heck, we'll even accept things like cash, silver, or gold. This would need further discussion in email, about how we can confirm payment was received.
Please give us some time to respond to emails. If we don't respond within 24 hours, please try emailing us again.
How your support is helping us fill our funding gap
For the period of June 2020 to June 2021We are at 39.20% of our funding goal
We truly appreciate all of the donations we have received to help support the Gridiron Uniform Database, and again, thanks from all of us,
Bill Schaefer, Tim Brulia, Larry Schmitt, Rob Holecko, and Austin Snelick