First off, THANK YOU for making this community something special. When we set out on this venture a little over two years ago, I thought 500 members would be a success...we have had over 5000 members in just over two years signup for TGCTOURS! And we are continuing to average over 250 new members a month.
However, due to the unexpected growth, the cost to run the site is beginning to take a toll. We have a small volunteer staff of around 10 who keeps the site running as smooth as we possibly can, but there are infrastructure costs that I personally pay for including: Web Hosting, Email Service, Ad-Free Forums, & Support that I would like to request that the community help offset.
To protect the look of our site, we would never run ads on our main site. We do our best to prevent ads on our forums, though doing so is another monthly expense, and as we continue to grow, this gets more expensive by the month.
Therefore, we would like to introduce a donation-based model to help support our costs and to help continue to grow this great virtual community. All donations will be used to help offset costs and to support continued and future development. To protect the TGCT site legally, we do not wish to force anyone to pay. Giving to TGCT will be done willingly and by donation only.
If you truly feel you are a part of the community and you want to see it stay online and continue grow, take a minute and donate what you can. If you wish you can even setup a small recurring monthly donation. We will be soon adding Forum Badges for those that give.