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[IPn] silence is not golden

Yesterday's MARYLAND dollar for dollar challenge still stands at 
$150. In order for Insulin Pumpers to access these funds, your 
matching donations are needed. If you have not made a contribution to 
YOUR forum, please consider doing so now. Our very generous 
challengers put these $$ forward to help Insulin Pumpers with the 
pledge drive and to encourage you to participate. Accept their 
challenge by showing your generosity and helping keep this resource 
for the diabetes community solvent and healthy.  

To put the pledge drives in context.... If you are a public radio 
listener, then you know that pledge drives take an  inordinate amount 
of air time. Several time a day there are pledge breaks that last 
anywhere from 15 minutes to as much as 30 minutes or more, EVERYDAY 
during the drive. This goes on until the funding goals are reached or 
exceeded. I'm not fond of pledge drives and am mindful that they can 
be annoying. During Insulin Pumpers quarterly pledge drives, messages 
to the list are limited to less than one message day -- that takes a 
few seconds to read at the most. It is a necessary evil that this 
service must pay its bills. I'd be more than happy to forgo the bucks 
raised in this manner if there were another source of funding, but I 
don't happen to be a zillionaire myself and have not been able to get 
the FaceBook guy to foot the bills. In the mean time, the pledge 
drives must continue each quarter and go on until the needed funds 
are raised to pay day to day expenses. The alternative is to cut back 
on what Insulin Pumpers does. Sorry, I don't have another solution.   

Many of you may not realize that it takes a lot of effort behind the 
scenes to keep Insulin Pumpers going. My highly visible efforts as 
well at those of the admin staff mask the efforts of almost 50 
volunteers and a lot of hard work. Absent all that effort, I'm pretty 

sure that chaos would prevail in our hugh mail forum and the content 
of the web offering would not be nearly as good as it is. There much 
more we could do for sure if there were additional funds available -- 
I have reams of material just waiting to be published, however, many 
would agree that Insulin Pumpers presents a premier service to the 
diabetes community. I'd like to keep it that way and improve things 
if possible.   

To date for this pledge drive, our members have kindly given about 
$2,500. That will almost cover a months worth of day to day operating 
expenses. For this quarter, that leaves another ~$2,500 to go. To 
those that have contributed now and in the past, thank you for your 
generosity. To those of you who have yet to make a contribution and 
are financially able, I challenge you to help support this forum and 
keep it healthy and financially strong. If you participate and feel 
that Insulin Pumpers has helped you and you enjoy the support of your 
fellow forum members, then make a contribution to support YOUR forum. 

With over 5200 members we're talking about a penny and a half a day 
if everyone would contribute. You probably lose more change than 
that! If each member contributed just 40 cents a month -- less than a 
buck!!, no fund raising would be needed to reach our goal. I know 
that not everyone will do this, and to those of you who have given 
more -- much more, you have my sincere thanks on behalf of all the 
staff and members as well. So please won't the rest of you consider 
making a contribution today. As soon as the goal is reached for 
Winter the pledge drive will end. I have no desire to continue it, 
believe me.   

To the accept MARYLAND's challenge or to become a much need
SUSTAINING donor, visit Insulin Pumpers donation page at:


If you prefer to send your contribution by mail, address it to:

Insulin Pumpers
558 Valley Way
Milpitas, CA 95035

In the UK you can also visit:


My best regards
Michael Robinton
Executive Director
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