View Full Version : It's a very special time of year...

04-06-2010, 09:55 PM
No, I'm not talking about tax time...

As you may or may not know, the Observatory is a non-profit, member-supported organization. Yes, they do receive some funding from grants and government contracts, but their largest source of income is YOU.

Their single largest source of income is donations made by the individuals who enjoy what the Observatory has to offer - either vicariously through the forums and other online resources, in person at the Weather Discovery Center, in the mountains and backcountry at large, or on the summit of Mount Washington itself.

Every element of the Observatory that you see, whether it be an event, a forecast, a web cam, a video on YouTube, or even this website, was made possible in large part due to the generosity of people like us.

You may have already heard that the Observatory's fiscal year ends of April 30th. What you may not have heard is that they are just over $40,000 away from their fundraising goal. So, what can we do to help?

If you are not a member, please consider joining the Observatory (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/membership/membership_center) to show your support for all that they do.

If you are already a member, why not renew at a higher membership level (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/membership/membership_center)?

If the next membership level is out of your reach, why not make a donation (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/giving/donor_center) of an amount that is within your means?

Do you have a family member, friend, or acquaintance hiking in Seek the Peak? If so, you can make a donation to the Observatory in support of their hike. (http://www.seekthepeak.org/hikers.php)

Here are some numbers to consider - there are approximately 1,340 forum members - if each of us gives $10, in no time at all, we will raise $13,400. If you're able to give $20, or more, we can help the Observatory reach their goal even faster!

No matter how large or small your donation, make it before April 30th, if at all possible.

I realize that times may be tough, and that tax time is here, but for a non-profit organization like the Observatory, times are even tougher. When the economy slows down, and people have to tighten their belts, one of the first things to go is voluntary donations to non-profits like the Observatory. As a result, making a contribution this fiscal year is more important than ever!

Remember - all donations - no matter how small, ultimately add up! Please give whatever you can! (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/giving/donor_center)

Let's show the Observatory what the forums can do - when you make your donation, please put "from the forums" in the comments box.

Thank you.

Ed O'Malley
Member, Forum Moderator, and Summit Volunteer

Snow Miser
04-07-2010, 03:46 PM
Great pitch Ed! I recently had the good fortune to be hired by a really good company which I have been a Temp at for almost two years. This doesn't happen too often these days, especially with a raise in pay. So I will definitely log on and make a contribution before month's end.:)

04-07-2010, 04:23 PM
Sounds good Bob - thanks! Hopefully some other people on the forums will decide to chip in too!


04-27-2010, 08:19 AM
As many of you know, the Observatory's fiscal year ends in just a few short days, on April 30th.

If you enjoy what the Observatory has to offer, whether it be this website, the Weather Discovery Center in North Conway, or the forecasts produced by the observers on the summit (or anything else), please consider making a donation to the Observatory before April 30th.

You can join (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/membership/membership_center), renew (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/membership/membership_center) your existing membership, or simply make a donation (https://secure3.convio.net/mwobs/site/SPageNavigator/giving/donor_center)...

Please remember that the Observatory is a non-profit, member supported organization!


Ed O'Malley
Member, Forum Moderator, and Summit Volunteer

04-27-2010, 05:42 PM
Here's a video message from Scot Henley, the Observatory's Executive Director: