Global Transformation and Global Shift
Major shifts are afoot in our world. Can you feel it? If you've been reading the news lately, you can even see it reflected in the major media. Global transformation is happening. We've been experiencing exciting transformation at WantToKnow.info and our nonprofit PEERS, too. Our new website for the Transformation Team at www.transformationteam.net launched in September and is really taking off. We've received emails from dozens of people reporting significant and even major transformation in their lives as a result of the course available on this website. If you feel like one of the main reasons you are here now is to help transform our planet, we invite you to take a look at this empowering new website.
The number of subscribers to the PEERS email lists is approaching 6,000, up over 50% from a year ago, with 90 countries from around the globe now represented. WantToKnow.info continues to draw plenty of attention. Though the number of visitors to the website hasn't changed much over last year, we've still received just shy of one million visits in the last year. That's over 2,500 visits per day. A number of influential people have contacted us through the website expressing gratitude for the quality of information provided. We feel incredibly fortunate to have such a wonderful network of supporters who send us all kinds of excellent information and inspiration.
Financially, this year we've entered new territory. Last April, for the first time we hired both a full-time employee, Tod Fletcher, and a contractor, Andrey, who works up to 20 hours a week with us. Both of them have been doing excellent work. Tod is the one who is largely responsible for bringing highly revealing news summaries to you. Web wizard Andrey is a genius in website development and has been the major force in developing the amazing new community networking portal for our Transformation Team website. You can take a peak at the portal by clicking here. Though I continue to work full-time on all of our websites, our budget does not yet allow me to be paid for any of the work I've done. I continue to live largely from my dwindling savings.
Salary and payments to Andrey and Tod will run about US$35,000 for this year. Other costs have run around $5,000 for total yearly expenses of approximately $40,000. We are extremely grateful to have received over $18,000 in contributions so far this year, almost two times what we received in 2006. Yet as this is far from enough to cover expenses, I have had to donate $20,000 this year in order to keep us in the black. My savings are rapidly dwindling and I cannot keep contributing at this rate. I've already told Tod that if we don't receive enough contributions, we will have to cut his hours in coming months. This would also mean that we'll have to cut back significantly on our news service. For this reason, I am asking you to consider the value of our work and donate whatever amount feels right and best for you to support this valuable cause.
Even if we eventually have to lay off all of our paid workers, I am committed to keep PEERS and our websites running. I'm very hopeful it will not come to this. With wonderful subscribers like you supporting us, I am optimistic that donations will continue to rise, as they have so far every year. Maybe one year I'll even get paid for the many thousands of hours of work I put in. It is such a joy to be able to live and work my passion. I have great hopes that one day I will be able to support myself with this work. Any help you can contribute towards this end is most greatly appreciated.
Since January 2006, the WantToKnow.info website has been under the management of PEERS (Public Education and Empowerment Resource Service), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that I and some close colleagues formed to promote this work. This means that any donation you give PEERS is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. Automatic monthly contributions are particularly valuable as they enable us to have some certainty in our long-range planning.
We know that as an informed subscriber to the WantToKnow email list, you are concerned about social justice, and you want to join in building a better world for all. By making a tax-deductible donation to PEERS, you can join us in powerfully turning this vision of a brighter future into a reality. Let us take up this challenge together. We invite you to raise your level of commitment to global transformation by making a donation to PEERS today. To make a donation by check, credit card, stock, or any other form, please visit https://www.WantToKnow.info/donationswtk.
You can help further by contacting us with the names of people or organizations (especially charitable foundations) which might be inspired to support our work. We are very interested in building mutually empowering relationships with any and all who are deeply committed to the work of global transformation. We have a concise description of our programs, mission and vision, which you can send to interested friends and colleagues, available at https://www.peerservice.org.
We have great plans for the future of WantToKnow.info and PEERS. Every staff person we hire can help us to reach and inspire millions more people around the world. With your help, there is no limit to what we can achieve. Thanks for how much you "want to know" all that is going on in the world, and for your commitment to making a difference. I have no doubt that together, we can and will build a brighter future not only for ourselves, but for our children and for many generations to come. Thanks for caring and have a most wonderful holiday season and new year ahead.
With gratitude and very best wishes,
Fred Burks for PEERS and WantToKnow.info
Former language interpreter for Presidents Bush and Clinton
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Global Transformation, Global Shift