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 starting to sweep our planet! We've been experiencing exciting transformation at our empowering 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 transformation course available on this website. If you feel like one of the main reasons you are here now is to help transform our planet through love and inspiration, we invite you to take a look at this exciting 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. Though the number of visitors to our websites hasn't changed much over last year, we've still received well over one million visits in the last year. That's more than 2,500 visits per day. A number of influential people who are movers and shakers have even contacted us through the websites 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 has largely been working with our informative and revealing website www.WantToKnow.info. 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. 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, all of our empowering websites have 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 a caring member of our email list, you are interested in powerfully promoting love and transformation in our lives and world. By making a tax-deductible donation to PEERS, you can join us in 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.peerservice.org/donations.
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 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 your dedication to spreading love and inspiration in our world, and for your commitment to making a difference. I have no doubt that together, we can and will build a brighter, more loving future not only for ourselves, but for our children and for many generations to come. Thanks for your support, and have a most wonderful holiday season and new year ahead.
With heartfelt love and best wishes,
Fred Burks for the inspiring and educational PEERS websites
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