How we are funded
We are not a big organization in a big building. We are a simple Christian family, united with several volunteers in a few different countries. We operate on faith and an extremely tight budget. We collect no funds at all for screening and posting the thousands of pen pal ads (and hundreds of photos) that you see on this site, nor do we charge anything for providing email support for all these users.
We do get a lot of help from friends who serve as Christian Web staff (screening new pen pal ads, providing email support, monitoring the chat rooms, etc.) and who act as treasurers in their respective countries (to receive membership fees sent through our Pay by Mail Honor System).
We have a membership system which helps protect our site from abusive use by restricting access to certain features to members only. The membership system also provides needed funding to support the literally thousands upon thousands of hours of labor behind these sites as well as hardware, software, and server hosting expenses.
Membership fees are set at the bare minimum necessary to ensure our continued operation. Current membership rates are $2/mth for access to all our sites (but must pay for one year at a time -- i.e. $24). We feel that being member-supported is no less honorable than being sponsor-supported (we would argue that it is actually more honorable), and we think that believers should be glad to give a couple dollars per month to support a service from which they derive so many hours of benefit from every week (if not every day). We do however have a poverty affidavit option for those who would like full access to all our features but honestly cannot spare even $24.
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