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For the past three years, as graduate students, two RPCVs, Will Dickinson and Mike Sheppard, have funded the development of "PeaceCorpsJournals" and "PeaceCorpsWiki" on a shoestring. The work on these sites is the result of thousands of hours and dollars spent by the two RPCVs to create and maintain an online resource that the PC community, especially in-service volunteers overseas, has adopted and uses regularly. Last year Mike and Will registered as a non-profit corporation called "Developmentary, Inc." to bring the projects under a corporate entity. Early this year they applied for 501(c)3 status with IRS. The application with IRS has been a long process and is still pending which causes difficulty for Will and Mike to apply for grants or institutional donor funding.

From the beginning, these projects have been a completely independent and no aspect of them has received incubation or funding from any public, private or governmental institutions. Until recently the hosting of the sites was donated by a fellow graduate student. However, the student donor was unable to provide the hosting speed and size demanded by the site's growth in users (now 2,000 unique visitors a day).

To provide more prompt and reliable service to PCVs, we had to recently transfer both projects to a dedicated computing server. Such an emergency switch requires about $1,000 payment to the computing service provider (learn more) by the end of this month. Otherwise, we will no longer be able to continue the web sites and support the Peace Corps community in their current form. The monthly costs are $150 which we hope to fund for 6 months by which time we expect to have the IRS determination letter and we become eligible for grant and institutional donor funding.

Over ten days in the middle of September 2009 supporters of the Peace Corps Wiki and Peace Corps Journals donated over one thousand dollars to cover costs. Donations have ranged from $2 to several hundred dollars. Thank YOU!

Status as of today: 05-25-2015:
$1,022 has been received toward our goal of $1,000 by September 30th 2009


[edit] Donors messages:

"Thank you for Peace Corps Wiki, Peace Corps Journals, and for helping future, current and past volunteers stay connected and informed!!! It has been a huge help for me."
-Texas; September 12, 2009
"I'm a PCT parent. Reading the blogs of PCV in the same country as my son helps me better understand his life. Thanks for allowing me this opportunity."
-California; September 14, 2009
"Your site is really important to PCV's RPCV's, potential PCV's,their family and friends..THANK YOU."
-Illinois; September 15, 2009
"Hey guys, just wanted to say that I love using your websites. I'm leaving in 2 weeks to be a Volunteer in ....... and I have to say that you operate two of the most useful websites in finding Peace Corps information. I have recommended both to all of my friends who are interested in the Peace Corps. Thank you so much and I hope that you can qualify for grant funding soon. Your work has truly connected stories with people from all around the world. I wish I could donate more!"
-Oregon; September 15, 2009
"Thanks for all your hard work. Hang in there and we'll get you the money you need!"
-Montana; September 15, 2009

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