This post is from a long-timer regular who wanted to remain anonymous. I'm posting it on his behalf at his request.
The recent thread on the cost of operating this forum reminded me that I had planned to donate some money but hadn’t gotten around to it.
If someone came to you from your community and said,
“we have an organization that is here to help the people of this community improve their lives by helping them learn how to help themselves and stand on their own but we are underfunded and need to support our resources to continue the mission.”
What would you do? You’d probably listen and if you could, you’d offer some financial assistance to help them continue.
That is what this forum is. While those of us who are regulars probably get some benefit, we also invest a fair amount of time responding to inquiries. So for us, the forum is probably a wash in terms of personal cost and benefit.
But think about the hundreds (thousands?) of people who sign in who are not regulars and may not invest as much of their personal time on the forum. They are the real beneficiaries. They stand to lose if the forum were to disappear. They are the young person just starting out who has no clue about saving and investing, the widow or widower who for the first time is faced with unraveling the financial hairball that the recently deceased spouse created, the confused tax filer who has nowhere to turn and can’t afford to pay for tax advice or even simply the investor who “got it right” developing a plan but just needs some confirmation before pulling the trigger. I could go on. You’ve seen them all here.
I just donated some money to support Bogleheads.Org. I invite everyone else to join in and give what you can.