Fundraising Thursday: where we’re at

In our daily fundraising update, I’ve got some good news and some not-so-good news.

The good news is that we’ve raised $758.48 in Paypal money, and $184.94 on Venmo. That’s absolutely fantastic, especially given that the first $500 raised had to go to pay for the server and Jetpack, the extension that makes WordPress work.

The bad news is that I received the hotel bill today, and it’s going to cost me $2,081 to stay at the Comfort Inn–at a half-the-cost, cut-the-rate-in-half business deal, for 16 days.

That doesn’t include the $100-or-so it costs in gas and food to get up to Traverse City, and the $100 that it costs to get back from TC, nor does it include the groceries and supplies I try to stockpile to reduce costs ($200-300 is a lot cheaper than eating bunches of “out food” and fancy meals, but it’s still a chunk in our lovely inflation-driven grocery market).

So, with approximately six days before I leave for Traverse City, we’re on our way, which is wonderful, but we’ve got a long way to go.

If you’re willing to lend a hand, you can use Paypal at, Venmo at, Giftly by using my email,, at, and yes, you can contact me via email if you want to send me a paper check.

I understand that there’s some donor fatigue and fundraising fatigue going on here. I’m not thrilled having to do this, either, but I’m simply not a person of means, so I have to ask for your help.

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George Malik

My name is George Malik, and I'm the Malik Report's editor/blogger/poster. I have been blogging about the Red Wings since 2006, when MLive hired me to work their SlapShots blog, and I joined Kukla's Korner in 2011 as The Malik Report. I'm starting The Malik Report as a stand-alone site, hoping that having my readers fund the website is indeed the way to go to build a better community and create better content.