Membership: $75 per year or $175 for a permanent membership.
To support ongoing activities, we charge a $75/year or $175 for permanent membership to add a posting and/or to contact others.
For those who prefer to mail a check for a permanent membership, you can mail $175 to the DSR at: PO Box 1571, Nederland, CO 80466.
When you login to the site, it will tell you if your membership is due and provide a form to pay via credit card. If you have already paid your membership, thank you!
Membership: As a paying member you get a few things: you can add a posting (including medical information and photos) to the site, edit/update your own information and postings, contact members, and view the news pages. We work very hard to protect the privacy of members, so you will never see actual contact information for anyone.
Why the Membership Fee?
We are not just a simple website....we are a worldwide organization and have become the "voice" of donor families around the world- speaking at medical symposiums and conferences, researching and publishing in medical journals and many media outlets. We are the "go-to" organization, when the media needs information or guidance in regards to donor conception. Wendy and Ryan started and ran the DSR with their own funds for the first 5 years, until we got so big that it was impossible to keep growing without the help of the members (we receive no outside funding). We currently serve more than 48,000 parents, donor-conceived people and donors from many countries around the world. Most of these members are children....and most do not renew yearly. Our 990 tax returns are posted here on the site.
DSR Costs: Database (PHP/MySql/Drupal) developers and website managers/hosting/security ($40,000 for a back-end rebuild in 2012, more than $22,000 in 2013, $14,700 in 2014, and more than $24,000 in 2015), merchant banking fees, gateway banking fees, mental health counselors, graphic design, copywriters, contract labor/part-time employees, office supplies and equipment, software, attorney fees, CPA fees, advertising, research, licenses and dues, printing, postage, travel (presenting our research at conferences adn organizations), rent, non-profit D & O business insurance, telephone, internet fees (2 providers), site security monitoring and management. Website repairs and updates. Maintain contact and plan/manage upgrades with database developers and internet hosting firm.
Business management. Accounting, grant writing, writing and editing of educational materials, brochures, and academic papers. Business to business relations, infertility organizations, sperm banks, egg agencies and clinics, mental health professionals, univerities, etc. Speaking engagements and related prep and travel. Outreach programs, phone calls and mailings. Implementing and conducting research projects and overseeing subsequent papers through to publication in academic journals. Oversee interns. GLBT and reproductive medicine industry outreach projects. Dialoging with bioethicists and attorneys. Speaking with authors.
Work on changing infertility/donor conception legislation-meetings, phone calls, letters, drafting regulation. Advising legislators. Dealing with requests from and working with researchers. Monitoring DSR "secret" Facebook Group page. Counseling and consulting phone calls with members. Carefully monitoring all new members and manually approving all new posts and photos. Contacting members when posts need to be adjusted or posting needs to occur. All site monitoring.
Interviews: All PR and media relations, dealing with all television, radio, print, documentary and film inquiries. Helping to produce these pieces by providing all background information, families to interview and include and advise of pertinent issues to be researched and included.
Fielding calls and inquiries from domestic and international bioethicists, physicians, academics, specialists and infertility organizations.
To accomplish all the above, Wendy works between 50-60 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, and 365 days a year for the past 7 years (part time, while having a full time job, before that). After 5 years of full time DSR work, Wendy received her first raise in 2015, from $75k to $84k, voted in by the DSR Board of Directors.