To support ongoing activities, we charge a $99/year or $199 for permanent membership to add a posting and to contact others.
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.
All members (paying and expired) are notified when a new match posts, when a member tries to contact you, and when new medical information is added for your donor. If the emails come back as undeliverable, we then send snail mail letters.
If someone hasn't been to the site for a long time and hasn't updated their email address, then we can only hope that they come back to the site at some point, and see their new match. That's why it is so important to add your posting to the Donor Sibling Registry!
Why the Membership Fee?
Because we're worth it! We maintain an easy and safe way for instant payment, so that you can start searching instantly.
For those who prefer to mail a check for a permanent membership, you can mail $199 to the DSR at PO Box 1571, Nederland, CO 80466
When you log in 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!
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 60,000 parents, donor-conceived people, and donors from 105 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.
Website: Database (PHP/MySql/Drupal) developers and website managers/hosting/security checks. $40,000 for a back-end rebuild in 2012, $22,000+ in 2013, $14,700+ in 2014, $24,000+ in 2015 and an almost $30,000 in web costs in 2016, including an $18,000 complete re-skinning of the DSR website. Rebuilding the DSR website will cost in excess of $50,000 in late 2018.
Website security monitoring and management. Website hosting, repairs, and updates.
Merchant and gateway banking fees
Graphic design, copywriters, advertising
Contract labor/part-time employees
Professional fees, eg., Attorney and CPA
Office supplies, equipment, software, printing, postage
Licenses, memberships, and dues
Research: Implementing and conducting research projects and overseeing subsequent papers through to publication in academic journals
Travel (presenting our research at conferences and at organizations)
Insurance: Worker's Comp, Non-profit D & O business
Telephone, internet fees (2 providers)
Maintain contact and plan/manage upgrades with database developers and internet hosting firm
Business management. Accounting
Facebook and LGBTQ advertising
Grant research and 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, universities, etc. LGBTQ and reproductive medicine industry outreach projects, phone calls and mailings
Oversee interns and PT employees
Dealing with requests from and working with researchers, bioethicists, attorneys, and authors
Work on changing infertility/donor conception legislation-meetings, phone calls, letters, drafting regulation. Advising legislators
Monitoring DSR "secret" Facebook Group page- the place for DSR news, chatting, and member support
Counseling/consulting phone calls with members
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, attorneys, specialists, and infertility organizations
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. This extremely complicated database website requires an incredible amount of day-to-day attention to every new member and every new and edited posting. This is our life's work and we strive to give our members our very best, for many years to come.