HelioHost's Sparkie Server

$1,197 of $2,750 goal

Raised by 122 people in 2 months
HelioHost is going to buy a new server named Sparkie!

- Anyone who donates $5 or more will have their shared hosting account storage doubled to 2000 MB.

- If you donated during our last fundraiser and already have 2000 MB, another $5 or more donation will increase your storage to 3000 MB.

- Whoever donates the largest amount will win a beast of a VPS for six months with 16 GB memory, 8 cpus, 300 GB hard drive space, unlimited bandwidth, a dedicated IPv4 address, and your choice of operating system. That's a $318 value!

Our servers are getting pretty old and slow so it's time to buy something newer and faster. The server we will be buying has 128 GB memory, and dual xeon processors with a total of 16 cpu cores. This will give us plenty of speed and room to expand our services in the future. We will install our new server, that we're going to name Sparkie, in our cabinet within a professional data center located in the heart of Silicon Valley.

HelioHost has been providing high quality, community powered free web hosting to tens of thousands of websites worldwide since 2005. We're a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization powered by a community of hobbyists that offer full-featured web hosting services for free. We own all of our own hardware, which helps keep our monthly bills low. Having full-stack access enables us to offer features like unmetered bandwidth and unlimited domains for free. We've also recently begun offering VPS hosting in addition to our free shared hosting plans.

Our mission is to provide high quality web hosting for free to as many people as possible. We believe that everyone should have access to hosting for their website. Our users span the range from students to small business owners. We're operated by a team of highly experienced volunteers who are passionate about what we do.

Unfortunately, HelioHost has been losing money for the last few years. We still have enough money in our accounts to last for several more years so you don't need to worry about us shutting down tomorrow, but losing money every year like this isn't sustainable. We've made huge strides over the last few months to reduce our bills. Our projected yearly operating cost is down a whopping 18.87% over last year. We are also now earning 7.57% of our operating costs in the form of VPS sales, and we hope to be able to increase that further as we sell even more VPSes. The rest of our funding comes from ad revenue and donations.

Here's what our finances look like for 2018:
38480866_1555269345427336_r.jpegAs you can see we lost $1839 in 2018. If we fully finance this fundraiser, not only will be be able to buy our new server, but we'll break even for 2018. Our goal of $2750 includes our 2018 deficit, the cost of the server, the rails, cables, and expected GoFundMe fees. With the addition of Sparkie to our server lineup we will be able to provide free hosting to even more users, and be able to sell even more VPSes. We believe this will allow us to stay afloat for many years to come.

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You can now earn immunity to your account going inactive by donating to Sparkie!

So now if you donate $5 you get double storage space. If you donate $10 you get double storage AND two months before you need to login again to keep your account active. If you donate $15 you get double storage and three months, and so on. If you already donated and received your double storage space we will be going through and handing out inactivity immunity as well soon, but if you'd like to make another donation to get even more inactivity immunity feel free.

Also keep in mind that whoever donates the largest amount will earn themselves a monstrous VPS for six months with 16 GB memory, 8 cpus, 300 GB hard drive space, unlimited bandwidth, a dedicated IPv4 address, and your choice of operating system. That's a $318 value! The current highest donation is $100 so if you donate $101 you could beat him and still save $217 over the price that the VPS would normally cost. Of course, if someone beats you, you're welcome to make another donation to take the lead again. The total of each person's donations will be used to determine whoever donated the most.

Over the last month we've raised $894 towards Sparkie, and another $370 directly through paypal. That brings our total to $1264 which is about 46% of the way to the goal of buying a new server. We're doing great everyone, and we hope to have the new server soon. Thanks!
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We're about a third of the way there!

In addition to the $707 we've raised through this fundraiser we've also received $180 in donations directly through paypal. That means you all have donated over $887 in 19 days. That's 32.3% of the way to our goal. It's an amazing show of support for HelioHost. We still have a ways to go, but we're off to a great start. Hopefully we'll get this fundraiser completed and be able to purchase Sparkie soon. Thanks everyone.
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We're off to a great start, everyone. We managed to get about 10% of our goal in the first 24 hours. Let's share this fundraiser with everyone we know, encourage everyone to give, and get to the goal as soon as possible. Thanks!
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$1,197 of $2,750 goal

Raised by 122 people in 2 months
Funds raised will benefit:
Helio Networks
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Kirkland, WA
EIN: 272285629
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