Fifty Shades is creating a brilliant online aid worker community and resource
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Hurray! You found us! Well done, welcome  and THANK YOU - we're as delighted to have you here. We're the admins of Fifty Shades of Aid, an online Facebook group where some 19,000 aid workers kick back, pull up a chair and share stories about their funny, inspiring, heart-wrenching, damaging, difficult and wonderful lives.

We've been going for three years and now we've got a new project: our Fifty Shades newsletter. Already, our community has collectively created the only must-have, can't-miss, essential daily read for aid workers around the world,  But many members can't access Facebook easily, or just don't have the time to look at it every day. So we've developed the newsletter: two weeks of Fifty Shades need-to-know news, opinion and wisdom, wrapped up with exclusive special offers and some stuff to make you laugh, distilled into a single email in your inbox once a fortnight. And this page is how you sign up.

"The newsletter is awesome - a perfect digest of all the goings on, a great balance of serious and comedy"
- Steph, Fifty Shades member and subscriber


Why a newsletter and why now? Well,  Fifty Shades is a facebook group - and one that its members care deeply about preserving and maintaining. To date, we've been entirely volunteer run, an increasingly unsustainable model as the page and demand grow. Just running the community is essentially a full time job, and a skilled one at that, and it's not fair to ask volunteers to give time and expertise for free indefinitely. So this is about ensuring that they are rewarded and recognised by the community for the work they do. With your support, we'll be able to cover a bit of lead admin time and generally improve the service we can offer Fifty Shades on the page.

It's also time for us to spread our wings a bit. We hope that the newsletter will be just the start: if enough people subscribe, we'll have enough to start seriously planning for a website, something designed to provide the support system aid workers need to run their lives - a resource that covers everything from finding a tax advisor or a therapist, to advice on R+R destinations. Past that, we've got lots of other ideas too.

How can you get the newsletter? Easy: the basic subscription is $6. Those who can are also invited to sponsor a second subscription for a Shader who can't: those in countries which restrict online/international banking (Yemen, Afghanistan), those on truly terrible internet, and those who just can't afford it. This way, we hope to ensure no one is excluded.

Don't want the newsletter? that's fine - you can sign up just to support us, starting at $1.

However you subscribe, we're really grateful. By supporting us, you are helping to maintain a space where - regardless of nationality, job status or background - you and your fellow aid workers can speak honestly and frankly to their peers about the challenges the humanitarian life brings, and where they can get the support they need to keep going. You're making it possible for hundreds to follow, and join in, conversations like those that helped sexual abuse survivors come forward earlier this year, or the one about the bizarre first mission experiences that made everyone laugh a few months ago. You're the reason one reader based in rural South Sudan now feels like she's not quite so alone, and another in Jordan realises she really is being asked to do more than is fair or sustainable. With your help, we could be so much more. So - Stay tuned. And again: thank you.




Tiers
First mission newbie: welcome on board!
$6 or more per month 177 patrons
  • Exclusive fortnightly Fifty Shades newsletters
  • Our unending gratitude for being one of our very first actual supporters
  • The warm glow that comes from knowing you are contributing to a Fifty Shades Facebook page that remains free and accessible to all regardless of means
On Mission Buddy Scheme: support your fellow members
$12 or more per month 63 patrons
* Exclusive fortnightly Fifty Shades newsletters

* A second newsletter subscription that will be gifted to a Fifty Shader who can't afford or access a subscription themselves
* The warm glow that comes from knowing that you are contributing to a Fifty Shades Facebook page that remains free and accessible to all regardless of means


High Flying M&E Consultant
$25 or more per month 17 of 20 patrons
  • Exclusive fortnightly Fifty Shades newsletters
  • Sponsorship of a second subscription that will be gifted to a Fifty Shader who can't afford or access a subscription themselves
  • The opportunity to have your say on forthcoming Fifty Shades outputs: earlybird access to everything from logo ideas to website content which you'll be invited to advise on, critique, or (hopefully) approve.
  • The warm glow that goes with knowing you are helping to develop an online Fifty Shades support service for all aid workers everywhere
Goals
242 of 250 patrons
If we can hit this, we'll have enough monthly cash to pay for continued production of the newsletter, plus set up monthly stipends for all our admins. Thus putting the Fifty Shades group firmly on the road to sustainability and a brilliant, secure, well supported future. 
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Hurray! You found us! Well done, welcome  and THANK YOU - we're as delighted to have you here. We're the admins of Fifty Shades of Aid, an online Facebook group where some 19,000 aid workers kick back, pull up a chair and share stories about their funny, inspiring, heart-wrenching, damaging, difficult and wonderful lives.

We've been going for three years and now we've got a new project: our Fifty Shades newsletter. Already, our community has collectively created the only must-have, can't-miss, essential daily read for aid workers around the world,  But many members can't access Facebook easily, or just don't have the time to look at it every day. So we've developed the newsletter: two weeks of Fifty Shades need-to-know news, opinion and wisdom, wrapped up with exclusive special offers and some stuff to make you laugh, distilled into a single email in your inbox once a fortnight. And this page is how you sign up.

"The newsletter is awesome - a perfect digest of all the goings on, a great balance of serious and comedy"
- Steph, Fifty Shades member and subscriber


Why a newsletter and why now? Well,  Fifty Shades is a facebook group - and one that its members care deeply about preserving and maintaining. To date, we've been entirely volunteer run, an increasingly unsustainable model as the page and demand grow. Just running the community is essentially a full time job, and a skilled one at that, and it's not fair to ask volunteers to give time and expertise for free indefinitely. So this is about ensuring that they are rewarded and recognised by the community for the work they do. With your support, we'll be able to cover a bit of lead admin time and generally improve the service we can offer Fifty Shades on the page.

It's also time for us to spread our wings a bit. We hope that the newsletter will be just the start: if enough people subscribe, we'll have enough to start seriously planning for a website, something designed to provide the support system aid workers need to run their lives - a resource that covers everything from finding a tax advisor or a therapist, to advice on R+R destinations. Past that, we've got lots of other ideas too.

How can you get the newsletter? Easy: the basic subscription is $6. Those who can are also invited to sponsor a second subscription for a Shader who can't: those in countries which restrict online/international banking (Yemen, Afghanistan), those on truly terrible internet, and those who just can't afford it. This way, we hope to ensure no one is excluded.

Don't want the newsletter? that's fine - you can sign up just to support us, starting at $1.

However you subscribe, we're really grateful. By supporting us, you are helping to maintain a space where - regardless of nationality, job status or background - you and your fellow aid workers can speak honestly and frankly to their peers about the challenges the humanitarian life brings, and where they can get the support they need to keep going. You're making it possible for hundreds to follow, and join in, conversations like those that helped sexual abuse survivors come forward earlier this year, or the one about the bizarre first mission experiences that made everyone laugh a few months ago. You're the reason one reader based in rural South Sudan now feels like she's not quite so alone, and another in Jordan realises she really is being asked to do more than is fair or sustainable. With your help, we could be so much more. So - Stay tuned. And again: thank you.




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Tiers
First mission newbie: welcome on board!
$6 or more per month 177 patrons
  • Exclusive fortnightly Fifty Shades newsletters
  • Our unending gratitude for being one of our very first actual supporters
  • The warm glow that comes from knowing you are contributing to a Fifty Shades Facebook page that remains free and accessible to all regardless of means
On Mission Buddy Scheme: support your fellow members
$12 or more per month 63 patrons
* Exclusive fortnightly Fifty Shades newsletters

* A second newsletter subscription that will be gifted to a Fifty Shader who can't afford or access a subscription themselves
* The warm glow that comes from knowing that you are contributing to a Fifty Shades Facebook page that remains free and accessible to all regardless of means


High Flying M&E Consultant
$25 or more per month 17 of 20 patrons
  • Exclusive fortnightly Fifty Shades newsletters
  • Sponsorship of a second subscription that will be gifted to a Fifty Shader who can't afford or access a subscription themselves
  • The opportunity to have your say on forthcoming Fifty Shades outputs: earlybird access to everything from logo ideas to website content which you'll be invited to advise on, critique, or (hopefully) approve.
  • The warm glow that goes with knowing you are helping to develop an online Fifty Shades support service for all aid workers everywhere