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Tuesday, February 19th, 2019

Where Do My Animation Resources Dues Go?

Animation Resources is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our group is operated entirely by volunteers, there are no employees. 100% of the money that we collect in dues and direct donations go to supporting our programs serving the worldwide animation community. For instance, here is what Animation Resources members purchased for the organization this month…

Drobo 5n

This is a Drobo 5n network attached server. This holds five 10TB hard drives. With a usable disk space of 30TB. It spreads the data across all five drives, so if one hard drive fails, or even two hard drives crash at the same time, all we have to do is pop a new drive in, and the data is recreated from the redundant data on the remaining drives. Our volunteers have invested tens of thousands of hours into digitizing animated films and artwork for our archive database. A solid backup plan and equipment like this is vital to protecting that investment.

When we began accepting memberships four years ago, all we had was one copy of each digital file in our collection on hard drives that dated back as far as six years. Since then, we have been using the money from the membership dues to purchase new, more rugged drives and disk arrays like this Drobo. At this point between our master servers and all of our backups, we have nearly 200 TB of data. All of our data is fully protected now, so now we are ready to take the next step.

Drobo 5n

This Drobo 5n has the potential to allow us to connect our database to the internet, so volunteers who don’t happen to live in the Los Angeles area can log in remotely to help us catalog and cross link our collection. In the past year or two, we have purchased five of these Drobo disk arrays, which are capable of hosting all of our current work files. This will allow us to catalog our material much faster than we have been ever been able to in the past.

Currently, our two main computers are 6 years old and our 12 years old backup computers died recently. We make do with what we have, but in order to run the database properly, we need speed. If you are upgrading your Mac, consider donating your old one to Animation Resources. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit, so your donation may be tax deductible. Our short term goal is to get a Mac Pro with solid state drives that will be able to run our whole database at usable speeds. But we can’t afford that with the number of members we now have.

Eventually, we would like to start migrating our database to a cloud server, accessible through the Members Only Page. We would also like to be able to make our collection available to universities and libraries via the internet, so the archive’s reach can be worldwide. That’s still a few years in the future, but every step we take gets us closer and closer to our goal. The speed that we progress is directly related to the amount of financial support our members contribute to the project.



There is no better time than now to JOIN Animation Resources. Download a sample Reference Pack and check out all the bonuses you’ll get if you JOIN NOW!

If you are a creative artist, you should be a member of Animation Resources so you can be a part of everything we do… The best part is that your dues rate is grandfathered in for as long as you maintain your membership with us. When we do put our database online, dues will be significantly higher to support the required bandwidth. But the members who helped us get to that point will share in our achievements with a low dues rate forever. It’s our way of thanking the people who help us grow.

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Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Animation Resources Facebook Fundraisers

Animation Resources is pleased to have been chosen to be a part of Facebook’s Fundraisers program. This program allows YOU to create fundraising campaigns to support the work of Animation Resources and share them with all of your Facebook friends. You can set a goal, post updates on your campaign’s progress, and offer perks… say for instance, if someone donates a certain amount of money you will draw a caricature of them or share a web comic you have created. It’s fun and all of the proceeds go to support the projects of Animation Resources.

But that’s not all… Animation Resources has always rewarded its volunteers with a complimentary Volunteer Membership in return for their hard work. This allows our local team to access the Members Only Download Page and participate in all of Animation Resources’ events and projects at no cost. Now we are extending this offer to our friends on social media who organize a Facebook Fundraiser for us. If you create and manage a fundraiser that reaches its goal of $100, we will award you a FREE one year Volunteer Membership in Animation Resources!

It’s easy to start… Here’s how:

  • Go to the Animation Resources Fundraisers Page…
  • Click on the blue "Create Fundraiser" button in the upper right.
  • Upload an image to represent your campaign, think of a title, and write a story giving people a compelling reason to support Animation Resources. (You can get ideas for what to write by reading the "About" section at the top of the left hand sidebar of our website.) Specify $100 as your goal, click “Create” and you are off and rolling.
  • Promote your Fundraiser campaign to help it reach its goal, and Animation Resources will help you along the way by sharing your posts in our social media network. Share your favorite images and articles from the Animation Resources website with your friends and tell them what you’ve learned. Post your studies and we will share them with other artists all over the world. Let everyone know how much you appreciate the terrific resources we provide to the online animation community each and every day!
  • When your Fundraiser reaches its goal of $100, we will set up a complimentary Volunteer Membership for you. Be a part of our loyal group of volunteers. They’re the ones that make it all happen!
Everything you see on the Animation Resources website and all of our events and activities are created by volunteers just like you. Roll up your sleeves and get involved by creating a Facebook Fundraiser! We all appreciate your support.

If you’d like to see an example of what a Facebook Fundraiser looks like, take a look at our "Sponsor A Student" fundraiser…

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2016

Visit The Animation Resources Download Store!

Animation Resources Store
The Animation Resources Download Store is back up and updated. If you missed out on some of the e-books and videos in our previous Reference Packs, you will find lots of wonderful things there to buy! Currently there are 10 e-books and 16 videos to choose from. All of the proceeds go to fund the projects of Animation Resources. Thank you for your support!

Animation Resources Store

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