Donate using "Give Butter". At this time donations are accepted in person or via Give Butter, because all virtual payment options would charge from 2% to 6% plus a .30 fee for each charge. Give Butter makes its money from "tips". This way there is no cost for collecting donations, the idea is you give a tip. However you don't have to. And you can always donate by seeing me or at the homeowers meeting.
The cost is based on how many alerts are sent out and how many phone numbers are subscribed, both of which are near impossible to predict. If homeowners' donated a mere $10 bucks a year this should cover some of the infrastructure costs. I pay for SSL Certificate, Hosting, and more. The $10.00 goes towards the DMC charges.