Islets of Hope for persons with diabetes

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At-cost advertising on Islets of Hope

Islets of Hope is owned by Lahle Wolfe, who not only has diabetes herself, but also has a diabetic child.
   IOH's Mission Statement includes helping out other businesses owned by persons living with diabetes.

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What is at-cost advertising?

We pay to have our site hosted on  We are given a certain amount of disk space (how much information our site can have on their server without being charged more) and certain amount of bandwidth (how much activity our site has each month through their server).  Go over our monthly techno allotment and we pay extra.

We need our space and bandwidth for Islets of Hope purposes because like you, we too are trying to get our message out to as many people as possible. We also have to pay someone to run the website (unlike the shoemaker, we don't have elves sneak in at night and do our all web programming for us). But for certain qualifying folks, we offer advertising at-cost; we don't make a profit from your ad (but try not to loose money either).

The freebie option

For persons with diabetes (or are a parent of a child with diabetes), who wish to advertise on our site we offer free text-based ads.  Your free ad can have contact information or a link to your own website.  Free ads do not contain graphics and they automatically go into our Member Directory. That way people searching for diabetes services, products, professionals can find your business.  See Free Advertising for more information.

Please read our Rules for Advertising  BEFORE you submit an ad to us.

The at-cost option

 If you wish to have graphics, large, or banner ads, sorry, we need to charge you something or we could end up with advertisers driving up our costs to run our site.  We don't want that because we give half of all our site proceeds to diabetes causes that directly benefit persons in need.

Those who qualify for at-cost advertising include:

  • Nonprofit organizations that benefit, or further the causes of, diabetes, or disorders associated with diabetes.  Note: Simply having a web address ending in .org does not a nonprofit make.
  • Business owners or service providers that have diabetes, or a child with diabetes.  Many parents open home-based business to be able to stay at home in order to provide care and support for their child with diabetes.  Or, they may start a second-income businesses to help cover increased medical and care costs. These are folks we'd really like to help.
  • Pediatric endocrinologists that (based on individual patient eligibility) put children under the age of 12 on insulin pumps.
  • Diabetes and associated disorders grass-roots and local support groups.
  • Companies that donate a portion of sales proceeds back to Islets of Hope,, the JDRF, or Children With Diabetes (yes, we will check).

Please read our Rules for Advertising BEFORE you submit an ad to us.  


How do I demonstrate that I really am a business owner living with diabetes?

We are big on trust and even our paid advertising rates are pretty cheap.  We hope people won't lie about something as serious as having diabetes (be careful what you "wish" for) just to place free ads.  Many persons with diabetes choose to make a site donation even though they could do it for free, so the "good" guys help balance the deeds of the "bad" guys.

If you have a website or other advertisement that currently states how diabetes has affected your life, we will give you the benefit of the doubt too.  We do ask, that when you write to us, you tell us who you are, who has diabetes (yourself, spouse, or child), when they were diagnosed and permit us to use a first name, and general location, so that we can to add that information to your ad, identifying you as an Islets of Hope Member.

For example, we might embellish your ad, or event "brag" we are helping your business to grow:

Chordville USA
Musical Instruments at prices that will have you singing all the way home.

Chordville USA is an IOH Member Company owned by
the proud parents of Jared, type 1, age 3


We may also, at our discretion, add one or more, of the following icons to your Member Listing, to let persons know your business status:

     Business that supports IOH through paid or at-cost advertising rates

       Your business donates a portion of each sale to charitable diabetes causes

       Business is owned by a person living with diabetes or disorder associated with diabetes

     Business receives a thumbs up for favorable reviews as reported by customers


Please read our Rules for Advertising  BEFORE you submit an ad to us.  


Joining the Members announcement list                         MANDATORY FOR ALL ADVERTISERS

To advertise on our site, unless you are a major company that can be found in a Google or Yellow Pages search using relative link feed html ads, you must subscribe to our Members announcements list.  This is a read-only list and no one but IOH can post to this list.  Once a month a general announcement about advertising on our site is sent out to all  Members (free, at-cost, and paid advertisers).  You don't have to reply or do anything; this is just a good way to stay in contact with your business.

Why do I have to do this?

Many times, businesses who advertise are simply to busy to contact us and forget to update their links.  A monthly reminder that you have an ad on our site asking you to make sure we have your current information will help Islets of Hope and your business to look good!

Another reason we started the Member's announcement list is because businesses come and go on the Internet all the time.  We hate dead links and so do our clients.  Having you join the Members list is an easy way for us to keep in contact with you.  When you place your ad, your company e-mail address will automatically be subscribed to our Member list (we do all the work for you).  If your e-mail ever bounces back to us we will know to go check your company ad link to make sure all is well.  

Dead e-mail addresses or dead links will result in IOH pulling your ad from our site (without refund) so be sure to keep your information current for as long as you have an ad on our site, or, a listing in our Member's Directory.


At-Cost Rates

Please read our Rules for Advertising BEFORE you submit an ad to us.  

We vary our payment program depending upon our needs and interest in helping nonprofit companies with fundraising campaigns.  The three payment programs we rotate are:

  • Have you use a credit card to simply pay for the ad,
  • Ask that you make a donation to a charitable cause (through our site),
  • Donate directly to our web hosting company (  

Whatever method of payment we request, the dollar amount will remain the same.  You will never, ever be charged for click-throughs to your site from ours -- we have no hidden or unpredictable costs!


At-cost advertising rates for qualified businesses (we make no profit)


    Business Card Listing                     One-Time Website Donation to Islets of Hope:  $15.00
    Donate towards my web hosting bill!

    Send us a .jpg or .gif scan of your business card, or mail it to us and we will scan it for you.  We will add hyperlinks for you for free because we are nice people. Business card listings remain indefinitely (until you ask us to remove them, or, hyperlinks are no longer active).  All business cards are placed in the Member's Directory.

    We will update hyperlink information for free if you e-mail us with the new link.

    Banner Ads                                        Website Donation to  $15.00 for 6 months of banner time   
                                                                   Donate towards my web hosting bill!

    Banners are placed at the top of information pages, near a heading that somehow might be related to the banner add, or, at the bottom of information on the page. We do not place banner ads at the very bottom of the page (that is, below our sister site company logos) so that you will have better visibility.  We can also place "skyscraper" vertical banners in sidebars.  If you wish to use banner ads, please write to us so we can tell you the pixel size appropriate for your needs.

    Send us the .html or relative link for your banner ad and tell us about your product or service so that we can find a suitable page location to place your banner.

    List Sponsorship                             Website Donation to    $5.00 per month (pay each month, or in advance)
                                                                   Donate towards my web hosting bill!  

    List sponsorship allows you text-based ads as a header or footer (we decide) on a specific discussion list.  Every time a member posts to the list your ad will appear along with the IOH notation that you are sponsoring the cost of running the support list (and a thank you).  Only one sponsor at a time is permitted on a list so you won't be competing with anyone else.  If there are 100 members on a list, your ad will be seen by all 100 members every time a message is posted to the list.  Some lists are more active than others but sponsorship is a great way to ensure your ad is being seen and that you care.

Because of our list-server program limitations, we are unable to use .html codes, hyperlinks, or images in headers and footers.  Only text will work but you can include the text version of hyperlinks.


How to submit your ad

A very important notice:  IOH cannot offer refunds for ads.  Once you make your donation, it is final.  For this reason, we request that you contact us with an sample of your ad prior to making payment.  If, for any reason, there is a problem with placing your ad (i.e. inappropriate content for our site) you won't be out of a buck if you wait for ad approval before sending payment.

To place your ad:

Step 1.   Send us your ad for placement, along with any information about who in your life has diabetes.

Step 2.   Wait for our reply that your ad has been approved BEFORE paying.  If you pay without approval you and for any reason we cannot
              approve your ad, you cannot get a refund.  We will respond, usually within 24 hours of receiving your ad request.

Step 3.   Make your payment or donation.  We will automatically receive a copy of your donation receipt (amount and e-mail address only).
              Upon payment receipt your ad will be draft, and a "test" link sent for your review.

BEFORE sending us files with attachments you must contact us to learn how to do this.  Otherwise, any e-mails we receive with attachments from you will be ignored as Spam with possible virus infection and discarded without being read.

When will my ad go up on the Islets of Hope website?

Ads will be placed on a test link site within five (5) business days of payment (most ads usually take less than 2 days).  You will be sent the test link to your ad so that you can look it over (that way, if we make a mistake, we won't make your company look bad).  

You have 30 days to:

  • Report any typos or problems with the ad (we will fix our mistakes for free within 24 hours of the day that you report them to us)
  • Approve it for final posting to the site.

If we don't hear from you within 30 days your ad will not be placed (sorry, no refunds).

Submissions disclaimer.  Transmissions, submissions sent, mailed, or otherwise delivered, or communicated to IOH, including, but not limited to, e-mail postings to IOH or its lists or forums, images sent, stories, resource references, artwork  constitutes authorization by the sender for the IOH to use, display, or reference as it deems appropriate, all submitted materials, or any portion thereof.

Seller beware!  If  you try and "dupe" IOH or make false, unethical, or illegal claims in your ad that take advantage of our site visitors, be aware the we will rate your company, by name, and based on factual data, report all "evil" doings on our list of "Snake Oil" companies.  

For more information about how to advertise on our site, please e-mail ..


Free listing in Our member directory

All advertisers (free, at-cost, and paid) will have the option of being listed in our Members Diabetes Services Resource Directory for free.  This is a quick locator guide for people looking for fast reference to a particular business or product.  Sometimes folks purposely seek out businesses owned by others living with diabetes.  We can add special notation that you are a member of the "D-community."

Listing your company in the member directory offers potential customers one more way to learn about your business.  You don't repeat your ad here, but you may list your company, links, contact information, how diabetes has affected you (if applicable), and up to 15 sentences about your company products or philosophy.  This is a great place to hype your business.  

For businesses that do not have a website to link to, you can choose to link to your member directory listing instead, at no extra cost to you.  Remember, this is an option, you need to ask us to list and link your business!

We may also, at our discretion, add one or more, of the following icons to your Member Listing, to let persons know your business status:

     Business that supports IOH through paid or at-cost advertising rates

      Your business donates a portion of each sale to charitable diabetes causes

     Business is owned by a person living with diabetes or disorder associated with diabetes

    Business receives a thumbs up for favorable reviews as reported by customers



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