Bro Moey's raised 2 fundamental questions, so let me try to answer that:
1. Do we need a permanent fund to sustain the forum and what is our source of income?
2. Is it possible and do we have the money to obtain tools to ensure our maps are current to the latest navigation software/hardware?
With our current funds, we can sustain ourselves for more than 2 years. We had not have to resort to less ways we are less comfortable such as accepting offers from commercial firms to host our forum for free. I don't see any problem getting enough funding to keep the site running.
I don't see the viability of selling MFM products. These products will be mostly bought by our own members to support us and the profit will not be much. Instead of selling a T-shirt to a member for RM50 for a profit of RM10, I'll rather the member donate RM50 directly to our hosting fund
Money will not buy us mapping tools. As with all other Garmin communities, we rely on cgpsmapper to provide us access to the latest Garmin features. We have to keep our feet on the ground. We are mere hobbyists. We enjoy what we do, while it last. Access to official mapping tools is only possible via tie-ups with commercial companies which have the financial muscle and marketing plans that interests Garmin, Mapking, etc. It is very very very difficult for a community like us to try matching up with a commercial firm.
Keep things simple and return to the basics - tracking, mapping, and tok kok about GPS