Another Option for Helping ELi Survive

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Friday, December 9, 2016, 5:01 am
Alice Dreger, Publisher

ELi is on a “sustainability or bust” journey. (Read more.) We’re trying to reach the point of having $3,000 in gross donations committed monthly. If we can achieve that, we can keep the organization alive and go back to bringing you the level of public service reporting you’ve come to expect.

We’ve been letting you know that the primary way to help us reach that monthly sustainability goal is through our Patreon page. As I write, 86 donors have committed to monthly donations that way, ranging in commitments from $1/month to $50/month. Wow! Fantastic!

That said, I wanted to let you know that some of our long-term donors have already been supporting us monthly via PayPal, and so you should know—if you want to be a monthly supporter—that that’s another option available to you. Just click here to do that.

Why would some folks prefer PayPal over Patreon? A few reasons include that they know and trust PayPal, that they have some system for obtaining PayPal awards, or that they don’t like the Patreon system for whatever reason.

Why didn’t we try to push more people to the PayPal monthly donation system rather than opening a Patreon account? We tried that for a long time, but it didn’t “take.” Apparently the Patreon interface does a better job encouraging people to join the monthly support team. Or maybe we’re just doing a better job convincing you this service matters?

Whatever you want to do in terms of supporting us delights us. We are happy to take lump-sum assistance by check or by credit card, or to take monthly donations through Patreon or through PayPal. If those options don’t fit the way you want to donate, contact us and let us know, and we’ll figure out what you need to help us. Remember, your donations are tax-deductible.

And, hey: We’re very encouraged by what we’re seeing in terms of reader-donor response. We are now about a third of the way to our $3,000/month sustainability goal when we add up gross monthly pledges at Patreon and PayPal. That is super encouraging! The whole ELi team thanks you for this visible sign of appreciation of our work.



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