Mondoweiss partners with TinyPass for Fall drive — $5 a reader

Later this afternoon we’re unveiling a new donation campaign. We want $5– at least– from every regular reader to help keep this site going. If you’re a visitor, welcome. Please check us out. But if you’re someone who’s come to rely on the information and opinion at this site, we need your support, and urgently. We run this site on a shoestring, but even that shoestring gets frayed.

We’re seeking at least $5 from you between now and the end of the year. Heck, you’ve put more in a tip jar in the last week.  And if you want to give $50 or $5000, that would be great and much appreciated. All donations are still tax-deductible.

Later today you will begin to see a pop-up window every few times you view the site. Yes, that’s an annoyance, but no access to the site will be denied. And for those who say that we look a lot like a lot of mainstream sites, you’re right. We skipped our usual June fundraiser as we looked into new models to sustain the site. We believe this is the way that journalism is going to get paid for in the digital age — with direct subsidy from those who read it. In the past, our fundraising drives have raised around $20,000 through the generous donations of a couple hundred readers. We’re hoping this new model could increase that number of contributors into the thousands, and grow our budget. We want to hire staff, pay contributors for cutting-edge content and update the look and usability of the website. This can only happen with your help.

We’ve stubbornly professionalized this site over the years, and we’re hoping that our relationship with Tinypass, the outfit that works with Andrew Sullivan, is a way to make us more reliable and important. And just as Sullivan and other publications have experimented with a paywall, we expect we might have to experiment as well. All content is free here, and we want to keep it free, but we want this site to grow. If you turn to us regularly, now’s the time to help out.

Thanks to all. We’re deeply grateful to readers for their support over the last five years that we’ve accepted contributions. We’ve tried to match your good faith, and this is our next big step. Please help out with a tax-deductible donation today.

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  1. Money to warmongering aipac generate BILLIONS
    Money to fact-finding and good analysis on Mondoweiss generate very very small sums.
    Something is wrong obviously…

    All of us here could atleast give Mondoweiss 5 dollars, that is nothing. I will.

    Is it the “Donate” button at the right top the one to use?

  2. piotr says:

    What kind of fundraiser is it?

    Once I got a T-shirt, and once a book. This time it is a flat nothing. :-) I was hoping for a handmade mug …

  3. eljay says:

    I’m happy to donate again, but I don’t like the fact that Tinypass prompts me to log in with third-party account information (such as my PayPal userid + password). I would appreciate a more direct donation link to Mondoweiss.

    – Edit –
    Is this link still valid?

    • Thanks Eljay, I get it. You can still use that link. TinyPass is great because it helps automate the technology, but it would be easier if more folks had TinyPass accounts. Thanks again.

  4. tokyobk says:

    Its a great idea in addition to appeals for larger sums.

    There is probably no one who uses this site who cannot afford to throw 5 bucks in the hat and its only common decency to do so.

  5. pabelmont says:

    I would like the following (pie in the sky) service –
    a service for paying (once annually, or once monthly) to a WHOLE SLEW of web-sites, charities, political organizations, etc. BASED ON A SINGLE PAYMENT BY ME ANNUALLY. Maybe a little fee to the service to save me writing checks and postage.

    Know anything of such a service? I saw one once and then lost it (or it disappeared).

    And I, like others, do not like using PayPal or various other such, or typing in credit-card info too often, or etc.

    If you know, let us all know. Otherwise, if you should hear of such a service, ditto.

  6. American says:

    I am confused…..I saw the Tiny pass pop up but do you want us to give $5 a month as a reoccuring thing instead of a one time like the usual subscription or what? And I dont have Paypal account for Tiny pass so I would have to wait for the net shopping wife to come do that since she does have one I think. And why is Tiny Pass better than old one where we could just put in a credit card?….does Tiny save you more cost or it is just a different tech you are trying?
    Should I just use the old donate button ?

  7. Fredman says:

    Adam, would you all consider accepting Bitcoin? antiwar.com has raised well over $10k using bitcoins.

  8. marc b. says:

    gonna make a contribution, but one small gripe: is that the most inspiring photo you could find to persuade someone to make a donation? those three jackasses?

    • Sorry, it was just a joke!

      Those guys give us the material, but we need your help to make the site run! If we wanted to go the inspiring route, we would have certainly gone in a different direction. Thanks for the support.

  9. Krauss says:

    I haven’t donated in the past because I live on a measly student budget but I guess since this site is so high-quality, even I have to scrap the barrel at this point to avoid shame.

    I’ll use this link and donate tomorrow morning:
    link to donatenow.networkforgood.org

    I think what you guys n’ gals have accomplished thus far is amazing and would love to see it grow even further.
    And if donating is a way to do so, then absolutely.

    • marc b. says:

      And if donating is a way to do so, then absolutely.

      donations/online-target subscriptions are the future. I only have two paper subscriptions left (and the odd off the rack newspaper purchase). although I still don’t believe that the whole news generating function bits have been thought out clearly. (most of the best internet ‘news’ sites are really still just compiling and analyzing news from other sources.)

    • Krauss says:

      So I managed to get the pop-up working after many rounds and I’ve donated with the same email used on this site. It was $5 for 4 months. Can you repeat that automatically somehow?
      I’d prefer to pay $5 dollars every 4 months than a larger sum right away because some months I don’t have much more than 10 or 20 dollars left in the cash account.
      But it’d be great if it could be automated somehow.

  10. ritzl says:

    Just donated through paypal because I’m not familiar with TinyPass.

    Are there other benes to MW that come from donors using TinyPass? Things like, and I’m just making this up, chits to collaborate with other web sites, pooling infrastructure and/or reporting resources, or just anything that amplifies your ability to get the message(s) out.

    Thanks for MW. Great work.

  11. MRW says:

    Adam,

    Do we use the TinyPass portal to sign on in future after donating, like Sullivan’s site? (Although you don’t have to sign on to read Sullivan’s site.)

  12. Taxi says:

    Hi Adam, Phil & Scott,

    Will my donation go some ways to getting a full-time moderator?

    You guys really need to include this in your budget. You gotta improve the site for the bloggers too, not just the “writers” and “readers”.

    • Danaa says:

      I am willing to donate more if some can go towards having a near full time moderator. I believe this is really important for the site to keep its vibrancy. many of the readers want to engage – some more than others, which is fine. It’s been really difficult with so many comments backing up due to insufficient personnel resources – - – there have been quite a few good suggestions on streamlining too in the Comments policy thread (see tree recently).

      As i said, i am willing to put my money where my opinions go, and am seconding taxi as well. In any case i’ll contribute.

  13. Bing Bong says:

    I’d rather give my money to a Palestinian charity instead.

  14. Oscar says:

    Phil and Adam, this is a great idea, a painless way to support the site. I would like to see an option to pay $10 for six months, and to have the option of doubling my subscription price as an additional donation to the site. (yeah, I know I can “donate” any time, but it just seems more compelling to pay for a “subscription” and add on to it).

    Great, important work. Always pleased to contribute and the tinypass concept is terrific.

    Best regards,
    O

  15. MHughes976 says:

    I’ve just donated in the old-fashioned way. We need you now more than ever.

  16. seafoid says:

    Al wajib wajib.
    Keep up the good work and I hope this tinypass thing does the job.

  17. Citizen says:

    I just snail mailed a check for $60–I try to avoid paying for anything on the internet. So, will the pop up be shut off for me, or do I have to access through TinyPass?

  18. Eva Smagacz says:

    Used PayPal via Donate button. Brilliant exchange rate just now. I’m good for another year :-)

  19. irishmoses says:

    Glad to donate but I never got my tee shirt and book promised for last year’s donation. Probably a communication issue. Still, I live for the tee shirts and the books. Hopefully you’re not all out.

    • Citizen says:

      @ irishmoses
      Did you email Phil about not getting your stuff? Mine was screwed up, but he eventually fixed it.

      • irishmoses says:

        I gave up on direct email to Phil, Adam, or Annie after too many non-responses. I imagine they are all incredibly busy and my questions, suggestions or comments were probably pretty trivial in the larger scheme of things. This is probably another symptom of growing pains in a terrific organization where profit is neither the motive nor the incentive.

        Another related growing pain is the recent long wait time for comment review and posting. This is a far more serious issue as it is really degrading the free flow of discussion on comment threads. More importantly, it has created a disincentive to take the time to comment in depth.

        If commentors like Hostage, who typically attach some thought and research to their comments, start feeling frustrated at the long approval wait times, they’ll likely quit commenting. Thread comments will then degrade into short polemics. Losing the likes of commentors like Hostage would be a major loss to MW so I hope the powers that be are taking a good look at this problem.

        One quick fix might be to provide the comment minders with a list of MW commentors that don’t require review due to their long reputation of not violating MW commenting norms. There are at least a couple dozen that would easily fit that category. Their comments would go through automatically and immediately.

        Please, forget about my stupid tee shirt and book, and fix the comment review problem.

        • piotr says:

          Actually, I used to wait entire weekend for my comment to show up, and now it became instant. I guess I became a trusted commenter? I also must confess of commenting too much…

  20. Elliot says:

    Donated $60 several hours ago. But it didn’t register my email, so I am still getting the pop-up…does it take a while to register….?

  21. mcohen says:

    Hi

    I decided to contribute $5 to the site as it has been informative, at the same time i want to retire “mcohen” as i feel i have run out of useful ideas too add to a complex problem
    I started reading anti judaism by niremberg for my next project which will be centred around educating my children and preparing them for the ineviatable backlash to come.

    Regards

    “Mcohen”

  22. American says:

    HELP….!……

    My tiny pass thing finally came back on but even though I entered e mail and cc to up my donation it wont take it that way cause it says I ”already have an account’…*&*&%&%!!!!….so then when I go to my account page I dont see any way to “add to” or re donate.
    I am going to old donate button and do the regular subscription thing so cut off my Tiny Pass till whenever you want to us to do the $5 thing again..
    I am sure this is my own stupidity but I’m tired of fooling with it…lol