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Mondoweiss was launched just over ten years ago, when activists for Palestinian human rights often felt that we were bruising our heads against a rock-hard wall of media denial and organized Zionism. We had occasional victories, but they were largely not coordinated and it seemed they hardly made a dent in the dominant American perspective.

Today, we are a movement that has made real progress in changing minds. There are many reasons the situation has changed, but perhaps the most vital is one that we learned from our opponents: to build institutions that will shape society, we need to invest resources. It takes real money, collected from concerned people everywhere, to make possible smart, creative and powerful work.

Thanks to support from thousands of people, Mondoweiss at ten is a vital media outlet that informs hundreds of thousands not only in the U.S. but around the globe. Mondoweiss’s expansion has been valuable for our movement. Today, we are at a turning point to become so much more. The team has identified ways to multiply the impact and reach of this urgently needed journalism, and it’s time for all of you who care about that impact to make this potential a reality–now.

Please invest today in Mondoweiss’s capacity so that not only you, but millions of people around the world, can benefit from a wider, better-informed reading public that becomes empowered to demand fair policies.

Where do your donations go? We believe that we are effective stewards of your investment—see below to judge for yourself how we are spending this year’s budget of approximately $400,000.

Mondoweiss’s core team is seven people who report, photograph, record videos, edit submissions, manage the website and social media, connect our community, fundraise, and continually strategize to increase our impact, reach and credibility. Also vital to producing the news is the large corps of talented freelance writers and photographers who provide compelling images and stories every day.

Less exciting, but still essential, are the costs of maintaining our website and keeping its servers functioning even when traffic soars. And of course we pay for accounting and other services to ensure all funds are used appropriately and in accordance with requirements for charitable status.

What does it all come down to? Currently, we average 4-5 posts/day, including

  • current news from Israel/Palestine;
  • related news from the U.S. and, to the extent possible, other countries;
  • personal accounts from people affected by repression, denial of human rights, and violence;
  • commentary, insights, and advocacy on relevant political, economic, and social developments;
  • historical documents and analysis;
  • video reportage, photo essays, and editorial cartoons.

We share all this content on Facebook, where we have 25,000 followers, and Twitter (over 45,000). We’ve also recently initiated Mondoweiss In Print, a publication series to help advocates go beyond social media in sharing important evidence and information. But we believe that more is needed–urgently–to reach millions of people and foster true change. In the next several days, we’ll describe specifically the directions we’d like to take Mondoweiss if readers share our view that the movement needs and deserves more of what we offer.

So, you decide. Is all this enough? How much truth is needed, and how many people must hear it?

If you’ve never donated in the past, please join the many readers who make Mondoweiss possible. If you’ve given $25 or $50, consider an increase to $80 or $100. And if you’ve supported Mondoweiss with gifts of $100 or more, increasing your donation by 50 or even 75 percent if you can will make a real difference in our capacity.

Please give today. Only with your help can we spread more truth to more people, for more justice and freedom tomorrow.

How Mondoweiss's budget is spent ($400,000 total for September 2015-August 2016)

How Mondoweiss’s budget is spent ($400,000 total for September 2015-August 2016)







Tova Perlmutter

Tova Perlmutter is Mondoweiss’s Director of Development and Outreach, Tova’s responsibility is to increase income, but also to help connect the members of our community in useful and rewarding ways.

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18 Responses

  1. annie on July 18, 2016, 1:59 pm

    i just donated the equivalence of my monthly paycheck (minus taxes) for the restoration of our archives.

    thanks for all your efforts tova.

    • Boomer on July 19, 2016, 7:24 pm

      @ Annie: “i just donated the equivalence of my monthly paycheck (minus taxes) for the restoration of our archives.”

      My word, what dedication. That plus so many hours. I can’t say that I’ll match you, but I’ll be giving more than I was planning on, due to your example.

      • Generalist on July 19, 2016, 11:56 pm

        Thank you, Boomer! We appreciate whatever you can do.

  2. Generalist on July 18, 2016, 2:44 pm

    I saw! Was about to send you a private message thanking you but this allows me to thank you here!

    And….dear readers…I know many of you particularly cherish Annie’s contribution to our work. If she can make such a remarkable sacrifice, I hope some of you will try to stretch as well.

    To be honest, all of us on the staff are contributing financially in various ways. Every one of us could earn more doing other work, and a *lot* of hours are being spent on MW that never get reported for payment. That’s just how much we all believe in what we’re doing. Still, Annie’s current action is pretty amazing. Thank you so much.

    • annie on July 18, 2016, 2:53 pm

      it’s no sacrifice at all tova, it’s definitely worth my sanity. the missing archives have caused me so much stress, more than i can possibly describe. and being on staff i didn’t really feel right about expressing how devastating it makes me feel publically. so it is with great great relief to find out we can really turn this around if we pull together.

    • amigo on July 18, 2016, 5:01 pm

      Tova–when does the drive end.End of the month I hope.I can be more generous at that time.

      • Generalist on July 18, 2016, 9:18 pm

        Amigo, as of now the official end is the end of July – but we of course accept gifts any time whether a campaign is on or not.

        Would it work for you to sign up for a monthly amount? We will be grateful for whatever you can do, whenever you can do it.

        By the way, I rarely know which of our donors are the regular commenters. If (any of) you want us to know, put it into the “message” field when you give!

        We appreciate you greatly.

      • Marnie on July 19, 2016, 8:25 am

        All of you are so exceptional and so dedicated – it’s been a real honor to get involved and feel a part of the MW community. Thank you for all you do –

  3. silamcuz on July 19, 2016, 2:12 am

    I’m really disappointed at the lack of POC among your staff.

    • Talkback on July 19, 2016, 8:46 am

      Maybe one day POC will realize that this is their struggle, too.

    • Boris on July 19, 2016, 10:31 am

      They are on the other side…

      • eljay on July 19, 2016, 12:18 pm

        || Talkback: Maybe one day POC will realize that this is their struggle, too. ||

        || Boris: They are on the other side… ||

        On the other side from justice, accountability and equality in I-P (and elsewhere)? Shameful.

    • Mooser on July 19, 2016, 1:20 pm

      I’m really disappointed at the lack of POC among your staff.”

      I will make a contribution to Mondo, earmarked exclusively for the purchase of burnt-cork, and Lew Dockstader videos.

      “They are on the other side…”

      Whoa, is this dude bad enough, or what?

    • amigo on July 19, 2016, 1:38 pm

      I’m really disappointed at the lack of POC among your staff.silmacuz

      Since when do you care about POC.

      “The lowly tent-dwelling Arabs”silmacuz.

    • gamal on July 19, 2016, 2:22 pm

      “I’m really disappointed at the lack of POC among your staff.”

      I am dissappointed that you are only disappointed, actually i am dissappointed that i am only disappointed by your disappointment, I don’t think either of us come out this very well…

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