Supporting The Project
Become a Friend of The Public Domain Review
The Friends of the The Public Domain Review is a group of loyal supporters, each of whom give an annual donation and so create a bedrock of support vital to the project’s survival. There is no fixed yearly cost to become a Friend – any annual donation will qualify you – but there is a guide price of $60 a year (£40/€55).
Friends will get:
- An exclusive set of postcards sent out twice a year, each set curated around a different theme*
- Honoured in a special section of the site (name and optional link to a webpage)
- Honoured on a dedicated page in all PDR Press publications (this will begin with the next Selected Essays book due out early Autumn)
- First refusal in all future limited edition PDR Press creations
- Special end of year letter from the Editor
* For those donating more than $30 (£20) a year.
The Postcard SetsEach set consists of 8 postcards curated around a theme, with a textual insert. There’ll be two sets sent out per year, one in June/July and one in December. The inaugural theme is “Flight” and will be sent out to anyone making their first donation (above $30) before the end of 8th July.
We see building a group of readers giving regular donations as vital to the project’s survival, but if you’d prefer to simply give a one-off gift then this is, of course, also very welcome!
Give a One-Off Donation
Why support us?
Put simply, without support from our readers the project will not be able to continue. It is of vital importance to us that all the content is available for free, without paywalls, and without the presence of intrusive advertising. This means that we need help from the people that enjoy the site to give a little something back to ensure that the project can go on into the future. This won’t just enable us to keep on bringing you more wondrous and strange things from the history of art, literature and ideas, but it shall also help to ensure such public domain works are free for everyone to enjoy in the digital age. We see ourselves as at the heart of the fight to keep the public domain free from restrictions as it goes online. This vast commons of material is an invaluable and indispensable good, which – like our natural environment and our physical heritage – deserves to be explicitly recognised, protected and appreciated.
What will the money go towards?
We are a not-for-profit project meaning all money goes back into the site to keep it running, namely: compensating the Editor for the 150+ hours needed a month to run the site, server costs, and IT support. If we get enough we’d also love to be able to offer an honorarium to our contributors – a long standing goal of the project.
How much do we need?
The Public Domain Review is a relatively inexpensive project to run. We have worked out that a very base minimum of $30,000 a year is needed to keep things ticking over in a healthy manner. At the moment we are only bringing in around half of this (with the Editor, sadly, on the equivalent of about $7/hour). We are aiming to get up to this base minimum as quickly as we can and, if possible, rise past this to reach an ideal of $50,000 a year. Such an amount would enable all kinds of wonderful things to happen, including being able to create a community of paid contributors.
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Building the Friends to a group of around 250 strong (donating an average $60 each) would get us up to our base minimum goal of $30,000, and a community of 500 strong would get us up to our ideal of $50,000.
Any other way I can help?
Of course. We are always looking for volunteers to help out with things – see more details here. You can also help by buying something from our online shop – we get about 20% from each item sold, so it can be a big help. You can also buy something via the “Further Reading” section of our site – Amazon will give us a small percentage of the sale price (about 6%). Also, spreading the word as much as possible, letting people know about the project, all helps a lot.
Any other questions please feel free to email us on: [email protected]