ThoughtMaybe is an entirely self-funded and independent operation, paid for by site administrators, editors and sometimes contributed to by generous user donations. We don’t receive any outside funds, nor do we receive or accept money from corporate or government entities. We also don’t run advertising on our site as we find it repugnant, compromising and unwanted for the same reasons. This site is not about making money. On the contrary. This is a website that aims to inform, inspire and provoke action and doing.
In fact, as we’re running an independent site and consciously object to ‘free’ corporate controlled publishing channels such as YouTube, we must encounter numerous costs such as paying for bandwidth and server spaces in order to maintain an independent platform to publish on. This is where you can help.
As you might see, we’ve got a few different fundraising efforts underway, each with their own outcomes and needs, in order of ‘urgency’:
- We’re looking to raise an additional $500 by the end of the year to cover costs for running our servers. More details available here. Currently, this costs about $500 per year, so additional funds will contribute to helping with other aspects of the project such as language translation (see below).
- We’re currently working on translating the entire website into languages other than English and providing subtitles for films so as to expand ThoughtMaybe beyond the rapacious grips of English. So far we have some very basic French and Spanish titles available. We need help with sourcing subtitles, translating content, proof reading translations and funds to cover bandwidth and other costs.
- We’d like to attribute some funds to cover printing costs for stickers and other creative forms to help promote and generate awareness on specific issues such as food, the money system, environmental campaigns, etc.
If you’re able to contribute to any of the above financially, please use the button below to send money securely, or contact us for more information. You can also contribute using Bitcoins. Thank you!
If you’re able to donate your skills or time in the ways above–this is excellent and also likely more valuable for many reasons. Please contact us and let us know what you can do, particularly if you can provide subtitles or help with translating. Thank you.
We can also accept secure, anonymous contributions of funds via Bitcoin. Bitcoins are a secure and anonymous digital currency which cannot be easily tracked back to you, and can be a safer and faster alternative to other centralised donation gateways such as PayPal.
You can send a donation using Bitcoins to us by contacting us for a secure encrypted Bitcoin address.
There are many websites available to allow you to exchange other currency to and from Bitcoins to enable you to donate. There are also services available so you can trade goods for Bitcoins for instance. Bitcoins are not subject to central regulations and are still gaining value. To learn more about the process, you can visit weusecoins.com which is part of the Open-Source project.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where does my money go?
All donations and fundraising efforts help cover direct costs for running our independent server network and publishing system. This specifically means funding ongoing server costs such as bandwidth, server storage space and redundancy. Other specifically outlined fundraising efforts (such as that to fund sticker campaigns as mentioned above) happen from time to time and donations for these purposes are accepted. All donations–no matter how big or small, financial or otherwise–are extremely valued and welcomed. All such contributions are massively supportive to this project. Thanks for your support.