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to reach our stretch goal for September.
short of the stretch goal.
people have supported us so far this month.

Advertising is gross—it is the misappropriation of attention for third-party profit. That is why we have always opted to forego ads and ask our readers and listeners directly for support. In our 11+ years we’ve published 556,067 words and displayed zero ads.1

Damn Interesting is one of the few remaining specimens of an endangered species: we are a website which actually researches and writes original material. Unfortunately servers, research materials, travel, and time aren’t free. Please help prevent our species’ extinction. Send us a few dollars to help us remain in operation.

We accept both recurring and one-time donations, and in exchange we offer a spectrum of optional rewards, both digital and physical. If you decide to donate, all rewards are à la carte—pick as many or as few as you care to:

$0 today • $0/month ongoing

Recent History

  • August 2016: 143 donors, $72 short of goal.
  • July 2016: 143 donors, monthly goal met.
  • June 2016: 163 donors, monthly goal met.

Where Does the Money Go?

Every month we move 5% of all donations into our Kiva fund so others can benefit from our good fortune. We then pay our operating costs, which include web hosting (Dreamhost), podcast hosting (SoundCloud), Content Distribution Network, and other stars in our constellation of expenses. Anything above that goes into our authors’ collective tip jar and pays for things like research materials, equipment, software, research-related travel, etc.

What Happens If You Miss Your Goal?

If we fall short one month, we survive. If it happens two or three months in a row, our ability to afford to stay online will be in peril. However we will never resort to advertising, so if our readers/listeners decide we are not worth supporting directly, we will shut down non-essential systems, pay the bills until we cannot, and then we will move on to something else.

What Happens If You Overshoot Your Goal?

If we begin to consistently receive a lot more support than we need month to month, we will take that as a hint that our readers/listeners want more. In the event that such funds materialize, we have a roadmap for increasing our publication rate—possibly dramatically—and adding nifty new features. And we’ll bump our monthly Kiva portion to 10% because they are pretty great.

Is there a way to donate via Paypal?

Yes, you can dispatch Paypal funds here. Important: If you are sending enough funds to correspond to one of the One-Time Support rewards above, and you want to receive the corresponding stuff, your Paypal donation must be from your valid email address, and you must name your desired reward in the Special Instructions field. Without that information we cannot insert your donation into our automated system. Also, Paypal donations will not appear immediately in our donation statistics.

Is there a way to donate with Patreon?

We do have a Patreon page, and it is able to accept donations, but it does not yet have any rewards or anything. I need to find the time to integrate it into our Damnload automation so I can flesh it out more. Why must days be such tiny things?

Is there a way to donate offline?

If you prefer you can make out a check to Alan Bellows (we are a very small operation!) and mail it to:

Alan Bellows
PO Box 16551
Salt Lake City, UT 84116

Important: If you make your check out to “Damn Interesting” or similar, we will not be able to cash it at this time. Checks must be made out to “Alan Bellows” in order to work.

Also important: As with Paypal donations, if you are donating toward a reward be sure to provide us with your email address and reward selection.

How can I help if I’m broke?

We appreciate the thought! If you are listener of our podcast, one of the nicest things you can do for us is to rate and review our podcast on your service of choice (iTunes, Stitcher, etc). That makes it more likely for new listeners to discover us. Also, since we aren’t fans of advertising, the best way for other potential donors to find us if for you to tell your friends, share links to our content, etc.

If you wish to lend us psychological support, simply drop us a line.


If you have any questions and/or suggestions, send some electrons to alan@damninteresting.com.

Damn Interesting is not a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are not tax-deductible.

1 Unless you consider Amazon Affiliate links to be ads. When we use a book, film, or other purchasable media as a source, we often link to the item on Amazon in such a way that we get a few cents if the clicker makes a purchase. We don’t consider these ads, because they are passive and harmless, but some people might disagree, so we wish to be transparent. As of 2015 these earn us between $100 and $200 per year on average.
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