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 12+ years we’ve published 560,608 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 (all amounts in US dollars), 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. We use Stripe for payments, but if you prefer Paypal, Patreon, etc, scroll down for details.
Where does the money go?
Every month we move 5% of all donations into our experimental rotating donation fund so others can benefit from our good fortune. We then pay our operating costs, which include web hosting (Dreamhost), podcast hosting (SoundCloud), Content Delivery 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.
Is there a way to donate via Paypal?
Yes, you can dispatch Paypal funds here. If you are sending enough funds to correspond to one of the One-Time Support rewards above, the rewards link will be sent to your Paypal email address. 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:
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.
What is the “stretch” goal?
We have two donation goals each month: the “survival” goal that pays the bills and keeps us running, and the aspirational “stretch” goal that kicks in once the survival goal is met. It’s an effort to inch our monthly contributions up to a higher level, one that might give us the opportunity to grow and increase our output eventually. It also serves to smooth out the bumps on months when we don’t meet the survival goal. We consider it a successful month if we meet the survival goal, and anything beyond that is appreciated, but not strictly required.
How can I stop the site from occasionally asking for donations?
If you have already donated, or you have resolved to never do so no matter how much of our bandwidth and hard work you might consume, you can silence all donation-related messages on the site by going to the search box and entering this text:
That’s an exclamation point, then the word ‘hush’ with no space. When you hit Enter, this special code will suppress all donation-related messages in that browser for a long period of time.
Why would you share your secret ‘hush’ code with everybody?
We require donations in order to survive, but we gain nothing from pestering people who can not or will not donate. Life is short and we are realists.
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 is 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.
How do I cancel a recurring donation?
The easiest way is to find the automated email our Damn Robot sent you when you first donated, click reply, type “cancel,” and click send. If you cannot find that email, just send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and say you’d like to cancel. Don’t worry, we won’t resent you for canceling—far from it! We know that life gets in the way, and priorities shift. We sincerely appreciate your having supported us while you were able.
If you have any questions and/or suggestions, send some electrons to email@example.com.
Damn Interesting is not a 501(c)(3) charity and donations are not tax-deductible.