Late in July, we called for your help. We needed 1,000 people to become paying members of The Canary within six months in order to survive.
We never imagined we would be here, under two weeks later, having already reached and exceeded our six-month target.
Thank you, readers, you are amazing! You’ve reminded us what we can achieve when we come together as a community of people seeking to create a world that works for everyone.
More than 1,000 of you decided to stand in solidarity with us to support the vibrant, progressive, independent media sector and secure the future of The Canary. We can now focus on building a stronger and more resilient Canary.
Why fundraise? What’s changed?
We were running at a loss due to changes beyond our control. With just enough money to cover the losses for six months, we needed to do something to keep the lights on. Thanks to readers, we now have enough monthly income to survive beyond six months.
Our business model has, until now, relied largely on social media to drive traffic to our website, which then generates revenue from advertising.
Net profits are shared between remuneration for freelance writers and editors, with a small percentage going to directors, operational costs, marketing, and business development.
This model no longer works. Facebook and Google have changed their algorithms, reducing our overall traffic. Advertising income is falling across our sector, and people who oppose our politics encouraged advertisers to blacklist us.
When news of our appeal got around, our detractors prematurely celebrated our demise. But it backfired quite spectacularly. The more they celebrated, the more people flocked to support us. And now, our immediate future is secure.
New (temporary) business model
We are working to become less reliant on advertising. Instead, we want to be primarily a reader-supported publication. This campaign is an important stepping stone to reach that aim.
Our writers and editors deserve greater security, so we are also leaving the gig economy. We have created a number of part-time salaried positions for editors and staff writers. Freelance contributors will still be able to pitch, but most content will be produced by a smaller core team, for the time being. We will also accept or commission articles from guest writers.
The velocity with which we have reached our campaign target means that we are now free, for the next few months, to plan for the future.
At this point, we don’t know what the next phase of The Canary will look like, so we are taking a breath to create a solid plan. We have hundreds of ideas and this is going to be a very exciting time for the team.
What we do know is that the support of our readers means we get to fight on. We will break the stranglehold of the corporate-owned media and produce more of the ground-breaking, campaigning journalism you’ve told us you want to see.
A new target for support
We want to have a clear plan before we take our next step, so we haven’t yet raised our target.
That said, the more support we have, the more quickly we can move from survival mode to thriving and innovating again. So any support you can offer will be of value and in service to the ongoing development of The Canary.
Once again, a huge thank you to everyone who has stepped up to offer financial support. Together we can bring about change through campaigning journalism.
Featured image via Nancy Mendoza / Pixabay
We need your help to keep speaking the truth
Every story that you have come to us with; each injustice you have asked us to investigate; every campaign we have fought; each of your unheard voices we amplified; we do this for you. We are making a difference on your behalf.
Our fight is your fight. You’ve supported our collective struggle every time you gave us a like; and every time you shared our work across social media. Now we need you to support us with a monthly donation.
We have published nearly 2,000 articles and over 50 films in 2021. And we want to do this and more in 2022 but we don’t have enough money to go on at this pace. So, if you value our work and want us to continue then please join us and be part of The Canary family.
In return, you get:
* Advert free reading experience
* Quarterly group video call with the Editor-in-Chief
* Behind the scenes monthly e-newsletter
* 20% discount in our shop
Almost all of our spending goes to the people who make The Canary’s content. So your contribution directly supports our writers and enables us to continue to do what we do: speaking truth, powered by you. We have weathered many attempts to shut us down and silence our vital opposition to an increasingly fascist government and right-wing mainstream media.
With your help we can continue:
* Holding political and state power to account
* Advocating for the people the system marginalises
* Being a media outlet that upholds the highest standards
* Campaigning on the issues others won’t
* Putting your lives central to everything we do
We are a drop of truth in an ocean of deceit. But we can’t do this without your support. So please, can you help us continue the fight?