What is the TPM Journalism Fund?
TPM is a member-funded journalism organization. Advertising now accounts for less than 10 percent of revenue. This is a good thing, but it means we need and rely on funding from our members and our readers. While a membership is definitely the best way to support TPM, we know that some members wish they could contribute more. We also know there are readers who are not members, yet wish to support us in some way. The TPM journalism Fund is an avenue to do so.
The simple answer is that it helps TPM get better. The more contributions we receive, the more journalists we can hire and the more reporting we can do on a growing list of critical issues. Equally important, contributions allow us to make our journalism more accessible. While putting some of our journalism behind a paywall has become a necessary business strategy, we want to ensure that our reporting can be read by anyone, regardless of financial status. Contributing to The TPM Journalism Fund makes that possible by funding our community and student membership programs.
How is the money spent?
Contributions fund everything that goes into employing our unionized team of journalists from salary to benefits. And for every $60 of contributions we receive, we provide one free Prime membership to a student or TPM community member. Since 2013, contributions have provided thousands of Community-Supported and Student memberships. If you're interested in learning more about where the money goes, check out our financials page.