Frequently Asked Questions About Donating to The Intercept

Does a small donation make any difference?

When we receive a large number of small donations, it sends a powerful message. By making any contribution — whether it is $5, $500, or $27,000 — you demonstrate the public demand for fearless, adversarial journalism and help us spread the word that our passionate readers are willing to support the reporting that matters to them.

How can I make a contribution? Is it tax deductible?

The best way to make a contribution is to visit our donor’s page, where you will find an interface offering a variety of payment methods. You can visit our podcast donor’s page to direct your support for Intercepted. You will receive a receipt for your donation, which is tax deductible in the United States for most donors. However, we suggest you consult a tax adviser to be sure, especially if you’re one of our many international readers.

Why is The Intercept and Intercepted asking for reader donations? Isn’t it funded by a billionaire?

EBay founder and philanthropist Pierre Omidyar funded our launch in 2014 with the belief that independent perspectives are vital to a vibrant culture and thriving democracy. He created a nonprofit to house The Intercept in order to insulate our mission from commercial pressures and ensure that we could operate with full editorial independence. To foster our independence and sustainability over the long term, we decided to launch a membership program. We believe that relying on diverse sources of support — including reader contributions — is a healthy financial model for journalism.

What is First Look Media Works?

You’ll notice that when you contribute to The Intercept, First Look Media Works Inc. is the name on the receipt, but the membership gift you’re making goes directly to support The Intercept’s journalism.

First Look Media Works is the nonprofit side of The Intercept’s parent company, First Look Media. FLMW’s mission is to create a world with greater understanding, engaged citizens, and responsive institutions. In addition to publishing The Intercept, FLMW supports Field of Vision, a filmmaker-driven documentary unit that commissions and creates original nonfiction films. FLMW also sponsors the Press Freedom Defense Fund, designed to strengthen the ability of journalists to pursue legal action where a substantial public interest is at stake, and invests in technology projects to facilitate journalism and digital security.

First Look Media Works Inc. is a nonprofit, nonstock corporation formed on August 28, 2013, in the state of Delaware. FLMW is organized and operated exclusively for exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. On November 9, 2015, FLMW received its official 501(c)(3) status with the IRS retroactive to August 28, 2013. Our tax ID is 80-0951255.

What will happen with my information when I make a contribution?

When you make a donation to The Intercept, you are simultaneously agreeing to share personally identifying information with the organization. We do not sell or trade your information to anyone, in any form, and go to great lengths to ensure that your information is stored in a manner that comports with information security best practices. Anyone who handles your data is held to rigorous First Look Media privacy standards. Read more about our general privacy practices here. Click here for our donor privacy principles.

How does The Intercept use my donation? How can I see your financial disclosures?

Your entire contribution to The Intercept goes to support projects and journalism for The Intercept and for Intercepted. As a nonprofit, we file reports with the IRS and disclose them publicly. Our 990s are available for 2015 and 2014. We will post our 2016 documents as soon as they are ready.

What is News Match? How can I opt-out?

News Match is a matching gifts program designed to strengthen nonprofit newsrooms by building their donor base and the field’s overall fundraising capacity. With an initial $2 million investment from Democracy Fund and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, News Match’s goal is to increase the long term sustainability of the sector. It is an expansion of Knight Foundation’s December 2016 matching gifts effort to help nonprofit news organizations with their end of the year fundraising campaigns.

First Look Media Works, the parent nonprofit for The Intercept, is participating in News Match for 2017. News Match will match donations from individual donors up to a total of $1,000 during the matching period.

In order to process those matching donations, First Look Media Works needs to send documentation of the donation to The Miami Foundation, which is hosting the fund, via an online form. The Miami Foundation staff will then validate every donation and approve payment for the matching funds. That documentation will include the name of the donor and the amount donated.

Donors who wish to opt out of this program, and do not want their donation matched or their name shared with this third party should email membership@theintercept.com.

Who are your donors?

We believe it is important to be transparent about our donors, the same way we have disclosed our support from Pierre Omidyar. We list the names of donors who give above $1,000 here.

Is donating online the only option?

No. If you would prefer not to donate online, you can simply mail us a check at:

First Look Media Works
Attn: Kate Myers
114 5th Avenue #18
New York, NY 10011

Please make your checks payable to First Look Media Works. If you are donating to support Intercepted, please note that in the memo line.

What happens if I have a non-frequently asked question?

We’re always happy to help you at membership@theintercept.com, or you can call and leave a message at (917) 477-6516.

Thank you for your interest in supporting The Intercept.

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