Frequently Asked Questions About Donating to The Intercept
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WHY SHOULD I SUPPORT THE INTERCEPT?
As a nonprofit organization, The Intercept relies on donations from our readers and listeners as a key funding source for our journalism. As a member, you help us hold the powerful to account, give voice to the voiceless, and tell stories you won’t find anywhere else. The Intercept’s membership program ensures that we will remain strong and independent and demonstrates public support for the kind of fierce, adversarial journalism we do every day.
HOW CAN I DONATE TO THE INTERCEPT?
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WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I WANT TO MAKE A MAJOR GIFT?
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WHAT IS FIRST LOOK INSTITUTE, AND HOW IS IT RELATED TO THE INTERCEPT?
First Look Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports fearless investigative journalism, innovative and cinematic nonfiction filmmaking, and provides essential legal support to protect the right to a free and open society and press. First Look Institute has been the home of The Intercept since its founding in 2014 with generous financial support from Pierre Omidyar.
Now, backed by a four-year financial commitment from First Look Institute, The Intercept will become an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2023. In the interim, First Look Institute is acting as The Intercept’s fiscal sponsor while we await confirmation of our 501(c)(3) status as a new organization.
DOES A SMALL DONATION MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE?
Absolutely! A donation of any amount is welcome. By making a contribution, you send a powerful message and demonstrate the public demand for fearless, adversarial journalism. Your donation helps us spread the word that our readers and listeners are passionate about supporting the reporting that matters to them.
IS MY DONATION TO THE INTERCEPT TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes (in the United States). During our transition to becoming an independent 501(c)(3), First Look Institute is the fiscal sponsor of The Intercept. First Look Institute is a recognized 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID number 80-0951255) with a mission to create a world with greater understanding, engaged citizens, and responsive institutions.
Donations to The Intercept will continue to be tax deductible in the United States during and after our transition to an independent nonprofit organization.
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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. You can find our 990s at the bottom of the “About” page on First Look Institute’s website.
IS MY DONATION DISCLOSED TO ANYONE?
The IRS requires 501(c)(3) organizations to list donors who give $5,000 or more on their 990s.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE A NON-FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTION?
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Thank you for your interest in supporting The Intercept.
Updated July 11, 2023
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