In the last couple of weeks we’ve asked for donations during the episode. Some listeners requested more information about how we use the money we raise. Here’s a little history of the money we’ve raised so far and what we plan for the future.
Due to the generosity of a small percentage of our listeners, we’ve been able to cover our physical costs for the last 12 months. The majority of the money goes to covering server costs. Peter Wilson (who makes the servers dance to his merry tune) does not charge Boxcutters any fee for his work – only the costs associated with hosting the podcast and website are passed on. He will also be coding the new Boxcutters site, free of charge, and our business, Soupgiant, donated the cost of the new design.
For the first time ever we have a little bit left over to pass on to 3RRR, acknowledging the use of their studios. I also have a 3RRR subscription plus an annual donation paid out of my own pocket. That’s the least I can do given their generosity to Boxcutters over 5 years. Brett has been a volunteer at 3RRR for over 15 years as well as a subscriber for all that time. John also subscribes to the station.
We hope that at some stage in the near future there might even be a little money for each of the Boxcutters team to help offset the time and costs associated with making the show.
We work very hard at providing good content every week, dedicating over 20 hours per week to research, planning, interviews and reviewing. Unfortunately our personal circumstances have changed recently and it’s become more difficult to justify the time spent on Boxcutters when there are other demands on our attention.
One way to deal with these demands is to cut down the number of episodes we produce every year. This year we’ll have only 32 regular episodes plus some specials. In the past we’ve produced 50 per year.
If everybody who listened to Boxcutters donated just $1 per episode, that would be plenty to cover our costs, pass some money on to 3RRR and take a small stipend for ourselves.
We hope that, if Boxcutters is important to you, you will agree that donating is an easy way to keep it going. Unfortunately, the alternative is no Boxcutters, and nobody in their right mind wants to live in that world.
If you would prefer to use methods other than Paypal, we can try to work something out there too. Feel free to get in touch if you want to ask us more questions.