Donate to Riseup

Support radical alternatives!

Riseup works tirelessly to create grassroots technology alternatives that address the communication needs of people and organizations working for social change. When you get a service from a corporation that doesn’t charge you, chances are that the money comes from extensive surveillance. Riseup, on the other hand, relies on donations by users like you who believe in supporting democratic alternatives.

For more information about Riseup, you can meet our members and check out our project areas. Riseup is a registered nonprofit under section 501(c)(4) of the US Internal Revenue Code.

Donations to riseup.net are not tax-deductible. If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation (US), you can contribute to our sister organization, Riseup Labs.

If you are a programmer, you can support Riseup by writing code.

Suggested contribution

  • Individuals: We ask that individuals with email accounts or owners of lists give monthly or yearly. If you are broke, live in the global South, or live somewhere with a devalued currency, we don’t expect you to give. This means that those with money in the global North should contribute extra as an act of solidarity. If you are unsure how much to contribute, might we suggest $5-$15 a month? If you can do more, please do!
  • Groups: We rely on organizations with email accounts or lists to contribute. It is especially essential for organizations with big mailing lists to contribute, as such lists are costly for us to provide. As a rough guideline, we ask that organizations annually contribute at least 1% of their annual budget—this is a $100 a year donation for an organization is an annual budget of $10,000.

If you have a big list with over a hundred subscribers or with high traffic and lots of archives, increase the suggested donation amount several fold.

Please consider donating more if you can afford it. Any money left over after we have met our basic expenses gets folded back into providing service to more users. If you are making a large donation (thank you!), then please consider sending a check or money order through the mail—online payment systems take a cut of about 3%.

All financial decisions by the Riseup Collective are made using the consensus process by collective members.

Donations By Mail

Make checks or money orders payable to “Riseup Networks” and send them here:

Riseup Networks
PO Box 4282
Seattle, WA 98194 USA

Unfortunately, we don’t have the labor to send you a letter of thanks when we receive your donation. Please know that we are so incredibly grateful: your support is our lifeblood and makes all our hard work possible. We love you for putting your money where your values are! Exception: We are required by law to annually report the identity of any donor who gives more than $5,000 USD.

Online donations

Donation Processor Recurring Donations? Registration Optional? Credit Card? Notes
No Yes No Decentralized peer-to-peer electronic crypto-currency
Yes No No Very low fees. Requires registration and US bank account
Yes Yes Yes Works from many countries.
No No Yes Micropayments add up.
Yes No Yes Reoccurring micropayments add up.

Bitcoin

Bitcoin is a decentralized peer-to-peer electronic crypto-currency. Bitcoin is also a free way to send money overseas. If you would like to use bitcoin to send riseup money, we will generate a new, unique bitcoin address for you to use for your donation. Just click on the button below for a new bitcoin address to use.

Grab a bitcoin address

Dwolla

Dwolla is a really cheap way to send virtual cash, although it requires that you create a Dwolla account linked to a US bank account. Dwolla supports recurring donations.

Dwolla

Paypal

Paypal accepts credit cards and supports recurring donations (for recurring donations, a PayPal account is required).

Recurring Donation

Paypal:

One Time Donation

Paypal:

Flattr

Flattr is a micropayment system that allows you to support multiple projects.

Flattr

Gittip

Gittip is another micropayment system that allows you to give weekly to the projects you like.

Gittip

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I do a wire/bank transfer?

If you want to make an ACH wire transfer, please contact us at treasurer@riseup.net for information on our ABA/SWIFT/IBAN number.

How do I donate from outside the U.S?

If you live outside the U.S., please consider supporting a local tech collective in your area. If you want to send us a donation, here are a few options:

  1. You can write us a check in your local currency and mail it to the address above. We can deposit foreign checks without a problem, although it may take a while to be recorded by your bank.
  2. If you have a credit card, you can use the online donation link above. You can also use paypal, if it is supported in your country.
  3. You can donate using bitcoin.

How do I donate anonymously?

You have two options:

  1. Send cash to the address listed above.
  2. Or use bitcoin. You need to do a bit of work if you want to ensure strong anonymity with Bitcoin.

How do I modify or cancel my reoccurring donations through paypal?

Here’s how to cancel your subscription through paypal.com:

To cancel a subscription, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your PayPal account.
  2. Click the History subtab.
  3. Choose the Subscriptions field from the Show dropdown menu.
  4. Check the From box and change the date back 2 years.
  5. Click Search.
  6. To view the details of a specific Subscription Creation, click Details in the Details column.
  7. At the bottom of this page, click Cancel Subscription.
  8. On the confirmation page, click Cancel Subscription again.