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What is the Vox Contribution program?

Vox's contribution program is a way for our readers, listeners, viewers, and fans to help keep our unique explanatory journalism free for everyone. We believe that there is power in understanding, and that it is a public good for all people to have the context they need to make sense of the news. By making important issues clear and comprehensible, we empower people to shape the world in which they live. By contributing, you help to make that possible.

Doesn't Vox make money when more people read, watch, and listen to it?

Vox provides all of its content free — and we are committed to keeping it that way. Vox Media, our parent company, has a very diversified business, but without a subscription product or a paywall at Vox, advertising is still a major revenue source for our network. Even once this economic crisis is over, advertising alone won't be enough to sustain our resource-intensive work. That's why we are turning to you, our loyal audience, for support.

How will contributions be used?

Your support will enable our staff to continue to offer our resource-intensive articles, videos, and podcasts for free. Here are a few examples of what your contribution could help us do:

  • Continue to produce science explainers that clarify this coronavirus, and enable you to keep yourself and your family safe. Whether it is an explainer on how the virus spreads, what symptoms to look for, why testing has lagged, how soap works, or how to safely social distance, we will be here for you with key information you need now.
  • Explain the biggest obstacles America faces battling this deadly pandemic and the key lessons the US should learn from health care systems around the world. Vox has always been known for our deep, wonky expertise on health care policy. We are uniquely suited to explain the biggest obstacles America faces battling this deadly pandemic and the key lessons the US should learn from health care systems around the world.
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  • Create distinctive coverage with altruistic values at the core. Our Future Perfect vertical highlights issues like basic income; how to practice mindfulness in a pandemic; factory farming; how the way we eat affects our lives and our planet; and how AI can be used for good — including tracking the spread of the coronavirus. We ask the important questions on what we all can do to reduce the most suffering in the world right now.
  • Produce compelling content for audiences on the platforms where people — especially young people — spend their time. It's important to combat misinformation with high-quality journalism. Vox's video team is best in class at answering big questions about the issues that matter most. With our YouTube-native journalism, we are able to reach a much younger demographic. On YouTube, 40 percent of our nearly 9 million subscribers are under 25, and we see incredible reach with our videos. We're in a unique position to spread valuable, trustworthy information to a crucial audience on platforms where misinformation often thrives.

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Is this contribution tax-deductible?

No. Your contribution is not tax-deductible. This is not a charitable donation. Even though there is no tax break, there is the benefit of knowing you're stepping up to do your part to make sure the public is informed. Thank you.

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