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Supporting The Conversation

We’re glad you’re here and considering a donation to The Conversation. It is your support that allows us to produce independent, expert-powered journalism for the public good. We rely on the generosity of individuals and foundations to fund a growing part of our budget – and we are grateful for all those who have stepped up over the years. 

The Conversation US, Inc., is a tax-exempt public charity under 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. Our EIN is 46-0906774. All donations made are tax-deductible as permitted by law.  

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions:

What does it mean that The Conversation is a nonprofit newsroom? 

It means that we are driven by our goal of serving the public and are not governed by shareholders or owners looking for a profit. We work for the public good. So as to reach as many people as possible with quality, truthful information, we don’t have subscriptions or paywalls. And that’s why we invite news publishers across the country to republish our content for free.

How is The Conversation funded?

We are funded by a mix of individual giving (15% in our current budget), foundation support (40%) and university memberships (45%). 

Why should we make a donation to The Conversation?

  • The first reason, of course, is because you would be making it possible for us to produce the kind of journalism that is just not found anywhere else. We are different because the editors in our newsroom work with scholars  who have studied subjects for decades and are, truly, experts.  Their collaboration leads to the explanatory journalism and analysis you see on our site. 
  • By supporting us, you are supporting better-informed communities, in your hometown and around the world, and helping to  combat the flood of misinformation. You can read more about our impact in our most recent impact report.
  • And: donations to The Conversation, unlike donations solicited by some for-profit media, are tax-deductible.

What are the different ways to donate?

  • Through stock: We welcome donations of stock, mutual fund, cryptocurrency or other appreciated assets, and you can receive a tax deduction for the current fair market value. Talk to your tax adviser to learn more about how stock donations can also help you with reducing capital gains, and contact Priyanka Sharma-Sindhar, our Director of Development, at for transfer instructions.
  • Through a donor-advised fund.  Search for “The Conversation US,” EIN 46-0906774.

What do I do if I want to change or cancel an existing donation?

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Are there any benefits with a membership?

  • Yes! We’re glad you asked. We send donor updates so that you stay close to us and know what’s going on behind the headlines at The Conversation.
  • We also have webinars specially for our donors where you hear from editors and academics on timely issues. 

What if I’m considering giving a major gift of $1,000 or more and have questions?

Please reach out to Priyanka Sharma-Sindhar, our Director of Development, at

How do I include The Conversation in my will?

We are so grateful that you’re thinking of a legacy gift. Please reach out to Priyanka Sharma-Sindhar, our Director of Development, at for the right language to use. 

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