I wish we didn't have to ask...

Dear Common Dreamer,

Last week, we kicked off our Fall Fundraising Campaign. Today I wanted to share with you how critical these campaigns are for Common Dreams and to answer several questions you have asked about our budget and fundraising.

We operate on a very tight budget, in an overcrowded office, in an old brick warehouse, with a small but dedicated staff of eleven. From here we publish progressive news and analysis 365 days a year for tens of millions of readers.

We send over a million newsletters each week to a growing readership all over the world. And we bring you updates of breaking news 24/7.

We are proud of what our news team has accomplished over the past 20 years. This has been possible because of the support of our active and engaged community of readers, writers, and the thousands of contributors sending whatever amounts of money they can to keep Common Dreams alive.

And since we began back in 1997, you have been able to count on Common Dreams to be there for you—and bring you the truth.

Several times a year we must launch brief fundraising drives which provide us with most of our annual budget. Relying on contributions from our readers not only guarantees us the independence to speak truth to power—but it helps keep us in touch (and on our toes) with our growing community of supporters.

I wish we didn’t have to ask for your help so often. But, the fact is, when we don’t ask contributions trickle off to almost zero. We don’t sell advertising; we don’t sell your email address; we don't sell 'meta-data'; we don’t sell out. To survive, we must ask for your support.

Can I count on your help today as we need to raise $50,000 to reach our goal for this campaign? 

Support Common Dreams

Whether you give $15, $50 or $500—every amount gets us closer to our goal, and every contribution is fully tax-deductible. Or, you can sign up to give an automatic monthly gift as a Sustaining Member.

We can't do it without you.

With gratitude during these difficult times,

The whole Common Dreams news team

P.S. It's at times like these that independent media is more important than ever.