How do I donate?
It's simple. Go to MaximumFun.org/donate. Choose a donation level. Tell us what shows you listen to. Tell us your credit card information.
Why are you supported by donation?
The short version: because we'd rather be beholden to our audience than beholden to people trying to sell things to our audience, and we'd rather not exclude anyone from enjoying our content. We turn down a lot of advertising that we find distasteful or feel with make your listening experience unpleasant.
How much of your revenue comes from donations?
About 75% of our revenue comes from listeners directly supporting the shows.
How do you decide who gets paid what?
It's a very direct process. About 25% of your monthly donation goes to run the network - that's rent, staff, and the costs of the pledge drive. About 75% is divided evenly between the shows you listen to. You are directly supporting the shows and their creators.
Who Gets Bonus Content?
There are over 50 hours of bonus content. They're accessible to anyone who is a monthly donor. You'll find the feed address on the thank-you page, and in the email you receive after you donate.
I didn't get an email right away?
Give it a little time. You'll get an email with your receipt, but sometimes it takes a few hours.
I'm a monthly donor. Do I need to renew?
Unless you've changed your credit card or billing address, your donation will continue. However, if you're listening to more shows or MaxFun is a bigger part of your life, you can reflect that (and get a thank-you gift) by increasing your donation.
I want to upgrade my donation! How do I do it?
It's pretty easy. Just go to the donate page and click on Upgrade, or use this link
Why monthly subscriptions and not one-time donations?
Ultimately, it's folks who give (even a little) on a continuing basis who pay for our shows. One-time donations are much more expensive to (in non-profit terms) "acquire," because we have to ask every time. They're also inconsistent and make it incredibly difficult to create a sustainable budget. Monthly donations (again, even small ones) give our shows a consistent budget to plan their year. They also mean we don't have to inconvenience people (and lose donors) by asking them to sign up repeatedly. That said, if you'd like to make a one-time donation, we'll gladly accept it and put it toward the cost of the drive. You can donate online here or mail it to Maximum Fun / 2404 Wilshire Blvd. #9A / Los Angeles, CA 90057.
I want to upgrade to a level that doesn't exist! What do I do?
The easiest thing to do is upgrade to a level that *does* exist, but if for example you're at $35/month and want to kick it up a notch without going all the way to $100/month, we can help you. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I want to become a major part of supporting guiding MaxFun in the future. What can I do?
Of course all of our donors and all of our listeners are a huge part of guiding and supporting MaxFun, but if you'd like to make a commitment beyond monthly donations, email email@example.com and we can share some information about the advisory board we're putting together.
How much money do you make?
The amount that our shows make varies pretty widely based on audience. Some newer shows with smaller audiences and donor bases gross hundreds of dollars a month. Our more established shows with larger audiences gross mid-four-digits per month.
Why not just have lots of ads?
There are lots of costs involved in having ads. You have to pay someone to sell them, the advertiser has to pay someone to buy them (believe it or not, media buyers and ad agencies take huge percentages), and they're very difficult to sell against audiences of less than millions. More importantly though, we value your time. Take a look at this calculation - if you make $10 an hour, even watching one ad-supported TV show regularly costs you about ten bucks a month of your time. We don't want to put you through that.
Is MaximumFun.org a 501c3 non-profit?
Nope. Non-profits have lots and lots of logistical requirements that we don't have the resources to manage. We're really happy as a "dual bottom line" company - with our goals being to earn money and make the world better with great, responsible content.
I'm a donor. Can I update my donation?
Yes. If you're listening to new shows, the best thing to do is to upgrade your donation to reflect that! This means that the shows you listened to before won't get a pay cut when you add new shows to the list. If you can't afford to increase your donation, you can also spread your current donation out more by simply updating your membership.
Which shows should I say I listen to?
The ones you actually listen to.
Will you take bitcoins?
Fine. Print them out and mail them to us or whatever. Just know that we'll probably use them to buy heroin online.