Below, we answer some common questions about supporting Strong Towns. Visit this page to become a member.
1. What does it mean to become a member of Strong Towns? Is that different from simply making a donation?
By becoming a member of Strong Towns, you are making a statement about your interest in our unique vision for growth and development in the communities you care about. All of our articles, videos and podcasts are free to access and share. We believe that's crucial to our goal of creating a movement of a million people who care. By becoming a member, you indicate that you value our work and commitment to making Strong Towns accessible to everyone.
Everyone who makes a monthly donation of any amount or an annual donation of at least $25 is invited to become a member. Membership does not obligate you to attend meetings, volunteer or even receive our emails if you don't want to—you pick how deeply you'd like to engage in our community, and you're free to opt out of our communications at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link at the end of any email from us.
If you would like to make a further donation in addition to your annual or monthly membership contribution, you can do so by visiting this page.
2. What will my membership contribution support?
Simply put, your contribution helps us change the world. By supporting the day-to-day activities of Strong Towns —that includes everything from paying for the web platform to administering our most important programs —you help us share a vision for growth and development that is resilient, responsive, and most importantly, backed by rigorous analysis and proven to work. We rely primarily on individual memberships because we believe towns rely primarily on individual citizens to make them stronger.
Every little bit counts. If you would like to support our new ventures as a major donor or to support a specific project related to the Strong Towns mission, please visit this page.
3. How is Strong Towns supported?
Strong Towns is supported through a combination of individual donations, event fees, foundations and corporate sponsors.
- 75% of our funding comes from membership dues and committed donors, as well as speaking fees for events. That makes up our general operating budget, supporting the creation of our website content, our events and our other core programs.
- 25% of our funding comes from foundations and corporate sponsors. We use these contributions as “social venture capital” to test and refine new ideas.
4. I'd still like to see more specifics. What's Strong Towns' strategic plan for accomplishing its goals?
5. Is my contribution tax-deductible?
Yes. Strong Towns is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. You will receive annual or monthly emails as proof of your tax deductible donation. Donations are tax-deductible in the U.S. only, at this point.
6. Is it safe and secure for me to donate online to Strong Towns?
Yes. As a Level 1 Payment Card Industry (PCI) certified company; our payment processor, iATS Payments, ensures all transactions are handled with the highest industry standards in security and confidentiality. Payment information is transmitted via Transport Layer Security (TLS). The TLS protocol is the new industry standard method for creating an encrypted, secure connection between your web browser and a web server.
7. My organization/foundation/company would like to make a donation to Strong Towns. How would we go about doing that?
Please visit this page to learn about organizational sponsorship of Strong Towns.
8. Whom do I contact if I have a problem or question about making an online donation?
9. Can I make a donation by mail or offline?
Yes, we are happy to take donations by mail. Simply send a check to:
1511 Northern Pacific Rd #206
Brainerd, MN 56401
Please include your email address with your check if you'd like to receive membership updates, special offers, and content from us.
10. Can I make a recurring online donation?
Yes. You will be prompted to choose "annual" or "recurring" when you make your donation on this page.
11. How do I cancel my recurring online donation?
Contact member support and we will promptly help you cancel your recurring donation.
12. My company matches my gifts to 501(c)(3) organizations. Is Strong Towns eligible to receive this type of match?
Yes, the IRS recognizes Strong Towns as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the tax code. Thanks for asking!
13. I can't become a Strong Towns member right now, but I have another idea for how I can contribute. Who should I talk to?
(Top photo by NACTO)