Films For Action: an Important Message to All Our Supporters

By Films For Action / filmsforaction.org
Jan 24, 2018
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Films For Action: an Important Message to All Our Supporters

Hey everyone! We're excited to announce that Films For Action has launched a Patreon crowdfunding campaign!

For those that are new to Patreon, Patreon is a membership platform that makes it easy to help creators earn a sustainable income. Patrons make a small monthly donation, as little as a $1 per month, and creators are able to do what they love without needing to rely on advertising to get by.

For the last 5 years, advertising on our website has been the primary way Films For Action has been able to grow and sustain itself. But with ever-changing Facebook algorithms, declining organic reach and the trend towards native Facebook video, it's become increasingly difficult to drive traffic to the site and hence, earn money from ads.

We're still reaching millions of people every week on Facebook and our base of supporters is larger than ever - we recently passed 900,000 fans on Facebook - but the revenue model that we used to rely on is essentially gone.

This could be a blessing in disguise, however. If it becomes possible, we would love to remove ads on the site entirely and rely on our supporters to keep our site growing and healthy. We would also love to hire additional staff and rehire our editor from the UK, who worked with us for 3 years up until last summer, when we had gone about 6 months past the point that funds were no longer able to support a 2nd fulltime staff member. Andrew Butler was such an incredible work partner and asset to the project, we would love to bring him back.

This is where you come in.

If you believe in Films For Action and why our site exists, we hope you'll be among the first to become a Films For Action patron.  As a way of saying thanks, with a $1 pledge, we'll remove ads on the site for you and for your friends with every dollar more.

Whether you decide to pitch in $1, 2, 3 or more dollars per month, this regular income will ensure Films For Action will be able to continue growing our impact across the world, reaching millions of people every week and inspiring the shift to the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible.

With your help and the help of a few thousand awesome people like you, we can continue stronger than ever. Our goal is to go 100% ad-free for everyone by next year and become 100% member supported!

We can't wait!

As a community-powered learning library (we have over 35,000 site members who have contributed over 3,000 highly rated videos and articles to the site), we think this is how it was always meant to be.

100% funded by the people, for the people, and all living beings.

https://www.patreon.com/filmsforaction

For all your support, thank you!

Tim Hjersted Films For Action director & co-founder


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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

One of the coolest things is, thanks to our patrons, our library is ad-free and 100% supported by member donations. The Pay-Per-View films on our site, of course, help support the filmmakers, and 90-100% of the revenue for PPV films hosted by us goes to the filmmakers. 

To thank our $5/mo patron subscribers, we partner with filmmakers to provide access to a growing number of films that are unavailable for free. With just 28 highly-curated films at the moment, it's basically a mini "Netflix for world changers," but its main function is to support the library as a whole, which is 99% free and always will be.

Want to become a patron? Subscribe here. You can cancel or pause your subscription at any time.

If you'd like to know more, want to help out, or you're a filmmaker or distributor looking to collaborate, drop us a line via our contact page. 

You're also welcome and encouraged to submit videos directly to our library. Just click +Add Video at the top of the site and paste the video URL to get started. We share our favorite submissions with our fans on social media and feature them more prominently on the site.

Cheers,  
Tim Hjersted
Co-Founder & Director
Lawrence, KS