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General FAQs

How are my donations to Aeon used?

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a humane, cosmopolitan worldview. As a donor, you help us to pay our writers, filmmakers and editors, and keep the site free of intrusive ads. Most of all, your support allows us to keep on doing what we do: freely sharing our Essays, Ideas and Videos.

Are donations to Aeon tax-deductible?

Yes, both Friends of Aeon donations and one-off donations made by US and Australian taxpayers are tax deductible. 

Donations made to Aeon America Inc (EIN 81-3741044), which is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code in the US, are tax-deductible to US taxpayers. You will receive a tax receipt from Aeon America Inc. 

Donations made to Aeon Media Group Ltd – Gift Fund (ABN 80 612 076 614), which is listed on the Australian Government’s Register of Cultural Organisations, and endorsed as a deductible gift recipient, are tax-deductible to Australian taxpayers. You will receive a tax receipt from Aeon Media Group Ltd – Gift Fund. Donations above A$2 are tax-deductible.

If you need advice on your eligibility to claim a tax deduction, please consult your tax adviser.

Is Aeon a 501(c)(3)?

Yes – please see above.

Is Aeon a DGR organisation in Australia?

Yes – please see above.

What cards do you accept?

You can donate using Visa, MasterCard, AMEX, JCB, Discover, and Diners Club, or simply use PayPal.

What exchange rate will I pay on my US dollar donation?

If your card currency is not US dollars, the amount charged to your credit card will be converted to your local currency by your credit card provider at an exchange rate set by the provider.

Can I donate in another currency?

For more information on how to donate in your local or preferred currency via PayPal, please contact support@aeon.co

Will I be charged fees on my donation?

Neither Aeon nor its payment gateways, Stripe or PayPal, charges fees to you. We pay any receiving fees imposed on us by our payment gateways. If any fees do appear, these will be from your particular bank or credit-card provider, and we suggest contacting them for more information.

What about security?

Aeon uses Stripe to process secure payments online. Find out more about how Stripe protects your security here.

We also accept donations via PayPal. Find out more about how PayPal protects your security here.

One-off donations to Aeon will appear on your financial statements as ‘Aeon donation’. Friends of Aeon donation/s should appear on your financial statements as payments to ‘Friends of Aeon’. 

Some payment providers may list the company name instead, which is ‘Aeon America Inc’ or ‘Aeon Media Group’ (for Australian donors). If you believe a charge was made in error, we encourage you to contact us first at support@aeon.co to resolve it quickly and arrange a refund if appropriate. Disputes lodged with your financial provider can result in charges to Aeon, which can be costly for a charity.

How will you use my information?

Aeon is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. You can read our Privacy Policy here

Can I donate through my employer-matching scheme or donor-advised fund?

Yes, we welcome employer-matched donations and grants through donor-advised funds. If you prefer to donate via other charity portals, please drop us a line at support@aeon.co to let us know. There are many charity portals, and we are not registered on all of them.

I don’t want to use a credit card online or PayPal. Can I send a cheque or donate another way?

No. We accept only online donations for Friends of Aeon and one-off donations.

If you would like to consider making a larger donation or to explore other ways to support Aeon, please visit our Patrons and Sponsors page.

Friends of Aeon FAQs

What benefits do I get as a Friend of Aeon?

You will receive:

  • The Aeon Edition: a monthly collection of the best of Aeon designed to be read offline as an e-book
  • Access to exclusive features: save and annotate your favourite pieces in your Library
  • An exclusive monthly newsletter from our editors: a view from behind-the-scenes at Aeon
  • Recognition on our supporters page (optional)

I didn’t create a password when I first signed up to Friends of Aeon. Can I still access the benefits?

No. Entering a password when prompted completes the set-up of your user account which is the way you access the special onsite features reserved for Friends, and manage your account.

If you didn’t set-up an account and would like to now, please email us at support@aeon.co

How can I change or cancel my monthly or annual donation?

If you would like to change or cancel your ongoing credit card donation, you can do this directly from your user account by clicking on the ‘donations’ tab on your profile page. Alternatively, contact us at  support@aeon.co. If you would like to change or cancel your ongoing donation via PayPal, simply log in to your PayPal account. If you have any questions, please contact PayPal support.

For full details on our billing, cancellation and refund policies please see our Terms and Conditions

Become a Friend

Friends provide essential ongoing support by donating as little as US$5 a month or US$50 a year.

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Friends receive:

  • The Aeon Edition: a monthly collection of the best of Aeon designed to be read offline as an ebook
  • Access to My Aeon: save and annotate your favourite pieces in your Library
  • An exclusive monthly newsletter from our editors: a view from behind the scenes at Aeon
  • Recognition on our supporters page if you wish

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