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How are my donations to Friends of Aeon used?

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a humane, cosmopolitan worldview. As a Friend of Aeon, 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.

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 will you use my information?

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

Are donations to Friends of Aeon tax-deductible?

Yes, online 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.

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.

Can I make my donation to Friends of Aeon by cheque or bank transfer?

No. We accept only online donations for Friends of Aeon.

If you would like to consider becoming a Patron of Aeon, you can make your donation via cheque or direct bank transfer.

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.

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, please contact us at support@aeon.co.

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

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.

Aeon is a registered charity committed to the spread of knowledge and a cosmopolitan worldview. Our mission is to create a sanctuary online for serious thinking. No ads, no paywall, no clickbait – just thought-provoking ideas from the world’s leading thinkers, free to all.

If you believe in our mission, please support us by becoming a Friend of Aeon. Friends donate US$5 a month or US$50 a year.

Donations made by US and Australian taxpayers are tax-deductible.

If you prefer not to sign up for ongoing support you can make a one-off donation instead.

If you are considering a larger donation, please visit our Patrons & Sponsors page.

Frequently asked questions

Friends of Aeon 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

If you prefer not to sign up for ongoing support you can make a one-off donation instead.

If you are considering a larger donation, please visit our Patrons & Sponsors page.

Frequently asked questions