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Update and simply the fund us page

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__If you’re happy we exist, please help us continue to exist.__
We’re [a tiny team of two](/about) funded by individuals like you. Your patronage goes towards keeping a roof over our heads as we [build the Small Web](/research-and-development).
We’re [a tiny team of two](/about) funded by individuals like you. Your patronage helps us work on [building the Small Web](/research-and-development).
{{< fund-us-form >}}
### Current patronage
When we last checked on June 5, 2021, we had 86 patrons, supporting us with €845/month (on average, ~€9.82 per patron).
When we last checked on July 3, 2021, we had 90 patrons, supporting us with €866/month (on average, ~€9.62 per patron).
### Where your donation goes
We’re [a tiny team of two people](/about#the-foundation). Our work at Small Technology Foundation pays our rent and buys dog food.
Our rent is currently €1,650/month. We figure we need about €5,000 between us a month to get by comfortably.
Since [the gift from Aral’s parents](#other-funding) has been used up, we are now paying ourselves ~€2,000/mo from the funds in the organisation that have accrued from Better Blocker sales, etc. We have a few months worth of money in the organisation and we are currently thinking of ways of bringing in more money in the short term to enable us to continue to exist.
### Our sustainability (not growth) plan
We are building [small-web.org](https://small-web.org) as the first of what we hope will become many interoperable Small Web hosts running [Basil](https://github.com/small-tech/basil). Our plan is to sustain the foundation by charging a little more for hosting than what we pay our upstream provider.
We are building [small-web.org](https://small-web.org) as the first of what we hope will become many interoperable Small Web hosts running [Domain](https://github.com/small-tech/domain). Our plan is to sustain the foundation by charging a little more than what we pay our upstream providers.
Eventually, we hope that institutions like the EU will see that our work benefits the commons and fund us from the commons. But we’re not holding our breaths for that just yet.
Our goal is not to scale Small Technology Foundation itself.
In fact, we are specifically designing our tools so that if they’re successful, we don’t scale alongside them but that we foster a community of small sustainable organisations around the world.
That said, it would be wonderful if one day we could afford to get someone to handle the administrative work so both of us can focus all our time on research and development. One day we’d also like to be able to work with other people from the free and open source community and be able to pay them for their time.
Finally, [we speak at a large number of events](/events) to advocate for small technology. These include platforms such as the Nobel Peace Center, The Royal Society of Arts, British Parliament, and European Parliament as well as industry conferences and events. Our work also gets covered in the media. Your donations give us the freedom to carry out this advocacy work.
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#### Pay us to speak at your events
We get asked to speak at a large number of events. Sadly, many of these do not pay an honorarium. Paying us for these speaking engagements helps us to pay the rent. (Honorariums we receive go directly to Small Technology Foundation, not to us personally.)
We get asked to speak at a large number of events. Sadly, many of these inquiries do not pay an honorarium. Paying us for speaking engagements helps us pay the rent. (Honorariums we receive go directly to Small Technology Foundation, not to us personally.)
We have a state-of-the-art studio setup at our home office as well as a 1Gbit fibre connection so we can present virtually. You can find [recordings of past talks](/videos) on our [Videos page](/videos).
#### Buy Better Blocker
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Tell your friends about us. Help us spread the word.
### Revenue to date
Over the past seven years, we’ve received roughly €500,000 in total revenue from various sources, the largest being the Bank of Aral’s Mom & Dad. Our average burn rate over that period has been roughly €70,000/year (it was higher at the beginning when we had a larger team and is lower now).
Our expenses have also been higher than we’d have liked as [we felt compelled to leave the UK due to the passing of the Investigatory Powers Act and Brexit](https://ar.al/notes/so-long-and-thanks-for-all-the-fish/). We spent two years in Sweden, moving three times within that time. We’ve moved five times in the last two-and-a-half years, culminating in our move to Ireland in 2018. We’re still renting but we’ve enjoyed two years of relative stability here in the same home. It’s had a very positive impact on our productivity and we hope that will continue.
#### Bank of Mom & Dad
__(Ind.ie and now Small Technology Foundation)__
Haluk Balkan and Mehlika Balkan are our main benefactors. Over the last seven years, they have gifted us £267,867 personally to support our work.
The money they’ve invested in our work comes from the sale of three apartments in Turkey. Haluk and Mehlika are Aral’s parents – they are a university professor and a librarian – and they would like it to be known that they don’t have any more homes left to sell.
#### Sales of Better Blocker
__(Ind.ie and now Small Technology Foundation)__
In 2016, we launched [Better Blocker](https://better.fyi) for [iOS](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/better-by-ind.ie/id1080964978?ls=1&mt=8), followed by [Better Blocker for macOS](https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/better/id1121192229?ls=1&mt=12). In the three years since, we’ve received a total of $86,300 in revenue from sales of the app ($49.1K on iOS, $37.2K on macOS).
We do not see ongoing reliance on Apple’s closed ecosystem as a viable long-term strategy.
#### Our work with the City of Ghent
__(Historic; Ind.ie)__
In 2017-2018, with [Ind.ie](https://ind.ie), we worked with the City of Ghent to carry out research and development on how Small Technology could be applied at the city level. For this we received €72,000.
#### Initial crowdfunding
__(Historic; Ind.ie)__
In 2014, with [Ind.ie](https://ind.ie), we raised £60,000 via crowdfunding. [$10,000 of that was donated by Rafael Laguna from Open-Xchange](https://www.open-xchange.com/about-ox/ox-blog/article/putting-our-money-where-our-mouth-is/). At one point during 2014 / 15, we had [a team](https://2017.ind.ie/about/team/) of 5 people working at the same time at Ind.ie and we’ve always paid the people we work with.
#### Speaking fees
We both speak about our work professionally at a number of events every year. The honorariums we receive from these events go directly to Small Technology Foundation.
#### Royalties from Laura’s book (Accessibility for Everyone)
Laura has invested these in Ind.ie (and ongoing royalties are invested in Small Technology Foundation).
#### Eclips.is (hosting)
__(Ind.ie and now Small Technology Foundation)__
Finally, we receive free hosting for a number of our sites from [Eclips.is](https://eclips.is) and are in the process of moving as many of our sites over to them as possible to reduce our monthly hosting costs even further.
_Your support has kept us going and gotten us to where we are today. It hasn’t been an easy journey but we would not have been able to get here without being able to continuously iterate on the problem for the past seven years._
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