FAQs on Donations to The Wire

Why does The Wire ask its readers and viewers for support?
The Wire is published by the Foundation for Independent Journalism, a not-for-profit company registered under Section 8 of the Companies Act. The founding premise of The Wire is this: if good journalism is to survive and thrive, it can only do so by being both editorially and financially independent. This means relying principally on contributions from readers and concerned citizens who have no interest other than to sustain a space for quality journalism.

How does a recurring support plan help The Wire?
News gathering and publishing is a human-intensive exercise. Any report published by The Wire requires at least 4-5 individuals to actively work on it. To keep The Wire sustainable, we have to create a predictable and stable source of income. A recurring support plan by our readers and viewers is the best way to achieve this.

Will a donation of a sum as low as Rs 200 a month help The Wire?
Yes. Every small bit counts. When you commit to support us with Rs 200 every month or even Rs 10 for an article, we see someone who is making our democracy stronger. This gives us confidence to continue doing our work.

Why do I not get a freebie for my recurring support?
We would love to give you something in exchange for your support, however, the income tax rules prevent us from doing so. If we offer you anything in exchange for your support, then the amount collected will be regarded as commercial revenue and not a donation.

What are some of the big donations that The Wire has received?
Our single largest donor till now is the Bangalore-based Independent and Public Spirited Media Foundation (IPSMF). Rohan Narayan Murthy supported our science coverage for two years, from 2016-2018. We received our first grant from the IPSMF in 2016 and have an assurance of only three years of support. This means we are on our own from 2019. So far, in addition to large grants, The Wire has been fortunate to collect a small but significant portion of its donation from individual readers and supporters. In the coming months we want to be a news organisation which is supported completely by its readers and viewers.

Why do I have to be an Indian citizen?
Under Indian law, only Indian citizens and Indian entities can make donations to a media non-profit like The Wire. If you are a non-resident Indian (NRI), you can still make a donation, in any currency. But Overseas Citizens of India (OCIs) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIOs) may not.

What information will The Wire collect from me when I make a payment?
The Wire will retain your email id and mobile number to ensure that payment confirmation or failure can be recorded and intimated. The tax laws also mandate that we must gather personally identifiable information, such as name, email id, phone number, and address of all contributors to extend tax benefits. Other information such as PAN card details for amounts above Rs 4999 are retained as per current tax laws.

Do I have to share PAN details for donations?
The Wire used to collect PAN details for all contributions, however, as per the advice of our accountants and lawyers, we now collect PAN details for contributions above Rs 4999.

Are contributions made to The Wire tax free?
Yes, contributions made to The Wire are tax-exempt under 80G of the Income Tax Act. Please make sure you share your correct email id while contributing in order to receive your tax exemption certificate. Exemptions are valid only in India.

Is my information safe?
Yes. The Wire does not share any information you share during the payment process with any third party other than the payments service providers. We also promise not to sell or trade your information in any form. The data collected during the process is stored in a way that complies with the best data security protocols in the industry.

How long does a recurring contribution remain active?
All recurring contributions remain active until cancelled.

How can I cancel my recurring contribution?
You can cancel from here: https://thewire.in/subscription-management/lookup

Can I make an offline donation?
Yes, you can also send us your donation cheques made out to 'Foundation for Independent Journalism' via regular mail to the following address:-
The Wire
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Lane opposite Jain Bhawan
Gole Market, New Delhi 110 001

Please make sure you mention your PAN numbers while making the donation.

Can I make a cash donation?
Small cash donations against a receipt can be made in person only if you provide us with your PAN details, address and phone number.