Is OpenMedia a charity? Is my donation tax-deductible?

OpenMedia is a registered non-profit in Canada, not a charity, so we can't issue personal tax receipts. Our non-profit status ensures that we can advocate for government policy changes, which would be impossible if we were a charity. However, if your contribution is being written off under a business, we can issue you a receipt that includes HST/GST and your contribution would be eligible for input tax credits. If this is the case, please send the name and address of the business to [email protected].

What does OpenMedia do with community donations?

Click Here to learn more about our funding model, who we get donations from, and what we do with them!

Are you affiliated with any political party?

Nope! We’re strictly non-partisan. We support ideas that line up with our goals, no matter who they’re from. In Canada, we’ve supported (and strongly opposed) ideas and policies from every major party. Note: non-partisan does not mean we avoid politicians— we often talk to political leaders and their staff to let them know what our community thinks. This communication helps turn your crowdsourced policies into reality.

Do your emails use tracking links?

Our email software uses basic, industry-standard analytics to let us know what’s working when we communicate with you. For example, we can see aggregate numbers for an email to answer questions like, did people opening the message actually click a link to an action? Did people open the email at all? We use these results to inform future communications and make sure we’re talking about what matters to our community. Read our privacy policy to see how we take your privacy very seriously.

Do you ever work with other advocacy groups?

OpenMedia collaborates with other groups when our collective voices will have a bigger impact. There are many great organizations around the world doing great work for the open Internet, and from time to time we’ll partner with them to have an on-the-ground impact (for example, to deliver petition signatures to local decision-makers) or to share important information.

If we’re partnering with another group that might keep you informed about a campaign via email, we’ll make sure to let you know right on the action page.

I'm an existing monthly donor. How do I update my payment information?

At this time we can't update payment info online, but here are a few ways to update your donation infomation:

  • The best way to update your payment information is to create a new monthly gift with your updated payment information by clicking here and notify us at [email protected] so we can cancel your old gift.
  • You can also email the Development Manager at [email protected] and they can guide you through the process.
  • Or, you can email us with a current phone number and we'll be happy to call at your convenience. OpenMedia does not recommend emailing sensitive credit card information.

I received a call from someone at Public Outreach who said they were calling on behalf of OpenMedia. Is this legitimate?

Yes. OpenMedia has hired Public Outreach’s team of professional phone-fundraisers to help us grow our monthly donor base. We hire externally, because we don't have the resources or space to set up our own tele-fundraising office. Having a large monthly donor base provides us with the sustainable funding we need to meet our targets and keep up to political developments by launching fast paced, rapid response campaigns.

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