Feasta is badly in need of funding at present. Early in 2013 we will lose a sizable proportion of our core funding owing to the winding down of a trust fund that has been supporting Feasta for many years. So we’re facing big cutbacks. Our ability to maintain an office with the staff costs and overheads is in jeopardy. We have always operated on a very tight budget, but, nonetheless, to make up for the shortfall we’ll need to generate around €25,000 worth of funds annually.
A good way to help us out would be to join Feasta or make a donation to Feasta. It would be a meaningful gesture of support towards an organisation with a well-established track record of researching, debating and promoting the much-needed switch to a sustainable and just economic paradigm. For the past 14 years we’ve been providing valuable research on community-based economies, addressing the climate crisis, currency innovation, global risks, multi-level resilience, food security, fairer taxation, fairer trade, and the transition to renewable energy.
Here is a list of the benefits that come from membership:
- Feasta members have access to the members only area that includes additional material, such as downloadable chapters from our book Fleeing Vesuvius.
- Feasta members have additional forum areas for discussion.
- Feasta members each have a profile which can be used to find other Feasta members with similar interests or who live in the same area.
- Feasta members participate in Feasta Working Groups to progress a particular area of interest.
- Feasta members receive e-newsletters and concessions on our events and publications.
There’s a wide range of ways to support Feasta financially and every little bit helps. If you’re short of funds yourself you could get a year’s individual membership for €35 or a concessionary membership for €15.
However, by far the best way to support us is through repeat donations (via standing order or Paypal) or repeat membership subscriptions. These enable us to plan more effectively as they give us a much clearer idea of how stable our funding will be in the future. Donations of €250 or more are eligible for tax relief if you are a resident of Ireland.
If you’re interested in making a gift of Feasta membership please contact Morag at firstname.lastname@example.org. To join yourself, go to our membership page and to make a donation please go to our donations page at http://www.feasta.org/donate/.
We have another suggestion for those who prefer the idea of giving something as a present that you can actually hold in your hands. The Feasta Climate Group’s new book Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society is available for €17.50. It is a tangible gift which is “packed with reasoned hope and proposals for action” (Peter Barnes). Feasta gets a commission on the books’ sales so you’d still be supporting us that way.
The book is a collection of nine essays including one by the late Richard Douthwaite – his final piece of published writing – entitled “Time for some optimism about the climate crisis”. Frank Barnaby describes the book as “essential reading for all interested in effective action against climate change”, while James Robertson writes that the book is “a very welcome and understandable response to the dwindling momentum of attempts to deal with climate change at the global level”. Find out more and order copies at http://www.sharingforsurvival.org.
Another option for a gift is our book Fleeing Vesuvius: Overcoming the Risks of Economic and Environmental Collapse, a 400-page compendium with 27 authors (€20). Rob Hopkins comments that “subjects covered are refreshingly diverse: from the psychology of change to practical solutions and from new economic models to passionate debates as to the nature of the crisis confronting us, all are explored in the rigorous and clear manner we have come to expect from Feasta publications.” While it doesn’t discount the complexity of the problems we face, Fleeing Vesuvius is practical and fundamentally optimistic. It will arm readers with the confidence and knowledge they need to develop new, workable alternatives to the old-style expanding economy and its supporting systems. It’s a book that can be read all the way through or used as a resource to dip in and out of. Find out more and order copies at http://www.fleeingvesuvius.org.