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FAQs – Sponsors

There are two ways of sponsoring SMC: by making a donation to the non-profit SMC gGmbH or by becoming a member of the “Association of Friends and Supporters”. In both cases, sponsors receive a charitable donation receipt.

A broad range of sponsors helps to ensure that the SMC editorial office does not become dependent on individual donors and interests. When a sponsor commences or withdraws support this must not be allowed to impact on SMC’s work.

An exception is The Klaus Tschira Foundation because it facilitated the original formation of SMC and actively guarantees its mission of promoting independent science journalism without pursuing an agenda or strategic interests of its own. In line with the growing number of sponsors, the amount of funding they provide will increase and, over the years, the financial contribution made by the Klaus Tschira Foundation will gradually decrease concomitantly.

The Association of Friends and Supporters sees itself as an organisation for SMC’s financial supporters. Every effort is made to keep the association’s organisational expenses as low as possible in relation to subscriptions whilst ensuring that members remain in contact with SMC, both in professional and agenda terms. This is why the annual subscription for individuals is at least 250 Euro and for legal entities at least 1,500 Euro. If you would like to give SMC smaller amounts, you are most welcome to make a donation to the non-profit SMC gGmbH. All sponsors receive a charitable donation receipt.

On principle, we are grateful for contributions from anyone who is sympathetic to SMC’s mission and is keen to promote independent science journalism. We do, however, retain the right to refuse contributions from individuals or institutions that do not share our philosophy.