PAY IT FORWARD PROGRAM...
Accessibility is One of our Core Values
In an effort to further dismantle unjust systems we created a fund dedicated to awarding journals to financially-affected folks with a prioritization to those who self-identify as BIPOC &/or are a part of the LGBTQIA+ community.
This fund allows us to maximize the amount of scholarships & discounts offered so our journal's healing magic can be shared with everyone - especially those experiencing a difficult financial barrier & other modes of oppression.
Empowering & revolutionary action is in the bones of this creation & business’s existence. We cannot ignore the unequal distribution of wealth & privilege, instead we chose to take an active role in the road towards racial justice. But an important question was still on the mind;
This Program Helps Us Help Others
As an independent self-publishing business, we have to balance out what is affordable for us and doable with the limited people on our team.
We aim to keep our prices affordable to every buyer, but the self-publishing world doesn’t make it easy, and what’s affordable depends on who you’re asking and what systems they are affected by.
While we appreciate those who support us and pay full price, we also recognize that this is not an option for some folks. Without any shame, judgment or intense screening, we are here to try and work with those who need help getting this healing tool in their hands - because we all deserve it!
How It Works
1. Each generous donation is taken note of in our spreadsheet and put aside separate from our business funds.
2. Those who apply for assistance are added to our waitlist
3. We process our applications to determine the best discount or scholarship for your need.
4. When have or receive funds in our pool, we reach out twice a month via email to as many applicants as we can support.
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How you can Contribute
If you are in a position to share, your Pay It Forward gift gift makes it possible for us to reach marginalized communities, those experiencing financial strains, youth readers, & more.
The magic of this journal has the power to heal and you have the power to pass that healing forward.
You can support someone in need of assistance: donate to our Pay It Forward Fund here
as of February 22nd 2021 we have helped over 35 folks receive assistance to get a Cycles Journal. Thank you for helping us make this possible!
How You Can Receive Assistance
1. Self-identify as a financially-affected person (preference is awarded to Black/Indigenous Person Of Color in an effort to dismantle injustices that sadly still exist. Next we will prioritize those in the LGBTQIA+ community.)
2. Apply via the form to let us know what kind of assistance you need
3. You will get a copy of your responses via email as a confirmation & we will get back to you once we have offers available. (usually within 2-3 weeks, sometimes sooner, sometimes later)
Q: Are you a non-profit?
A: No, we are not a charity or non-profit - just a small business fighting capitalism & creating a forwarding system facilitate accessibility.
Q: Can I nominate someone or share this with a group?
A: Of course, please share this far & wide. You can send your nominees to this page and have them fill out the form themselves.
Q: What kind of assistance is offered?
A: We offer a range of discounts depending on need & open to discussion.
Q: What do you do if you have more donations than requests for aid?
A: We will hold the funds until we receive more applications since the funds carry over indefinitely. We promise not to save or collect these funds for our own needs. If applications don’t come in on their own, we’ll advertise this service more, or find organizations to donate the journals through.
Q: How do you keep track?
A: We are notified every time someone checks out with the Pay-It-Forward option or donates - so “fulfill” the order by marking it down on our spreadsheet - the same one the applications come in on so that they are side-by-side & we can mark off which donations fulfills which request.
Q: Will you notify the donator when their donation is forwarded?
A: If we had an easy way to do this we would, but it’s already a lot of work to keep track of everything to make this happen. Maybe in the future? You can always reach out via email & we will show our records. We appreciate your trust that it will help someone get a journal with more ease.
Q: Is this legit?
A: Yes! & Thank you for asking. If you'd like to see our records just email us & we'd be happy to share.
Q: How long until I hear back about my application?
A: We do our best to answer once or twice a month, but as a very small team (currently just 2 of us) it can sometimes take us a bit. Thank you for your patience & feel free to follow up with us via email.
Q: How many have you helped so far?
A: As of February 22nd 2021 we have helped over 35 folks receive assistance to get a Cycles Journal. We are grateful for the donations from individuals who have helped us make this facilitation possible!
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