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Reasons to support The LINGUIST List



NOTE: As a 501(c)3 organization, The LINGUIST List qualifies for corporate donation-matching programs; and, of course, your donation is tax deductible. See Tax Efficient Giving below.

Why we need your support

The LINGUIST List is provided free to users; we want all our services to be as accessible as possible. Although the moderators - Anthony Aristar and Helen Dry - provide their services without charge, the cost of running a large Internet-based organization is very high.

As we have grown over the years, from a small mailing list to the premier Internet resource for linguistics, we have come to rely on an increasing crew of student editors. Currently, there are 20 such editors working for you. So when you donate to The LINGUIST List, not only are you helping us maintain and improve the services we provide, but you are also supporting deserving students pursuing a Master's degree in linguistics. Previous student editors have gone on to study for their doctorates at top universities or have taken up positions in leading companies.

We do not receive any government or public support for our daily operations. We receive help from Supporting Publishers, and Institutions from whom we ask a donation in return for job and software announcements. But for the majority of our running costs, we depend on Individuals like you.

Most comparable web sites with membership programs charge upwards of $50 per year to access the same depth, breadth and quality of information that the Linguist List provides for free. If The LINGUIST List had to commercially provide its services, the operating costs would run to several hundred thousand dollars per year - the real commercial costs of The LINGUIST List would only start with web hosting, web site development, programming, and editorial staff. This alone would raise the cost of a subscription to a significant amount. So far, with the generous support we have received from the linguistic community, we have been able to avoid such subscription charges and keep The LINGUIST List free.
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The services we provide

In return for your support, we provide a comprehensive and ever-growing range of services. Here's a list of just some of them:

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Tax Efficient Giving

The LINGUIST List exists under the umbrella of the Indiana University Foundation, and as such can accept charitable donations because the IU Foundation is a registered non-profit organization. These donations can be offset against your federal and sometimes your state tax return (U.S. tax payers only). For more information visit the IRS Web-Site, or contact your financial advisor.

Many companies also offer a gift matching scheme, such that they will match any gift you make to a non-profit organization. Normally this entails your contacting your human resources department and sending us a form that the IU Foundation fills in and returns to your employer. This is generally a simple administrative procedure that doubles the value of your gift to The LINGUIST List, without costing you an extra penny. Please take a moment to check if your company operates such a scheme.