Oct 17, 2016 · 2 minutes

It’s that time of year again!

This time last year we launched Pando Patrons, a $500 a year “super membership” tier to help support our journalism and keep up independent. Patrons get their face or logo (and bio) on our Patron wall, plus a full year’s subscription (or 12 months added to an existing subscription) and our eternal gratitude.

You can read more about the Patron program here, but here’s the TL;DR from the launch post:

Imagine a kind of Pando Patron program where for, say, $500 a year, individuals or companies could buy themselves an annual membership while at the same time sponsoring four free annual memberships for others. Much like the Conflict Tower idea we came up with at NSFWCORP, each Pando Patron could have their face or logo added to a public page of Patrons, showing their support for independent journalism.

The sponsored memberships would be given out in batches to deserving groups: College students, library users, sharing economy workers – whoever would seem to benefit most from access to our reporting. We’d also have a pool where anyone who wants a free membership could put themselves on a wait list.

Actually, don’t imagine any of that, because we built it, and it launches today.

The fact that one year later we’re still in business, still independent, and haven’t raised another dime in venture capital tells you how successful the Patrons program has been. In fact it’s no exaggeration to say that some months our Patrons were the difference between profitability and not.

And now it’s time to do it all over again.

The first of the Pando Patron slots expires next week. We don’t automatically rebill so if they’re not renewed they’ll immediately become available for others to buy. If you’re an existing Patron then you should already have received a reminder to renew (please do!).

If you’re not yet a Patron then this is your chance to help keep Pando independent and have the first shot at any existing Patron slots that come up for grabs, including those nearest the top of the Patron Page.

To become a Pando Patron right now, either go here or click on any square on the Pando Patron page.  We’ll activate any new Patrons immediate but any new signups or renewals we receive between now and the end of the month will be guaranteed the best available slot. If a higher slot becomes available after you sign up/renew, we’ll move you up to fill it. First come, first moved!

Thank you once again to all of our 2015-2016 Patrons. It’s literally true that we couldn’t do any of this without you.