The Madagascar Whale Shark Project has announced the creation of a new method for people to help support its activities.
The new model uses the Patreon platform to offer support via a monthly subscription option while giving them lots of exclusive content and insights. The four monthly subscription plans are as follows:
- Shallow (€3/~US$3/~£2.5 per month) gives you a monthly membership.
- Mid-water (€8/~$8.1/~£6.7 per month) provides exclusive project updates and behind-the-scenes insights into the team’s work.
- Deep (€15/~$15.25/~£12.7 per month) provides monthly hour-long chats with some of the world’s leading conservation experts.
- Abyss (€150/~$1525/~£127 per month) one-on-one time with charity founder Stella Diamant, and early access to trips and volunteering opportunities.
Commenting on the new funding streams, Madagascar Whale Shark Project Founder Stella Diamant stated:
“When I set up the Madagascar Whale Shark Project, I learned how to set up a conservation not-for-profit simply by doing it. I felt there was a stark lack of information about the realities of working in the conservation sector and running a successful organization. Lots of charities are happy to talk about their successes. But when it comes to the challenges, delays and frustrations, it’s often hard to find the truth about what it’s really like.
“I don’t think it’s helpful – for individuals or the sector as a whole – if we’re only sharing what went well. That’s why I invest my time to empower other conservationists, particularly women and younger generations, to set up their own projects and share actionable advice. I also want to help people realise that you don’t have to be a marine biologist to make a difference. Marine conservation NGOs need lots of other skills: from marketing and photography to finance and project management.
I’ve set up this Patreon to give people the knowledge that will help them thrive in their conservation careers – whether or not they come from a science background. This kind of practical information is lacking on so many topics relevant to the conservation industry which means there’s a large knowledge gap in NGOs around the world. And, of course, we’re so grateful to everyone who joins for their support to keep our project thriving too.”
You can find out more here.