Creative Commons international has recently launched its annual fundraising campaign. As the affiliate that supports Creative Commons in Australia, we’d encourage everyone to spread the word about CC international’s campaign, and donate at https://creativecommons.net/donate!

The campaign officially launched on 25 October, and will run for two months until 25 December. CC is offering a limited teal edition of the CC “I love to share” t-shirt to everyone who donates $50 – until supplies run out.

CC explains why it runs an annual campaign in its FAQs:

Why does Creative Commons run an annual fundraising campaign? What is the money used for and where does it go?

Creative Commons is a global nonprofit organization that enables sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools, with affiliates all over the world who help ensure our licenses work internationally and raise awareness about our work. Our tools are free and our reach is wide. In order to:

  • continue developing our licenses and public domain tools to make sure they are legally and technically up-to-date around the world,
  • help creators implement these tools on websites through best practices and individual assistance,
  • enable CC licensing on major content-sharing platforms,
  • enhance CC-licensed resource search and discovery,
  • advocate for CC licensing and open policies in education, science, and culture, and myriad other activities we’re forgetting to mention–such as all the everyday, boring but essential operations that go into running an organization–we need $ to make it all happen!

Creative Commons has always relied on the generosity of both individuals and organizations to fund its ongoing operations. It is essential we have the public’s support because it is the creators and users, neither mutually exclusive, that make our tools relevant in this digital age. They depend on the tools and services CC provides through their reuse and remix of the rich and open resources available on Wikipedia, Flickr, SoundCloud, Vimeo, Europeana, MIT OpenCourseWare, the Public Library of Science, Al Jazeera, and YouTube–just to name a few. Many of these people donate $10, $25 or $50 to CC, to help keep it up and running so we can continue to provide our tools and services for free, as a nonprofit organization. The more people who donate to CC, the more independent it will remain.

Credits—Image: edit of CC Line by Shinjirou / CC BY (available at creativecommons.org)