Since August of 2009, RISK! has been operating on a budget of… well, almost nothing.

RISK! is a labor of love. We have a large team of people who each spend a tremendous amount of time making the RISK! podcast every week.

In addition to making the podcast, the RISK! team runs weekly free open story slams, produces 2-4 monthly live shows around the USA, runs a storytelling school, and does everything it can to keep a This American Life-style show running without a This American Life-style budget of any kind. We don’t have enough income to cover our payroll costs, let alone our additional costs for website maintenance, bandwidth for the podcast, publicity and marketing, touring, class space rental, and on and on and on. So now, we’re doing a public radio-style fundraiser here on to keep RISK! running.

Until now, we’ve been getting by on favors, miracles, volunteers, a small amount of advertising income and one large donation from one of our biggest fans, but the till is almost empty, and the last thing we want to do is close shop.

Where The Money Goes

With your financial support, we can improve our recording equipment to give you a better-sounding show for a more pleasurable listening experience. We can put more effort into getting out on the road and bringing a live RISK! show to your hometown. We can stop worrying about how to pay our bills and get back to doing all we can to constantly improve our fans’ favorite show.

Ok, so what do I get if I give to RISK!?

The rewards you get for donating to RISK!’s fund raising campaign are one-of-a-kind gifts that you can’t get anywhere else, and that you’ll want to run out and tell all your friends about. Check out the all the rewards you can get for donations of anywhere from $10 to $10,000, and everywhere in between.


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