Membership: Frequently Asked Questions
If your question isn’t answered below, please email us at membership@
Reasons to be Cheerful is run by a very small team, so it can sometimes take us a little while to respond. We will make every effort to reply to your email within a few days. We are committed to taking care of our community and appreciate your patience.
Why should I donate? Where does my money go?
Small nonprofit publications like ours rely on support from people like you who believe in what we’re doing. Monthly contributions allow us to plan ahead, retain talented staff and pursue stories that lead to positive change. Every new sustaining member expands the boundaries of what we can do. To learn more about our membership tiers and how to sign up, click here.
Can I support Reasons to be Cheerful with a donation that recurs annually rather than monthly?
We are grateful for your support in any form. If you’d like to make an annual gift, under Select Donation Frequency simply choose Annual on the drop-down menu.
I don’t want my contribution to recur at all. Can I just make a one-time donation?
Of course. To make a single contribution go to the Donate page and simply follow the instructions. If you contribute $12 or more you’ll automatically become a Reasons to be Cheerful member!
Can I pay by check?
Yes! Please make it out to Arbutus Foundation and mail it to Arbutus, 441 Broadway, 3rd floor, New York NY 10013.
Can I pay through PayPal or Venmo?
Unfortunately, we don’t accept PayPal, Venmo or any other third-party payment system at this time. We do however accept credit and debit cards, bank transfers or checks (see above for more information).
I live outside the United States. Can I contribute in international currency?
We at Reasons to be Cheerful are proud to say our growing community of members spans over 25 countries. The exchange rate on payments done via our online portal will be set by your own bank in your home country.
I think I’ve been billed for something I didn’t mean to sign up for. Help!
Seeing a charge that you didn’t expect? Don’t panic! Contact us at membership@
Is Arbutus a 501(c)3 nonprofit?
Yes, Arbutus is a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation.
Is my donation tax-deductible?
Yes. Your membership gift can count as a tax-deductible contribution.
How do I cancel my membership?
If at any time you feel the need to stop your membership, just email membership@