The Contributor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates as a social enterprise by selling a street magazine to vendors who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. The Contributor has over 300 vendors who actively sell the magazine, making it one of the largest street magazines in the world. By selling the magazine to the community and keeping the profits, vendors earn their own income and restore a sense of dignity as micro-business owners. There are many other street magazines and newspapers in North America and around the world with a similar model. You can visit the International Network of Street Newspapers website for more information.
The Contributor provides a unique and flexible opportunity for individuals to build a micro-business. The causes of homelessness are complex and diverse, but the common factor among vendors is their desire and willingness to earn income. Vendors keep all profits including tips from the sale of the magazine and they manage their own financial resources. We know that 50% of our vendors are homeless when they begin selling report getting into housing after 3 months of selling the paper.
Customers who buy The Contributor have a positive attitude about the magazine and the visible benefit it provides our vendors. By advertising in The Contributor, you can share in that connection with your target audience by also improving the lives of individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty. Visit our advertising page for more information.