The Contributor is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that operates as a social enterprise by selling a street paper to vendors who are experiencing homelessness and poverty. In the last 11 years, The Contributor has served over 3200 vendors who have sold over 6 million papers, earning and contributing over 15 million dollars to the local economy, making it one of the largest street papers in the world. By selling the paper 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 newspaper and they manage their own financial resources. We know that 70% of our vendors are homeless when they begin selling report getting into housing after 6 months of selling the paper.
Customers who buy The Contributor have a positive attitude about the newspaper 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.
We do! Our VENMO account name is @The-Contributor, which you can also reach through a QR code printed on every paper. Be sure to include the vendor's name and badge number, which they often write on the paper as well. We will give the money you transfer directly to the designated vendor.