Nicola Gray is creating New Humans of Australia
137

patrons

$799
per month
What is ‘New Humans of Australia’?

New Humans of Australia is a social media and web platform where refugees and migrants have the chance to tell their stories to the Australian people.

Why am I doing this?

I believe passionately in an Australia that gives everyone a fair go, where people are judged on their achievements and contributions to society rather than their skin colour, religion or where they were born.

Although we Australians are often quite positive towards refugees and migrants in our communities, mainstream media has unfortunately become more and more negative towards these groups over the last decade. This is part of a wider global trend that has serious implications.

A 2015 research piece by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre showed that between 50-60% of Australians were on the fence when it came to supporting refugees. I strongly believe that stories are the most powerful way to reduce fear, increase empathy, and ultimately change the way people view one another.

The stories of the New Humans of Australia project prove over and over again that refugees achieve amazing things and have a strong sense of wanting to give back to the country that took them in.

Why do I need your support?

When I started this project, little did I know it would become the powerful platform it has become today. With over 120,000 followers, each story now reaches between 200 000 and 1 000 000 people. Last year, the first New Humans of Australia book was published, thus reaching many older readers who are less familiar with digital content, as well as being used as a teaching tool in schools across the country. The second book has just been published.

Doing New Humans of Australia is my full time job and takes me hundreds of hours a month. I conduct all the interviews myself, edit the stories, co-ordinate the team of over 50 volunteers, maintain and monitor the social media sites, promote and market the stories, produce and edit the books, manage book sales and distribution, and work with external organisations to find the best people to interview and the best platforms to enhance the reach of stories. 

I also pay for the running costs associated with the project, including advertising, website development and hosting services.

My current goal is to reach 10 times the number of people in Australia this year. As a part of this goal, I want to get the book in more schools, and to that end I am currently creating an educational portal that can be used in tandem with the stories. I also want to move into creating more powerful video content, and a trial video is already underway.

How do I support myself?

A few months ago, I took a leap of faith and quit my job to focus on doing the project full time. I also moved to South East Asia, so that my living costs would be low enough to make it possible for me to survive on the money that comes in from occasional sponsors, book sales and from Patreon. 

However, book sales and sponsorships are erratic and do not provide me or the project with any financial surety. I am currently still supporting the project from my savings, and out of my 120 000 followers, only 143 are currently supporting the project, a tiny percentage.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is an amazing platform that supports creators by providing them with a regular reliable income that makes the work they do sustainable. As a patron you provide a monthly pledge of your choice, starting from as little as $1 per month, which can be cancelled at any time if your circumstances change. Together, you make this happen.

What’s my reward if I become a Patron?

Check out the different reward tiers on this page. I hope you can find one to suit your budget and passion for change! $10 patrons receive a free copy of the fabulous NHOA coffee table book, and $20 patrons get a copy of both book 1 and book 2!

Thanks and love

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the fans who share the stories every week on social media (you know who you are). But even more important are my supporters here on Patreon, putting their money where their mouth is, and directly supporting the work I do every month. Together with the small army of volunteers now participating around the country, it is these people who are the real backbone of the project that is changing the conversation in Australia.

Can you join us?

With many thanks,

Nicola (Founder)

*Patreon.com is in US dollars.
*10% of all pledges cover the admin costs of Patreon and Paypal. New Humans of Australia receives 90% of your pledge.
*If you would like to pledge by credit card, you will be asked for your address, email and phone number. This is how Paypal avoids fraud. NHOA does not have access to any of these details, except your email address.
*If you do not want your name listed on the NHOA website as a patron, please email: [email protected]What is New Humans of Australia? 


Tiers
LOVERS
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Receive new stories directly by email so you will never miss a story again.  


PLUS


Receive regular direct emails from me where I will share my process, my ideas and my next steps. Sometimes, I will ask for your opinion. 

DREAMERS
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Everything above


PLUS


Receive a personal thank you from me on social media.


BIG BELIEVERS
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
Everything above

 

PLUS


A free copy of the much loved New Humans of Australia coffee table book. I hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else!

Passionate Supporters
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Everything above


PLUS


A copy of book 1 AND book 2

Goals
$799 of $1,500 per month
Earning this amount will allow me to cover my living costs per month without having to rely on my savings. This includes the cost of internet and rent for my workspace.
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What is ‘New Humans of Australia’?

New Humans of Australia is a social media and web platform where refugees and migrants have the chance to tell their stories to the Australian people.

Why am I doing this?

I believe passionately in an Australia that gives everyone a fair go, where people are judged on their achievements and contributions to society rather than their skin colour, religion or where they were born.

Although we Australians are often quite positive towards refugees and migrants in our communities, mainstream media has unfortunately become more and more negative towards these groups over the last decade. This is part of a wider global trend that has serious implications.

A 2015 research piece by the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre showed that between 50-60% of Australians were on the fence when it came to supporting refugees. I strongly believe that stories are the most powerful way to reduce fear, increase empathy, and ultimately change the way people view one another.

The stories of the New Humans of Australia project prove over and over again that refugees achieve amazing things and have a strong sense of wanting to give back to the country that took them in.

Why do I need your support?

When I started this project, little did I know it would become the powerful platform it has become today. With over 120,000 followers, each story now reaches between 200 000 and 1 000 000 people. Last year, the first New Humans of Australia book was published, thus reaching many older readers who are less familiar with digital content, as well as being used as a teaching tool in schools across the country. The second book has just been published.

Doing New Humans of Australia is my full time job and takes me hundreds of hours a month. I conduct all the interviews myself, edit the stories, co-ordinate the team of over 50 volunteers, maintain and monitor the social media sites, promote and market the stories, produce and edit the books, manage book sales and distribution, and work with external organisations to find the best people to interview and the best platforms to enhance the reach of stories. 

I also pay for the running costs associated with the project, including advertising, website development and hosting services.

My current goal is to reach 10 times the number of people in Australia this year. As a part of this goal, I want to get the book in more schools, and to that end I am currently creating an educational portal that can be used in tandem with the stories. I also want to move into creating more powerful video content, and a trial video is already underway.

How do I support myself?

A few months ago, I took a leap of faith and quit my job to focus on doing the project full time. I also moved to South East Asia, so that my living costs would be low enough to make it possible for me to survive on the money that comes in from occasional sponsors, book sales and from Patreon. 

However, book sales and sponsorships are erratic and do not provide me or the project with any financial surety. I am currently still supporting the project from my savings, and out of my 120 000 followers, only 143 are currently supporting the project, a tiny percentage.

What is Patreon?

Patreon is an amazing platform that supports creators by providing them with a regular reliable income that makes the work they do sustainable. As a patron you provide a monthly pledge of your choice, starting from as little as $1 per month, which can be cancelled at any time if your circumstances change. Together, you make this happen.

What’s my reward if I become a Patron?

Check out the different reward tiers on this page. I hope you can find one to suit your budget and passion for change! $10 patrons receive a free copy of the fabulous NHOA coffee table book, and $20 patrons get a copy of both book 1 and book 2!

Thanks and love

From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank the fans who share the stories every week on social media (you know who you are). But even more important are my supporters here on Patreon, putting their money where their mouth is, and directly supporting the work I do every month. Together with the small army of volunteers now participating around the country, it is these people who are the real backbone of the project that is changing the conversation in Australia.

Can you join us?

With many thanks,

Nicola (Founder)

*Patreon.com is in US dollars.
*10% of all pledges cover the admin costs of Patreon and Paypal. New Humans of Australia receives 90% of your pledge.
*If you would like to pledge by credit card, you will be asked for your address, email and phone number. This is how Paypal avoids fraud. NHOA does not have access to any of these details, except your email address.
*If you do not want your name listed on the NHOA website as a patron, please email: [email protected]What is New Humans of Australia? 


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Tiers
LOVERS
$1 or more per month 5 patrons
Receive new stories directly by email so you will never miss a story again.  


PLUS


Receive regular direct emails from me where I will share my process, my ideas and my next steps. Sometimes, I will ask for your opinion. 

DREAMERS
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Everything above


PLUS


Receive a personal thank you from me on social media.


BIG BELIEVERS
$10 or more per month 25 patrons
Everything above

 

PLUS


A free copy of the much loved New Humans of Australia coffee table book. I hope you enjoy it as much as everyone else!

Passionate Supporters
$20 or more per month 1 patron
Everything above


PLUS


A copy of book 1 AND book 2