Raising Mothers is creating A Literary Magazine
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Raising Mothers is a free online literary magazine created by and for femmes of color discussing the intersections of race, sex, faith and parenting. We center the work of the marginalized in our effort to normalize our stories and existence on the web and in life.



Raising Mothers is made possible by a rotating host of amazing writers that have been gracious to lend their words to our mission. We’ve featured stories on miscarriage, aging, co-parenting, adoption. We’ve interviewed preemie mothers, mothers that are single parents, interracial families and mothers living abroad.



Q: What makes Raising Mothers different from other parenting sites?

We focus on femme parents of color. We are an inclusive bunch. We represent all walks of life and want to amplify the voices of the underrepresented. Far too often, Black and brown and trans voices are either silenced or used as a token. Not at Raising Mothers. We are the standard. Even if you don’t personally identify as someone of color, how refreshing to have a resource dedicated to us? Something you can support and show up to as an ally. Something you can share with friends as another invaluable parenting resource.

We don’t do advice.
We know when it comes to parenting, advice is everywhere, both solicited and unsolicited. We don’t do hot topics. We sit beside you with our own stories and exhale, together. Instead of offering advice, we offer ourselves.

We are really real. Our stories are always honest, raw, and vulnerable. We never shy away from talking about things like miscarriage, body image, infertility, postpartum depression, etc. We don't gloss over the messy, tougher parts of parenting; instead, we embrace them with our whole hearts, with truth and bravery.



Q: But I already enjoy Raising Mothers for free; why should I give you my money?

Great question! Here are a few reasons:

1. We think maintaining a clean, simple, beautiful website enhances the reader experience. Websites like ours typically make money one way: through advertising. Our site is currently ad-free and we would really love to keep it that way. We want to keep RM a quiet place for our readers. It’s not about how many readers and followers we have online to land sponsorships. It’s about content and connection.

2. We believe the art that we create at Raising Mothers is valuable, and we know you do, too. When you support us financially, you are encouraging and affirming us as writers and artists. We’ve been fortunate to have writers essentially donate their words to us, but that shouldn’t be the case going forward. Writers deserve to earn a living from their craft. Especially writers of color, who are historically underpaid and overburdened as it is. A lot of our writers are freelance parents.

3. We cannot grow without this. We plan to grow Raising Mothers in the future through adding paid staff and pursuing more opportunities to connect with and encourage you. There are literary membership fees and other admin expenses as well.  We want Raising Mothers to reach its full potential, and with your help, that’s a tangible reality!


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That’s fine, but . . . I don't really care if you have ads.

That may very well be the case for some. Our focus should always be on the work and not on ad placements. Being 100% financially supported by our readers is the goal.



We believe in the power of community! If everyone who regularly reads Raising Mothers gave $2 a month, we'd be able to put money directly into the hands of our writers and artists. Our tiers reflect our goals. We don’t expect our readers to feel compelled to give beyond their means. That would be in direct contrast to what we hope our site provides. We want you to be happy and content with your patronage, not stressed by it.
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I don't really want to make a donation every month, I just want to give a one-time gift. Is that possible?

Yes! We really want to build up our Patreon account, but by all means, we will never turn you away. If you'd like to make a one-time donation to Raising Mothers, you can do so right here. Thank you!! 





Other Ways You Can Help

Share this campaign with your friends, your family, your co-workers -- it can mean the difference between Raising Mothers continued growth or premature demise. If you’re unable to donate financially at this time, you can become a supporter by checking out our website, Raising Mothers, as well as liking and following us on Instagram and Facebook. Sign up for our newsletter, too!

(PC:: 1. Casey McMurray 2. Jasiatic Photography 3. Tarona Leonora 4. Moise Photography 5. Sherisa de Groot)
Tiers
Builder
$1 or more per month

THANK YOU! People tend to overlook what $1 can do. You will have your name included on a “Sustaining Patrons” page on our site.

Shaker
$5 or more per month

The above, plus: 


Members at $5/month will have their names included in our monthly newsletter.

Patron
$10 or more per month

The above, plus:

You will be added to a special list and receive bonusnewsletters periodically with favorites from our staff and a short Q & A. 

Super Patron - Newsletter Sponsorship
$25 or more per month

Each month, we send out a newsletter detailing things we feel would be of value to you. Members at this tier will be listed in our newsletter as a newslettersponsor and can contact us to mention either a project you are working on or a product you sell (things related to parenting, writing, social justice, etc only). Email before selecting to see if this is a good fit. You can also opt to not promote anything. This is available at this tier only.

[email protected] 

Sponsor A Post - Gold
$50 or more per month

Everything above (minus $25/month pledge) plus: 


Dedicate a post to yourself and/or someone you know! Each month, you will be credited towards a post in the journal. Paying underrepresented writers for their work is very important.  This helps to go directly to writers and getting them paid. 


Your name will appear on our ”Sustaining Patrons” Gold level on our website. 

Goals
31% complete
If we hit this goal, we will have enough money to publish one piece in each department, including accompanying artwork. 
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Raising Mothers is a free online literary magazine created by and for femmes of color discussing the intersections of race, sex, faith and parenting. We center the work of the marginalized in our effort to normalize our stories and existence on the web and in life.



Raising Mothers is made possible by a rotating host of amazing writers that have been gracious to lend their words to our mission. We’ve featured stories on miscarriage, aging, co-parenting, adoption. We’ve interviewed preemie mothers, mothers that are single parents, interracial families and mothers living abroad.



Q: What makes Raising Mothers different from other parenting sites?

We focus on femme parents of color. We are an inclusive bunch. We represent all walks of life and want to amplify the voices of the underrepresented. Far too often, Black and brown and trans voices are either silenced or used as a token. Not at Raising Mothers. We are the standard. Even if you don’t personally identify as someone of color, how refreshing to have a resource dedicated to us? Something you can support and show up to as an ally. Something you can share with friends as another invaluable parenting resource.

We don’t do advice.
We know when it comes to parenting, advice is everywhere, both solicited and unsolicited. We don’t do hot topics. We sit beside you with our own stories and exhale, together. Instead of offering advice, we offer ourselves.

We are really real. Our stories are always honest, raw, and vulnerable. We never shy away from talking about things like miscarriage, body image, infertility, postpartum depression, etc. We don't gloss over the messy, tougher parts of parenting; instead, we embrace them with our whole hearts, with truth and bravery.



Q: But I already enjoy Raising Mothers for free; why should I give you my money?

Great question! Here are a few reasons:

1. We think maintaining a clean, simple, beautiful website enhances the reader experience. Websites like ours typically make money one way: through advertising. Our site is currently ad-free and we would really love to keep it that way. We want to keep RM a quiet place for our readers. It’s not about how many readers and followers we have online to land sponsorships. It’s about content and connection.

2. We believe the art that we create at Raising Mothers is valuable, and we know you do, too. When you support us financially, you are encouraging and affirming us as writers and artists. We’ve been fortunate to have writers essentially donate their words to us, but that shouldn’t be the case going forward. Writers deserve to earn a living from their craft. Especially writers of color, who are historically underpaid and overburdened as it is. A lot of our writers are freelance parents.

3. We cannot grow without this. We plan to grow Raising Mothers in the future through adding paid staff and pursuing more opportunities to connect with and encourage you. There are literary membership fees and other admin expenses as well.  We want Raising Mothers to reach its full potential, and with your help, that’s a tangible reality!


***

That’s fine, but . . . I don't really care if you have ads.

That may very well be the case for some. Our focus should always be on the work and not on ad placements. Being 100% financially supported by our readers is the goal.



We believe in the power of community! If everyone who regularly reads Raising Mothers gave $2 a month, we'd be able to put money directly into the hands of our writers and artists. Our tiers reflect our goals. We don’t expect our readers to feel compelled to give beyond their means. That would be in direct contrast to what we hope our site provides. We want you to be happy and content with your patronage, not stressed by it.
*** 
I don't really want to make a donation every month, I just want to give a one-time gift. Is that possible?

Yes! We really want to build up our Patreon account, but by all means, we will never turn you away. If you'd like to make a one-time donation to Raising Mothers, you can do so right here. Thank you!! 





Other Ways You Can Help

Share this campaign with your friends, your family, your co-workers -- it can mean the difference between Raising Mothers continued growth or premature demise. If you’re unable to donate financially at this time, you can become a supporter by checking out our website, Raising Mothers, as well as liking and following us on Instagram and Facebook. Sign up for our newsletter, too!

(PC:: 1. Casey McMurray 2. Jasiatic Photography 3. Tarona Leonora 4. Moise Photography 5. Sherisa de Groot)

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Tiers
Builder
$1 or more per month

THANK YOU! People tend to overlook what $1 can do. You will have your name included on a “Sustaining Patrons” page on our site.

Shaker
$5 or more per month

The above, plus: 


Members at $5/month will have their names included in our monthly newsletter.

Patron
$10 or more per month

The above, plus:

You will be added to a special list and receive bonusnewsletters periodically with favorites from our staff and a short Q & A. 

Super Patron - Newsletter Sponsorship
$25 or more per month

Each month, we send out a newsletter detailing things we feel would be of value to you. Members at this tier will be listed in our newsletter as a newslettersponsor and can contact us to mention either a project you are working on or a product you sell (things related to parenting, writing, social justice, etc only). Email before selecting to see if this is a good fit. You can also opt to not promote anything. This is available at this tier only.

[email protected] 

Sponsor A Post - Gold
$50 or more per month

Everything above (minus $25/month pledge) plus: 


Dedicate a post to yourself and/or someone you know! Each month, you will be credited towards a post in the journal. Paying underrepresented writers for their work is very important.  This helps to go directly to writers and getting them paid. 


Your name will appear on our ”Sustaining Patrons” Gold level on our website.