What is a sliding scale and why is STAND using it?As a youth-led organization, we are deeply aware of the financial hardships that can keep individuals from attending community events such as this. We want to make sure that this event is accessible to the entirety of the STAND and DC human rights community, while also raising much-needed funds for STAND’s operational expenses. We are grateful for whatever you are able to give!
What level should I give at?
This is a personal choice! We have put together some guidelines, based off of several economic justice resources.
Consider paying less if you:
- are supporting children or other dependents
- are unemployed and/or have significant debt
- are a current student or recent graduate who is supporting yourself and paying your own educational costs
- have medical expenses not covered by insurance
- receive public assistance
- have immigration-related expenses,
- are returning from incarceration or are undocumented and have been unable to access employment opportunities
- are an unpaid community organizer
Consider paying more if you:
- own the home you live in
- have investments, retirement accounts, or inherited money
- travel recreationally
- have access to family money and resources
- have a relative degree of earning power due to level of education or other privileged status
The scale is intended to be a map, inviting each of us to take inventory of our financial resources and look deeper at our levels of privilege. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but is intended to serve as a starting point as we consider economic justice as a component of our work. While we ask you to take these factors into consideration, please don’t stress about it. Pay what feels right to you.
Note: We welcome comments and suggestions regarding the language we are using to discuss economic justice issues. Please feel free to be in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org.