How Do We Use Donations?
It's straightforward. We use donations in two ways:
1. Operating Costs
We run a tight ship in terms of operating costs to keep the journal humming along. The site uses free and open source material wherever possible. Our editors and volunteers all work for free. As a rough estimate at the very low end, we put in at least $50,000 worth of labor over the course of a year, if it had to be paid for via conventional employees or freelancers.
But we do have some expenses that can't be avoided! For example, submission platform fees, trade organization membership dues, office software subscriptions, domain name registration fees, and similar things. And these add up.
We use donations to help the journal balance sheet break even each year and to put aside funds for anticipated future expenses.
2. Expanding Our Range of Offerings
We're planning on expanding Red Ogre Review, and its parent entity, Liquid Raven Media, from an online-only journal to an independent press.
To do this, we need a budget to subsidize some of the cost of producing print books until the books we produce turn enough of a profit to fund themselves.