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Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I become a member?

The Lens is the only reader-supported nonprofit newsroom that focuses exclusively on public-policy issues facing New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. We rely on donations from people like you to do this valuable, difficult work.

Why should I set up a recurring donation?

When you sign up for a recurring donation, your credit card is charged automatically, either monthly or annually (whichever you prefer). This means our journalists can rely on your ongoing support.

How long does a membership last?

One year.

Can I automatically renew my membership?

Yes! If you sign up for a recurring gift, your credit card will be charged monthly or annually.

How I can I check the status of my membership?

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Is my contribution tax-deductible?

The Lens is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, so all contributions are tax-deductible. Our U.S. federal tax ID is 27-2072772.

What if I want to have my gift refunded?

The Lens does not refund donations.

What is The Lens’ mailing address and phone number?

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As part of its commitment to transparency, The Lens identifies all donors online and in our annual reports.

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