As it became clear that other initiatives had more potential traction with colleges and universities — although none (unfortunately) have found success either — we retired our fundraising efforts in direct support of the Open Access Network. Donations in support of the ongoing efforts of K|N Consultants to work on behalf of open access can be made on that site.
As we worked to establish the Open Access Network, we set up a membership program that any institution, library, university press or publisher, scholarly society, foundation, organization, or individual could join. Tiered ranges allowed for maximum flexibility within the levels of membership: Supporter ($10 – $999), Benefactor ($1,000 – $4,999), Collaborator ($5,000 – $9,999), Partner ($10,000 – $19,999), and Leader ($20,000 and above).
Members at whatever level demonstrated their support for a model for open access that is equitable, scalable, and sustainable. The monies raised went entirely to support the administrative and organizational infrastructure for the Open Access Network and to fund the pilot projects we hoped to use to test its model.
In our initial phase we wanted the Network to be seen for what it is: broad and inclusive, with members that include high schools, community colleges, liberal arts colleges, and universities. We also welcome libraries, societies and university presses and scholarly publishers of all sizes — and budgets. We pursued foundation funding and asked for-profit organizations to contribute as sponsors. And of course we welcomed grassroots support from individuals. Because the Open Access Network is a legal entity of K|N, a registered 501(c)(3) organization, any donations may qualify for an income tax deduction in accordance with Federal and/or State income tax laws. Please consult with your tax adviser to determine whether your donation is tax deductible, in whole or in part.