We at Aetherflow Media are so excited and grateful for your support! As we are a volunteer based project, even the tiniest donation goes a long, long way towards helping us maintain our process and provide you with the best quality content that we can. One of the traits we as a team value the most is transparency, and our Patreon and Paypal are definitely no exceptions to this. In order to uphold this transparency, we have provided a guide outlining the uses of our funds at the bottom of this page. It will be kept up to date at all times, and all Patrons will be notified of any changes that may occur in the future.

​Again, we thank you for considering donating to our project and hope that we are able to show our appreciation through all the hard work and passion we pour into our content and the community!

1Why do you need donations and how do you keep track of everything?
Fundraising is necessary for growth, expansion, and maintenance. We rely on funds donated through Patreon and Paypal to help with various expenses. These funds will only be used for project-specific purposes. A financial manager was assigned to be in charge of financial management, alongside the editorial team.

The funds of the project must be in a project-managed account. This account should be maintained only by the Editorial Team and the designated committee (if applicable). All funds are to remain in the designated account when not designated and are not to be used for personal use in any manner. The specifics of account configuration is decided by the financial manager and the editorial team.
2What will these funds be used for?
Funds are raised for the following needs, generally in the following order of priority: software licenses, project-related software subscriptions and associated fees, domains, hosting, prizes, promotional items for conventions (non-travel expenses), etc.
3So anyone on the staff is able to spend this money?
Definitely not. The editorial team will receive requests for allocation, or reimbursements, of project-related purchases, which in turn will be discussed with the financial manager. We ensure that all requests and transactions are not personal in nature and uphold the integrity of the project.

A budget allocation may be requested and approved by the editorial team for project-related needs. The process of the allocation should be discussed in detail, prior to approval. Allocations are set aside, with spending being conducted by an editorial team member, through the appropriate account that is carefully monitored, tracked, and well-documented. Funds shall not be allocated for game subscriptions, with the exception of game time cards as contest prizes. Under no circumstances should any funds be allocated for purchase of in-game currency.

If any funds are disputed, the amount should be frozen until the dispute is resolved to ensure integrity of the funds held in dispute. If there is a discrepancy discovered after the fact, the editorial team should enact the means necessary to correct and resolve the discrepancy, including any disciplinary action, as necessary.
4What types of rewards do you offer to your patrons?
Since our Patrons give to us, we certainly want to give back! While these can change in the future (we are always open to suggestions), we currently offer the following rewards:

$1-4 - Mini Aetheryte
A personalised Thank You card signed by the staff, plus the unedited version to use as a high-quality wallpaper! You’re also going in the magazine under our fancy supporters page so you can show your Free Company how great you are!

$5-9 - Aetheryte Ticket
Next to that fancy support page is going to be a Patreon-only lucky draw you will be automatically entered into for reaching this tier. You can also have a say in the Patreon-only area of our Discord. Give feedback on content and vote in polls! You’ll also get the preceding rewards!

$10-19 - Grand Company Aetheryte Ticket
We don’t produce everything perfect the first time. With this tier you’ll get to see the development of a full article, in stages, before the issue is released. You’ll also have access to the suggestions and ideas within the Patreon-only Discord! Once again, all preceding rewards are included!

$20-49 - Priority Aetheryte Pass
If you can’t wait for our release date, don’t worry. Here we’ll give you the full magazine early. That’s pretty good. What’s better is you’ll get to be one of the first to see the screenshot of your character in the magazine! After that, if we need someone in our pictures for social media, there’s a chance you’ll be called upon! Naturally, the previous rewards are yours too!

$50-99 - Aetheryte
We’ve given you something to use, something to participate in, something before anyone else and now…? We’re giving you something to hug. You’re going to get a mystery gift mailed straight to your door. Right now, it’s the US-only sort of surprise, but things do change! Yes, you will also be the proud recipient of all preceding rewards!

$100+ - Crystal Tower
We’ll get you a physical copy of the magazine. It’s that simple. If we meet you in person and you’re holding it, we’ll offer to sign it, too! If we meet you in person you’re also going to get a firm handshake and a hug for your support! We’ll also ask you how your day is going, and you’ll probably end up on our social medias! Along with the mystery gift from the previous tier if you remembered to bring it with you!

Check out our Patreon page for more information. Thank you!