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1. Periodicity

2. Amount

3. Personal information

 4. Method of payment


Bank transfers in El Salvador: Tripode S.A. of C.V. Account number 082510016976 in Davivienda Bank.
For international transfers write to excavadores@elfaro.net
Do you prefer another payment method? Write us and we will send you the information for bank wires. Your support is subject to the fiscal laws of El Salvador.
If you need a receipt please write to excavadores@elfaro.net

¿Why does El Faro ask economic contributions to the audience?

You will expose corruption, impunity and inequality cases while we take the risk.
You will help to fund the role of Defender of the reader in El Faro.
Transparency. We will notify you periodically about our finances and investigations.
You will receive tickets for the Central American Forum of Journalism carried on every May.
You will get discounts in books from La Tienda, the digital store of El Faro.
We will invite you to face-to-face and virtual events for the members of the community.

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For 20 years, El Faro has been characterized by investigations that last months or years, which lead to allegations of corruption, human rights violations or deep approaches to migration or violence throughout Central American. Funding and keep doing that work has not been easy. That is why in 2015 we launched the movement Excavación Ciudadana (Civic Excavation), so that our readers in El Salvador and worldwide can help us to fund our work. Help us to keep going. In these 3 years, 1162 readers have contributed to support our independent journalism and have supported us – and keep supporting – with almost $65,000. Thanks to the Civic Excavators we have been able to investigate cases like the following. Do we count on you?


¿Why does El Faro ask economic contributions to the audience?
To do investigative journalism is expensive. With an annual budget over $800,000, El Faro´s revenue comes mainly from grants (65%). In that sense, guaranteeing every year the sustainability of such an ambitious project is becoming more complicated and the business model of traditional media based exclusively on advertising (20% of our revenue) is not possible for independent media like El Faro whose aim is not to get massive traffic and clicks at any cost. Therefore, asking for economic contributions to those readers who have the capacity to support El Faro is a logic step forward; it is a global tendency and an alternative to the old model of charging for every edition of the printed newspaper or the paywall on the web. El Faro launched, in 2015, the Civic Excavation as a platform for our readers to get involved, not to get access to El Faro´s content which will always be free, but to make possible that in-depth journalism can be done in a sustainable way.
What happens with the money I give?
Your contributions, after financial commissions from banks and online platforms, go to our bank account labeled as Civic Excavation funds and they are invested 100% on journalism. To make an investigation implies to pay to journalists, editors, designers, invest on field trips (transportation, lodging and per-diem), hire technical consultancies, copy and print large public files, interview sources and all those expenses are possible thanks to the Civic Excavators.
How will I get informed about the use of the money I give?
Periodically we will email you transparency reports. We won´t just explain you the revenue from Civic Excavation but all our finances, the key organizational decisions, changes in the team and other institutional news that we think are important for you to know as part of our community.
How long does my subscription to the Civic Excavation last?
Your contributions will be done for as long as you want. You may unsubscribe from the Civic Excavation at any time by emailing us to excavadores@elfaro.net. Nonetheless, we will try, with our work, that you would not have reasons to retire from our community, but it is something you can do at any time.
Is there a minimum amount to join the Civic Excavation?
Yes, you can join with periodic contributions from US$5 per month. This is because the Civic Excavation is not a crowdfunding campaign with an end date but a movement of El Faro´s readers that fund our investigations all the time. We need your recurring support to finance our work about corruption, inequality, migration, violence and culture all the year. If you want to join the Civic Excavation but at this moment you cannot commit to make a periodic contribution, email us to excavadores@elfaro.net

Want to know more?

If you are still not convinced to join Excavación Ciudadana and you have doubts or queries, call or write us to:
 +503 22086685