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FAQ

What amount to donate per month?

Fair Welfare aims to provide recipients with a basic income of €1000 per month. We bring this together with a circle of donors, who can each give € 62.50 per month, or a multiple of that amount. 80% of this goes directly to the recipient who receives it tax-free and the remainder is for organizational costs and the buffer to compensate for the temporary absence of donors.

Infographic of the donation circle

Donate more than €65,20 per month, is that possible?

Of course, if you can, please do so. We will match you with more receivers.

If it's not possible anymore to donate, then what?

Fair Welfare aims to provide long-term trust on income for receivers. For that, we hope on a long-term partnership. If your partnership ends, we will start looking for a successor, and we provide continuity to the receiver from our buffer. We would like an early conversation if donating is, temporarily, impossible. Please contact us via our contact page.

How can I join?

Great that you are considering this! You are welcome as a contributor, monthly, matched to a receiver or one time for our bridging buffer and the research and organizational costs. A supportive or other reaction is also, always welcome, as highlighting the initiative to others! The contact form shows how we are reachable.

How to become a receiver for the match?

The receivers that we match are suggested by others, and then via a selection added to the appropriate target group within the research.

What research does Fair Welfare perform?

Fair Welfare is especially interested in what it does to people if they have the certainty of an unconditional, personal, and decent income. We will follow receivers and donors many years in their choices and with those experiences feed the discussion around a basic income.

FAQ Basic Income

The initiative of Fair Welfare looks like a basic income, is that right?

Yes that's right. A full basic income: high enough for a decent life, without conditions (i.e. without consideration), personal and guaranteed (confidence). Look for an explanation of the basic income to: https://basicincome.org/news/2017/07/rutger-bregmans-ted-talk-basic-income-lecture-one-million-views/

The basic income is hot, why?

The idea for a basic income is several hundred years old. Now it is (again) in the interest because the future demands it: For some occupations, labor will more and more be run by robots. And with the ageing society we rely more and more on (unpaid labor) taking care of your beloved ones and volunteer work. In addition, our safety net from government(s) is complex if you have no income from work (charges, obligations, digital skills needed, fines for non-compliance), which in some households leads to problematic debt situations.

More info:

- Richard Branson's plea for a basic income

- Plea for a basic income for people over 55 (in Dutch)

Experiments with basic incomes, there are already plenty of?

Experiments yes, with a full basic income, no. Often it is variated, par example with less restrictions on government support (Netherlands), or a low amount of basic income, to ensure a stimulus to turn to labor (Finland). In Canada in the province of Ontario has decided on a three-year experiment in three different cities (Ontario). The population in Kenya receive direct donations (Kenya) from Give Directly, a foundation in America. In Germany an experiment has been started, combined with scientific research and financed by more than 140,000 donors. Experimenting with a full basic income is tricky. Results are actually only shown up as it is introduced wide and for everyone.

Why (also) Fair Welfare?

With the people who specifically want to contribute and through this private initiative, we can offer a few recipients to already have a different life. Free from interference by Government or employer. We like to make this possible for many people. And curious as to what this brings, we hope to feed the discussion around basic income with concrete experiences.

Enter a basic income, surely this is a utopia?

The women's right to vote was once a utopia. Think of the elderly pension in the Netherlands, a basic income for the elderly, is thanks to Minister Drees also once entered. If we as a society stand for it, politics follow. And then there are various variants: introduction by age group, as there are now requests for a basic income from 50 or 55 years. Or introduction step by step: five times, every three years, everyone €300 a month basic income, returning surcharges etc. (redistribution). With this we can experience how it works in practice.

A basic income for everyone, that is priceless?

An answer in euros: With a basic income for everyone, a big part of the (controlling) public administration will expire and eliminate paying surcharges. This allows a share of the basic income to be paid. In addition to the redistribution of wealth: more of the profits should go to everyone instead of to a few shareholders. This requires a different form of taxes. Discover your own preferences via the calculation model of Association basic income. An answer in values: with a basic income you can make your own choices. You can be satisfied with it, or want more income and want paid work. You can say no to exploitative jobs, you can say yes to the care of your environment, longer or re-education, creativity shaping, or fiddle. In Dauphin, Canada, 13,000 inhabitants between 1973 and 1977 have received a basic income. The positive effects are visible for even further generations: improve school performance, hospital visit running back and less domestic violence and mental problems. From the free choice the number of work-hours ran back with 13%.