JOHN MENADUE. Ensuring the Future of Pearls and Irritations

Thanks to the many subscribers who have offered financial support to P & I in the future.  I need to secure financial underwriting and arrange ‘back office’ support before we embark on fundraising. Thanks for your early response to this post.  We will be in touch. John Menadue.

Susie and I are looking for organisational and financial support to ensure the future of P & I in ways that are consistent with the values and direction that we have pursued. Editorial independence is essential. 

Many ‘family businesses’ face the problems that Susie and I face. We work on an entirely voluntary basis with no income. We do not pay any staff or contributors. We are not an incorporated company.

That cannot continue.

Subscriptions to our weekly or daily email notifications are free. There are about 7,000 subscribers, with about 5,000 reading daily from notification emails or internet searches.

Its success is due mainly to support by an excellent group of editorial contributors.

We are looking for two things.

First an organisation or company that we could contract to produce, provide technical support and promotion of P and I – a ‘back office’ blog manager.

Secondly, to fund this support, we need a person(s) or organisation that can provide or underwrite funding of $100,000 per annum for two years and so provide the space to raise that sum through monthly donations and other contributions. We think raising $100,000 per annum in this way is quite feasible.

Editorial content would continue to be provided by P & I colleagues and me.

Susie and I would remain active, but we cannot maintain our current level of activity.

We believe that the future of P & I can be secured but it needs organisational and financial support.

Can you help?

I can be contacted at [email protected]

John Menadue


John Menadue is the publisher of Pearls & Irritations. He has had a distinguished career both in the private sector and in the Public Service.

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