As difficult as it is to sound grateful via a website, please know that we are. Declaration is in its infancy and we sincerely thank you for considering to fund an idea that we believe in so strongly. After years of hard work, we have approached our testing phase and are on track to launch our beta website in March. With your help, we’ll continue to evolve Declaration in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead. Again, thank you.
Why We Exist
We created Declaration to document, showcase, and protect your creative output. With Declaration, we want to level the playing field for how work is evaluated, pull back the curtain on how it’s created, and discover the reasons why some work is successful and other work is not. We think your work deserves to be preserved for posterity as part of the permanent creative record. And we say that sight unseen.
While there is only so much space in the Library of Congress or the Smithsonian, the amount of content the Internet can accommodate is virtually limitless. It is not our position to judge, only to provide a place for your work to live.
Our motto is “Let all be counted and let the cream rise.”
When you create something, you deserve credit for your contribution and peace of mind that the work will endure. That's as true for painters, dancers, art directors, and industrial designers as it is the assistants, mangers, producers, and vendors who help bring a finished project to life. Declaration is about posterity. It’s also about ensuring that those who haven’t put in the work won’t take credit away from those who have. The cream rises. The truth will out. And transparency will ultimately rule the day. As creators ourselves, we’re excited to be playing a part in that.
Why Raise Funds
We plan to launch our beta site in March 2013 and the funds we raise will help to validate the utility of Declaration and to ensure its long-term existence. We are looking to raise $100,000 to improve on the archiving capabilities, enhance member benefits, and cover operational costs. Currently, we have contributed our own personal funds along with years of hard work to make this a reality, but we need your help to create an online resource tool like no other.
If we do not reach our fundraising goal, the money we do raise will still be used to make The Archive the best it can possibly be. We are commited to our vision for the site and we believe it has a place in this world. That is our declaration to you.
The Impact of Your Contribution
Creators – Declaration enables anyone to easily document and preserve their creative output. Members can showcase their entire work history, curate portfolios, and distribute projects to social networks. Our database enables exponential exposure while providing unparalleled features for helping members achieve their personal and professional goals.
Information Seekers – Declaration will be a global resource and leading repository of information for the “who, what, when, where, how, how much and how long” questions about anything ever created.
Employers & Job Hunters – Soon Declaration will be a place where creators can find collaborative, freelance, and full-time opportunities and recruiters can access a rich, expansive pool of talent.
Premium Member Benefits
1. Archive your work as part of the permanent creative record.
2. Document your creative evolution in your personal profile.
3. Add yourself to relevant projects uploaded by other members.
4. Distribute your work to social networks with ease.
5. Track other Declaration members for inspiration.
6. Contact members directly for advice, work opportunities, or to collaborate.
7. Get detailed metrics on your work's performance.
8. See which members are viewing your work and profile.
9. Use password protection to limit access to certain projects.
10. Access advanced metrics and analytics.
11. Get all future premimum benefits at no additional cost.
Scholarships and Grants
Supporting creators and the creative impulse is woven into the fabric of our company. That's why for every paid member who joins, we will contribute $1 to our internal scholarship and grant foundation. We believe strongly in our members – students and professionals alike – and we look forward to giving back to our community in support of their education and goals.
Other Ways You Can Help
If you are not able to make a donation, you can still support Declaration and our vision by sharing this page with your friends and colleagues. In doing so you are not only giving us more exposure, you are demonstrating a belief that Declaration is worthwhile and worthy of other people's time and attention – and that means a great deal. Thank you.
Explore the Declaration Archive
Don't forget to review our gallery, accessible via the tab at the top of this page. It showcases the design for Declaration so you can see how your profile will look, how your projects will be seen, and how you are connected across the archive. Also, you can sign up to be notified when we launch in March at declaration.net.