Now here’s a tale to buoy you through our time of sinking expectations. The Baffler Foundation Inc. is a tax-exempt organization incorporated “to promote art, science, and education by publishing a literary magazine.” Working in subject areas that have been largely abandoned by universities, foundations, business, and government, we employ a core staff of editors, designers, and researchers from our HQ in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Together we produce not only The Baffler magazine in print and digital editions, but also books, a daily blog, and symposia, lectures, and events around the country. Yes, we also have tote bags.
During The Baffler Foundation’s start-up phase, from 2011 to 2014, we bootstrapped our portfolio with established business partners. Now our start-up phase is complete, and we are seeking financing for our next phase of organizational development as an independent publisher, research sponsor, and public programmer. Learn more than you ever wanted to know about us in our Impact Statement—read it online here, or download it as a PDF here.
Our donors, many and varied, include an actor, bookstore owner, film producer, hedge-fund manager, videogame designer, playwright, and several publishers, professors, and tech entrepreneurs, all with exceedingly good taste. Thanks to them, as well as to subscribers in all fifty U.S. States, we’ve upheld our pledge not to exploit anyone. That’s right, no interns are used in the making of The Baffler, and all contributions are paid.
Give us your support and help us grow the Foundation the right way, building on the achievements of the last three years and the legacy of the magazine that’s been blunting the cutting edge since 1988. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Baffler Foundation on this page. Thank you!
Other People’s Opinions
“Eye-opening and irascible, hopeful but not optimistic . . . offers a clear-eyed perspective on post-recession America and pays readers the ultimate compliment of being able to think for themselves.” — Publishers Weekly
“Arguably the standard-bearer for the latest generation of non-mainstream publications. The writers possess a contagious enthusiasm for showing how today’s profiteers have caked so much lipstick on the pig that you can hardly see its face.” — Washington Post
“The original ethos seems largely intact: beautifully discontented prose written by people who’d rather be out scrapping. Quite right, too.” — Guardian
“Like The Baffler of old, the sharpest pieces are readable and show a caustic, playful ability to zero in on a pie-eyed media hypnotized by the zeitgeist.” — Chicago Tribune
“If you have a critical bone left in your aching postmillennial body, you owe it to yourself to seek out this avatar of a new level of intelligent polemic.” — Santa Barbara Independent
“More beautiful, more timely, and more relevant than ever.” — Columbia Journalism Review
“Bracingly witty.” — SF Weekly
“A murderer’s row of lefty thinkers . . . a powerful summation of the systemic challenges we face as a nation, and a welcome reminder that we need strong, dissenting voices like The Baffler more than ever.” — Boston Globe
“If arch anticapitalist rhetoric and scatological takedowns of corporate media aren’t your cuppa, The Baffler publishes a nice variety of fiction and poetry, too. Have at it.” — The Paris Review
“A compendium of literary curveballs.” — New York Times
“A hyper-intellectual, sometimes satirical, left-wing publication. . . . In its drive to fall ‘outside the debate,’ it generates some brilliant counter-intuitive analysis.” — Atlantic Wire
“The art is stunning. This is truly one of the outstanding venues for editorial illustration.” — Illustration Age
“A cleansing hatebath lampooning both capitalist doublespeak and squishy liberalism, the rare publication to be both smart and funny amid a lot of humorless political bluster.” — Willamette Week
“An excellent, and highly underrated magazine.” — The Stranger
“Every age has a magazine that matters. For our age, it’s The Baffler.” — Andrew J. Bacevich
“The Baffler embodies, with its internationalist outlook, the most vital tradition of American dissent. In an age marked by avid intellectual logrolling, it has never seemed more imperative.” — Pankaj Mishra
“Did our system ever work? Will it ever? The fact that it is not working right now is rendered sadder by our knowledge of the U.S. Constitution. If you want to feel sadder still, read The Baffler.” — William T. Vollmann
“An indispensable source of hope for anyone who still cares about the future of American democracy.” — Jackson Lears
“Viva la Baffler!” — Jonathan Franzen