Contribute was founded by Rhett Ayers Butler in 1999 out of his passion for wildlife and rainforests. Originally a side project which consumed nights and weekends, Rhett quit his day job to run mongabay full-time in 2004.

Mongabay is financed primarily through grants and donations via Mongabay Org Corporation (, a non-profit organization which as a public charity has tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Contributions to are deductible to U.S. taxpayers under section 170 of the Code.

If you like our service, we would be grateful for your support.

Why support Mongabay?

The purpose of mongabay is to raise interest in environmental issues and foster appreciation of wildlife and wild places. The site provides quality information on rainforests and environmental issues, reaching more than two million people per month. To learn more about the mission of mongabay, check out the preface of A Place Out of Time. has the specific mission of raising awareness about social and environmental issues relating to forests and other ecosystems. It has five focal areas:, which are explained here.

How can I help?

  • Donations
    Mongabay depends on donations from readers like you. Please consider a sustaining recurrent donation.
  • Volunteering.
    We have several projects for volunteers. If you are interested in learning more, please check out our volunteering/internship page.
  • Buying through Amazon links.
    You can use the following Amazon link to buy books, music and other merchandise from Each time you use this link to make a purchase a small amount (1-5% depending on the item) will go towards maintaining the site. You can also take a look at the recommended books page for book ideas.
  • Our book for kids and adults.
    Rainforests by Rhett Ayers Butler, founder and editor of An overview of tropical rainforests for kids, based on’s popular web site for children ( Rainforests describes tropical rainforests, why they are important, and what is happening to them.
  • Mongabay gear.
    You can buy Mongabay and apparel. A portion of each sale goes to the site.