Are you doing all this for a profit?
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No. Nikonians is a not-for-profit community. All capital generated through our operations is reinvested to sustain it and its growth.
Only a very small percentage of all Nikonians Members are supporting the community financially through a contributing Silver, Gold or Platinum membership. That means most members are participating in the community free of charge.
However, membership fees are our most important source of revenue.
For the past sixteen years the community's policy has made it possible to offer free of charge content enabling members from all countries, all social backgrounds and economical status to interact on the provided platforms at no cost. However, the community must also receive enough funding to be able to sustain itself and meet the demands of a growing membership.
Over the past several years we have met those demands by assembling a highly skilled paid staff that takes care of software development, IT maintenance, administration, content generation and accounting (to name a few areas). The additional costs of operating servers and a server cluster on more than one continent clearly show that the current membership financial support is by far not enough to cover expenses. The community is therefore highly dependent on memberships and is supported in a lesser degree by donations and advertising revenue.
The community is operated by a limited liability corporation, Nikonians EMEA Ltd., (with office in Germany) since 2000, whereas the Nikonians Academy (nikoniansacademy.com) is operated by Nikonians North America, Inc., incorporated in the USA in 2006. This organizational structure was created by the founders to be able to handle the size of the operation professionally (with offices, employees, servers, et al).
The community is not a subsidiary of Nikon (it is completely independent in every way of Nikon Corporation), and yet it is able to answer thousands of posts pertaining to Nikon cameras and related subjects every day, free of charge. The strong core of expert volunteers and supporting members, combined with a professional back-office team makes all of this possible with a high level of efficiency, receiving praise from experts.
You can find out more about us and the team behind Nikonians on our team pages :-)
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