Sliding Scale: Things to Think About

The CUC strives to remove financial barriers to our events. Sliding scale fees are designed to allow participants to choose how much they pay for registration. If you are unsure how much you should be paying, here are some considerations about sliding scales:

“When I pay more, I know that I am helping others to access the event. When I pay in the middle, I know I am helping the organizers cover costs. And when I pay at the bottom, I know I am letting my community hold me and support me. All of these are wonderful and acceptable ways of participating.”

“Please be mindful that if you purchase a price at the lowest end of the scale when you can truthfully afford the higher ticket prices, you are limiting access to those who truly need the gift of financial flexibility. Being honest with yourself and your financial situation when engaging with sliding scale practices grows strong and sustainable communities.” (Source: Sliding Scale Why, How, and Sorting Out Who)

Use this “Green Bottle” chart to help you figure out your place on the continuum of the scale: