As you might imagine, there are costs associated with the development and operation of the IRN, including hardware costs, hosting costs, and day-to-day operating costs. The IRN is very cost-effective, with expenses kept to the absolute minimum. Everyone is a volunteer at the IRN. We have no paid employees or contractors.
Nonetheless, there are ongoing operational and development costs associated with IRN. If you are in a position to make a small financial contribution, it would be greatly appreciated and responsibly used!