The Contributor is a newspaper sold by the homeless of Nashville. Homeless people buy this newspaper for 25 cents, and then sell it for $1 (or more if they get a tip). As the back of the newspaper says, "We present diverse perspectives on homelessness and poverty. We provide homeless and formerly homeless vendors with a source of income. We create community between vendors and customers."
Back in North Carolina, there were always panhandlers lining every major intersections with buckets asking for money. I never gave money or ever felt compelled too. But here it's different. These people aren't begging for money; they are selling me something, so I really respect that. They take a portion of their profits everyday and buy more papers. I think it's a really great system they have going here with The Contributor, and I plan to buy many more newspapers.
Even Taylor Swift bought one.
Check out this news article about The Contributor newspaper.