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Gift memberships are not redeemable for funds, merch, or able to be exchanged. Gift memberships can be refunded before they are redeemed. In that case, funds will be returned to the purchaser of the gift membership (the gift giver). We don’t have the ability to do anything more complex than a simple refund. Thank you for understanding!

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Yes! Thanks to the awesome A+ members who suggested this idea and outlined it for us, and then to Yikes for developing the automation for it, we now have the A+ Gift Membership Pool as of September 2021! You can contribute in increments of $30, and for every $30, we can give away a free one-year Cobalt membership to a person who is on the waitlist. Learn more about how it all works here.

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