We need your help!

AIM and ICQ are currently in beta and are only available to supporters that donate $5 or more. Simply register your screenname or UIN, then contact us on Discord or via support with your username and we will give you access.

We do NOT sell any of your information, monitor your conversations, nor do we bombard you with ads, and as such we don't have a lot of money to go around. In order to deal with our ever-increasing hosting costs and to help our development team, we have rely on supporters like you, and we need your help. If you want to keep WLM, MSN, AIM, or Classic AOL running, then we need your support.

The NINA project (reviving AIM, AOL, and more) and Escargot (MSN Messenger and Windows Live) are both big projects, and the programming aspect and documentation is a full time job. While we love the work, it does, however, cost money to host the site, and the servers, not to mention general cost of living.

We have various donation options available. They come with various rewards, including early access to various projects, and a role on our Discord server if you have joined it.

Be sure to include your NINA or Escargot username, or Discord username, in your donation message for faster response.

Preferred methods

If you're interested in donating, please select an option below donate whatever you feel like. You can also send directly via PayPal, with the email address paypal@levelleap.com.

If you know any more convenient methods people like to use for donations, please let us know on Discord or email paypal@levelleap.com.


The reward structure varies depending on how you donate. For Patreon or Boosty-specific ones, which are more numerous, come with cooler roles, and more benefits, see our Patreon or Boosty pages. Note: Boosty subscriptions result in the same benefits as Patreon.

The list below only applies to people who do one-time donations via all other services or methods.

  • You may donate any amount, not just ones listed here there are no minimums or limits.
  • All amounts are in USD.
  • Amounts in other currencies are based upon the exchange rate at the time of donation.
  • If you want Discord role benefits, or other service benefits, you will need to provide a note or message with your Discord name or other contact information, otherwise we will not be able to know who the donor is.
Amount Discord Role Details
< $5 None We appreciate any donation amount, it helps fund services
$5+ Gamma Supporter #development channel access *
$20+ Beta Supporter Beta and #development channel access *
$50+ Alpha Supporter Alpha, beta and #development channel access *
$100+ Sustainer All access *, ad-free service, optional 3 character name
$250+ The Assembly All access to all future services forever, ad-free service, optional 2 or 3 character name, special Discord channel for new info, your ideas, feedback, and more

* Access only applies if you have a registered account with the given service, it does not include any pay-to-play services which we may have.

If you want further details see see the FAQ below, join our Discord's support channel, or email donate@nina.chat.


Why is $5 the minimum donation for access?
We used to provide early access for any donation, however we set a minimum after a rash of people were donating 50 cents, 25 cents, 9 cents, and even a few donating 1 cent and then rudely demanding access to everything. It's more insulting and suggestive that our work has no value than anything else.
How long does a donation last? If I donate now, do I keep the rewards forever?
There are no expirations on donations, once you've reached a reward tier (in table above), you remain there forever -- though this does not apply to services which are "pay to play", unless otherwise stated in the rewards table above.
If I donate $25 today and $25 in two years, does that count as a $50 donation?
Yes, you can donate more over time and join a new reward tier (in table above), however if long enough exists between donations you may need to let us know so we can total up all of your previous donations, this way you aren't missed.
What is an "ad-free experience"?
On services where we have ads, we will not display ads where possible. In some cases clients will show ads regardless because there's no way to tell which user is requesting the ad service.
Do you take hardware/VM/hosting donations?
No, and not under any circumstances -- we don't even want them for free.
Why don't you want my hardware/VM/hosting? It's great and I'm super trustworthy, I swear! You know me!
That doesn't matter, after 30 years of online experience with hosting, something always goes wrong: people don't keep their stuff up to date and it gets hacked, they don't pay their bills and it goes down disrupting service, they get mad at someone and force it down, they share data that's on it for no reason other than just because, they accidentally destroy the VM because they thought it was another one: I swear it won't happen again, they were on vacation when the server went down so it took them a month to get it back up,... and so on, and so on, and so on. We've heard it all, and don't ever want to hear it again. We'd just rather pay for it ourselves and keep the service up, than have it go down for a really ridiculous reason that you claimed was never going to happen.
My host is better, you should use this account or service.
We've priced everything out and we structure everything with care, we don't do fly-by-night switchovers to new servers nor would we subject users to that. Please stop suggesting it, either because the host is so cheap it's unreliable garbage, or it's more expensive than you think it is compared to other things -- remember bandwidth has costs as well, and we use a lot of it, it isn't just about a VM with a lot of RAM and CPU. We've managed to keep the service more stable than it was previously by not making decisions based on VM price alone.
If I donate or become a Patron, does that mean I still have to follow the rules and are expected to behave myself?
Yes, and to patrons who withdraw their patronage and donors who ask for refunds for being muted or banned for constant rule breaking on the Discord or forums are regarded by the community as petty and immature -- and very much unwelcome.


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