Donations drive update!

OTW: ohai!

The OTW’s second annual October donations drive is going strong. It’s been an amazing week. We’ve started offering donor premiums for the first time, which has inspired some truly lovely manips. (Also some icons featuring those manips, free to any good home!)

Plus we’ve received our first-ever anonymous challenge grant — an anonymous donor is going to match every dollar we raise during the second half of this donations drive, up to US$5000.

And OMG, fandom: we met our match. Thanks to your incredible generosity, we’ve raised just over US$5000 since we announced the challenge grant a few days ago. We are humbled and delighted by your generosity. And the drive isn’t over yet, so if you haven’t yet donated during this drive, there’s still time to do so! This donations drive ends at midnight UTC on October 19. (What time is that where you live? Find out here: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/fixedtime.html?month=10&day=19&year=2009&hour=0&min=0&sec=0&p1=0)

We’ve raised almost US$8800 so far during this drive. Our last drive broke US$10,000 — can you help us top that? If you haven’t donated yet, please do! Funds donated during this drive will go toward our ongoing colocation and bandwidth costs (the Archive of Our Own will enter Open Beta soon), building up a safety net for the organization so that we always have funds in-hand to do the work we need to do, and funding the amazing projects we hope to add to our roster in 2010. (Plus: now you can opt to receive stickers and/or a mug!)

As a reminder: we’re also always looking for volunteers to help with our various projects. Whether or not you’re able to donate at this time, you can always write entries for Fanlore, help out our tag wranglers, or join one of our standing committees — information on that is available in our recent Willing to Serve post.

Thanks for being a part of the OTW!