It’s drawing in toward the end of the year, and we’re all looking forward to doing end-of year things: breaking out the suntan lotion (Southern Hemisphere), breaking through the snow (Northern Hemisphere), breaking into shrieks of glee and/or terror (Yuletiders), and breaking bread with loved ones (holiday celebrants). But one thing you may have forgotten about is that the next few weeks are your last chance to qualify for tax deductions in 2009 (United States). If you’ve been thinking about donating to the OTW but haven’t done so yet, you may want to take a look at your finances and see whether it would be to your benefit to do so before December 31. And if you’re employed, please find out if your employer offers matching donations! Every dollar you give could be worth two dollars to the org. You can learn more about how to get your donation matched by your employer on the support the OTW page (scroll down to where it says, “If your employer offers matching donations, you may be able to double your gift!”)
Of course, we’re glad of donations of money or help at any time — especially as we celebrate the open beta of the Archive of Our Own, now with more than 25,000 stories in almost 3,100 fandoms! If you’d like an AOOO account, you can add yourself to the invitation queue; a friend who already has an account may also be able to give you an invitation. And if you’d like to give of your time and effort as well as, or instead of, your money, please see our Willing to Serve post for descriptions of how you can help with the OTW’s various projects.
And meanwhile, enjoy the sun, or the snow, or the shrieking — and in any case, enjoy the stories!
Remember — we’re offering two premiums for your donation over US$50. Celebrate the OTW and get something for yourself this season!