Five Things Jennifer D2 Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer’s personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today’s post is with Jennifer D2, who volunteers on our Support committee. How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does? I have two volunteer hats at OTW! I am a Support Volunteer for AO3, and I also spend a little time as an Import Assistant for Open Doors. I’ll be talking about my Support role, because… Read more

March 2024 Newsletter, Volume 187

I. 101 IMPORTS Open Doors posted their 2023 roundup and announced the completion of over 100 at-risk archive imports since 2012! They are continuing to work on previously announced imports and will be announcing new incoming archives soon. II. AT THE AO3 AO3 Documentation uploaded two new documents, the brand new Gifts FAQ and an updated History and Mark For Later FAQ. They are still working away on their Review process to check all the uploaded FAQs and Tutorials and see which will need to be revised in the near future. Accessibility, Design and Technology spent the first half of March testing and deploying an… Read more

April 2024 Membership Drive: Thanks for your Support

The Organization for Transformative Works’s April membership drive is over and we are delighted to say that we are finishing with a total of $207,088.91 raised, far exceeding our goal of $50,000. These donations came from 6073 people in 70 countries: thank you to every single one of you, as well as to all of you who posted and shared the news about the drive! We are particularly pleased that 5206 donors chose to either take up or renew OTW membership with their donation. The OTW would not exist without its users all around the world, and your continued support for us is our absolute… Read more

April 2024 Membership Drive: Keeping Fanworks Safe

The OTW has recently completed two surveys with our project users to find out more about what they know about our work. In our 16th Anniversary Survey, 87% of the 67,474 fans who responded said that they had never heard of OTW’s Open Doors. However, in our International Fanworks Day (IFD) 10th Anniversary Survey, over 60% of survey takers said they did know that the OTW preserves fandom archives, although only 28% knew that we help preserve physical fanworks as well. So we’d like to put a spotlight on the important work that this OTW project does. Open Doors began in 2009 by facilitating donations… Read more

OTW Finance: 2024 Budget

Through the last year, the OTW Finance team has continued to ensure that the organization’s bills are paid, tax returns filed, and standard accounting procedures met. Preparation for the 2023 audit of financial statements is currently ongoing! The team has also been diligently working to meet the OTW’s 2024 needs, and is proud to present to you this year’s budget (access the 2024 budget spreadsheet for more detailed information): 2024 Expenses Archive of Our Own (AO3) US$36,323.75 spent so far out of US$317,388.37 total this year, as of February 29, 2024. 47.2% of the OTW’s expenses go towards maintaining the AO3. This includes the bulk… Read more