After the Archive of Our Own (AO3), Fanlore, and our donation form went down due to the DDoS attacks in July, many fans responded by donating in the following months. We greatly appreciate both your generosity and your desire to respond to the attacks with this show of support. We received a 35% bump in donations in July and August of 2023 compared to July and August in 2022.
That’s why, during our usual October membership drive, we want to encourage you to become a member of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) — the nonprofit organization behind AO3 and Fanlore, among other projects — and continue to be involved. Our drive donation banner on AO3 will thus be tracking new members and not money raised.
What is OTW membership?
You can become an OTW member with a donation of US$10 or more. Membership will allow you to vote for candidates seeking to join the Board of Directors—the OTW’s governing board. You have until June 30, 2024 to become a member if you would like to vote in next year’s election, which will be held in August.
- In order to become a member, you must select “Yes” to the question at the end of the donation form.
- You cannot become a member by donating US$1 ten times: it must be at least US$10 in a single donation.
- While employer matching cannot be used for membership, fans in the U.S. might be able to double their contributions that way. (Contact your HR department to find out if this is an option for you!)
Being an OTW member is not the same as having an AO3 account.
Your OTW membership has no connection to any account you may have at AO3 or any of our other projects, and an OTW membership does not provide access to any online space. This was a deliberate choice made by the OTW early on, to ensure that your reading history, works you’ve created, and edits you’ve made on Fanlore aren’t tied to your wallet name or payment information.
But besides being able to vote in the OTW Board elections, you get cool merchandise if you’ve been a member for multiple consecutive years.
And speaking of cool merchandise, here are some new thank-you gifts that donors can receive:
AO3 pin is 1.5 inches/3.81 centimeters long
Contracted Unified English Braille sticker reading “I [heart] my fandoms” is 3 inches by 2.5 inches/7.62 by 6.35 centimeters
These thank-you gifts start at US$40. You can also set up a recurring donation and save towards the gift of your choice. Instructions on how to set this up will be included in your donation receipt.
Find out more
We appreciate all your donations, volunteering, encouraging messages and fun memes. And for those who would like to help spread the word about our membership drive, use #otwmembers in your posts! That will help us spot your messages and signal boost.
Thanks for your support and we hope to have more of you join us!