The OTW’s October membership drive has officially ended, and we’d like to thank everyone who came out to support it! Thanks to your enthusiasm and generosity, we had a very successful week! Between October 1-7, we received 1,810 individual donations totaling US$44,594.05, making this one of our most successful drives ever. Donations are still coming in: as of this writing, we’ve raised more than US$48,000 since October 1, and the OTW’s membership has increased to more than 4,200 people.
To the 966 donors who took the plunge and became members of the OTW for the very first time during this drive, we welcome you with open arms and thank you from the bottom of our hearts! And to our returning members, thank you for your ongoing support, which has made the OTW’s work possible for six years and counting.
A huge thanks goes to the staffers and volunteers who ran the drive by writing and beta reading, posting and tweeting, responding to donor inquiries, designing graphics, sending e-mail blasts, monitoring donation receipts, and myriad other tasks. Thank you for making the drive possible.
And finally, we’d like to give a shoutout to the many fans who supported us by reblogging and talking about the drive and the OTW on social media. We’re especially pleased by the warm reception of the drive on Tumblr, since our presence there is relatively new — the OTW opened its official account in May 2012 and we have not only experienced rapid growth, but also love and support for the OTW and its projects. Thank you.
Although this drive is over, it’s never too late to become an OTW member. We gratefully accept donations throughout the year. And there are plenty of other ways to show your support, from telling Legal about your experiences with takedowns to contributing a piece of fandom history to Fanlore to volunteering for an open position that fits your qualifications and interests. Fans’ participation is what keeps the OTW and all its projects going. Thank you for being a part of it!