The 2013 Donation Drive ends right at midnight this Friday, which means there’s just a little over 3 days left as I type this. First, a massive thanks to everyone who has donated. Your contributions have already solidly guaranteed another year of growth and content for GWJ, and we honestly are always blown away that people are willing to invest in us and into the community the way you guys do.
I will put one thing out there, hopefully to appeal to those of you who may be on the fence or who haven’t donated yet but plan to. Since we launched the donation drive ten years ago, every year we have raised more than the prior year – which is a big part of how we have been able to keep driving forward and trying new things. Some years by only a couple dozen dollars, other years by thousands. Last year we raised just over $27,000.
Right now, we are not on pace to equal last year’s donation drive total. That would make this the first year since we were founded in 2003 where we raised less than the year before.
So far this year we are just short of having raised $25,000, money which goes to support writers, contributors, the podcast, hosting, site design, site maintenance, special event coverage, let’s plays and the myriad little things it takes to not just keep the lights on but keep growing. We are on the cusp of having enough to fund a second annual GWJ magazine, an exercise I desperately want to have a good solid second shot at. I’m extraordinarily proud of what we put out this year, but there’s so much more we can do, and plan to.
If you haven’t donated and want to support the site’s growth and the community as a whole, now is the moment. We are right at the edge of our stretch goal for a new magazine, and with a strong final push in these last few days we are ready to add a second podcast for your monthly listening pleasure. If you would like to donate, please visit our donation page for full details, and thank you all for your support.