The OTW is officially on break, and will be until mid-January, but it's a very busy time for many of us!*
A change is as good as a rest, or so we've heard! That's a good thing, because change is what we're preparing for: a new term, a new Board, and new committees, all well rested and ready for a strong 2011. In some cases, change means new staff in the form of volunteers who are able to increase their commitment; in other cases, change brings brand new people who answered our Willing to Serve post in October.
Ming Wathne, long time archivist of the Fanzine Archives, passed away on December 17, 2010 at the age of 84. Before she died, the OTW helped her transfer the entire archive - over 3,000 zines - to the Special Collections Department of the University of Iowa, where it became the founding collection of the OTW's Fan Culture Preservation Project.
We're drawing toward the end of the year, a busy time on both fannish and non-fannish fronts for many of us. We wanted to be sure to remind you that the next few weeks are your last chance to qualify for tax deductions in 2010 (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!
This is the time of year when fans participate in fic exchanges and drink mulled cider and curse out the Archive of Our Own for being so @#$!%&# slow. Because after a day of fighting holiday crowds or waiting on lines in department stores, nothing bums you out like getting Error 502: Page did not respond in a timely fashion on your favorite comfort fic.
We're a week away from the OTW's first contested election for seats on our Board of Directors, and all eligible voting members of the Organization for Transformative Works have now been sent voting account information!
We've nearly recovered from the whirlwind of our October 2010 drive -- but the excitement isn't over, because now we have results to share!
Thanks to you, our members, donors, supporters, and volunteers, during the official week of fundraising we raised US$18,308.46. Even after the drive our posts were still reaching new donors: by the end of October we raised US$21,143.46.
The OTW's October 2010 membership and donation drive has come to a close.
We've been thrilled by the response, and will be busily double-checking our figures for a few days. We want to be sure to count our donors who used eChecks and physical checks, the ones who donated by surface mail as well as those who took advantage of our online donation system. We'll give you a full report as soon as we can be sure of the information.
We don't even know what to say to this. It's astounding. The donation challenge was issued at 8:20pm UTC. Between the time we hit save on that post, and 1:17am UTC, only four hours and fifty-seven minutes later, we raised US$2,065.
This means that every one of the dollars donated during that time was matched at 110%. In less than five hours, you secured US$4,265 that will go toward all of our projects -- including the servers, power, and bandwidth necessary to keep us strong and stable and self-sustaining.