You did it! Thank you, and what's next for you and the Ada Initiative!

80 women cheering and wearing many different colors, CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo


You did it! Over 1100 donors gave over $206,000 to our 2014 fundraising drive. We reached our original goal of $150,000 with 3 days to go, and then you gave another $56,000!!!

This month alone has made a real difference for women in open technology and culture. Not only will your generous donations help fund our 2014-2015 plans including four AdaCamp unconferences for women, the launch of Impostor Syndrome training as a standalone class, and dozens of Ally Skills Workshops, as a direct result of your generous gifts, we are:

Good fundraising is also good activism, and this drive was no exception! Functional programmers banded together not only to raise money but to call on the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) to better publicize their anti-harassment policies. Liz Henry called on hackerspaces to list their anti-harassment policies on the hackerspaces wiki, or adopt a policy if they didn’t have one. Several companies and organizations contacted the Ada Initiative to book Ally Skills Workshops or to ask for free consulting on implementing anti-harassment policies.

A woman wearing a fedora with a "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" sticker on it

Which f-word is that?

Good fundraising is also FUN! As a result of this fundraiser, librarians practically have a costume ball going on at an upcoming conference, and they have a new cat-themed skin for open source library catalogue system Koha. Functional programmers threatened to post a video of themselves singing filk songs. Feminists everywhere took selfies while wearing silly hats. As supporter Ryan Kennedy put it on Twitter, “thanks to @adainitiative for working with me to put together a fundraising campaign for them. A+…would fundraise again.

“F-word: Feminism” sticker available for one more week

Black and white sticker with text reading "Not afraid to say the F-WORD adainitiative.org"

Over 1000 donors have proved that they aren’t afraid to say the F-word: FEMINISM! As a thank you, we’re making our “Not afraid to say the F-word” stickers available to donors who donate before October 15th, 2014. “Not afraid to say the F-word” t-shirts won’t be available till later in the year, but stay in touch to get the first announcement when they are ready!

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Staying involved

A woman explains while a man listens

Ally Skills Workshop discussion

Donating is just one way to support women in open technology and culture. Check out our list of ways people can help in their everyday lives. Corporations interested in the open technology and culture space can get involved in several ways as well. Consider booking an Ally Skills Workshop at your workplace or conference. If you are a feminist woman in open tech/culture, you can apply to attend our 2015 AdaCamps when we announce registration opening. And you can keep up to date with the Ada Initiative’s work, AdaCamp and other event announcements, scholarships, calls to action, and similar ways to be part of the movement for change by keeping in touch with us.

Thanks and appreciation

An extraordinary coalition of individuals, communities, and corporations helped make our next year of work possible. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who donated their time, social capital, or money.

We are very happy that fundraising was such a positive experience for so many of our supporters. It was an uplifting, encouraging experience for us as well, thanks in large part to the many advisors and support staff who were part of making our next year’s work possible.

Guido van Rossum wearing "Python is for girls" shirt

Guido van Rossum wearing “Python is for girls” shirt

Thank you to our interviewees and guest writers this month, and your astounding (even — or especially — to us) accounts of how the Ada Initiative has affected your life and work: Ellen Spertus, N. K. Jemisin, Mary Robinette Kowal, Guido van Rossum, Rachel Chalmers, Kronda Adair, Stephanie Zvan, Amelia Greenhall, PZ Myers, Sue Gardner, Netha Hussain and Sumana Harihareswara.

An additional thank you to N. K. Jemisin for donating copies of her novel The Killing Moon and Mary Robinette Kowal for donating copies of her novel Valour and Vanity as donor thank you gifts. Don’t forget: a set of hardcover copies Mary’s series The Glamourist Histories together with a signed manuscript of the upcoming fifth book Of Noble Family, is being auctioned by Con or Bust right now to raise money for fans of color to attend SFF conventions!

Thank you community fundraisers!

Two smiling women, one wearing a silly tiara

CC BY-SA Jenna Saint Martin Photo

Each of these campaigns has, as well as supporting the Ada Initiative’s important work, made critical and concrete steps to improve their community for women.

If we left you or your community out of this list, thank you and we’re sorry!! This fundraiser was so much bigger than we expected and we’re sure we lost track of something. Please contact us immediately and we’d be thrilled to add you to this list.

And of course, we thank all of our more than 1100 donors, including the more than 700 who gave us permission to share their names:

@bohyunkim
@cynpy
@cynpy
@elplatt
@gedankenstuecke
@gergdotca
@ianweller
@jstash
@kjrtech
@ReBeccaOrg
@tedder42
@thebackpack08
@TheRealSpaf
@tikkachurin
@urcadox
@vibragiel
@wdonohue
@wickman
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Aaron Levin / Weird Canada
Aaron M
Aaron Miller
Adam C. Foltzer
Adam Glasgall
Adam Lee
Adrienne Roehrich
Alan McConchie
Alejandro Cabrera
AlephCloud Systems
Aliandria
Alice Boxhall
Alicia Gibb
Alina Banerjee
Alison Cichowlas
Alison Hitchens
Allison Granted
allison morris
Allyson J. Bennett
Amandine
Amy F. Bocko
Amy Hendrix
Amy Kautzman
Anaerobeth
Anders Pearson
André Arko
Andre M. Bach
Andrea
Andrea Horbinski
Andrea Snyder
Andreas Dilger
Andrew Berger
Andrew Ducker
Andrew Garrett
Andrew Janke
Andrew Sutherland
Andromeda Yelton
Andy Adams-Moran
Andy Isaacson
Andy Shuping
Anil Madhavapeddy
Anjanette Young
Ankita
Ann Marie The Nurse
Annalee Flower Horne
Anne Jefferson
Annmargar
anon
Anonymous
Anthony Karosas
Antonio D’souza
arduinogirl
Ari
Ari
Ari Blenkhorn
Aria Stewart
Ariaflame
Art Gillespie
Ayla Stein
B. Albritton
Barnaby Walters
bcl
Beau Gunderson
Ben Blum
Ben Chapman
Ben Finney
Ben Hughes
Ben Hughes
Benjamin B
Benjamin Treynor Sloss
Bernard Yu
Bess Sadler
Beth Warner
Bethany Lister
Bill Dueber
Bill Landis
Billie
BKM
Blaine Cook
Bo Brinkman
Bobbi Fox
Brad F
Brenda Moon
Brendan Long
Brent Yorgey
BrerScientist
Brian Nisbet
Britta Gustafson
Bruce Cran
Bruce Cran
Bruce Lechat
Bruce Washburn
Bryan Horstmann-Allen
Burtchen
Camille Baldock
Candy Schwartz
Caridad!
Carl
Carlo Angiuli
Carol Willing
Casey G.
Catalin D Voinescu
Catherine Cronin
Cathy Aster
Cecily Walker
censorydep
Chad Nelson
Charles Hawkins
Charles Hooper
Charles Miller
Chelsea D
Cheng H. Lee
Choo Khor
Chris Adams
Chris Bourg
Chris Ford
Chris Heisel
Chris Jones
Chris Martens
Chris Mulligan
Chris Petrilli
Chris Strauber
Christina McClendon
Christina Schulman
Christine Spang
Chung-chieh Shan
chuy
Cidney Hamilton
Cindy Alvarez
cjs
CKo
clementd
Colin Barrett
Colin Gourlay
Colin Whittaker
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Colleen
Colleen Penrowley
Coral Sheldon-Hess
Corey “cmr” Richardson
Cory-Ann Joseph
Courtney C. Mumma, Artefactual Systems, Inc.
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Cynthia Taylor
Dale Askey
Damien Sullivan
Dan
Dan Cohen
Dan Doel
Dan Hicks
Dan Karran
Dan Licata
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Dan Scott
Dan V
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Dana McFarland
Daniel Bergey
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Daniel Patterson
Daniel Ross
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David Comay
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David Glick
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Edward Kmett
Edwina Mead
Eevee
Elaine Tindill_Rohr
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Elizabeth McCarty
Elizabeth Skene
Ellen Spertus
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Eric Phetteplace
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Eric Sipple
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Erin White
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Harry Ray
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Sean McGinnis
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Seth Reeder
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Sharon E. Farb
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