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:
- Giving away half the seats at our first two standalone Impostor Syndrome trainings for free
- Running an Ally skills Workshop at Skepticon 7
- Training up to 15 new Ally Skills Workshop leaders at WisCon 39
- Making "Not afraid to say the F-word: Feminism" t-shirts
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.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
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!
Staying involvedDonating 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.
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!
- Bess Sadler, Andromeda Yelton, Chris Bourg, Mark Matienzo, and the libraries and archives community
- Janet D. Stemwedel and the wider tech and culture community
- Jacob Kaplan-Moss, Alex Gaynor, Carl Meyer, Jim Meyer, Lynn Root, and the Python community
- Liz Henry and the hackerspaces community
- Rachel Chalmers and the investors community
- Tim Chevalier, Adam C. Foltzer, Chung-chieh Shan, Clément Delafargue, and the functional programming community
- Matt Zimmerman and ally skills workshop attendees
- Annalee Flower Horne and the SFF community
- PZ Myers, Stephanie Zvan, and the skeptic community
- Coral Sheldon-Hess, Morgan Kay, Shauna Gordon-McKeon, and the AdaCamp alumni
- Sage Weil and the open storage community
- Mike Perez, Simon Anderson, and the OpenStack community
- Bill Humphries and the WisCon community
- Mel Chua and the education community
- Leigh Honeywell and the infosec community
- Kathleen Danielson and the OpenStreetMap community
- Rhys Elsmore and the feminists taking ironic fedora-wearing selfies community
- Everyone who tweeted, shared, or posted about the fundraiser – your work was crucial!
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:
A. Jesse Jiryu Davis
Aaron Levin / Weird Canada
Adam C. Foltzer
Allyson J. Bennett
Amy F. Bocko
Andre M. Bach
Ann Marie The Nurse
Annalee Flower Horne
Benjamin Treynor Sloss
Catalin D Voinescu
Cheng H. Lee
Corey "cmr" Richardson
Courtney C. Mumma, Artefactual Systems, Inc.
CV Harquail, FeministsAtWork.com
Dave & Claudia
David & Katie Reid
David Van Horn
Dr Kate Devlin
Dr Michael J Maresca
Eduardo Ariño de la Rubia
Elisabeth A. Lloyd
Eric Jay Daza
Erin M. Evans
Flavio (flaper87) Percoco
Gonéri Le Bouder
Gunnlaugur Þór Briem
HappyNat – Free Thought Blogs
Heather & Joe Ryan
In support of badgersdaughter
Ina Roy-Faderman, M.D.
Iris Vander Pluym
J. Ian Johnson
Janet D. Stemwedel
Jennifer Hoffman (@astroprofhoff)
Jesús A. Rodríguez
John Mark Ockerbloom
John P. Murphy
Julie C. Swierczek
Karen and Dean Henry
Kelly Hills & Nicholas Evans
Kent and Victoria Brewster
Kevin B Shiue
Kit La Touche
Lee Yan Quan
Leslie Birch @Zengirl2
Liang Bo Wang
Lim Bun Chun
Linnea and Jake
Mark Does Stuff
Merlijn van Deen
Michael R. Crusoe
Michele & Joel Zinn
Mika Kaplan, PE
Mike and Yu
Molly Clare Wilson
Mx A. Matienzo
Niels de Vos
OSM-er (one of the many)
Pascale Hammond Lane
Paula, Mother of Ada
Peter van Hardenberg
PLG- Toronto Area Chapter
Regis rmd1023 Donovan
Richard Destry Fronck
S + C Wanek
S*Marts Consulting, LLC
Sarah J. Bell
Shana L. McDanold
Shannon Prickett, Patron of the Arts
Sharon E. Farb
Simon Anderson (@DreamHostSimon)
Steph, Brian, and Luka Burg
Stephen Crim, Imaginary Bridges
Steve Van Tuyl
Talk Science to Me Communications Inc.
Tara C Smith
The Benjamin Frankenstein Electric Kitten Experience
Thomas M. Smith
Tim (Tojo) Johnson
Tollef Fog Heen
Zulah and Carlos
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