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The OTW’s April fundraising drive is over, and we are humbled by your incredible generosity. Your donations far surpassed our initial goal of US$130,000, bringing our total to US$458,501 donated by 14,905 people from 96 countries. We are beyond grateful, and as committed as ever to this community that we’re all building together, every single day. We cannot thank you enough for helping our mission and for ensuring that our projects will grow even more in the future.

The OTW is a nonprofit, which means that every single dollar you donate goes towards our work, protecting fanworks and fan culture for everyone. This year, you've supported the Open Doors committee as they worked to mitigate the impact of the Yahoo Groups closure, collaborating with group members and moderators to import content onto Archive of Our Own. You have helped to fund the purchase of new servers for the AO3, which will facilitate greater stability as our user base continues to grow. And you have supported our Legal committee as they argued against fan-unfriendly legislation around the world. (You can find a lot more detail about how our funds are spent in our most recent budget post.)

With your help, we're able to continue actively supporting fanworks and serving the evolving needs of the fannish community year after year. So thank you, once again; we are truly overwhelmed by your support and generosity. And don't worry: if you want to donate outside of the drive period, the OTW accepts donations all year round!

(Please note that due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, it is possible that delivery of some donation gifts may be delayed. You will find the most up-to-date information about this on our donations page.)


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The Organization for Transformative Works is a non-profit, staffed by volunteers from around the world. Everything we raise goes to support our projects. But we can't do that alone. That's why today, as we do every April, we are launching our bi-annual membership drive, and asking our users to donate to support our work.

Of course, this April is in many respects unlike the ones before it. The current global circumstances are unprecedented, and we understand that many of the people who would usually donate to the OTW may not be in a position to do so at present. We want to reassure you that thanks to your previous generosity and the tireless labor of our Finance committee, we are here for the long term for all of our users, regardless of how much money we are able to raise this time around. Your donations now will help us to sustain our work even further into the future, and support us in planning how we can grow in the years to come.

Donations represent an investment in the OTW that is more than just financial. Any donation of US$10 or more will make you eligible to become an OTW member for the next year, or to renew your membership if you've donated in the past. Members can vote in our August elections, determining the makeup of the Board of Directors who manage the OTW’s strategic development and guide our future planning.

As always, but especially now, we want you to know that every contribution you make to our community is valued and important. Whether you create fanworks to entertain and uplift us all, engage with creators through kudos and comments, contribute to recording fan history and culture, enlighten us with academic papers on fannish topics, volunteer your time to help us, or offer financial support to all of our projects, we are grateful that you are a part of what we do!

Please consider donating if you can, and help us do the best we can to support this community today, tomorrow, and always. We may have spent the past weeks and months in isolation, but thanks to your engagement we are never truly alone.


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Wow! The OTW’s October fundraising drive is over, and it was amazingly successful! We flew right past our goal of US$130,000, with US$247,098.69 donated by 8566 people from 82 countries. We are truly humbled by your generosity—THANK YOU!

As we’ve mentioned during the course of this drive, the OTW depends on the donations of its user base to fund every one of its activities. The Archive of Our Own is our most visible project, especially after its recent Hugo Award win, but every one of our projects is crucial to our goals. Your donations also go towards initiatives like our legal work, defending fans and fanworks against laws which threaten them, and our Open Doors project, rescuing fanworks from platforms and archives in danger of being lost.

We are a nonprofit and every cent that has been donated will go back into our projects. (In fact, you can read all about the way that we spend the money raised during our funding drives in our recent budget post.) Your generosity means that we can continue with the important work we’re doing and plan for even greater things in the future. Thank you!

We also accept donations year-round, so you can support the OTW whenever you'd like.


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Did you know that when you donate to the OTW, you can choose to receive a thank-you gift? We've got lots of choices—from keychains to mugs to notebooks—including some new items for this drive! Here's some of our favourites, new and old.

First of all, let's talk stickers! Our OTW sticker set includes seven stickers featuring the logos of the OTW, AO3, Fanhackers, Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, and Transformative Works and Cultures - TWC. This thank-you gift is available with a minimum donation of US$50. And for a minimum donation of US$40, you can receive our new sticker set in honor of AO3's recent Hugo Award win. They come in a set of four, and each one features a different AO3 and Hugo-themed image. Both sets of stickers are great for decorating your notebooks, laptops, or anything else you like.

OTW Sticker Set (contains seven stickers). The first six stickers measure 7.6cm wide: (1) A white circle with the red OTW logo, a circular arrow inside a circle. Around the logo in black are the words "Organization for Transformative Works" and the URL "". (2) A white rectangle with the red Fanhackers logo, two hand tools crossed in a X. (3) A red square with the white and grey Open Doors logo, French doors opening to reveal a path. (4) A white square with the Legal Advocacy logo, a circular arrow surrounding the scales of justice. The arrow reads "Fair Use, Legal Advocacy, Free Expression". (5) A white oval with the red Archive of Our Own logo, a stylized AO3. (6) A red rectangle with the TWC logo in white; on the left are the letters TWC in a vertical arrangement, and on the right are the words "Transformative Works and Cultures". (7) A die cut of the Fanlore logo, blue text on a white background. This sticker measures 9.5cm long. Hugo Award Sticker Set (contains four stickers measuring 5cm). The first two are circular, with a small rocket flying above the AO3 logo. (1) is red, and (2) is black. (3) A rectangle with the Hugo logo next to the words "Archive of Our Own - 2019 Hugo Award Winner - Best Related Work." and (4) a stylised rocket with the words "Archive of Our Own, Best Related Work, Hugo Awards" handwritten inside the body and the year "2019" on the rocket's fins.

Want to show more AO3 love? We've got pins, keychains, notebooks, hats, and a mug that comes with a mystery gift from our retired donation premiums. We also have a Kudos-themed stress ball for those times when life gets hard, or when you discover that you've already left kudos here. :)

Red heart-shaped stress ball with a white AO3 logo

Want a place to store all this great OTW swag? Check out our AO3 duffel bag! This bag measures 10 x 19 x 9.75 inches (25 x 48 x 25 centimeters) and features black and red coloring with a white AO3 logo on the side. This thank-you gift is available with a minimum donation of US$350.

Introducing the AO3 Sports Duffel. The bag is black with red accents, with a red swoosh and a white AO3 logo on the side. It measures 25 x 48 x 25 centimeters. It has a convenient over-the-shoulder strap and a mesh side pocket ideal for podfic storage. It's perfect for carrying gym clothes, stashing your superhero costume, use as a zombie apocalypse bug-out bag, and traveling with your zine collection.

If you can't donate enough for your favorite thank-you gift right now, don't worry! We also accept recurring donations that let you save up for what you want. You just select how much you'd like to donate and how often, let us know what you're saving up for, and then when you reach the right amount we send you your gift. It's an easy way to manage your donations, and it also helps make sure that your OTW membership stays current.

For those of you in the United States, don't forget to ask your employers about donation matching programs. The OTW is a registered nonprofit in the US, and we issue tax receipts for donations from US residents.

These gifts are just a small token of our appreciation for your support. To all of you who donate to the OTW, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


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We believe that creation thrives in community, and that fandom especially requires spaces to exist free from censorship, open to all, and without threat of disappearing. In a world where fan labor is so often exploited, censorship is mandated, and information remains in flux, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) aims to create spaces where all are welcome to create, analyze, and preserve. And to do that, we rely on your donations.

The Archive of Our Own's Hugo Award serves as both a celebration and reminder of the importance of fannish spaces where all are free to create, post, and share, but it's only one of the many ways that the OTW serves fandom. Whether you're reading the latest volume of Transformative Works and Cultures or searching through Fanhackers' fan studies bibliography, our research and reference is open and available to all. Through Open Doors and our Legal Advocacy, we preserve fanworks and protect the right to create and share what we love. And through Fanlore, we make sure you can write about it, so that fandom today is remembered tomorrow.

There's no premium level to our projects, nor is there early access to unlock. Everything we do is available for everyone, regardless of who they are and what they do. But the only way we can make this possible is through your generous donations.

In Naomi Novik’s Hugo Award acceptance speech on behalf of the Archive of Our Own, she extended her thanks to everyone who helps make our work possible, from the founders and volunteers through to the users who create, comment, and leave kudos on our works every day. She also thanked our donors, and we'd like to echo that now, and invite you to contribute and help us to continue providing open fannish spaces to all who would create and share. Any donation of US$10 or more will also give you the option of becoming a member of the OTW for the next year, allowing you to help further shape the future of what we do through our annual elections.

Want to celebrate our projects and accomplishments even more? We've got some great thank-you gifts to show off your love. More on those coming soon.


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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 4-8 2019

Good news, everybody: we did it! The April membership drive has come to an end, and together we surpassed our fundraising goal of US$130,000. In fact, 9966 donors from 86 countries helped us raise a grand total of US$245,655.00. This is our most successful membership drive ever, and we are stunned and grateful for your support. Thank you so much!

These funds will play a vital role in supporting the OTW and all its projects—Fanlore, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and AO3—allowing us to continue our mission to preserve fanworks, fan culture and fan history. Your support is enormously important, and we are so grateful to every person who donated, signal boosted, and cheered us on. You’re the best!

If you missed the drive but would still like to contribute, we accept donations year-round.


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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 4-8 2019

The Archive of Our Own, recently announced as a 2019 Hugo Award finalist, is the OTW's largest project. With more than 31,000 fandoms, 4.5 million works, 1.8 million registered users, and countless guests, there's a lot to take care of. With the help of your donations, we work hard to make the Archive the best it can be.

In the past six months alone, AO3 has had several updates to improve both user experience and behind-the-scenes workings.

All of this is possible because of your donations. Your support allows us to continue to maintain and improve the Archive.

And don't forget, if you'd like to support the OTW on a continuing basis, you can set up a recurring donation. You can choose any donation amount for as often and as long as you want, and save up for one of our thank you gifts!


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The OTW's central mission is to preserve and promote fanworks and fannish histories of all sorts. At a time when other platforms are restricting and hiding user-generated content, this mission is more important than ever. We keep this mission alive through the work of our strong volunteer force and the support of your generous donations.

How does the OTW work to preserve fanworks and fannish histories? Here are a few examples:

Our Open Doors project is dedicated to preserving at-risk fannish content. Through the Online Archive Rescue Project, digital archives are imported and their content hosted at the Archive of Our Own. In 2018, Open Doors completed the import of 11 archives. For non-digital fanworks, there's the Fan Culture Preservation Project, a joint venture between the OTW and the Special Collections department at the University of Iowa, which preserves fanzines, fan art, and other physical documents.

Fanlore is a fandom wiki dedicated to documenting all aspects of fannish history. All its content is created by a variety of fans from around the world. Documenting things on Fanlore—whether fan communities, fannish discussions, individual fanworks, or anything else—ensures that they will be remembered, even if the originals are lost.

The OTW's Legal Advocacy project helps protect fanworks from commercial exploitation. Our Legal team helps obtain Fair Use exemptions from copyright laws for fanworks, allowing fans to create and share content without it being monetized or taken down by corporations. They submit policy comments and letters to governments around the world, advocating for fans and fanworks during the creation of laws. They also create educational materials about developments in fandom-related law, such as last year's news post explaining how changes to Tumblr's Terms of Service affect fanworks.

Without your support, none of this would be possible. As our recent budget post shows, our projects require funding for things like servers, software, and legal fees. Please donate today to help us continue our work.


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