For eight years now, we’ve been asking you readers of Ars to contribute to a number of charities at the end of each year. This year you stepped out with confidence again.
All together, the Ars Technica Charity Drive raised $25,094.31 of 494 readers. As a site, we fell short of the record $28,700 we achieved in 2012, but we did manage to increase our profit from last year’s $23,750.13. The 495 different donors this year also managed to beat the numbers of the last two years, so good job, community!
Like last year, Child’s Play donations easily exceeded those to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, seemingly because readers really like the Child’s Play option to buy products directly from Amazon wishlists for local hospitals. EFF donors continue to be more generous on average, even though the largest donation of more than $1,3000 in Amazon merchandise went to Child’s Play.
We’re still very early in the process of selecting and notifying the winners of our swag giveaway, so don’t worry if you haven’t been told you’re a winner yet. In the meantime, enjoy these quick stats from this year’s ride.
- 2014 fundraising total: $25,094.31
- Total given to Child’s Play: $16,092.22
- Total given to the EFF: $8,992.09
- Number of individual donations: 494
- Child’s Play donations: 365
- EVF donations: 129
- Average donation: $50.80
- Child’s Play average donation: $44.09
- EFF average donation: $69.71
- Median donation: $25
- Median Child’s Play Donation: $25
- Median EFF Donation: $25
- Best One Time Donation: $1,378.26 (to child’s play)
- Donations of $1,000 or more: 3
- Donations of $100 or more: 71
- $1 donations: 4 (every little bit helps!)
- EFF donations made via Bitcoin: 5 (for $400.11)
- Total charitable donations of Ars Technica drives since 2007 (approximate):$166,377.96
- 2013: $23,570.13
- 2012: $28,713.52
- 2011: ~$26,000
- 2010: ~$24,000
- 2009: ~$17,000
- 2008: ~$12,000
- 2007: ~$10,000
Frame image by Kyle Orland