Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

2015 was our ninth consecutive year asking readers to donate to a number of charities for a chance to win the swag we’ve collected over the year. It was also our most successful charity fundraising year by a good margin.

All told, Ars Technica readers collectively donated $38,861.06 to Child’s Play and the EFF as part of the 2015 campaign. That absolutely shatters last year’s charitable donation of $25,094.31 and surpasses the annual record of $28,713.52 which was achieved in 2012.

That record was not only set by a few extremely wealthy and generous readers. While a few $5,000 donations were made in 2012, the highest donation this year was $2,500. Instead, we set a new record in donations by getting 615 people to give what they could. That includes over 100 people who were able to give at least $100 each.

We’re still very early in the process of selecting and notifying winners of our swag giveaway, so don’t worry if you haven’t heard if you’re a winner yet. In the meantime, enjoy these quick stats from this year’s ride.

  • 2015 fundraising total: $38,861.06
    • Total given to Child’s Play: $23,031.06
    • Total given to the EFF: $15,805.00
  • Number of individual donations: 615
    • Donations for Child’s Play: 411
    • EVF donations: 203
  • Average donation: $63.19
    • Child’s Play average donation: $77.86
    • EFF average donation: $56.04
  • Median donation: $25
    • Median Child’s Play donation: $23.68
    • Median EFF Donation: $25
  • Best One Time Donation: $2,500 (to EVF)
  • Donations of $1,000 or more: 4
  • Donations of $100 or more: 109
  • $1 donations: 10 (every little bit helps!)
  • EFF donations made via Bitcoin: 1 (for 0.013791 BTC)
  • Total charitable donations of Ars Technica drives since 2007 (approximate):$205,239.02
    • 2014: $25,094.31
    • 2013: $23,570.13
    • 2012: $28,713.52
    • 2011: ~$26,000
    • 2010: ~$24,000
    • 2009: ~$17,000
    • 2008: ~$12,000
    • 2007: ~$10,000

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