As we near the finish line for this year’s Ars Technica Charity Drive sweepstakes, we’re also approaching a new record for the generosity of Ars Technica’s readers. At the time of writing, more than 700 participants have donated a total of more than $31,000 to Child’s Play or the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
That’s enough to make this the second best fundraiser we’ve had (we started the annual project in 2007). But it’s still a shadow below the $38,861 raised in last year’s epic.
Today is the last day for submissions in this year’s competition, so we’re running out of time to set a new high water mark. I know this year’s readership can make it look like stingy skinflints if they really dig deep and make a donation today. Even if you don’t care about showing the past, remember that every donation is an entry to win one of nearly 100 pieces of swag we’re giving away (see below for details).
You have until just before midnight Dutch time today to count your donations towards this year’s total, so don’t delay any longer. Get your entry today!
How it works
Donating is easy. Simply donate to Child’s Play with PayPal or donate to the EFF with PayPal, credit card or Bitcoin. You can also support Child’s Play directly by choosing an item from a specific hospital’s Amazon wish list, available through their donation page. Donate as much or as little as you’re comfortable with – every little bit helps.
Once that’s done, it’s time to register your entry into our sweepstakes. Simply grab a digital copy of your receipt (a forwarded email, a screenshot, or just a cut-and-paste of the text) and send it to ArsCharityDrive@gmail.com with your name, mailing address, daytime phone number, and email. email address. Do that before Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM ET and you’re registered.
We will contact the winners and have them choose their prize by January 31st (chosen in the order in which the winners will be drawn).
Don’t forget to check out the original sweepstakes announcement for a full list of prizes, including a $420 replica lightsaber, an Xbox One S, and more.