#1 Best Community Of All Time Raises $100k+ For Queer Media In Two Weeks

It’s officially been two weeks since we launched our fundraiser, and the response from y’all has been overwhelmingly touching. You really care. You cared so hard we that we got past $100,000 this week! You’ve made each of us tear up privately while working from home, freak out in Autostraddle Slack, or send a celebratory GIF into the middle of our digital office at least once — all that is to say, we think about you all the time, and we just can’t believe we’re so lucky to be here with you, working and making this gay place happen for you.

Not only is it looking like we’ll make it through the end of the year, but that also means we’ll be able to continue to improve this digital home for lesbians and bisexuals and queers you love. This past week, Autostraddle team writers Drew Gregory and Christina Tucker spoke to their hopes for and love of Autostraddle. Senior Writer Heather Hogan wrote about what it’s meant to be supported by you, our community in this time; we celebrated Straight People Day of all things, and soon, you’ll hear from Carmen about her plans for what’s next. This fundraiser has meant the survival of independent queer media during a time of unprecedented uncertainty, but it has also meant that we’re setting our leaders and our team up to absolutely CRUSH our goals through the end of the year. That matters, too! We want to see Autostraddle survive & thrive.

67% of gifts to this fundraiser are $25 or less and we’ve gotten a number of $5 contributions. That’s what Autostraddle is about. We’re a community where everybody pitches in what they can. Thank you for doing what you can to support, thank you for telling straights to support, for tweeting and forwarding emails and telling friends and swooning over perks. We’re so close to being able to resume “normal” programming, and I hope that you’ll help us push through to the end.

This chart shows what percentage of gifts are made at which levels. 1% of gifts are $1 or less. 17% are $2 to $5. 16% are $6 to $10. 33% are $11 to $25. 18% are $26 to $50. 10% are $51 to $100. Just 5% are over $100. Updated approx 9am 8/17/20

Last updated at 9 a.m. PST on 8/17/20, this chart shows that when it comes to funding Autostraddle, it really is about so many people in our community chipping in where they can. WE LOVE THIS and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Another thing brightening our days are the re-tweets we’re getting from you. My heart bursts to see our community in action, working to spread the word about this fundraiser. Lemme share that joy with you for a minute right now.

For ONE it was Rachel Kincaid’s birthday yesterday and so here is her tweet:

Speaking of birthdays, which takes me to natal charts, which takes me to Chani Nicholas, thank you Chani for the shout out!!

We loved this bit of encouragement today!

And ALL OF THESE:

And we were so grateful for these shout outs!

This is just SOME of the support we’ve been seeing from you, our community. We’re proud to know you and to work every day for you. We’re almost there. Will you drive us home?

Before you go! It takes funding to keep this publication by and for queer women and trans people of all genders running every day. And A+ members keep the majority of our site free for everyone. Still, 99.9% of our readers are not members. A+ membership starts at just $4/month. If you're able to, will you join A+ and keep Autostraddle here and working for everyone?

Nicole Hall is Autostraddle's A+ and Fundraising Director, and has been fundraising and working in the arts and nonprofit sector for over a decade. They write nonfiction as well as aggressively gay and sometimes spooky fiction. They live in Pittsburgh with their partner, Sadie. They are also a gardener, project queer, witchy/wizardly human and BFF to a lovely senior rescue dog. You can find them on Twitter and Instagram as @nknhall.

Nicole has written 42 articles for us.

4 Comments

Contribute to the conversation...

Yay! You've decided to leave a comment. That's fantastic. Please keep in mind that comments are moderated by the guidelines laid out in our comment policy. Let's have a personal and meaningful conversation and thanks for stopping by!