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Yes! Thanks to the awesome A+ members who suggested this idea and outlined it for us, and then to Yikes for developing the automation for it, we now have the A+ Gift Membership Pool as of September 2021! You can contribute in increments of $30, and for every $30, we can give away a free one-year Cobalt membership to a person who is on the waitlist. Learn more about how it all works here.

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