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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 11–15, 2018

As our October fundraising drive comes to a close, we at the OTW are yet again blown away by your support and enthusiasm. We began the drive with the goal of raising US$130,00.00, and thanks to you, we've beaten that goal. With 7823 donors from 93 countries, we raised a total of US$193,068.87. Thank you!

Your donations make a difference. They allow us to continue our work with Open Doors, Legal Advocacy, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, and of course AO3. We can't tell you how grateful we are. And don't forget, even though the drive is over, you can still support the OTW. We accept donations year-round!

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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 11–15, 2018

Do you love the Organization for Transformative Works? Do you love swag? Then we've got just the thing for you!

When you make a donation to the OTW, you can opt to receive a thank-you gift. There are lots to choose from! Show some love for your favorite OTW projects with fun project logo keychains--so whether you’re a fan of AO3, OTW’s Legal Advocacy, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures, or Open Doors, there’s something just for you! Or you can celebrate them all at once with an OTW sticker set, which includes a full set of logos to decorate your stuff.

And for those of you who are fans of kudos, we have a brand new thank-you gift: a heart-shaped stress ball with the kudos logo on it!

Graphic depicting potential uses for the stress ball, reading:

Thank-you gifts are available for donations of US$50 and up. As your donation level increases, you become eligible for different tokens of appreciation. Check out our donations page for all the details.

You can also make a recurring donation. As a recurring donor, you can choose a set amount to donate to the OTW at set intervals. This way, you can save up for any thank-you gift you want! Just sign up using our recurring donation page, then contact the Development & Membership committee and let them know which item you’re working towards. Once your donations reach the required total, your items will be sent your way.

With any donation of US$10 or more, you can also choose to become a member of the OTW. That makes you eligible to vote in our Board elections, giving you an important say in the running of the organization. You can read more about voting and elections on our Elections website. Membership is valid for a year, so if you join today you’ll be able to participate in the 2019 election.

And don't forget about employer donation matching. Since the OTW is a registered non-profit organization in the United States, many American companies will match donations made by employees. That means that when you make one donation to the OTW, we get two! To find out if your company participates in a donation matching program, ask your employer or tax advisor.

Whether you’re a first-time donor or a frequent donor, your contributions mean everything to us. We wouldn’t exist without them. Please donate today!

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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 11–15, 2018

As you may have noticed, Archive of Our Own recently upgraded its search engine. This change included a whole bunch of new highly requested features, and it wouldn’t have been possible without your donations!

One of the big highlights of this upgrade is the new easy-to-use exclusion filters. Don't want any trace of angst in your fluff? No problem! Just select "Angst" from the list of Additional Tags to exclude. If you can't find the tag you want to avoid in the provided lists, just type them into the "Other tags to exclude" field.

Want to get even more in-depth? There are some handy hidden search operators to help you find exactly what you're looking for.

It's thanks to you that we're able to operate and improve AO3. Everything from spam detection to new servers is paid for using money donated by people just like you. And it's your contributions that let us hire reliable contractors to help out our all-volunteer main coding team and make major changes like our search upgrade a reality! You can check out our latest budget post for more information on how your donations are being used and what we're hoping to accomplish with them in the near future.

And it’s not only AO3! While AO3 is the OTW's most visible and expensive project, we have a multitude of other projects that support fans and fanworks, and all of them need your support. Whether you’re a fan of our Legal Advocacy work, our Open Doors project, Fanlore, or Transformative Works and Cultures, you can help support them by donating today!

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OTW election news: make your voice heard

It's almost election time! The Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), the nonprofit behind the Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Transformative Works and Cultures and other projects, will hold elections for its Board of Directors from August 10th to August 13th.

In order to vote, you need to be a member of the OTW by midnight UTC on June 30, 2018. That means that you have to have made a donation of US$10 or more since July 1, 2017 AND have chosen the "membership" option. If you're unsure whether this applies to your donation, please contact our Development & Membership team.

If you participate in this Voter Registration Drive, you will receive a specially designed icon, only available during this drive. Thank you for your support of the OTW! Register to vote and donate today!

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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 19-23, 2018

As our April fundraising drive comes to a close, we at the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) are once again humbled by your support. Your generous donations, representing 4799 donors from 80 countries, have helped us raise US$130,084.00 over the past few days, surpassing our goal of US$100,000!

We hope that during this drive you have learned more about the many ways in which your donations can make a difference. All of our projects depend on your continued support to thrive, so thank you.

And don't forget, even though the drive is over, you can still support the OTW. We accept donations year round!

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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 19-23, 2018

Check it out: Brand new this month, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) presents some awesome new project-themed merch, available when you make a donation today!

Shed some light on your appreciation for transformative works! Get an LED keychain flashlight stamped with an OTW project logo and show off your support for any of the following:

  • The Archive of Our Own (AO3), a hub for transformative fanworks such as fanfiction, fanart, fan videos and podfic
  • Fanlore, a wiki-based community project that preserves fan history
  • Fanhackers, a blog created to help make fandom research more accessible
  • Legal Advocacy, a dedicated legal team that works to protect fanworks and defend the rights of the fans who create them
  • Open Doors, a project that preserves and maintains fannish voices by importing at-risk content to AO3 or even rescuing actual physical artifacts
  • Transformative Works and Cultures, an international, peer-reviewed, open-access academic journal dedicated to promoting scholarship in the field of fan studies

Can't pick just one? You can also get a set of our brand-new stickers featuring all of these projects, plus the OTW logo as well! As with all of our thank-you gifts, don't forget that you can always set up a recurring donation to save up for your favorite item.

Collection of the logos for the Organization for Transformative Works, Fanlore, Fanhackers, Legal Advocacy, Open Doors, the Archive of Our Own, and Transformative Works and Cultures

None of the work these projects do would be possible without you. Support the OTW today!

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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, April 19-23, 2018

Have you ever gone back to look for a fic you read years ago and found out it's disappeared from the internet? We've all been there. As fandom grows and years go by, countless thousands of fanworks disappear every day—entire archives go offline every month, and with them treasures are forever lost to fandom and future generations of fans.

That's where Open Doors comes in! Open Doors is a project of the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW), dedicated to preserving and archiving fannish voices. It works with the Archive of Our Own (AO3) to protect your old favorites from other places around the web. Your donations give us the resources we need to continue this work. In 2017 alone, Open Doors was able to preserve almost 43,000 fanworks thanks to your support!

When an at-risk fanwork archive asks for help, Open Doors works with that archive's owners to preserve its fannish content on AO3. But that's not all! The project also helps preserve physical artifacts of fan culture like zines, crafts, and flyers through a partnership with the University of Iowa. Plus, Open Doors has worked to save fannish content from Geocities pages that would have been lost forever when Geocities closed down! We thank you for the donations that help us preserve all of this unique history.

Some numbers: The Open Doors project has imported a total of 40 archives so far, with another 20 in progress right now. That makes over 87,000 fanworks imported, with another 21,000 still to come! If you'd like to learn more, check out the project's year-end roundup posts from 2016 and 2017.

It's thanks to you that we're able to pay for things like the servers that host the at-risk fanworks that Open Doors works so hard to save. You can check out our latest budget post for more information on how your donations are being used and what we're hoping to accomplish with them in the near future!

Open Doors is only one of the many projects you can support with a donation. All the work the OTW does relies entirely on your support! Donate today!

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Organization for Transformative Works Membership Drive, October 12-18, 2017

As our October 2017 fundraising drive comes to an end, we at the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) would like to thank each and every one of you who donated or spread the word. You've helped our projects grow stronger, and we couldn't be more grateful! We would also like to recognize the tireless efforts of all the volunteers who work behind the scenes to make these drives and all of the organization's work possible.

During this drive, we raised over US$137,000 from over 5500 individual donations representing more than 70 countries. To break that down a little more: 2,733 donations were from first-time donors, 1,243 new members are eligible to vote in next year's OTW Board election, and we will be shipping out 110 thank-you gifts in the next month!

Over the past week, you've received updated information regarding our budget, checked out a timeline of major events in OTW history, and been given a glimpse into our plans for the future. The OTW has been serving the interests of fans for ten years now, and we hope to continue that work and improve our projects and services in years to come. Keep an eye on our news outlets for information on how you can help us pursue that goal.

Once again, we'd like to express our incredible gratitude to everyone who helps to make this organization successful: thank you!

(Don't forget: although the drive has ended, we do accept donations year round.)


The Organization for Transformative Works is the non-profit parent organization of multiple projects including Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, and OTW Legal Advocacy. We are a fan run, entirely donor-supported organization staffed by volunteers. Find out more about us on our website.

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