Ars community gives over $36,000 in annual charity drive

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Over the last month or so, I've been pestering Ars readers to give as much as they could in out 2017 Charity Drive sweepstake. All told, Ars Technica readers donated $36,738.11 to Child's Play and the EFF through our 2017 charity drive. That's a bit below the roughly $38,000 pace in the last two years, but the total is still much higher than every other year we've run the drive. Good job!

Thanks to everyone who gave whatever they could. We're still very early in the process of selecting and notifying winners of our swag giveaway, so don't fret if you haven't heard if you're a winner yet. In the meantime, enjoy these quick stats from the 2017 drive.

  • 2017 Fundraising total: $36,012.37 (down $2848.69 from 2016)
    • Total given to Child's Play: $13,876.76 (down $1,162.98)
    • Total given to the EFF: $22,135.61 (down $1562.76)
  • Number of individual donations: 545 (down 120)
    • Child's Play donations: 265 (down 85)
    • EFF donations: 277 315 (down 38)
  • Average donation: $66.44 $58.25 (up $8.19)
    • Child's Play average donation: $52.37 (up $9.51)
    • EFF average donation: $79.91 $75.46 (up $4.45)
  • Median donation: $25 (even)
    • Median Child's Play donation: $25 (up $0.04)
    • Median EFF donation: $25 (even)
  • Top single donation: $1,500 (to EFF)
  • Donations of $1,000 or more: 4
  • Donations of $100 or more: 119
  • $1 donations: 4 (every little bit helps!)
  • Total charity donations from Ars Technica drives since 2007 (approximate): $282,715.24
    • 2016: $38,738.11
    • 2015: $38,861.06
    • 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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