You did it.
In less than two weeks, you helped us raise enough money to keep the site running for another six months. Many thanks to everyone who supported us financially.
The consumer advocacy on this site may be free to the people who need help, but it costs money to run the operation.
We ask our regular readers to pitch in so that we don’t have to answer to an affiliate manager or advertising director. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but we’d rather be beholden to you.
This fall fundraiser was full of amazing surprises.
First, we raised money faster than we’ve ever done it. A very special thanks to our top individual donor, Kenneth Akin, as well as Jeffrey Kolker and Jerrold Stevens, who made repeat donations to the site.
We had a lot of help from like-minded companies, including Allianz Travel Insurance, BlueCosmo, Comuse, Gadget Duck, Fodors, Fairmont and Skyroll Luggage. These companies not only donated product, but they also offered us moral support and encouragement.
The second surprise: Our friends at Allianz offered to match some of our donations, and that made it easier for us to do what a lot of readers were asking for: Rather than do a one-month fundraiser to cover the operating budget for all of 2016, why not abbreviate the fundraiser and do another one in the spring?
Sounds good to me.
The final surprise is that we exceeded our goals. We’re $290 over, which is terrific. That will allow us to do even more good in the next six months.
This site has been here for you since 1996. It’s an honor to serve you with advocacy and consumer journalism.
It’s great to know that you’re here for us, too.