Ars readers gave a record $58,000 in 2020 Charity Drive

 Ars readers gave a record $58,000 in 2020 Charity Drive

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One month ago, we asked readers to donate to a couple of good causes in our 2020 Charity Drive sweepstakes. And boy did you readers deliver. With the drive now complete and the giving all tallied, we can report that Ars Technica readers donated an incredible $58,758.11 to Child’s Play and the EFF in the last month. That easily surpasses the previous $38,738 record set in 2016 and brings total Ars Charity Drive giving to nearly $400,000 since 2008. Well done, Arsians!

Thanks to everyone who gave whatever they could. We’re still 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 2020 drive.

  • 2019 Fundraising total: $58,758.11
    • Total given to Child’s Play: $29,953.27
    • Total given to the EFF: $28,642.00
  • Number of individual donations: 836
    • Child’s Play donations: 465
    • EFF donations: 369
  • Average donation: $70.28
    • Child’s Play average donation: $64.42
    • EFF average donation: $77.62
  • Median donation: $49.99
    • Median Child’s Play donation: $33.42
    • Median EFF donation: $65.00
  • Top single donation: $2,000 (to EFF)
  • Donations of $1,000 or more: 3
  • Donations of $100 or more: 225 (!)
  • $5 or less donations: 23 (every little bit helps!)
  • Total charity donations from Ars Technica drives since 2007 (approximate): $394,865.12
    • 2020: $58,758.11
    • 2019: $20,210.66
    • 2018: $36,012.37
    • 2017: $38,738.11
    • 2016: $38,861.06
    • 2015: $25,094.31
    • 2014: $23,570.13
    • 2013: $28,713.52
    • 2012: ~$26,000
    • 2011: ~$24,000
    • 2010: ~$17,000
    • 2009: ~$12,000
    • 2008: ~$10,000