[tor-project] December Fundraising Report

Sarah Stevenson sstevenson at torproject.org
Fri Jan 10 17:10:06 UTC 2020

Happy New Year from the Fundraising Team! Please reach out if you have any questions or comments about our December report.

## EOY Campaign
We will send a more thorough message about the campaign in the next few days, but we are happy to report that we raised $304,045 during the campaign and $833,956 from individuals in 2019. We have raised more money from individuals in the first six months of this fiscal year than we did in FY19 in its entirety! We gained 4,757 new donors throughout the campaign, whereas in 2018, we gained 2,029 new donors. We also gained 330 new monthly donors, bringing our monthly income from these donors to around $8,000.

##GivingTuesday / #BitcoinTuesday
On Giving Tuesday we published a blog written by Nick[1] and sent a fundraising email based off of that text. Giving Tuesday is really important in the fundraising world because it is a day where the global community focuses on philanthropy.

We also participated in the first #BitcoinTuesday spearheaded by The Giving Block[2]. They had corporate sponsors like Gemini match all cryptocurrency donations made through their platform that day. We had some success, but everyone agrees that the lower value of bitcoin in the last months of the year suppressed donations. Throughout the EOY campaign, we raised a total of $33,000 in cryptocurrency donations.

## Human Rights Day card
We sent a greeting card celebrating Human Rights Day by postal mail[3] to major and monthly donors. This card had no ask: its intention was to acknowledge and thank our donors for their contributions.

## Grants
RIPE NCC: Success! We were awarded a grant in the amount of €50,000 to work on the Tor network’s IPv6 support from Réseaux IP Européens Network Coordination Centre (RIPE NCC) Community Project Fund. RIPE NCC is the regional Internet registry for Europe and West Asia. For more information about this project, and the other projects selected to ‘advance the good of the internet,’ visit: https://www.ripe.net/support/cpf/funding-recipients-2019 <https://www.ripe.net/support/cpf/funding-recipients-2019>. Thank you to teor for bringing the need for IPv6 funding to the grants team and for all who helped to write the proposal.

OTF: We received a second request for revisions from OTF for the Tor Browser project. Said revisions were submitted 1/2/2020.

Zcash Foundation: We have submitted a proposal to the Zcash Foundation to work on the Walking Onions protocol.

MOSS: We submitted a proposal for Metrics + scaling Tor. We expect to hear about the committee's decision around the end of February 2020.

Guerilla Foundation: We had a meeting scheduled for December that was rescheduled to January.

Schox Philanthropy: We submitted an application to be considered for $25K general operating funds.

We are meeting with larger foundations in the new year.

Coming soon:
NSF Dark Decoys project, due ?? (rolling)
Comcast Innovation Fund, due ?? (rolling)
The Nathan Cummings Foundation, due ?? (rolling)
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, LOI due ?? (rolling)

[1] https://blog.torproject.org/giving-tuesday-support-tech-freedom-and-human-rights <https://blog.torproject.org/giving-tuesday-support-tech-freedom-and-human-rights>
[2] https://www.thegivingblock.com/post/rainn-wilson-bitcoin-and-nonprofits-why-bitcointuesday-s-cryptocurrency-fundraiser-worked <https://www.thegivingblock.com/post/rainn-wilson-bitcoin-and-nonprofits-why-bitcointuesday-s-cryptocurrency-fundraiser-worked>
[3] https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HcpwwE22duTlAljg3952MKfzEt93T3WsJF-d0l75IV0/edit?usp=sharing <https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HcpwwE22duTlAljg3952MKfzEt93T3WsJF-d0l75IV0/edit?usp=sharing>

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