You thought Giving Tuesday would last a single day, but—like some kind of Hanukkah miracle in reverse—here at Reason it has somehow lasted for eight days!
Today is the final day of our annual webathon, where we ask you—our beloved readers, listeners, and viewers—to donate to support Reason's journalism. Thanks to your absolutely wild generosity, we have already exceeded our initial goal of $400,000 with the help of two generous matching grants, but there is still one more match burning, so we've set our sights higher. If you donate on this final day of our 2022 fundraising campaign, you will double your money thanks to a $25,000 matching grant from a delightful married pair of Reason supporters.
Your hard-earned cash makes everything we do possible, but I want to take a minute to thank y'all for all the ways you support Reason the other 51 weeks of the year.
In a year when social media has been chaotic at best and the algorithms are always changing, we appreciate that you take the time to click, like, share, and otherwise engage our content on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok. We love it when you subscribe to our YouTube channel and pause to watch and enjoy the videos there. We are grateful when you sign up for our newsletters, including Reason Roundup and our daily email—and when you forward them to your friends and enemies. We love it when you subscribe to our podcasts. Seeing those subscriber and listener numbers edge up every week is wonderful, and it helps our advertisers feel confident about paying Matt Welch and Nick Gillespie to extemporize their ad reads. We adore it when you drop by to read online stories at Reason from all those platforms or just by coming straight here the old-fashioned way by typing our URL into your browser. And we love the true originals, our print magazine subscribers, some of whom have been receiving gorgeous slices of dead tree from us in the U.S. mail every month for more than five decades. (By the way, many of the webathon support levels include a free subscription, if you want to kill two birds with one stone today.)
The cash is necessary to keep the lights on and the presses running. But we don't exist for the sake of just existing, or even just to make a profit (not that there's anything wrong with that!). Everyone at Reason does the work we do because we believe in the importance of doing excellent journalism about the threats to and promise of free minds and free markets. When you read and share our stuff, you're a vital part of that crucial mission. Plus you get cool swag.
So, thank you.