We thank you, loyal readers, for sticking with us through Reason's webathon week, which is now officially over.*
We are both stoked and grateful to report that—thanks to a last-minute surge in giving—we met (and even slightly exceeded!) our goal for the week. More than 1,100 of you forked over your hard-earned dollars to help keep Reason in business. A little over $200,000 is a lot of money to a magazine like ours, and we really appreciate you digging deep to find it for us.
And the fact that so many of you chipped in feels especially valuable in the face of news in recent weeks, days, and months that other publications (including one that used to employ me) are dropping like flies in this treacherous media landscape. Thanks to your generosity—and just as important, your vast numbers—Reason is not at the mercy of the whims of a single sugar daddy or the vagaries of a tech giant's algorithm. We've also been able to avoid going behind a paywall to make the money math work, which means your tax-deductible donation truly supports our mission to get information out to everybody, not just to preach to the choir.
Without you, we couldn't afford to do what we have done every day for the last 50 years. It ain't cheap to produce independent, high-quality journalism about stories that really matter—especially stories other publications are afraid to touch, or don't even know are there. Your donations means we can follow our hearts and our noses in our quest to come right back to you with the absolute best stories, videos, podcasts, and more.
Special thanks to the two folks who offered $25,000 matching grants, goosing giving from new donors and offering everyone more bang for their buck. And a thank you as well to everyone who supports Reason year-round, not just when we stick popups in your face about it.
*If you meant to donate and didn't quite get around to it, you can still sneak under the wire for those perks and swag. Like an indulgent college professor, we're extending the deadline for procrastinators for an extra day.
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