It’s been only a few days since the launch of the Wee Ginger Fundraiser, and the wonderful readers of this blog have truly blown me away with your generosity and support. The fundraiser hasn’t just reached its target within a few days, the target has been utterly smashed. Although the target had been set at £10,000, donations received now stand at £11,280 on Indiegogo, plus a further £6550 which has been received directly or via Paypal. That makes a grand total of £17,830, an incredible 178% of the target. I can’t say thank you enough.
I was more than a wee bit apprehensive about launching the fundraiser. The fundraiser was set to last for two months on Indiegogo because I really did think that it would struggle to reach its target. I’ll be honest, I would have been delighted if the fundraiser had raised half the target – £5000. Instead it’s raced through its target within a few days. Frankly, I’m gobsmacked. It’s not often that I’m left stuck for words, but readers, you’ve managed it.
Indiegogo doesn’t seem to allow fundraisers to close early, so the fundraiser will remain open for its originally determined period. Indiegogo don’t pay out the funds until the end of the fundraising period (and there’s a pretty hefty commission to be paid too), so I won’t actually get any of those donations until September 20 – not that I am complaining!
I’m touched, humbled, and incredibly grateful that the readers of this blog are so willing to put their hands in their pockets in order to support it. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it. The money means that I can continue as a full time blogger for the next year, and will continue to travel the length and breadth of Scotland, giving talks to local pro-independence groups without asking for a speaker’s fee. If you’d like me to come along and give a talk to your local group, just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
Once again, an enormous thanks to everyone who’s helped. You’ve made a cynical auld git a wee bit less cynical. I’ll leave the fundraiser details on the blog article template until the end of the Indiegogo fundraising period, but I’ve already been given more than I had ever expected, and I’d prefer it if you considered giving your kind donations and support to some other good pro-independence causes.
There are a number of other good causes which are well worth your consideration and support. It’s all very well complaining about the lamentable state of the Scottish media, but if we want to build something better we need to support it.
iScot magazine is a fantastic and high quality glossy magazine which promotes a positive vision of Scotland. The magazine is not a big business, and runs on subscriptions and crowdfunding. It’s a publication that does Scotland proud, and precisely the kind of magazine that’s able to reach out to undecideds and people who had previously voted no. Please help them to continue. iScot need £20,000 in order to secure their future for the next year, they’ve currently raised £7,384. Please help them reach their target – and subscribe to the magazine!
CommonSpace is a multi-author website which gives a space to pro-independence voices on the Scottish left. They give young and aspiring journalists the opportunity to get a start in what can be a very difficult business. CommonSpace are hoping to raise £60,000 in order to employ a fresh team of young journalists, they’ve currently raised £18,112.
Wee Ginger Fundraiser
I’m doing a fundraiser this year to keep this blog going for another twelve month and to allow the dug and me to continue visiting local groups all across Scotland. You can donate via my crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo –
Or you can donate by making a payment directly into a special bank account I’ve set up for the purposes of this fundraiser, or by sending a cheque or postal order. If you’d like to donate by one of these methods, please email me at email@example.com and I will send the necessary information.