Donating When Broke
Sometimes the paychecks arrive late, the bills are overdue, and essential things like tuition and ramen make short work of philanthropy budgets. We understand. Even if you can’t make a cash donation to the Office of Letters and Light, there are still many ways to fund NaNoWriMo’s adult and youth programs.
Walk-a-thonners do it. Now NaNoWriMo novelists can do it too! Read more on our Get Sponsored page.
Cool thing: We’ll send you donor thank-you goodies based on the total amount you raise. Also, getting sponsors for your novel will dramatically increase your commitment to making it to 50K! It’s the gift of fear that keeps on giving!
Donate by Searching and Shopping
This Yahoo-powered search engine donates a penny to the charity of your choice for every search you do. Use GoodSearch to raise money for the Office of Letters and Light. It will lock in NaNoWriMo’s parent nonprofit as the recipient of all your searches from that point forward. In 2012, GoodSearchers have already raised nearly $4,000 for the Office of Letters and Light!
Goodsearch also offers an installable toolbar to let you search directly from your browser. There are versions for users with Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Safari. You can download and learn more about the toolbar here.
Cool thing: We’ve earned thousands of dollars in Goodsearch funds since we started this in 2007! If every NaNoWriMo participant switched to Goodsearch as their search engine of choice for November, we could pay for most of our expenses through Goodsearch funds alone.
Run by Goodsearch, this allows you to shop at dozens of online shops like iTunes, BarnesandNoble.com, Target.com, eBay.com, and BestBuy.com and have a percentage of your purchase go directly to the Office of Letters and Light.
Cool thing: Now you can help bring NaNoWriMo magic into the lives of thousands by buying a roll of paper towels from Target!
When you sell something on eBay, you can choose to have the Office of Letters and Light receive a percentage of the sale. We’re already a registered charity at eBay, so you just need to pick us from the list.
Cool thing: The Giving Works program overview points out that sellers actually get more money for an item when bidders know the proceeds will go to charity. It’s a win-win situation!
Web Design and Graphic Design Volunteers
Are you a professional designer interested in donating some of your time to help out with NaNoWriMo projects? We need you! Include a few samples of your work or a link to a website when you write us. Drop us a line!
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