Hello from the Fundraising Team. Here is what we were up to in January. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Relationship building: In January we met with two major foundations that are not currently funding Tor - the Hewlett Foundation and Omidyar. The Hewlett Foundation focuses on policy work, so they are unlikely to fund Tor, but we hope they may be able to open doors to others in the foundation world.
DRL: Tor: We received invitations to submit full proposals for two projects -- one for network scalability and one to expand our User Testing Program in partnership with Tails and Guardian Project. We’ll be working on these applications through February and submit them at the beginning of March. OONI: We submitted final proposal revisions for the Measuring Internet Censorship project.
Nathan Cummings Foundation: We submitted an LOI to improve onion services and SecureDrop support in partnership with Freedom of the Press Foundation.
Charles Stewart Mott Foundation: We submitted an LOI to the “strengthening civic spaces” track.
Zcash Foundation: We officially submitted the Walking Onions proposal and talked how we can engage other stakeholders in funding this project. We have a meeting set with the Interchain Foundation next week to discuss this work.
OTF: We received word that our Tor Browser proposal has moved to Advisory Council Review.
Guerilla Foundation: We were informed that now is not the right time for the foundation to support Tor.
NSF Dark Decoys project, due ?? (rolling) Comcast Innovation Fund, due ?? (rolling) Open Source Center Catalytic fund, due February 23 DRL full proposal - Scalability, due March 6 DRL full proposal - Usability joint project, due March 6 Grand for the Web, due ?? (to be announced)
## EOY Campaign
As we previously reported, the EOY campaign was a great success. You can read about our detailed efforts, successes, and lessons learned on the Fundraising Wiki . We created this chart for our report to Mozilla to show month-to-month individual giving from 2015 to 2019 . We’ve seen growth over all past years in most months. We saw a huge bump in May when we received a couple major gifts.
We worked on our 2020 Roadmap and created a public version . This will be updated periodically throughout the year.
## Monthly Donors
Every January we send receipts to monthly donors detailing their donations from the past year and let them know if they’ve qualified to receive a t-shirt or stickers. We now have 703 active Defenders of Privacy who generate over $8,000 of income each month. This is almost double the income we received from this group in January of 2019.
We are planning a happy hour at EFF in March and hope to have 75 people in attendance. The target audience is potential major donors. Please let Sarah know if you have any suggestions for the invite list. While we are in San Francisco we will also have a booth at Bitcoin2020. They offered us a free sponsorship and Isa and Roger will be speaking as well.
We are also planning a lunch for foundations in April in NYC.