It’s time to say thank you for supporting us.
You stepped up to help your favorite nonprofit organization when we needed you most. Your words provided comfort while we were under attack. And your support will now enable a brilliant future for the advocacy work.
I’m beyond grateful.
Thank you for supporting us! We met our fundraising goal
On May 21, we set out to do the impossible: to raise $30,000 to pay for your consumer advocacy site’s operating expenses, including development, IT, and administrative costs.
It looked like an impossible task. Our goal was $10,000 higher than the previous fundraising record, set last fall.
I have to admit, there were times in the first few weeks that I thought we’d set the bar too high. But after I explained the stakes, and showed you what we were up against, you came through, my friends.
On July 4, after weeks of intense fundraising, we crossed the finish line. How appropriate to wrap up the fundraiser on Independence Day!
Removing all of our ads and becoming a nonprofit organization was a leap of faith. But you were on the other side of that chasm, waiting to catch my team of hardworking advocates — and me. Thank you for supporting us.
Your moral support was incredibly helpful
Your thoughtful emails and phone calls made me even more determined to continue, even when the outlook wasn’t that great.
Remember, during our fundraiser we withstood numerous unprovoked and unprecedented attacks. They including several hacking attempts, thousands of toxic backlinks, and one or two unethical efforts by other sites to render our nonprofit advocacy organization invisible and ineffective.
Your response? You said, “Please don’t give up.” And, “We need your advocacy now more than ever.”
Your words kept me going — kept our advocacy team going — at a time when we needed it most. Thank you for supporting us.
You won’t believe what’s next
I can’t wait to share with you what’s next. It’s a dramatic, top-to-bottom redesign of the website and a realignment of its mission to make it more attuned to your needs as a consumer. But we’re not quite ready yet.
Here’s what I can tell you: For the last six months, we’ve been laying the groundwork for a new advocacy site. And behind the scenes, the results have been pretty impressive.
On July 7, 2017, we had 25,244 visitors — not bad.
Yesterday, on July 7, 2018, we had 71,453 visitors.
We’re reaching more people, thanks to you. We are helping more people than ever, thanks to you.
Thank you for supporting us.
I’d love to take an extended vacation, but our work is just beginning. You’ve asked me to build a world-class nonprofit consumer advocacy organization. And that’s what we are going to do now. After the redesign, we’ll be focusing on long-term goals, including securing grant money, developing a professional staff and helping everyone who asks us for help. No consumer left behind!
We’ll also be recruiting new volunteers to assist us with advocacy, editing, research, and writing. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this form. I’d love to work with you.
This week’s advocacy stories
Part of this organization’s mission is to advocate through journalism. Here are this week’s stories. You can support the work by liking, commenting on, and sharing these columns.
- When you want to get away from it all, but you can’t get away from other travelers (Washington Post)
- Car subscriptions could be boon for travelers (USA Today)
- Trip Mate denied my claim. Is there no hope for a refund? (Miami Herald)
- Someone posted my lewd Facebook photos. Help! (Mercury News)
Thank you for your support.