Photo by Nomadic Lass on Flickr.

Our first-ever reader drive is over, and we did it! Thanks to so many of you who contributed, we passed our goal for this reader drive and helped Greater Greater Washington on its road to sustainability.

We brought in $3,684 since the start of our matching challenge, which helped us get the entire $3,000 match and even go beyond. We’ve taken in over $15,000 for this reader drive.

Besides the two people who offered $1,500 matches each, we had people contribute $500, $250, and many denominations all the way down to $10, $5, and even $1.

That money alone isn’t enough to cover our costs and pay for Shawn, but it gets us on solid ground for the moment along with money from CSG and myself. Plus, there’s a lot more we’d like to do, like expanding our coverage to more communities around the region, or even just having staff to handle more of the day to day administration so I and the other volunteer editors can spend more time writing (I sent/will send out all of the supporter thank-yous myself, for example!)

So if you didn’t contribute yet, please do now and it will continue to do a lot of good. The boxes reminding you to support us won’t be at the bottom of each post, but there will still be a button on the sidebar you can always use, and we hope you will.

Plus, I’m always working on a whole pile of ideas for big and medium-sized projects we could do to advance the conversation around the shape of our communities, if only we had the resources for them. I’ll post more in the near future about some of those, and meanwhile, if you have a line on people or organizations that might want to support community conversations, web tools akin to the Redistricting Game, organizing, and more, please get in touch.

Thank you so much for your support of Greater Greater Washington!

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David Alpert is the founder of Greater Greater Washington and its board president. He worked as a Product Manager for Google for six years and has lived in the Boston, San Francisco, and New York metro areas in addition to Washington, DC. He lives with his wife and two children in Dupont Circle.