Our reader drive is underway! Our donation box, by default, suggests making a monthly donation. Here’s why we’re so interested in those. Can you sign up for one?

We love our readers and our reader drive has been a very important part of Greater Greater Washington’s budget planning since we started it three years ago (when we started having a paid editor for the first time). All of your contributions mean a lot and have helped us continue providing this blog we all enjoy writing for and you enjoy reading.

It’s also a lot of work to set up a reader drive every year, and each time, we have to essentially start from zero. There’s a big exception: the 46 of you who’ve signed up for monthly ongoing contributions of $5 to $50 per month and the 31 of you who’re making automatic yearly gifts of $25-250.

This gives us an ongoing baseline of revenue to plan around, and while we can’t count on it — you’re of course free to stop at any time — it makes our income a little more predictable. Predictability is really, really helpful for an organization, especially a small one like Greater Greater Washington.

We’ve set a goal for this reader drive of increasing our monthly sustaining supporters by a third. Can you be one of them? Just choose a level of $5, $10, $25, or enter your own higher amount in the box here:

If you are already one of those 46 + 31, thank you so much! Your support really means a lot. If you were one of the handful of people who’d been monthly supporters and your contribution lapsed, either because your credit card on file with PayPal expired or for some other reason, I hope you will also consider re-upping for a monthly gift.

And if you aren’t comfortable signing up monthly or yearly, we still super duper appreciate your one-time support as well! Thanks again for reading and helping keep Greater Greater Washington producing high-quality content every day!

David Alpert is Founder and President of Greater Greater Washington and Executive Director of DC Sustainable Transportation (DCST). 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. Unless otherwise noted, opinions in his GGWash posts are his and not the official views of GGWash or DCST.