With just a little over two weeks to go for the Spontaneous Scholarships, we have raised about $5,100, with ~$700 in so far from SNAP Roundtable members eligible for the matching pledge. That money has come from 54 individual donors, which means a matching donation of at least $54 so far from the other matching pledge. So that’s all very good. At around this time last year I was concerned because we were so far behind the previous year’s rate of donations. We’ve had several large donations already this year, which warms the cockles of my heart, but all donations are good donations. If you want the cockles of your heart warmed, maybe you want to read the post I put up a few days ago, with messages from donors.
But what’s the status of the hat? We have the names of 29 student registrants and 24 at the regular member rate. So we’d need $11,687 to fund everyone we currently have. Of course, the plan isn’t to fund everyone who asks, but I’d like to get closer to at least 50% if we can. (As you might expect, the number of names in the hat rises every year. At this time last year we had 22 students and 19 regulars.)
I’m hoping to see enough donations from SNAP members over the next few weeks so we make that pledge to match up to $1,000, and I’m also hoping we can get closer to funding about half the people who have asked for help. Bear in mind that we usually get a last minute rush of applicants near the deadline after I remind people that the end is near. So if you haven’t donated yet, I hope you will do so. I’m hesitant to post with such positive news for fear it will make people think we’re all set, but in the interests of transparency, this is where we’re at right now. We’re in pretty good shape, but we always need more. As always, give if you can, ask if you need!