Honesty and transparency prompt me to report that, sigh, the spring Membership Drive for Crosscut just missed meeting its goal, falling $648 short. (I'm confident we'll make that up with tardy donations or some in the mail, but such is the report at the end of our official last day.) Thanks, good people!
The details are as follows: We gained 61 new annual Members, with the average donation of $77; and we renewed 156 Members, with an average donation of $98. Our Membership total now stands at 825, up 19 percent from a year ago.Thanks for that nice vote of confidence.
And we have winners! The grand prize of a Microsoft Xbox Kinect goes to Martin Rudow of Whidbey Island. The last day's drawing prizes go to Kimberly Mills (a $40 Tutta Bella restaurant gift certificate), Walt Van Atta (the Etgar Keret reading at Benaroya from Seattle Arts and Lectures), and Doug MacDonald (SIFF film passes).
As perhaps I have mentioned before, Crosscut relies significantly on support from its annual Members. We also like to meet them at numerous Members-only events to share ideas for improving the site and to let the writers, editors, and staff meet our demanding and generous Members face to face. Nice to have a fine new entering class! Thanks to the gift sponsors, all the hard work by Terri Hiroshima and Marilyn Hoe on our staff, and to all who joined and renewed.