Update: October 24, 2013
We've made a handy-dandy guide to our perk fulfillment process and timeline! If you've got questions about when you'll be receiving your awesome perks, please check this out: http://thehpalliance.org/eftw-faq/
Update: October 14, 2013
Thank you so much for your donations this year. We are blow away by your generosity and support.
"Dumbledore would have been happier than anybody to think there was a little more love in the world." - Professor McGonagall
This year, equality will win. Equality FTW is the Harry Potter Alliance’s annual fundraiser. Your contribution helps us fund another year of campaigns fighting for economic, educational, and LGBTQ equality.
The HPA is an organization created by fans, serving fans and supported by fans. We are a place where Harry Potter fans, Nerdfighters, and other fandoms can come together and find practical ways to decrease world suck.
Because of your support and your enthusiasm for our work, we've done some amazing things for equality in the past year:
Did you know that HPA members made over 3,000 calls for marriage equality in Maine last November? And get this, IT PASSED!
Our members collected and donated over 30,000 books this year during our Accio Books campaign. We also debuted our Apparating Library at LeakyCon London.
We helped pass the Maryland DREAM Act and this summer we launched our Superman Is An Immigrant campaign to collect and share immigration stories from our community.
We’ve helped over 200,000 Harry Potter fans ask Warner Bros. about the sourcing of cocoa used in their chocolate frogs.
But here's the thing: we’ve had a lot of success, but this fight for equality is not over and we need your help to continue our work.
The Harry Potter Alliance is a non-profit, and we don't rely on the Malfoys to give us big donations. Instead we rely on people like you: Harry Potter fans, Nerdfighters, Whovians, Browncoats and supporters from all 12 Districts. It is your support that makes our work possible: over 90% of our funding comes from members like you. Sometimes that's in the form of LeakyCon, Project for Awesome, wizard rock concerts or even our Books Turn Muggles Into Wizards t-shirt sales, but a lot of it comes from this very fundraiser. We take a lot of pride in being an organization that exists to bring fans together and to make fandom a little more magical. Our world needs a Dumbledore's Army and, with your help, we are making that a reality.
But we don't like simply asking for money. That's kind of boring. We are all about decreasing world suck AND increasing awesome and that's why we've put together such awesome perks to reward your donation.
Want a Sneak Peak at Some of Our Awesome Perks?
You know you want all of these. Buy them together and save $25!
Here's a look our our exclusive Pizza Wizard shirt. We'll be printing these on American Apparel t-shirts.
Chris Colfer has donated a complete set of his signed books and you have a chance to win them!
That's our pal Evanna Lynch working a shift in our Apparating Library at LeakyCon London. Evanna will be signing books and offering a few other amazing perks during the campaign.
Here's a mockup of our Hank Green/No Edge kickball.
EqualityFTW is the ONLY place you can get an EXCLUSIVE live recording of StarKid's performance at LeakyCon 2011!
Here's a look at what you can do with our Apparating Library kit. Learn more about the Apparating Library with this video.
The Dursley Gift Pack
Hear the sound of the Potter Puppet Pals
Are you ready to join S.P.E.W. aka the Society for the Promotion of Equality Winning?
Get a digital download of Hank Green's first Harry Potter fanfiction, as narrated by Hank Green and Evanna Lynch
Get an exclusive collection of essays from fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss!
Where Will My Money Go?
We’re certainly not short on ideas for how to make the world better (and more magical). Here’s what we plan to do over the next year:
Help Economic Inequality Catch Fire
We’re going to expand on last year’s equality-based work with a Hunger Games campaign to combat economic inequality.
We’re upping the ante on our Superman is an Immigrant campaign to humanize and reshape the narrative on immigration.
Train Tomorrow’s Leaders
We're working with librarians to bring our chapters model to public libraries across the US.
This year, we’re establishing the Granger Grant for Excellence in Community Organizing that will award $5,000 annually to HPA chapters.
We’re also developing a leadership training conference for over 130 chapter organizers.
We’re continuing to work with the Pearson Foundation and Smithsonian EdLab to bring the HPA model for civic engagement to classrooms and after-school programs all over the US.
Continue the Fight for Marriage Equality
While we’ve made incredible strides for marriage equality in the last year, 35 US states still ban same-sex marriage. We’ll be at the forefront of the effort to overturn these bans.
Books Rule, Voldemort Drools
We’re going to continue expanding access to books through our 5th Annual Accio Books! campaign.
We’re bringing the Apparating Library to all IRL HPA appearances including LeakyCon, VidCon, and the Quidditch World Cup.
Q: Is my donation tax deductible?
A: Yes! I know, it’s hard to believe that you can get a tax deduction AND a Pizza Wizard shirt at the same time, but guess what: we’re wizards! After donating, you should receive an email from FirstGiving confirming the tax-deductible status of your contribution. We will contact you after the campaign to let you know the tax-deductible portion of your donation.
Q: Does international shipping cost extra?
A: IndieGoGo doesn’t allow us to add any extra shipping to the perks, so it is included in the suggested donation price. However, international shipping does cost our organization considerably more, so we encourage donors outside the U.S. to add $5-10 to their perk to help us defray these additional costs.
Q: I donated for one of the shirt perks. When do I give you my shirt size?
A: You should get an email from an HPA staff member within one week of making your donation. At that time, you’ll be asked to provide sizing details for you shirt.
Q: I’m outside of the US and having trouble getting IndieGoGo to accept my donation. Help?A: IndieGoGo only accepts international credit cards, not bank or debit cards. Unfortunately we can’t accept paypal, so the way to donate internationally is with a credit card. We apologize for any inconvenience!
Q: What's the deal with this contest to win a signed Harry Potter book?
A: For details on our JK Rowling contest, please go to thehpalliance.org/harrypotterbook
Q: What's the deal with this contest to win some signed Chris Colfer books?
A: For details on our Chris Colfer contest, please go to thehpalliance.org/colferbooks
Q: I have a question.
A: That’s a statement. Questions should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.