Increase Your Impact

Earlier this week, you learned about how the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) uses your donations. Here are some ways you can increase your impact when donating to the OTW!

Many companies, such as Apple, Microsoft, and Google, will match your charitable donations. The OTW is a registered nonprofit in the United States, which means it’s eligible for many corporate matching programs. If you’re not sure whether this applies in your local area or for your company, ask your employer or tax advisor. You could double your giving power!


OTW election news: make your voice heard

2017 OTW Elections Timeline and Membership Deadline

The OTW Elections committee is pleased to announce that the timeline for the 2017 election has been posted!

There are some changes to the timeline this year. In order to avoid conflicts with other OTW events, the election has been moved to earlier in the year. This change started last year, with the election taking place in late September, and this year it’s moving to August, where it should stay for the foreseeable future.

Specifically, this year’s election will be held August 11-14.

This means that the deadline to become a member and be eligible to vote has also moved up. Like the election time, this date will be the same every year. The election membership deadline is now June 30. If you’re interested in voting, please make sure your membership is active as of that date.

You can find out how to become a member on the Elections website, or if you’re familiar with the process, you can donate here!

If you want to know more about the election process in general, you can check out the Elections Policies.

We’re looking forward to an active election season with ample communication between candidates and voters, and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Don’t forget to follow the Elections committee on Twitter and Tumblr to keep up to date with the latest news!

If you have any questions or comments, don’t hesitate to contact Elections.

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This Week in Fandom, Volume 9

Fan studies is a fast-growing discipline, both with fans pursuing degrees in media and analysis and non-fans studying us from an anthropological perspective. De Montfort University Leicester recently took students to Hollywood to visit the city’s famous monuments to real person fandom: the Hollywood Walk of Fame, decorated with stars in honour of public figures and some notable fictional characters; ‘Grauman’s Chinese Theatre,’ home of myriad film premieres and over 200 famous handprints (and other prints, like the wands used by the three leads in the Harry Potter films); and the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the burying place of numerous influential members of the entertainment industry. The student group also attended WonderCon. At each attraction, the group ‘observed and interviewed fans’ in order to better understand fans and fan culture.