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Today’s the last day of the Wild Hunt’s second annual Winter Pledge Drive. I’d like to again give my deepest thanks and gratitude to all of my readers for showing that they value Pagan journalism and are willing to support a non-commercial donation-centered model. One thing I’ve learned from this drive is that the Wild Hunt community is becoming an increasingly global one, with donations coming in not only from across the United States, but from Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, and several other locales. As we move into the future, my hope is to partner The Wild Hunt with other initiatives like the Pagan Newswire Collective and bring an increasingly global perspective, encouraging the flowering of Pagan journalism in any country, state, or city in which we live and gather.

I’d also like to take a moment and give special thanks to the three new Pagan organizations that have chosen to provide underwriting support of The Wild Hunt this year. They are BBI Media, publishers of Sage Woman and Witches & Pagans, Mill Creek Seminary, a resource for professional Pagan religious information, training, services, and counseling, and The Brotherhood of the Phoenix, a neo-pagan order for Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender men who love men. Their listings will be appearing soon on our Affiliates page, along with our other supporting organizations.

As I’ve said before, The Wild Hunt isn’t just some guy and his blog, it’s a community of people. A community of support, debate, and information-gathering that is nurturing a long-term investment in the future of Pagan news. My goal is to not only make Pagan journalism my full-time job, but to eventually make it possible for other people to follow in my footsteps. All of you have helped to make that future possible.

Monthly Donation
Option 1 : $5.00USD – monthly
Option 2 : $10.00USD – monthly
Option 3 : $15.00USD – monthly
Option 4 : $20.00USD – monthly


There will be future pledge drives, and this blog will try to develop over time a robust non-commercial funding method that can be adopted and emulated by other Pagan media outlets. Thanks to you, the The Wild Hunt will always remain open, reader-supported, and non-commercial. Thank you.

It’s still not too late to donate! If you’ve been meaning to participate in the Winter Pledge Drive now’s your chance! You can either make a one-time donation, or you can commit to a monthly subscription fee. In addition, you’ll be able to access donation-information year-round at this site.


Thank you again for supporting The Wild Hunt!

Once again, thank you to everyone who has donated so far in our Winter Pledge Drive. Your support is essential in keeping this site open, ad-free, and updated daily. As we head into the drive’s final days, I’d like to post a reminder for those who haven’t given yet, and share some quotes from Wild Hunt supporters.


“We have developed ourselves in nearly every aspect of media, and I for one love and appreciate this facet of living the Pagan life. But by far my favorite is The Wild Hunt. I have said it many times and will continue to say it: It is the pinnacle of professional Pagan journalism. It is the CNN of Paganism. Jason provides an invaluable resource to our community, and as a community we have an obligation to support and sustain these resources if we have any hopes for the future of Paganism.

Last year I donated to The Wild Hunt Pledge Drive, and challenged my readers to do the same. This year I have upped the ante and and my organization has the honor of becoming and affiliate underwriter for The Wild Hunt. Again I challenge you to do the same, make a donation, support a valuable member of our community, support the the invaluable service he provides to us all.”Joseph Merlin Nichter, chaplain, founder of the Mill Creek Tradition and Seminary.

Monthly Donation
Option 1 : $5.00USD – monthly
Option 2 : $10.00USD – monthly
Option 3 : $15.00USD – monthly
Option 4 : $20.00USD – monthly


“The reason there is so little exemplary new media journalism that reaches the bar set by The Wild Hunt is that few can afford to put as much work into it on a daily basis like Jason does and yet earn so little for their efforts. This is our opportunity to show that we want quality reporting and we’re willing to pay for it – I hope many take it! There is so little good reporting to be found anywhere these days, I am so grateful for The Wild Hunt and I am willing to put my money where my mouth is. This is real and powerful work that Jason is doing, he deserve to earn a living doing it and if we all do our little part to support his work it is very possible. What we invest in we manifest. Awesome work, Jason. I’ve just become a monthly donor.”J. Hannah

If you’re a regular reader of The Wild Hunt, if you find yourself forwarding the stories, or sharing them on the various social networking sites, please consider donating this year. Even if it’s only a few dollars, a little bit from a lot of people truly does make a big, big difference. My life is dedicated to reporting on our interconnected communities, and I can only keep doing that with your support. If you’ve given already, thank you! Please help spread the word by writing about the drive on your blog, journal, Twitter, or Facebook account.

“The Wild Hunt is a vital service to the Pagan community and is supported entirely by reader donations. If you value The Wild Hunt and having access to a daily Pagan news update, then please consider making a donation. I make a monthly pledge because I feel The Wild Hunt is an important part of modern Paganism. I hope you feel the same!”Star Foster, Pagan Portal Manager, Patheos.com

To everyone who has given so far during my second annual Winter Pledge Drive, I want to thank you for your generosity and for sharing my vision of a Pagan new-media model that can eventually grow to support not just The Wild Hunt, but a variety of media and journalism projects originating from within the modern Pagan movement. To all my wonderful readers who haven’t had the opportunity or time to donate to this effort yet, please consider taking a few minutes before this week is done to become part of a growing community of support for quality Pagan news and commentary. Ask yourself, if The Wild Hunt was a magazine or newspaper, what would I pay to have access to it year-round?

“Is the Wild Hunt important? YES. And so is our responsibility to support the Pagan Press.”Peter Dybing, National First Officer, Covenant of the Goddess

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank everyone on Twitter and Facebook who have helped spread the word about the pledge drive, and shared why they think The Wild Hunt is worth supporting.

Your voice is being heard! The drive lasts until Sunday, so please keeping spreading the word! Again, thank you to all the individuals who have given so far. No matter what the size of your donation, know that it is appreciated. I’d also like to recognize and thank all the groups, like Silver Cauldron Coven in Maine, who have pooled money together and chipped in to this effort. Finally, I’d like to mention our amazing underwriters, Pagan organizations that have dedicated themselves to nurturing Pagan journalism. Thanks to all of you.

So please support The Wild Hunt this week, and keep our site full-access, non-commercial, and updated daily. Donate once, in any amount, or, if you prefer, commit to a small monthly subscription to keep us going throughout the year.

Monthly Donation
Option 1 : $5.00USD – monthly
Option 2 : $10.00USD – monthly
Option 3 : $15.00USD – monthly
Option 4 : $20.00USD – monthly


What:

Since it started in 2004, the Wild Hunt has become a vital news source for modern Pagans, and a crucial resource for those outside the Pagan movement who want to explore the issues that are important to us.

The Wild Hunt doesn’t simply alert you to the interesting (or infuriating) stories of the day, but adds analysis, context, and unique features.

The future is bright for The Wild Hunt, and for Pagan journalism as a whole! We’d like to invite you along, as we begin our second annual Wild Hunt Winter Pledge Drive. Our goals are three:

  • To keep The Wild Hunt full-access (no subscription fees or “pay-walls”).
  • To keep The Wild Hunt non-commercial (no ads or spam).
  • To keep The Wild Hunt daily.

The Wild Hunt averages over 45,000 unique visitors per month, giving this daily news source a very respectable “circulation” in the world of niche journalism. Over 7,000 readers receive The Wild Hunt directly every day, via their Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, LiveJournal, or email.

How:

If you are one of these avid followers of Pagan and religious-minority news, please consider contributing to the site during this year’s Winter Pledge Drive, in one of these categories:

  • Basic – $5
  • Reader – $20
  • Supporter – $50
  • Benefactor – $150

Click this button to contribute now:


If you’d prefer to make a recurring monthly donation through Paypal, you can do that in increments of $5 dollars per month or $10 dollars per month.

Monthly Donation
Option 1 : $5.00USD – monthly
Option 2 : $10.00USD – monthly


If you are unfamiliar with PayPal or have other questions, please contact me.

When:

This year’s Pledge Drive will continue from November 15th through the 21st. Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and your other favorite social sites! Thanks for being a part of The Wild Hunt.

To say that I’m deeply moved and overwhelmed by the generous support you have shown during this week would be an understatement. I won’t go into numbers at this point, but many of you not only gave but gave generously to keep The Wild Hunt open, non-commercial, and operating on a daily schedule. The commitment to this project shown by some of you has been nothing short of inspiring, like author Lisa McSherry, who gave generously despite dealing with some major medical and fiscal issues at home.

“Jason Pitzl-Waters is honest and makes every effort to be objective while retaining a uniquely Pagan perspective. The Wild Hunt is one of the few community resources that remains fresh and ever-vibrant. Even a small donation is a show of support, and I urge everyone I know to donate something. I am, and I have major medical bills. That is how important I believe The Wild Hunt is.”

To everyone who gave, no matter what the amount, I thank you. I wish I had the time to call each and every one of you personally to express my sincerest gratitude. Know this, you have not only helped this site, but you have succeeded in crumbling and eroding the old complaint that modern Pagans won’t fiscally support anything of importance. I now know first-hand that this is false, a meme born of frustration and past failure, and one that is past due to slip away entirely. Pagans will step up fiscally for what they think is important. They stood up for SJ Tucker when she was in trouble, they stood up for Pagan troops serving overseas, and they stood up this past week to ensure that quality Pagan journalism and commentary that keeps them informed sticks around for the long-term.

The Wild Hunt isn’t just some guy and his blog, it’s a community of people. A community of support, debate, and information-gathering that is nurturing a long-term investment in the future of Pagan news. My goal is to not only make Pagan journalism my full-time job, but to eventually make it possible for other people to follow in my footsteps. All of you have helped to make that future possible.

There will be future pledge drives, and this blog will try to develop over time a robust non-commercial funding method that can be adopted and emulated by other Pagan media outlets. I will also be exploring different ways of funding with other Pagan journalism projects, but The Wild Hunt will always remain open, reader-supported, and non-commercial. Again, this is due to all of you. Thank you.

It’s still not too late to donate! If you’ve been meaning to participate in the Winter Pledge Drive now’s your chance! You can either make a one-time donation, or you can commit to a monthly subscription fee of $5.00 or $10.00 per month. In addition, you’ll be able to access donation-information year-round, as well as find links to the groups and organizations that have chosen to help underwrite this project, at the Affiliates page.

“I like your pledge drive season much better than NPR’s!”Snoozepossum

Things are really moving along in my first-ever pledge drive! To everyone who has given, I want to thank you for your generosity and for sharing my vision of a Pagan new-media model that can eventually grow to support not just The Wild Hunt, but a variety of media and journalism projects originating from within the modern Pagan movement. To all my wonderful readers who haven’t had the opportunity or time to donate to this effort yet, please consider taking a few minutes before this week is done to become a part of the growing community of support that has emerged these past four days. Ask yourself, if The Wild Hunt was a magazine or newspaper, what would I pay to have access to it year-round?

“Thanks for letting us donate, and making it easy. I know that sounds weird, but it’s great to be able to be an itty bitty part of what you do here. So many pagan resources crash and burn and never ask for anything until it’s too late.”Jane H.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank some more Pagan bloggers for spreading the word, and encouraging their own readers to support my mission here. Starting with author Erynn Rowan Laurie, who not only posted about my Winter Pledge Drive, but also encouraged me to offer a monthly subscription service.

“If you’re so inclined, this would be a great way to support a significant news source in the Pagan community. Jason keeps up with all kinds of things of interest to our communities, from news about Pagans to interfaith to politics that might impact our communities locally or globally. I think he’s very worth supporting in this work.”

So if donating a small amount every month sounds more your speed, click here for a $10.00 per month subscription commitment, and here, for a $5 per month subscription. If you would like to donate a custom amount, simply contact me and I’ll set it up. Thanks to Erynn for her generosity and commitment to Pagan journalism.

I would also like to thank Patti Wigington, the About.com Paganism/Wicca guide, for supporting the Winter Pledge Drive, and for pointing out the differences between an ad-supported model and a donation-supported model.

“It’s no secret that About.com is owned by the New York Times Company, which is why we have advertisers all over the place. Their money helps keep the site free for readers (yes, Virginia, that’s why you keep seeing those ads for the Mormon Church). However, the Wild Hunt, which is one of the best resources on the Internet for Pagan news, runs strictly on donations. Jason Pitzl-Waters has put out a call for pledges, and I strongly encourage everyone to go help him out. Even if all you can spare is $5, every little bit helps keep the Wild Hunt ad-free and running daily: The Wild Hunt Winter Pledge Drive

I think Patti does excellent work at About.com, but as she points out, the price for her platform can include ads by groups who may be directly hostile to modern Pagan and minority faiths. For that reason, and for others, I want The Wild Hunt to stay non-commercial, whether those commercials come from the Mormons, or from within the Pagan community. That isn’t to criticize those who may want to pursue an ad-based model, I think it can lead to some significant successes, but that I think it is important that we have commercial and non-commercial news sources within our community.

Again, thanks to all who have spread the word and given during this week, we still have days to go, so let’s keep the momentum up!  Please support a non-commercial, open, accessible, and daily Wild Hunt.

Things have been going great during The Wild Hunt’s first-ever Winter Pledge Drive, we aren’t even half-way through yet but the show of support by those of you willing to donate and spread the word has been exciting. This move towards a means of regular funding is important not only for The Wild Hunt, but for eventually building one possible model for a self-sustaining new-media Pagan journalism. While I’m encouraged by the progress of the drive, the ultimate success of this sort of reader-funded model relies on everyone who finds some value in what I’m doing here chipping in. So if you haven’t yet, please consider contributing to the site during this year’s Winter Pledge Drive, in one of these categories:

  • Basic – $5
  • Reader – $20
  • Supporter – $50
  • Benefactor – $150
  • Affiliate – Consider becoming a Wild Hunt underwriter, with a listing and link on The Wild Hunt’s new “Affiliates” page. Contact me for further details.

I’d also like to take a minute and thank the Pagan bloggers who have taken the time to add their support to this drive by writing about it on their own blogs. First, Pagan chaplain Joseph Nichter wrote about how The Wild Hunt kept him “ahead of the crowd” when it came to the latest in Pagan news.

“I have been a long time fan, reader and supporter of Jason Pitzl-Waters, who is a real Jack of all trades within the pagan community, while at the same time being an incredibly professional Pagan. In my relatively limited experience this is incredibly rare and very very appreciated. The Pagan community has a great need for Pagans like Jason, who provide an invaluable service to us all,for free, because it needs to be done. I just love sitting down at my desk every morning with a hot cup of coffee and clicking in on The Hunt.”

Next, Rowan Pendragon reminds everyone to “donate what you can, whether that’s $5 or $100. It all helps to keep things going”, while Kim Sequoia says that The Wild Hunt is “a vital organ within the Pagan Community”. Finally, thanks to Sara Ferguson and my other loyal Twitter followers for spreading (tweeting) the word there.

Thanks again to everyone who has participated so far in keeping The Wild Hunt open, ad-free, and operating daily, I hope you’ll consider joining them as pledge week continues!

What:

Since it started in 2004, the Wild Hunt has become a vital news source for modern Pagans, and a crucial resource for those outside the Pagan movement who want to explore the issues that are important to us.

The Wild Hunt doesn’t simply alert you to the interesting (or infuriating) stories of the day, but adds analysis, context, and unique features. The Wild Hunt has interviewed movers-and-shakers within modern Paganism like Margot Adler, Starhawk, Janet Farrar and Gavin Bone, as well as relevant religion writers and journalists like Jeff Sharlet and J.C. Hallman, while providing special “Pagan’s-eye” coverage of events like the Democratic National Convention and the American Academy of Religion’s yearly meeting. Upcoming coverage will include the Parliament of the World’s Religions and an interview with Owen Davies, author of Grimoires.

The future is bright for The Wild Hunt, and for Pagan journalism as a whole! We’d like to invite you along, as we initiate the first annual Wild Hunt Winter Pledge Drive. Our goals are three:

  • To keep The Wild Hunt full-access (no subscription fees or “pay-walls”).
  • To keep The Wild Hunt non-commercial (no ads or spam).
  • To keep The Wild Hunt daily.

In a single month, this past October alone, The Wild Hunt counted over 44,000 unique visitors, giving this daily news source a very respectable “circulation” in the world of niche journalism. Around 5,000 readers receive The Wild Hunt directly every day, via their Facebook, Twitter, Google Reader, LiveJournal, or email.

How:

If you are one of these avid followers of Pagan and religious-minority news, please consider contributing to the site during this year’s Winter Pledge Drive, in one of these categories:

  • Basic – $5
  • Reader – $20
  • Supporter – $50
  • Benefactor – $150
  • Affiliate – Consider becoming a Wild Hunt underwriter, with a listing and link on The Wild Hunt’s new “Affiliates” page. Contact me for further details.

Click this button to contribute now:

If you are unfamiliar with PayPal or have other questions, please contact me.

When:

This year’s Pledge Drive will continue from November 16th through the 22nd. Feel free to share this post on Facebook, Twitter, and your other favorite social sites! Thanks for being a part of The Wild Hunt.