Why Donate?

NaNoWriMo builds epic communities.

Shannon, NaNoWriMo participant and librarian“Before I discovered NaNoWriMo, I was creatively drifting, feeling like I would never finish a novel, pretending to be a “writer”. But, when I joined in 2007, I finally typed the words “The End”. Instantaneously, NaNoWriMo and its epic community became a part of me. My gratitude knows no bounds.” — Shannon L. Monroe, NaNoWriMo participant and librarian.

NaNoWriMo helps people set and achieve creative goals.

Zara Hoffman, Young Writers Program participant“NaNoWriMo has been such an amazing part of encouraging me to finish my novels. The 30-day deadline is the strong kick I need to get my butt in the chair and helps me abandon my inner editor. Without NaNoWriMo, I would still be working on my first novel.” — Zara Hoffman, Young Writers Program participant

NaNoWriMo gives people the opportunity to discover their voice.

Aeric Winter, participant in Germany“University trained my brain to produce clever words. NaNoWriMo lets the words flow directly from my soul. Soul is better.” — Aeric Winter, NaNoWriMo participant in Germany.


Learn more about NaNoWriMo’s impact.

Invest in the transformative power of creativity.

Donate to National Novel Writing Month because stories matter. In 2014, with the support and partnership of donors like you, NaNoWriMo brought our free creative writing programs to:

NaNoWriMo's Impact in 2014: 325,142 novelists including 81,311 Young Writers Program participants. 803 volunteers on six continents and 849 libraries and community centers.

“Storytelling is a powerful act. Stories have the mysterious power to widen hearts and change minds. The psyche is never quite the same after receiving a story.”

— Mitali Perkins, author

When you donate, you not only support people’s novel writing dreams, you help transform people into creators who see new possibilities in the world—and act on them.

NaNoWriMo relies on your donations to pay for things such as web hosting services, pep talks, Come Write In resources, and classroom kits to help people tell their stories.

  • Did you know it costs $39,000 to run our Municipal Liaison program, which empowers 900+ volunteers to coordinate in-person write-ins around the world?
  • Did you know it costs $43,000 to send our Young Writers Program classroom kits, free-of-charge, to 2,000 classrooms around the world?
  • Did you know it costs $55,000 to keep the forums on the NaNoWriMo site up and running, and fully moderated as a creative space for 300,000+ writers?


Become a monthly donor and partner with NaNoWriMo all year long.


2014 Revenue and Support

2014 Income Pie Chart
Contributions $482,810
Merchandise $290,291
Sponsorships $203,610
Foundations & Grants $88,919
Other Income $25,908
Total Income $1,091,538


2014 Expenses

NaNoWriMo 2014 Expenses
Program $617,567
Overhead $200,881
Fundraising $193,813
Total Expenses $1,012,261


For more on NaNoWriMo’s financials, please see our most recent 990 report.