Why Donate?

“My mentor always says, ‘Don’t just think outside the box. Burn the box and stomp on the ashes.’ I’m grateful to NaNoWriMo for giving me an outlet for that kind of passion and creativity. NaNoWriMo has given me the priceless gifts of self-worth, friendship, and joy. Why wouldn’t I want to make this kind of excitement as contagious as possible?”

– Tiffany Griffith

“I donate to NaNoWriMo because it is a large, rollicking writing party that includes children. No one is too young (or too old) to participate. The Young Writers Program encourages so many kids to be creative—which is a good thing in a world that sometimes forgets how important creativity is to spur innovation.”

Felicia Fredlund

“I donate to NaNoWriMo because creativity is important in our fast-paced, stress-driven world. I donate because I want to read all of the amazing things that the writers of the future have to say. I donate because stories and voices matter. Everyone deserves the chance to explore their creativity.”

Josh Wolff

“I donate to NaNoWriMo so that others are able to experience what I have. My first Nano was in 2003. That year, I donated a small amount and received a button that said, “I write books.” I didn’t have the confidence to wear that button until 2005 after winning for the third time. NaNoWriMo allowed me to turn a dream into a career. I’m no longer a wannabe. I write books!”

Kathy Kitts

Everyone’s story matters.

When you donate to National Novel Writing Month, you help bring free creative writing programs to nearly 500,000 kids and adults in approximately 200 countries, 2,000 classrooms, 650 libraries, and 600 NaNoWriMo regions every year.

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. You spark a creative revolution.

“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,” says author Mitali Perkins in NaNo’s 2013 Annual Report.

Your donation spawns NaNoWriMo’s unique brand of transformative magic. Ponder this infographic that shows the impact of your support from the annual report. (Or, download it here.)

We Can’t Do It Without You: Investing in the Power of Writing

NaNoWriMo relies on individual donations to pay for things such as web hosting costs, pep talks, Come Write In resources, and classroom kits to help turn people into writing wizards.

Nearly half of our income comes from individual donations. We need to raise approximately $1.3 million in 2014 to put on NaNoWriMo and our other programs. Please donate and help us today.

2013 Revenue and Support

  • Individual Donations: $481,525
  • Merchandise: $273,992
  • Corporate Sponsorships: $159,750
  • Foundations and Grants: $90,500
  • Other Income: $35,620
  • Total Revenue: $1,041,387


2013 Expenses

  • Program: $722,106
  • Administrative: $159,994
  • Fundraising: $155,130
  • Total 2013 expenses: $1,037,230


For more on National Novel Writing Month’s financials, please see our most recent 990 report.