Coffee for Colleagues September 2021 Update: A Moment of Transition

Thank you for your ongoing support of the Archival Workers Emergency Fund. You may have seen an email through our “Coffee for Colleagues” GoFundMe informing you that GoFundMe will no longer be able to process recurring donations after September 30, 2021. This change comes at a moment of transition for the AWE Fund. In addition to this change at GoFundMe, the fund’s pilot period expires at the end of this year. The AWE Fund Organizers are actively discussing how best to continue supporting our colleagues through current and future crises. The circumstances that prompted the creation of the AWE Fund are far from resolved, as we all know.

We will be reluctantly ending the Coffee for Colleagues Campaign on September 30th, but we are doing so on a high note. Thanks to both recurring and one-time gifts, we’ve come together as a community to ensure that our funds have stayed ahead of our needs. The AWE Fund has come to the aid of over 180 archival workers, proving that we can be there for one another and see each other through the most difficult of moments, even while highlighting and working to change the ongoing labor issues in our profession.

We want to stay in touch with you about the future of the AWE Fund, and we are offering a few options for doing so:

  • Sign up for our mailing list. We will only use your email to send the occasional message about the next steps for the AWE Fund as we know what they are, including updates on our fundraising platform.
  • Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @awefund2020.
  • Join the Organizing Committee and help us shape our path forward.

We also ask that you consider continuing your financial support of the AWE Fund by making either a lump sum or manual recurring gift through the SAA Foundation site.

All money raised through Coffee for Colleagues will remain with the SAA Foundation and be provided to eligible AWE Fund applicants as applications come in.

This is not the end of our work together, and we’re eager to see what comes next.

In solidarity,

The AWE Fund Organizing Committee