Every year I run a short survey called the gender census to find out about the language gender-diverse people use to describe themselves, and then I publish the results as a spreadsheet and a summary blog post that are free for anyone to use for any purpose.
Each year we get more participants. Last year there were about 10,000 responses in all!
I process the results voluntarily, but to receive this many responses I need to pay for a survey provider. Now that there are so many people signed up to the mailing list I also need to pay for a domain and a mailserver. The costs look like this:
- Survey service (SmartSurvey): £100 for two months.
- Mailserver: £36 for one year
- Domain name: £0.88 for the first year
- Crowdfunding fees: £10.95
- TOTAL: £147.83
Every year I get a lot of gratitude in the feedback box. I know for sure that this project impacts a lot of people positively, letting everyone know that they're not alone and their genders are valid and recognised. Because I make the results public they're also useful in a practical sense; I know that people are using the results in academic and business contexts, because I get emails telling me about it!
If you'd like to see some of my previous work with this survey, please do take a look here.
(Edit: Having poked the domain site a little more, it looks like the domain is only 88p for the first year if I buy two years, and with tax that's £16.91 for two years. So if the total goes over the goal, some of the excess will go towards buying next year's domain costs this year.)
What if we go over the goal?
I'm hoping that once we hit the goal of £150 people will stop donating, because I don't want to end up taking more money than is strictly necessary. However, last year we did end up with some unforeseen costs and the extra funds we'd raised with crowdfunding were a huge help.
Anything from this crowdfunding that isn't used in 2018 will go towards 2019's costs, hopefully meaning we won't need to crowdfund as much next time.