Donations to Spontaneous Scholarships are about more than just money

As I said last night on Twitter, running the Spontaneous Scholarships allows me to see a very positive and supportive side of the archival profession, which although we all know it exists, we sometimes don’t see as much of as we’d like. One aspect of this is that although everyone knows that the donations are primarily about the money, I also get to see that the opportunity to give back or pay it forward provides donors a direct and tangible way to show their support for others. I also get to hear from people asking for help that even if they don’t get lucky and have their name pulled out of the hat, just knowing that other archivists want to help them makes them feel like others in the profession care. But you don’t have to take my word for it. Below are some excerpts from notes and a selection of tweets that show how people feel about the program. And after you read them and get inspired, donate if you can.

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  1. Every year, this is one of my favorite things to do. I’m glad that I’m a role model, in some small way for other people to decide how much to donate and give. Though, given the context, I guess I should not point out that some really good wine can be had for under $15. For the purposes of this discussion, let’s just stick to the high-end Cabernets and Pinot Noirs out there. In all seriousness, thanks again for doing this. It certainly is one of the most rewarding this out there. And everyone, please give! Even if it only is that 10 dollar bottle of wine you are foregoing!

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