In the first week of January, we closed the Free Software Foundation's end of the year fundraiser and associate membership drive, and we'd like to thank you for your generosity and support. Because of you, we've raised $441,802 and had 488 new associate members join -- surpassing our goal of 400 new members. Thank you for donating, joining, and spreading the word.
Your support is just what we need to push the free software movement to new frontiers. Our ever-growing base of members, donors, and activists are the backbone of our work and free software. Without you, we wouldn't have been able to raise over $440,000 for software freedom. With the 488 new members, we now have more than 5,000 active FSF members. Thanks to you, we'll be able to expand the staff of the FSF, increasing our organizational capacity, ability to work on issues that matter, and build the community; certify more Respects Your Freedom products to ensure that your devices run free software out of the box, and continue enforcing the GNU General Public License and leading other copyleft efforts; build our technical infrastructure and provide greater support for the many projects that rely on the FSF; create new items for our catalog of cool new swag and engaging publications from the GNU Press Shop; ramp up the fight against DRM; and create a better future for free software.
We're excited to see what 2019 brings, which is only possible because of you. Thank you.