When the ball drops at midnight tonight, December 31st, it will not only close out the year, but mark the deadline for the Thiel Foundation’s $250,000 matching grant.
Meeting this goal would be a huge accomplishment for the young seasteading movement. It would demonstrate to the Thiel Foundation that The Seasteading Institute is successfully broadening our donor base (from 6% non-TF donations in 2008-2009 to 33% in 2010!), help maintain our full 501(c)3 status with the IRS (which has requirements for breadth of support), and put us on a solid financial footing going into 2011.
The seasteading vision is bold, and there is much that The Seasteading Institute [intends to do to make it happen](http://www.seasteading.org/about-seasteading/our-strategy) — but doing it will take substantially more funding than we have today. We can already see that existing political systems are straining to cope with the realities of the 21st century, and **we urgently need the innovation of seasteading** to discover the next generation of governance technologies.
So humanity needs seasteading — and **seasteading needs you** — to meet our goal and create a track record of success that we can build on in future years.
**Please go to [seasteading.org/contribute](http://seasteading.org/contribute/memberships-and-donations) to learn how you can help**. Remember, we need your support by **tonight, December 31st** to be eligible for The Thiel Foundation’s $250,000 matching grant. Donations are tax-deductible in the United States.
UPDATE 12/3 11:10 PST:
You can reload this blog entry to see updates on our progress. **Total Remaining is ZERO, thanks to everyone for your support! We are at $250,265 for 2010.**