Thanks for helping Grist end the year with a bang. Donations poured in from over 2,000 people in 26 countries for a grand total of over $66,000 — and we intend to put your dollars to good use.

Over the last year, reader contributions helped boost Grist to new heights: We added some great new voices to our site; we influenced discussions among politicians, cultural icons, and major media; and more than 65 percent of our readers reported taking action based on our content, from the classroom to the boardroom.

So just how will your donation help? We’ve already got some big plans for 2014: We’re launching a fellowship program; improving our mobile experience; and looking at new ways to build Grist’s green community online and off.

We have a lofty vision: to make green second nature. And we know that’s only possible by keeping readers like you informed and invested in these issues. As one of our first-time donors put it, “your writers approach the sobering subject of climate change with enough sport to keep us reading even when the news is painful.”

We’re honored to have won your hard-earned bucks and we’ll use it to keep you and your fellow readers informed on the green stories that matter most — without making you want to cry yourself to sleep every night.

So thanks again, readers, from all of us on the Grist team.