Four months ago, we concluded our inaugural fundraising campaign. The results too us aback; not only had we exceeded our initial fundraising goal by over 300%, but the support and enthusiasm from our members and the public reaffirmed our resolve in our mission. On behalf the of the CIMSEC leadership team, we would like to extend our sincere appreciation for your support.
Since the conclusion of this fundraising campaign, we at CIMSEC have pressed on to expand our programming while maintaining our traditional content. Last month, we published our first compendium on private security contractors at sea and have many more to release in the coming months. Additionally, we leveraged our newly acquired resources to host the first annual CIMSEC Forum for Authors and Readers—an opportunity to expand the conversation regarding your favorite NextWar articles – and to further encourage maritime security education by sponsoring an essay scholarship contest exclusively for high school students. Only three months into 2015, we think you’ll be excited to see what the rest of the year holds.
By now, all of our original Kickstarter backers should have received all of their respective rewards, with the most recent being the recipients of the official CIMSEC Drinking Implement (if not, the pint glass is in the mail!). These were hand engraved with lasers (lasers!) by our very own President. Additionally, we will be launching a new page on this site listing these generous original backers with their respective titles. For backers who have not received all of their rewards or who have an issue with the spelling of their name (or would prefer to be anonymous), do not hesitate to contact us at treasurer[at]cimsec.org.
Again, the CIMSEC leadership team would like to reiterate our thanks for your support. We look forward to what lies ahead and tackling this adventure alongside our members and readers.
The CIMSEC Leadership Team