@Danaa, @bcg and @JWalters, thanks so much for your thoughtful and generous responses.
Tova here, the team member responsible for managing these fundraising campaigns and other aspects of our community outreach. I just wanted to clarify that while JWalters is right, Mondoweiss is absolutely being sustained by love for the work (I agree with Phil that we are incredibly lucky to do it), we should be clear that $175,000 is not our entire annual budget. We set that number as our year-end goal as just one part of our fundraising efforts for the whole year - for which our plan this year is $610,000 total.
If you're interested in seeing how we will spend the $610,000 (our largest budget yet, thanks to committed supporters), check out https://mondoweiss.net/scale-mondoweiss-what/. And if you'd like to see how the funds come in, have a look at http://tiny.cc/fundingplan.
Cheers and thanks again!