ELi Obtains National Grant: Double Your Support Right Now

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Thursday, November 1, 2018, 7:23 am
Alice Dreger, Publisher

East Lansing Info (ELi) has been awarded access to $25,000 through NewsMatch 2018, a national matching campaign to support nonprofit journalism across the United States! Starting today through the end of 2018, NewsMatch will double donations given to ELi, making it much more likely we will achieve financial sustainability for 2019 by the end of this year!

Right now, every dollar you donate will be doubled. You can donate in a lump sum and see that money doubled, or, if you want to sign up to be a monthly donor to ELi, we will receive a match equal to your total annual contribution.

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How much funding is available?

NewsMatch provides each organization accepted, including ELi, up to $25,000 in matching funds. In addition, a group of 28 devoted ELi local donors have already pledged $15,000 in funds for this year-end campaign. That means we have $40,000 available in funds, and with your help, we can use the matchable funds to obtain $80,000, effectively achieving sustainability for ELi in 2019!

Who is funding NewsMatch?

NewsMatch is funded by The Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, and the Facebook Journalism Project.

What donations can be matched?

There are two kinds of donations that can be matched?

  1. One-time donation: NewsMatch will give us a dollar-for-dollar match for any individual donation by an individual person or business, up to $1,000 per individual. So, $50 becomes $100, and a $1,000 donation becomes $2,000.
  2. Monthly commitment: For every person who signs up as a new monthly donor, NewsMatch will match that person’s annual commitment. So, if we sign up a new monthly donor at $5/month, NewsMatch will give us $60. For a new commitment of $20/month, NewsMatch will give us $240.

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What if you are already signed up as a monthly donor to ELi ?

Whatever your existing monthly pledge generates in November and December, NewsMatch will double! So, if you’re already signed up to be a $25/month donor, NewsMatch will give us $50 without you taking any further action.

But if you want to give a little (or a lot!) more now to obtain more matching dollars for ELi, you can do that! Click here to easily make an extra one-time payment to ELi right now through NewsMatch.

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes! ELi is an IRS- recognized 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, incorporated in the State of Michigan. Your donations are therefore tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

We will get you a receipt for your 2018 donations in January.

Have a question?

Check out our follow-up article answering readers questions, or mail us at fundraise@eastlansinginfo.org.

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Great! Just click here.

Many thanks in advance for your continuing support of ELi’s team!



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