With 4 Days Left, ELi Reaches 91% of Financial Goal for 2019

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Friday, December 28, 2018, 10:18 am
Alice Dreger, Publisher

East Lansing Info (ELi) has now raised about 91% of its year-end fundraising campaign goal of $80,000!

With just four days left in our fundraising campaign and with the matching funds we have committed, we need just over $8,000 in additional donor funds to reach the finish line. (Want to help right now? Click here!)

If we can reach that goal of $80,000 by the end of the year, we know we can keep bringing East Lansing the quality and quantity of independent reporting this community has come to want and expect.

ELi is a recognized 501c3 nonprofit organization, so contributions made in 2018 will be tax-deductible for this tax year, to the extent allowed by law.

The remarkable success of this year’s campaign is attributable in part to three major factors:

  1. This year, ELi joined the national Institute for Nonprofit News and was accepted to NewsMatch, providing $25,000 in matching funds from national philanthropies including the MacArthur Foundation and the Knight Foundation.
  2. Before our campaign even started on November 1, a core group of ELi donors committed $15,000 in additional matching funds to raise our total matchability to $40,000 for this year-end campaign.
  3. The ELi reporting team has been widely recognized as doing extraordinary reporting this year, even being recognized with the City of East Lansing's public service award, The Crystal Award.

The amount we have raised so far includes both lump-sum contributions as well as monthly commitments arranged by credit card or auto-pay banking. Lump-sum contributions are being matched dollar-for-dollar. Monthly commitments are being matched at the annual rate – so a monthly commitment of $10/month brings a match of $120, getting us in total $240 closer to the $80,000 goal for 2019.

Want to pitch in, or pitch in extra if you’ve already given? Here are your options:

Make a one-time contribution by credit card right now:

Just grab your credit card and click here to donate to ELi. Every contribution counts!

Make a one-time contribution by check:

Just make your check payable to "East Lansing Info" and mail it to ELi, P.O. Box 115, East Lansing, MI, 48826-0115. 

Sign up for a monthly commitment by credit card:

Sign up for a monthly commitment and our matching campaign matches your total annual commitment. Just grab your credit card and sign up to be a monthly contributor through NewsMatch. When you click on the "donate" button, you'll be taken to a page that allows you to "Make this a recurring gift." Just click that to pledge a monthly amount!

(If you prefer, you can also become a monthly donor via PayPal or else through Patreon. We will get an annual match for those means, too!)

Sign up for a monthly commitment by bank auto-pay:

Use your bank's automatic bill-pay feature to send a check automatically to East Lansing Info, P.O. Box 115, East Lansing, MI, 48826-0115. 

What if you're already signed up as a monthly donor?

Thank you! We are counting on your continued commitment to get us through 2019. If you want to give a little 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 by credit card right now.


Email me at publisher@eastlansinginfo.org. Thank you from the whole ELi team!



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