Answers to Your Questions on ELi's Matching Campaign
The response to our announcement of our participation in NewsMatch – which right now provides us a national grant to double your donation to ELi – has been terrific! In just five days, we have raised about 10% of what ELi will need to get through 2019!
Some questions have come in relative to this campaign, and so we thought we’d share answers to those questions today.
How much are you trying to raise?
ELi will need to raise about $80,000 to assure sustainability in 2019, so that’s the amount we are trying to raise by the end of this year.
We have $25,000 in matching funds available to us from the national NewsMatch project and we have another $15,000 in local donor match commitments. That means if we can raise $40,000 from other donors (including you!), then we can reach $80,000 and achieve sustainability for 2019.
Does the total shown on your NewsMatch page show your real current total?
It’s actually higher than showing on that page! That’s because some donors are using other means to donate. We promise we will be bringing you regular updates on the total, as we always do with our sustainability campaigns at the end of the year. Click here to see all the options for donation.
So, if I donate by check, NewsMatch will match that?
Yes! We will provide NewsMatch proof of all donations after the campaign ends. They’re okay with all forms of donation except cash. The great thing about donating by check is that we pay no overhead charge, like we do with credit cards. Click here to see how to donate by check.
I can afford to give you more if I break it down to a monthly donation. Will that be matched?
Yes! For all new monthly donors, NewsMatch will give us a donation equal to your annual commitment. So, if you can sign up for $20/month, NewsMatch will provide us $240.
This is a GREAT way to help us. In fact, if we obtain new monthly commitments from 100 people, NewsMatch is going to give us a $1,000 bonus! Click here to see how to sign up for a monthly donation by credit card or auto-pay.
How does ELi spend donated money?
We provide regular “transparency updates” to our readers so they can see where the money they donate goes. Click here to see our most recent quarterly report. You can also read reports on ELi’s expenses and activities for January, February, March, April, May, and June 2018.
You can see we operate on really very little money because we take seriously being a public service that is about producing good works on an efficient budget.
Are my donations tax deductible?
If you are able to tax deduct donations to recognized charities on your taxes, your donations to ELi are tax deductible! We are a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, which means the IRS recognizes us as a charitable organization.
In addition to any receipt you obtain from the system through which you donate (GiveGab, PayPal, etc.), in January 2019 ELi will provide you a receipt showing the total of all of your donations in 2018 to make managing your taxes easier.
How much of my donation will be matched?
Up to $1,000 per individual will be matched through December 31. (So, a partnered couple can each donate $1,000 and obtain for us a $2,000 match.) If you run a local business and donate through your business, NewsMatch allows us to match that up to $1,000. Click here to see how to make a donation.
Of course, we’d be very grateful if you can and will give more than $1,000 – but whatever amount you give helps us get closer to sustainability for 2019.
I am an existing monthly donor. Will my automatic monthly donations be matched?
Thank you for having been a steady supporter to ELi! You have helped us make it through this year, and we so appreciate you for that.
Rest assured that your automatic donations for November 2018 and for December 2018 will each be doubled by NewsMatch. So if you were already signed up from before this campaign to donate $50/month, NewsMatch will be giving us $50 for your November donation and $50 for your December donation without you taking any further action. (Only new monthly donors are matched at the annual pledged amount.)
We’d love it if you’d consider an extra donation during this period, which would also be doubled. Click here to see how to make a one-time donation.
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