As part of a campaign to raise $25,000 by Jan. 19, the Notebook is holding a drawing for two tickets to see the award-winning Hamilton: An American Musical on Broadway during Presidents' Day weekend.
Anyone who donates $75 or more from Dec. 19 through Jan. 19 will be automatically entered to win.
The tickets, which are valued at just under $3,000, are for seats in the front mezzanine at the Richard Rodgers Theater for the 3 p.m. performance on Feb. 19, 2017.
Click here to donate and enter now. For contest rules and other ways to enter, see below.
The Notebook fundraising campaign is part of the Knight News Match. The Notebook is one of 57 nonprofit news organizations from across the country to be selected by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for the matching grant program.
Individuals can donate now through Jan. 19, 2017, to have their contributions to the Notebook doubled up to $1,000. The Knight Foundation will match up to $25,000 in total donations. As of Jan. 4, the Notebook was just $5,000 away from meeting the $25,000 goal.
"It is difficult to overstate the value of this matching opportunity for the Notebook," said Maria Archangelo, publisher and executive director. "The additional $25,000 that we can receive if we raise $25,000 will allow us to further expand our reporting on Philadelphia's schools and include multimedia elements, such as audio and video. This is an incredible opportunity for the Notebook, and we are truly grateful."
Archangelo said the money also would help expand the Notebook's efforts to engage with people who care about education in the city – parents, students, and civic and community leaders – and give them opportunities to work together to solve the thorniest issues facing city schools.
The Knight Foundation is a leading supporter of nonprofit journalism and projects that advance the practice of journalism in the digital age. The foundation continues the legacy of its founders, John S. and James L. Knight, newspaper publishers who believed that informed and engaged communities are essential to a healthy democracy.
"Journalism is facing many challenges. At the same time, the desire for quality journalism and in-depth reporting is clear, as more and more people turn to nonprofit outlets for information they can trust," said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism. "With this effort, we are hoping to drive awareness and expand the donor base for nonprofit news organizations, big and small, that are producing journalism in the public interest. To continue their work, these news organizations need a passionate, dedicated community of supporters."