Thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our readers and supporters, the Notebook got the word today that we raised enough money at the end of last year to qualify for $28,000 in matching funds through the News Match program, and an additional $10,000 from the Philadelphia-based Wyncote Foundation.
From October through December, the News Match program raised more than $4.8 million from individual donors and a coalition of foundations to support more than 100 local and investigative nonprofit news organizations throughout the country. This was the largest-ever grassroots fundraising campaign to support local nonprofit and investigative news.
"The growth of News Match is a testament to the critical role of local news and investigative journalism in our country right now," said Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Knight launched the first News Match in 2016, helping 57 nonprofit news organizations raise more than $1.2 million in match donations that year. This year's campaign was led by Knight, the Democracy Fund, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and managed by the Miami Foundation.
The Notebook staff is so grateful to all of you who donated. This is such a critical time for public education in Philadelphia, and we are committed to covering those important stories and amplifying diverse voices in the school community.
Reader support continues to be an area of focus for the Notebook. Less than 1 percent of monthly visitors to the Notebook's website are members. As foundations have cut back their support of journalism over the years, the Notebook has had to rely more on reader and advertiser support. If the Notebook is important to you, please consider joining today.
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Thanks again for your generous support. We would not be able to do our work without you.