MarylandReporter.com is one of 57 nonprofit news organizations from around the country that will receive matching grants for any donations received over the next month until Jan. 19.
Any donation of any size up to $1,000 will be matched dollar for dollar by the Knight Foundation, a major funder of nonprofit journalism. A $5 donation is worth $10, a $50 gift is worth $100, and $500 contribution is worth $1,000. Donations are tax deductible because MarylandReporter.com is a IRS designated 501(c)(3) nonprofit.
Dubbed Knight News Match, the $1.5 million program was “inspired by the surge in giving to nonprofit news organizations around the country,” said Jennifer Preston, vice president for journalism at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, whose original funding came from the profits of the newspaper business.
“The cap is now set at $25,000 in matching funds per organization,” Preston said in a surprise email to the grantees Thursday morning. “Our hope is that you will be able to be able to use this fund to raise awareness about the important value of the journalism you are delivering and to expand your small donor base at a time when people are recognizing the value of quality journalism, amid concerns in fake news and an overall decline in trust in journalism.”
The timing of the unexpected matching rant is a bit awkward for MarylandReporter.com, since we just completed our major annual fundraiser Nov. 29 which raised close to $30,000.
If you’re among the 150 people who contributed to this year’s annual fundraiser, we’re grateful. But if you haven’t contributed or can spare any more before Jan. 19, please send a check to the address below or use the donate button to the right.
Len Lazarick, Editor and Publisher
6392 Shadowshape Place
Columbia, MD 21045