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Original article URL: http://bridgemi.com/2016/12/your-year-end-bridge-magazine-donation-is-now-tripled-by-our-partners/
19 December 2016
You can now TRIPLE the value of a year-end, tax-deductible donation to Bridge Magazine! That’s right! Every dollar you donate to support Bridge-Magazine’s award-winning, fact-driven, nonpartisan journalism in Michigan is actually worth three dollars – thanks to matching funds from the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation and a brand-new matching challenge from the James S. and James L. Knight Foundation!
Donate $25 and it actually provides $75 toward Bridge Magazine’s work in 2017! Donate $50, and it’s worth $150. Donate $100 and it’s worth $300!
You can donate today in less than one minute.
We are so grateful to the hundreds of readers just like you who have invested this year in Bridge Magazine’s high-quality, nonprofit journalism. Starting today, the James S. and James L. Knight Foundation (the largest foundation in the country devoted to journalism and public engagement) will match all Bridge reader donations (up to $25,000 total) thru January 19, 2017.
“Our hope is you will be able to be able to use this fund to raise awareness about the important value of the journalism you are delivering,” James S. and James L. Knight Foundation Vice President for Journalism Jennifer Preston told us in sharing this incredibly good and generous news at the end of last week.
Will YOU rise to this challenge?
Will YOU donate to help Bridge inform and enlighten Michigan readers in 2017?
Donations from loyal readers like you helped Bridge grow into Michigan’s leading nonprofit provider of news that matters. In the year ahead – as fake news infiltrates social media and Michigan’s largest newspapers make major cuts to newsroom staffs – Bridge Magazine’s work is more important than ever.
Bridge is the 2016 Michigan Press Association “Newspaper of the Year.” Bridge is a finalist to defend that title in 2017. Last week, we published one of our best-ever efforts – chronicling one family’s poignant 50-year journey forward from the center of Detroit’s disastrous summer of 1967. Earlier this year, when Bridge used reams of government documents to publish a comprehensive Flint water crisis timeline, one of the investigators in the case called it “an incredible resource – where I’m pointing everyone who wants a detailed account of what happened.” When Bridge revealed this fall that tax dollars meant to help the poor are used in Michigan to pay college tuition for upper-income students, reader Le Roy Barnett responded: “Great investigative reporting. Were it not for Bridge, who would have told us?”
Who’s going to tell you? Who’s going to watchdog politicians and government? Who’s going to tell you how your schools are performing? Who’s going to tell you how your tax dollars are spent? Who’s going to inform you about changes in the Michigan economy? Who’s going to keep you apprised of health insurance overhaul? Who’s going to respectfully share the diverse perspectives of Michigan’s ten million residents?
Increasingly, the enormous burden of thoughtful, nonpartisan news gathering and analysis in Michigan falls on Bridge. We publish hundreds of in-depth reports – every year. But the burden grows – every year.
With your help, Bridge will meet that burden in the uncertain times ahead.
President & CEO
The Center for Michigan
Here’s an alternative… A professional journalist from the Reuters News Agency took this photo at a political rally in early November. We can silence journalists by lynching them. Or journalism can be silenced by lack of readership and public support. If you believe in democracy, if you believe in the First Amendment, if you believe in an informed public, we urge you to view this T-shirt message as a call to action… Let’s erase this hateful and un-American impulse… Let’s change it to: “Hope. Read. Revive Journalism.” Some assembly is still required. That’s why we so urgently seek your support.