We Have Almost $5,000 in Match Dollars That Need You

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Raymond Holt for ELi

ELi's leadership team of Natalie Rose (left) and Alice Dreger meeting with reporter Emily Joan Elliott at Blue Owl Coffee, back when we were still able to meet.

ELi launched a special Stimulate ELi Reporting campaign a week ago. We have now lined up $6,300 in match commitments from local donors, and so far we’ve brought in $1,356 in donations beyond those match commitments.

That’s honestly not as far along as we would like to be by now, as we are trying to raise a total of $20,000 by midnight on May 5, the date designated for #GivingTuesdayNow.

All our fundraising goes toward keeping our hard-working reporters, photojournalists, and other staff producing and distributing the news and information our community needs right now.

You can help us right now by hearing this request and donating, if you are able – perhaps by using some or all of your stimulus check to stimulate the local economy while supporting meaningful news production.

Our donation page shows you all the ways including an easy credit card processing service called Omella and the Member2Member service from MSUFCU. Both of those services cost us nothing. Omella asks you to tip them if you want to thank them for helping us out. (Next week, we will be bringing our readers a piece about Omella, a startup by an extremely successful MSU alum!)

Here is what Lanette Vanwagenen, one of our match donors, says about why she supports this work:

“In normal times, ELI provides thorough news. News that answers and addresses issues in our community. News that is presented thoroughly. Thoughtfully. Without political or personal bias. With links that allow one to dig deeper. How unusual and yet important. Important then? Yes. Important now? Even more so. Thank you, ELi. If only mainstream national news would follow this model.”

Thank you, Lanette, and thanks to everyone who is stepping up to help with financial support.

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