Dear Reader, 

Claudia Marshall, Publisher

Heading into the close 2020, we’re reflecting on what an unprecedented and unpredictable year it has been. From the pandemic, to the election, to civil unrest and wildfires, the impacts of 2020 have been far greater than we could have ever imagined. These impacts have been felt both locally and globally, and also organizationally for us here at The Charlotte News.  And yet, one thing is certain: your hunger for news is stronger than ever before.

And despite the vagaries of 2020, The Charlotte New is stronger than ever, because of your support.  And we’re grateful.  As a nonprofit news outfit, we’ve seen our donations grow exponentially in recent years.  That helps us continue to bring you the news of Charlotte in print and online- for free- like no one else can do. 

So we are excited that you can double your donation today. We have been selected to participate in NewsMatch, a national matching-gift campaign that drives donations to nonprofit newsrooms (like ours) around the U.S. Since 2016, NewsMatch has raised over $100 million for nonprofit journalism. That’s a lot of impact.

It gets better! Just now, we have been offered an additional, matching grant by the Board of Directors of The Charlotte News, which will triple your donation in conjunction with the NewsMatch grant. This is a big deal for your local paper.

In an average year, this funding opportunity would be crucial to fulfilling our mission. But in 2020, it’s absolutely critical. Nonprofit news gives power to people, but power doesn’t come for free. It costs, on average, $4,500 to produce a single issue of The Charlotte News. Yet we mail a copy of each issue to every household in Charlotte.  That’s why we’re asking for your help today.  

Now through  December 31—NewsMatch will match your new monthly donation 12x or double your one-time gift, all up to $5,000.  This funding will help ensure we continue producing the high-quality, independent, local newspaper you’ve come to depend on—especially this year. 

The time is now. Trusted reporting like ours has never mattered more.

Please give today and NewsMatch will double the impact of your donation.

Please click here to do your part today or send your check (made out to Friends of the Charlotte News) to Friends of the Charlotte News, P.O. Box 211, Charlotte, VT 05445.  

With gratitude,

Claudia Marshall
Publisher, The Charlotte News