Help The Charlotte News become more sustainable

I think it’s safe to say that The Charlotte News is taking it to the next level, in ways large and small, from the reach of the stories you regularly read online and in the newspaper, to improvements in our nonprofit business model.

Behind the scenes we are shifting to a financial model focused on sustainability. And we need your help to get there.

First, let’s pause to note how fortunate we are to live in a community that supports local, nonprofit news. We don’t take that for granted. Generally speaking, towns like ours that have robust community news coverage are more vibrant and connected than towns that don’t.

Keeping The Charlotte News strong, resilient and delivered free to everyone in town is part of our 66-year tradition. It comes at a cost, but not a big one. With a lean-and-mean budget of $150,000 per year and just one full-time employee, we publish on a shoestring. Somehow, it works.

And we get lots of help from donors, advertisers and volunteers alike. We are so grateful.

Now, we’re kicking off our Annual Fund Campaign.

We are asking for your support to help make The Charlotte News sustainable — not just this summer, but all year long.

How do we get there? Honestly, one gift at a time. When you make a donation — of any amount — it makes a difference in your community. Join us.

People pitch in from all over town to keep this grassroots operation alive and well, sort of like a barn raising. If you have already made a gift this year — thank you! If not, please reflect on what The Charlotte News brings to this community and then make your decision on providing support.

Never made a donation?

A generous donor has offered to match first-time gifts from new supporters dollar for dollar. This means that a $100 gift doubles to become $200. This match is limited and available only for this campaign, which ends in August. 

Make your tax-deductible donation on our secure website. It only takes a minute. Or, send your check to P.O. Box 251, Charlotte VT 05445.

Many thanks.

(John Quinney is a member of the board of directors of The Charlotte News and chair of the fundraising committee.)