The New England Newspaper & Press Association is excited to announce the Local Community News Fund of New England, a new initiative to allow local newspapers to quickly and easily begin fundraising and accepting tax-deductible donations.
Local community newspapers were struggling before the conronavirus pandemic disrupted life as we knew it, and we were determined to help them discover alternate funding sources.
Traditional advertising revenue, which the industry has always counted on to fund the free press, was being challenged by the rapidly changing media landscape. Now that revenue is being decimated even further by the current crisis.
The loss of advertising dollars has threatened the existence of many newspapers that are the lifeblood of the communities they serve.
The New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, created the Local Community News Fund of New England to allow tax-deductible donations to support local newspapers in our six-state region.
Local newspapers play a critical role in the communities they serve, making us all stronger. They are dedicated to delivering consistent, quality, local news coverage, whether it is a local issue or a worldwide pandemic that is now a danger to our communities. They tell the grim facts and wonderful success stories of our lives every day.
We believe in and support local newspapers in their commitment to serve their communities and, with some assistance from loyal readers and other businesses in the community, newspapers can keep reporters on the job working to provide resources and information that every community needs.
All donations to the fund go to the specific newspaper designated, and can help pay reporters’ salaries and other costs of covering the local community.
All donations to this fund are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting local newspapers. Together, we can make it through this.
We have scheduled an informational webinar to present the program and answer any questions you have:
Thursday, May 21 at 1:00 pm – Register for Zoom webinar here
Local Community News Fund of New England is a service of, and administered by, New England Press Association Scholarship Fund, Inc., (aka Journalism Education Foundation of New England, tax ID #23‐7297724, a 501(c)(3) organization) affiliated with New England Newspaper and Press Association.