Dear Daily Yonder reader,

I am Ali Webb, a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Rural Strategies. Please join me in making a tax-deductible contribution to the Daily Yonder. This is a great time to support rural journalism and a great endeavor to be part of. Plus, because of a donor’s challenge, your contribution to the Daily Yonder now will be matched dollar for dollar. 

At one time I served as Press Secretary for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. What we knew then was how hard it was to get rural stories out into the public conversation. In the news something else always came first. Maybe when there was a drought we would see a hard-hit farmer interview, and from time to time a rural poverty story would surface, but mostly the issues and details of life and work for sixty million rural Americans went unreported. 

In 2006 I was a program officer for a foundation in the rural Midwest. I helped secure modest funding for the folks at the Center for Rural Strategies to design and plan a digital news and information portal. That plan became the Daily Yonder.

Fifteen years in the making, the Yonder has become the go-to source for rural news and reflection that is too often missing in American journalism. Three quarters of a million people read the Daily Yonder each year, get the newsletters, download the podcasts. And we are just getting started.

Please be part of this experiment in rural reporting — everything from rural vaccinations rates and broadband access to diner recommendations and Mom’s pie recipe. We can make a difference for rural communities who are both mapping what’s next and trying to hold on to what’s important. Join in and make your contribution today.

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Ali Webb
Board member, Center for Rural Strategies

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From November 1 to December 31, 2021 your donations can be matched. Through the NewsMatch program, contributions from individuals are eligible to be matched up to $1,000 per individual to a combined total of at least $13,000. The Daily Yonder has received additional matching funds, including $5,000 from the Jonathan Logan Family Foundation, $20,000 from the the Loud Hound Partner Fund, and $10,000 through a donor’s challenge from Dee Davis and Mimi Pickering, in honor of Helen and Joe Pickering. These additional matching funds stack or run concurrently with NewsMatch, which means every dollar you give goes further, having two, three, or four times its usual impact. The Daily Yonder is a project of the Center for Rural Strategies, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Gifts may be tax deductible; consult your tax adviser for more information.