Today is the last day of our annual Daily Yonder donor campaign. If you’ve been waiting to make your donation, this is your moment. Our matching challenges — which make each dollar raised go two, three, or four times further — end when the new year begins. 

Readers have received nearly a dozen fundraising messages from our team over the last two months. We’ve told you about matching grants from NewsMatch, the Logan Family Foundation, the Loud Hound Partner Fund, and Dee Davis and Mimi Pickering, in honor of Joe and Helen Pickering. Our staff have shared what this work means to them, and what your support has made possible in recent days. 

Candidly, we’re eager to wrap up the fundraising push and get back to business in the new year. Still, regardless of the effort and stress that goes with it, each year’s annual donor campaign is, above all, an affirming experience.

Every gift to our nonprofit newsroom, no matter how small, is meaningful to us. It’s a signal that we’re making some progress, that our aim is true. It’s encouragement to keep going, to push harder and go bigger. And it’s a reminder of the growing community caring for our rural people and places, the real people on the other side of our words, finding value in the work we do. 

Nothing is certain in these times, but thanks to your support, we can say the Daily Yonder is an enterprise on the rise. Our readers and donors aren’t passive onlookers, they’re active participants in this story. We’re on pace to surpass our fundraising totals from a year ago and to meet our matching challenges, but every additional gift accelerates the trajectory we’re on. And as we attract more new, first-time donors, we become eligible for additional matching funds. 

If you haven’t yet made your gift, we hope you’ll help us conclude this year’s campaign on a strong note

Thanks for supporting our work this year and beyond.

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Your contribution is appreciated.

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 $14,000. 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.