Dear readers of Evergreene Digest,
When we launched Evergreene Digest 6 years ago our goal was ambitious for 2005: to be the preferred one-stop on-line source for women, communities of color, working people, people with disabilities, veterans, youth, pacifists, GLBT, activists, spiritual seekers, progressives, environmentalists, youth, veterans, and other groups ignored by the mainstream media as legitimate audiences, sources, and subjects for the news.
We knew we wanted it to be free for our readers. And, we knew it would take a small staff of professionals to continually provide high-quality information 365-days a year.
Our bottom line dilemma: How would we fund it?
We could sell advertising. We could rely on big foundation grants. We could have corporate "co-sponsors". We could find a rich patron. We could build a big e-mail list and rent it to the highest bidders.
That would have been the easy way.
But we decided to fund Evergreene Digest differently. Believing small is beautiful, we seek thousands of small contributors, provide them with a high-quality product, and trust that the progressive community has our back as we moved forward.
▪ No catering to advertisers because we don't have any.
▪ No need to avoid controversial issues that could upset a few wealthy donors because we don't have any.
▪ No steering of our agenda to fit a big foundation's or wealthy patron's funding priority because we don't have any.
▪ No invading your privacy by renting our e-mail list to the highest bidder.
And it's working! We've managed to build a small but very dedicated group of readers and supporters who have pitched in over the years in many ways to keep us afloat and support our work. Relying on small contributions from our readers not only guarantees us the independence to speak truth to power - but it helps keep us in touch - and on our toes - with our growing community of supporters.
We need to raise $4,500 by this time next week. Can you help now with a small contribution? For the cost of a cafe latte a month, we'll keep telling you the truth. Is it a deal?
To make a secure, online donation* click on the phrase "Please Contribute to Our Q3 2012 Fundraising Campaign" in the upper right-hand corner, and follow the instructions. Or, send a check through the mail, payable to “Evergreene Digest” c/o David Culver, 460 5th Avenue North, #428, Hopkins, MN, 55343-7260.
Carl Sandburg once said: "Nothing happens unless first a dream." We know you share our dream of a more open, peaceful, just and progressive society. Of course it won't be easy but we believe we can make it happen - because we must! And because 'necessity is the mother of invention', we believe that if we continue to work together, we will make our dreams a reality.
If you can't help financially, help by spreading the word about Evergreene Digest and/or contributing material for publication.
We can't do it without you. With a big thanks to small contributors,
Dave & Crew
*Full disclosure: Evergreene Digest is not a 501 (c )(3) organization (yet). Your donation is gratefully appreciated (now!) but not tax deductable (yet).