Below is some information about why we launched this fund and some answers to frequently-asked questions.
Earlier this year, on our six-month anniversary, we launched a voluntary giving program that asked readers to financially support our newsroom. So many stepped up to give us what they could, be it in monthly payments or one-time donations, to keep our site free and accessible to all.
Mahoning Matters has also been fortunate to have found strong allies in the local philanthropic community. In close collaboration with Report for America, we have been able to get support for the concept of donor-funded journalism in the Mahoning Valley.
It all started with the Thomases Family Endowment of the Youngstown Area Jewish Federation, who in July became the first local funder to support our work with Report for America. They were soon joined by the Youngstown Foundation and the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley. We are humbled that these pillars of the local funding community have come together to help us build a future for local journalism.
On our one-year anniversary, we announced the launch of The Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact Fund with the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley, which ensures our future contributions are managed professionally in the community. This fund will help support our accountability and solutions-oriented reporting in the months and years to come and will give us an avenue to begin accepting tax-deductible donations with our fiscal sponsor, the McClatchy Journalism Institute.
Below you will find information about how to donate along with some frequently asked questions. If your question isn’t on this list, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Consider making a tax-deductible donation to The Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact Fund in support of local journalism in the Youngstown region. This local Impact Fund has been created at the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley to help ensure that our local newsroom has sustainable funding from our community.
• What is the Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact fund?
This special fund housed at The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley has been established to allow Mahoning Matters to accept foundation funding, special grants, and tax-deductible donations from the community. All of the funds are used to support our local newsroom and the journalism we deliver to you.
• Are contributions to the Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact Fund tax-deductible?
The Community Foundation is a public charity and all donations to the Impact Fund are tax-deductible. To be eligible for a tax-deduction, donations must be made payable directly to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley with “Mahoning Matters” in the memo line. Donors will receive a receipt from the Foundation.
• Can contributions to the Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact Fund be made anonymously?
Yes. The Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley provides an option for those who would like to contribute to the fund anonymously.
• Can I make a contribution to the Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact Fund to honor or memorialize someone?
Yes, the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley provides an option for those who would like to make a contribution in honor or in memory of someone special.
• Are my past donations to Mahoning Matters tax-deductible?
No, they are not as Mahoning Matters is a for-profit business. However, any donation to the Impact Fund is tax-deductible.
• Can I donate by check to the Mahoning Matters Journalism Impact Fund?
Donations are primarily accepted through CFMV’s secure PayPal site or by check (see below). If you’d like to discuss another form of donation, such as stock transfer or real estate, please contact CFMV staff at 330.743.5555 or email@example.com.
Donate by Check: Please make checks payable to the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley with “Mahoning Matters” on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to CFMV, 201 E Commerce St., Suite 150, Youngstown, OH 44503.