ITHACA, N.Y. — Today is the final day to support local news by making a tax-free contribution to The Ithaca Voice and have it DOUBLED by NewsMatch.

The Ithaca Voice is nonprofit and 100% community funded.

This year, The Ithaca Voice was selected to participate in NewsMatch, a program that matches individual one-time donations of up to $1,000, or in the case of recurring monthly donations, match 12 times the monthly amount, the equivalent of a full year’s donation! The cap is $20,000, so any donations received during the next two months up to that total amount will be doubled. We have already raised more than $14,000 toward our goal. With your help, we can still get there!

Want to donate? Visit our NewsMatch page here

We are excited to report that a group of former Ithaca Journal employees has put its support behind The Ithaca Voice.

“We lived through the glory years of great local reporting in Ithaca,” said Philip Lerman, former city editor of the Ithaca Journal. “There were more than 25 reporters, photographers, and editors when we started at the Journal. We were saddened to see reports that the Gannett Company had cut the Journal staff down to one or two reporters. We felt that we had to do something.”

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The group started a fundraiser on NewsMatch to support The Ithaca Voice and its mission to provide local, independent journalism.

“We feel that the Voice is starting to do the aggressive, important reporting that The Journal used to be known for,” Lerman said. “This kind of reporting is vital to a community like Ithaca, and we want to help them in any way we can.” The group has contributed $3,672 toward our goal!

Support from NewsMatch will allow The Voice to expand its already-strong coverage to include more in-depth reporting on the environment, education, government and other issues that our community cares most about. This is an ambitious goal, and it can only be achieved with your help. Just click on the “Donate” button on the website to connect to The Voice’s secure GiveGab page. Or, if you prefer to donate by check, make it out to “The Ithaca Voice” and send it The Ithaca Voice, 102 E. MLK Jr. St., Suite #2, Ithaca, NY 14850. Please note “NewsMatch” on the memo line. All donations must be submitted by Tuesday, December 31.

The small staff of The Ithaca Voice staff published more than 1,600 stories last year, covering a wide range of events and issues. One outcome of its commitment to the community has been a high level of reader engagement. The website had more than 1 million unique visitors last year, with close to 2.9 million total sessions. Some of the in-depth issues explored over the years include local government, development, public safety, the local housing crisis, refugees in Tompkins County, veteran issues, the opioid epidemic, food insecurity and mental health.

The Ithaca Voice was formed in 2014 by Jeff Stein, a Cornell University alumnus who is now a policy reporter for The Washington Post. On The Voice‘s first day of publication, Stein wrote, “We are going to dramatically expand the amount and quality of civic and political information in the region. And we’re going to have some fun doing it.” All content on The Ithaca Voice is and always will be free. We believe that nonprofit news is the future of journalism, and in a time when traditional local news models are declining, The Ithaca Voice is growing thanks to our dedicated readers.

The Ithaca Voice is growing at a time when local news outlets across the country continue to be gutted, consolidated, and reporting staff dramatically cut. A recent report by PEN America highlights the impact of communities losing local news. “Without reliable information on how tax dollars are spent, how federal policy affects local communities, and whether local elected officials are meeting constituent needs, how can citizens make informed choices about who should govern?”

“I believe very strongly in the need for local news, and I think community-supported, non-profit news is a sustainable solution,” said outgoing managing editor Kelsey O’Connor, who has been with the organization for three years. “I have been humbled by the consistent community support, engagement and feedback The Voice has received over the years, and I think the organization is at an exciting point of growth.”

Learn more about NewsMatch and support The Ithaca Voice today at www.newsmatch.org/organizations/the-ithaca-voice.