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Your donations, quadrupled! – The Sopris Solar

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By Todd Chamberlin

The Sopris Solar is as soon as once more collaborating within the Group First Basis’s ColoradoGives marketing campaign. This 12 months is very vital, as a result of we’ve got a number of matching grant alternatives that we try to succeed in. In all, we try to lift $100,000 within the final two months of the 12 months for 2022. It’s a very lofty purpose, however we’ve got massive plans in 2022 and I do know we will make it along with your assist. So, it doesn’t matter what degree you can provide at, it is vitally a lot appreciated.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson wrote: “Our liberty is determined by the liberty of the press, and that can’t be restricted with out being misplaced.”

Quick ahead to 2021. It was maybe with comparable sentiment in thoughts that The Sopris Solar’s Board of Administrators expanded our mission assertion, “to tell, encourage and construct group by fostering numerous and unbiased journalism.”

2021 was additionally the 12 months that The Sopris Solar noticed new management step in. Raleigh Burleigh assumed the position of editor-in-chief and I took on the position of govt director. Joined by a workforce of proficient freelance writers, photographers, columnists, illustrators and designers, we’ve got taken our broader mission to coronary heart.

Inside the first few months of 2021, we launched our Spanish language insert, el Sol del Valle, with a number of sponsors serving to to seed the endeavour. As well as, we relaunched our radio program, All the things Underneath The Solar on KDNK. Because the 12 months has progressed, we’ve got slowly expanded to frequently printing points with 28 pages or extra. We centered on growing our factors of distribution within the 4 counties wherein we distribute: Garfield, Eagle, Pitkin and Gunnison. We proceed to “go inexperienced” by providing free downloadable copies of The Sopris Solar on-line. Plus, in collaboration with the Colorado Press Affiliation, we supported a school intern finding out journalism and our weekly e-newsletter was born. Lastly, in September, we launched our Youth Journalism Program for native highschool college students, which focuses on mentoring the subsequent era of journalists.

In an space the place there are three different free newspapers, enlargement doesn’t come simply. We satisfaction ourselves by specializing in what issues to our readers: group and native information. You merely received’t discover any nationwide or worldwide information feeds inside The Solar. We’re additionally completely different in that we’re the one nonprofit newspaper within the space. Amongst different issues, this nonprofit standing allows us to manage our personal future and never be beholden to shareholders. Our board members, employees and freelance contributors are all locals who care deeply about this group.

We’re additionally rather more than only a paper, we’re a group platform and useful resource that helps make our group stronger. Over the previous few years, we’ve got given away tens of 1000’s of {dollars} in free promoting to space nonprofits. Every of those nonprofits assist elevate our communities, from Parachute to Aspen. We have now additionally helped struggling small companies with free advert area and now supply free “assist needed” adverts. As we glance towards 2022, we’re exploring different modern methods to additional help our communities by way of The Sopris Solar and el Sol del Valle.

I want to categorical my gratitude to our advertisers, donors and grantors who’ve helped make The Sopris Solar into the group that it’s immediately. Rising prices of newspaper manufacturing make our job tougher. If we had been to even out our bills, every weekly subject of The Sopris Solar prices practically $8,000 to supply and every printed copy prices about $2 (that is up by 20 cents within the final 12 months alone). Traditionally, promoting in a median subject solely covers 50-70% of the general prices. One other 5% comes from grants, and the remainder comes from donations from folks such as you who consider in and help The Sopris Solar as a free and unbiased voice.

You possibly can schedule your donation for Colorado Offers Day anytime on or earlier than Dec. 7 at www.coloradogives.org/thesoprissun

As well as, for those who determine to arrange a recurring month-to-month donation for 2022, the entire 12 months can be credited towards the matches.

If you happen to want to not give on-line, offline donations by verify, money or bank card will even depend towards the matches. Donations may be despatched to: PO Field 399, Carbondale, CO, 81623

On behalf of our board of administrators and the employees, thanks for supporting The Sopris Solar! We’re so grateful on your help.

We might additionally like to precise our gratitude to NewsMatch, Colorado Media Undertaking, Fb, and ColoradoGives for his or her year-end matching grants. We’re all the time in search of supporters who want to supply an identical donation or an identical annual promoting sponsorship. For extra data, please contact Todd Chamberlin at [email protected] or 970-510-0246.

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