The Rapidian

First Rapidian fund drive a success with over $10,000 in donations

The Rapidian's first fund drive ended Sunday evening, reaching 71% of its 250-donor goal and raising just over $10,000.
Underwriting support from:

Generous community support

Thanks to the generosity of the below people, businesses and organizations, we were able to in turn be generous with our supporters. Thank you to everyone below for making our first fund drive such a rewarding experience:


Donation premium and silent auction donors:
Mark and Carol Shirey

Wealthy Street Photography

Jonathan Clay

The Sparrows Coffee Tea and Newstand

Big O' Cafe



Community Celebration sponsors:

The individuals that make up the GRCMC Board of Directors:
-Patrick Revere
-Kim Beyer
Community Celebration on the last day of the fund drive: what a beautiful day for it!

Community Celebration on the last day of the fund drive: what a beautiful day for it! /Holly Bechiri

"Not only is The Rapidian a valuable resource for our community, but it provides a place for new writers (like me) to get professional experience too." -Heidi Stukkie

Words like these came flooding in with donations over the past week-and we found ourselves overwhelmed not only with the financial generosity of our community, but the appreciation for our citizen journalism platform as well.

It is with gratitude that we can announce the results of our very first fund drive:

181 donors.

10,075 dollars.

Hundreds of moments filled with kind words, generous sharing on social media and expressions of support.

This first effort was a success-and a sign that we can, as a community, sustain The Rapidian for years to come. We look forward to continuing to provide your hyperlocal news source- and the tools, training and mentorship needed to support our reporters that make it possible. I'd say we have proof positive that we are indeed "powered by the people."


Thank you, thank you, and thank you again-from the bottom of our hyperlocal citizen journalism hearts.


If you missed the fund drive's official times, never fear: you can still be a part of the community supporting The Rapidian by clicking the "Make a Donation" button at the top of our website. 

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