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Join us: The Rapidian says thank you with hyperlocal donor incentives

With a host of new donor incentives, show your support and help The Rapidian reach their $20,000 fund drive goal!
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Donor incentives for those who want show their Rapidian love.

Donor incentives for those who want show their Rapidian love. /Holly Bechiri

A few of the many options for various Locavore donor levels.

A few of the many options for various Locavore donor levels. /Renato Delos Reyes

Our fund drive officially starts today!

You may have noticed invitations already in your Facebook community or elsewhere that Rapidians are asking you to “Join Us.” Well, today, you finally can.

Why should you join us? Maybe you value supporting our local economy. Perhaps community engagement - local citizens getting involved in their city - is important to you. Or it may be that the opportunities for new voices, or youth literacy or celebrating the community are important to you.

It's also possible you really like reading the local stories about our food, beer, music or dance, especially when they're written by your friends and neighbors.

Whatever your reason, we are asking our supporters to turn that value into a financial contribution during the one week of the year that we hold our fund drive.

This year, our goal is to raise $20,000 between May 14 and 19. To do this, we’re offering a variety of thank you gifts and benefits to our community. You can see all of the options here.

We know that our goal of raising $20,000 is a challenge, but one that we know we can reach with the support of our entire Rapidian community. To thank our donors, we have many great donation levels this year. Along with our Rapidian Readers Council, some highlights include:

  • Locavore Coffee: For a $25 donation, you can choose a gift valued at $10 from one of Grand Rapids’ finest local coffee shops
  • Locavore Lunch: Your choice of two $10 gift certificates from a variety generous local restaurants comes with a donation of $50

  • Locavore Dinner: With a $100 donation, you get to choose two $25 gift certificates to one of our wonderful restaurants

Check out our donor page to see all of the choices for locavore coffee, lunch or dinner.

If you want to show off your Rapidian pride, we’ve got you covered as well. We have t-shirts, notebooks, reusable bags and USB drives. We even have new Rapidian vinyl stickers so you can show off your support on your water bottle, car or laptop.

This week, we’ll also be updating you of our progress to our goal of $20,000 on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and we’ll be live tweeting thanks to all of our donors. Stay tuned, because we also might be offering a few power hours where you can make your donations go even further.

Excited to show us your support right now? Donate online, give us a call at 616.459.4788 ext. 124 or stop by our office at 1110 Wealthy St. SE. We’d love to see you.

The Rapidian wouldn’t be able to exist without the support from our generous community. We can’t wait to show our gratitude and celebrate with all of our wonderful supporters at our community celebration on Sunday, May 19th!

Join us!

The Rapidian, a program of the 501(c)3 nonprofit Community Media Center, relies on the community’s support to help cover the cost of training reporters and publishing content.

We need your help.

If each of our readers and content creators who values this community platform help support its creation and maintenance, The Rapidian can continue to educate and facilitate a conversation around issues for years to come.

Please support The Rapidian and make a contribution today.

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