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Decaturish has three weeks left to meet its fall fundraising goal

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Decaturish has three weeks left to meet its fall fundraising goal

People stand by the city’s Christmas tree during Santa on the Square in Decatur on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. The official tree lighting celebration begins at 6 p.m. on Dec. 7. Photo by Dean Hesse.

To contribute to our fall fundraiser, click here.

Readers, there’s never any easy way to do this, so I’ll come right out and say it: this has been a tough year for Decaturish.

While we have grown our coverage in some key areas, our revenue has not been as consistent as it’s been in previous years due to a range of issues external and internal. Some issues are within our control and some aren’t. But even under optimal circumstances, this work — and paying for this work — has always been a challenge.

We’ve seen some positive trends. Our subscriber count has grown to about 2,800, which isn’t as many as we’d like but is still an improvement. And thanks to your support, we’ve already met half our fundraising goal for 2023. We need to raise $12,000 by Dec. 21. To make a contribution, click here.

Last year’s fall fundraiser was an overwhelming success, and it came at a critical time for us. We’re asking the community to help us do it again.

The longevity of any news organization depends, in part, on the desire of a community to sustain it. If you want quality journalism that takes a hard look at some of our most confounding problems, if you want accountability for our public officials and if you want more stories that you can’t find anywhere else, you have to support it. There’s no two ways about it. That’s true of readers and our business community. We need the support of both to be a success. (For anyone interested in advertising, click here.)

We put your money to good use.

Over the Thanksgiving break, we ran an outstanding series about South Asian businesses in Decatur, written by Anila Yoganathan. To read Part 1, click here. To read Part 2, click here. To read Part 3, click here. To read Part 4, click here.

Stories like these are illustrative of the value we bring to our community. With our industry in upheaval, we do not lack for talented reporters interested in collaborating with us. When accomplished professionals like Anila Yoganathan offer to shine a light on an underserved part of our community, we do everything we can to make it happen. And it can’t happen without your help or support.

As we’ve said before, we’d do this for free if we could. But we can’t.

People say they value what we do, and we take them at their word. We know people appreciate the coverage of meetings large and small, our events email and our weekly roundup of the most important stories. They appreciate that we’re often the only reporters in the room when important things happen in our community. Now it’s time for the community to step up once again and help us finish the important work we have left in front of us for this year while ensuring our sustainability in 2024.

If you read us and appreciate us, please contribute to our fall fundraiser today. To contribute, click here.

Here’s what our readers have had to say about us during our fall fundraising event:

“Thank you for all you, Decaturish! I’m grateful to live in a community where rigorous local journalism still exists.” – Piper

“Thanks for covering local politics & school boards, and thanks for holding them accountable!” – Susan

“Always appreciate y’all’s reporting. Decaturish has a clear voice rather than a robotic recounting of things that happen. Very lucky to have you guys around!” – Chris

“Your reporting is invaluable to our community!” – Carol