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New foundation grants and a year-end plea

With just 24 days left in 2011, MinnPost has some good news to share on the financial front.

We’ve heard from quite a few foundations recently:

  • The Carolyn Foundation just awarded us a $20,000 grant to support the new Two Cities blog, joining The Saint Paul Foundation which gave $25,000 a year for two years.
  • The McKnight Foundation decided to continue supporting MinnPost with a new two-year grant of $65,000 per year.
  • The Blandin Foundation, which gave us a three-year grant in 2008, awarded a new two-year grant of $50,000 followed by $30,000.
  • And the Pohlad Family Foundation, which offered us up to $10,000 to match new and increased donations received through November, reviewed our membership records and sent the full $10,000.

On the individual donor front, we’ve started sending out end-of-year requests, mainly to people who’ve already supported MinnPost in one way or another. The first of several mailings went out last week and we’ve already received 42 donations ranging from $10 to $250.

Our year-end campaign goal is just under $50,000, which is the amount we need to raise to balance our budget for 2011. We have a Board match of $10,000 to help us get there.

It’s a very ambitious goal, and we need your help to reach it.

MinnPost is a serious, independent, professionally reported and edited journalism voice that serves the needs of news-intense people who care about Minnesota. With support from individuals, foundations, sponsors and advertisers, we will continue to be a strong part of the media landscape serving our state now and into the future.

Thank you from our hearts, and happy holidays to all.

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