Last summer we held our first fundraising drive, and I honestly had no idea what to expect. But many of you stepped up, and thanks to your support we were able to hire our first reporter. In the last year, I think Zach and the rest of the volunteer staff have done a fantastic job delivering coverage and analysis that you can only get here at STB. We’ve had live coverage at most major transit events, regular briefings with agency staff, and detailed reports on agencies and initiatives. We’ve also filed public records requests and interviewed regional leaders.
It’s working: our readership is up 50% over a year ago.
We think there’s plenty more to do. This year we’re investing more resources in reporting so we can be sure to provide end-to-end coverage and analysis of this momentous time for Puget Sound transit. Whether ST3 wins or loses in the fall, there will be plenty to cover next year and beyond.
Please make a donation in 2016 to help us continue our efforts. Donors receive a monthly newsletter from yours truly, and we’re adding a special gift this year. For donors who give at least $150 or $12/month by the end of May, we’ll send you a brand-new, unfolded version of Oran’s gorgeous Seattle Transit Map, suitable for framing.
Instead of setting a dollar goal, this year hoping for just 100 new donors to step up. That’s well under 1% percent of our monthly readership. I know it’s a fundraising cliche, but it’s true: every donation matters. Whatever you can give – $5, $25, $150. It all makes a difference. Donate using the PayPal link below. If you’d rather give money another way, send me an email (frank at seattletransitblog) and we’ll figure something out.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support! It’s gonna be a great year.
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