What is essential news?

Essential news is the information required to navigate everyday life and to make communities thrive:
Education — Business – Local government – Healthcare – Social issues – Public safety

Where will the donated money go?

100% of donations go toward building an essential news team and covering reporting costs. That essential news reporting will be given back to the community at no cost so every resident can be informed on local government, public safety, education, healthcare, social issues, agriculture, the environment and more. The Yakima Herald-Republic will provide management of the essential news team and the technology to deliver the news digitally to residents. Using this existing infrastructure significantly reduces the cost, particularly when compared with creating a new, independent news team.

With the community funding essential news, Yakima Herald-Republic will reallocate newsroom resources to build more coverage of prep sports and explore investigative journalism.

Are gifts tax-deductible?

Yes. Gifts are 100% tax-deductible to the extent provided by law. No goods or services are received in exchange for donations.

Beneficiaries of the Community Journalism Fund maintain editorial control over content produced with fund resources. Funders do not have any input into the reporting of stories or into any of the specific content that will be produced with fund resources. Funders are not aware of specific stories newsroom or journalists that receive funding are working on and do not review them before publication. Funders do not have special access to reporters, and readers know who our funders are.

Community Journalism Fund is a component fund of the Yakima Valley Community Foundation, a Section 501(c)(3) organization. Yakima Valley Community Foundation has exclusive legal control over all funds received. Accordingly, contributions to the Fund are treated for tax purposes as gifts to a Section 501(c)(3) public charity and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

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